Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Savor the Sweetness of Mangos {#MakeItMango}

Enjoy Mangos all year round with tips for selecting, storing and eating #MakeitMango

Do you like mangos? If you do, you're in luck, because mangos are the world's most popular fruit and are available in the United States, year-round! Last week, the National Mango Board invited Owen and me to a Mango Kids in the Kitchen cooking demonstration. The demonstration was held at a local cooking studio, Really Cooking With Robin in East Norriton, PA.

When we arrived, there were chips with a yummy Mango Salsa on the tables. I could have eaten the entire bowl, it was so yummy! We also enjoyed Mango and Banana Smoothies, which were a hit with the kids for sure!

Once we all arrived, it was time for the cooking lesson to begin. Robin showed us how she made the Mango and Banana Smoothies, and asked a couple of the kids to help her demonstrate how to cut and scoop the mangos.

Preparing Mangos is easy. #MakeitMango

After we whipped up some more smoothies, Robin instructed us how to make yummy Cinco de Mango Quesadillas using mangos. We make Quesadillas around our house a lot - it can be a great way to use up things in the refrigerator. I had never thought to add mangos, but it tasted so great.

Use Mangos in your Quesadillas for a nice punch of sweetness #MakeitMango

Cinco de Mango Quesadillas

As we were all enjoying the fruits of our labor, Robin brought out some Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops. Not only were these adorable to look at, but they tasted wonderful! This will definitely be a go-to summer snack for us this season!

Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops

I use mangos at home to sweeten my own green smoothies each morning. I have always used frozen mango, because I was intimidated to try and select and cut a mango myself. If you haven't tried to cook with mangos at home,  you should give it a try! Don't be intimidated, they are much easier to use than you may think. Here are some tips for using mangos in your own kitchen creations:
  • A red mango, doesn't necessarily mean a ripe mango. To find a ripe mango, just squeeze gently. A ripe mango will be slightly soft, like an avocado. A firm mango will ripen at room temperature over a few days.
  • To cut a mango, simply slice off the sides of the fruit, avoiding the large seed in the center. Once you have the two sides, you can get to the flesh and slice or dice as needed. Just scoop it our of the skin.
  • Keep unripe mangos at room temperature. Don't refrigerate mangos before they are ripe, but once ripe, mangos can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days.
For additional tips on cutting mangos and some more delicious recipes, visit www.mango.org

What have you made with mangos lately?

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This is a sponsored post, completed in cooperation with the National Mango Board and The Motherhood. As always, all opinions are my very own, or that of my family.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - 2015 Week 14

Weekly Meal Plan Ideas - real food for real people

Welcome back for another week of meal plan ideas. This week ends with Easter and Passover, and many of us have kids home from school on spring break. We are not traveling this year for spring break, so I'm planning an easy menu, using things I have on-hand, to get us through the week.

Here's what we have scheduled for this week:

Monday - Quick Dinner - this is our first night of double LAX practices
Tuesday - Chicken and Tortellini, Salad
Wednesday - Pork Tenderloin, Quinoa, Green Beans
Thursday - Broiled Salmon with leftover Quinoa and Green Beans
Friday - Pizza Night
Saturday - Leftover Buffet
Sunday - Easter Dinner, with Pineapple Stuffing

I hope you have a great spring break week, and that your Easter or Passover is a wonderful time spent with family and friends.

Weekly Menu Plan Ideas

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This post is linked up at I'm An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday. Check it out for more meal planning ideas and inspiration.

Friday, March 27, 2015

New From Stonyfield: Greek Yogurt with Chia

New Greek and Chia Yogurt from Stonyfield

I admit to being a big fan of yogurt for breakfast. It's good for you and it's quick. I'm not much of a breakfast person, but by late morning, I start to run out of steam, and a yummy yogurt can keep me going until lunch! I was intrigued by Stonyfield's new Greek and Chia Yogurt flavors.

I've been seeing Chia Seeds pop  up in more and more recipes. What exactly are Chia Seeds? (admit it - you are picturing a Chia Pet - right??) According to WebMD, Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant, Salvia Hispanica. Chia Seeds date back to the Myan and Aztec cultures and are an unprocessed, whole-grain food.

This new Stonyfield Greek and Chia Yogurt, comes in four flavors: Red Berries, Blood Orange, Blueberry and Pear. I found them at my local Whole Foods. But of course, you want to know how it tastes, right?

New Stonyfield Greek Yogurt with Chia Seeds - Blueberry

It's DELICIOUS! It's smooth and creamy. The Chia Seeds are soft, and you hardly notice them. These cups are great for lunch boxes and bags, or as an after workout pick me up! The same great Stonyfield Greek Yogurt taste you love, with yummy fruit and good for you Chia Seeds.

Here are some other new products from Stonyfield you may be interested in:

Oh My Yog! - a trilayer yogurt

Oh My Yog! A Trilayer Yogurt

OP Smoothies - an organic protein smoothie

Organic Protien Smoothie form Stonyfield

Look for all these great tastes wherever you pick up your Stonyfield favorites. For stores near you, visit their website.

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As a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I receive coupons and/or product to facilitate certain posts and reviews. As always, all opinions are my very own.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Desperately Seeking Spring - Ready for Spring Clothes

It is only 32 degrees here this morning . . .my calendar says it's the end of March. I don't know about you, my fellow fashionistas, but I am ready for spring weather! Getting dressed can be really tiresome when you feel cold all the time, and as if you're reaching for the same pieces over and over again.

Today, I am going with an old favorite: a cashmere drape cardigan. This cardigan (I have it in two colors) is a comfortable piece that I reach for again and again, especially on these days where I'm waiting for it to warm up. I also can't give up knee socks and boots yet - it's still too cold for bare ankles!

The other day I hit on a 40% off sale at Ann Taylor, and I scooped up two more pairs of my current favorite jeans: The Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jean. I am really loving this light rinse, faded looking pair for casual days.

What I'm Wearing Right Now - a cashmere cardigan styled with a t shirt and skinny jeans.
Cardigan - Lord and Taylor Cashmere
T-Shirt - Ann Taylor (last fall)
Jeans - Ann Taylor (NEW)
Books - Clarks
Bag - Kate Spade
Necklace - Tiffany
Earrings - Kate Spade

A simple, casual outfit to get me through kid drop-offs and pick-ups, errands and work.

Let's do something fun . . . what is one piece you have in your closet that you don't know how to wear?? Leave a comment here OR better yet, post a picture of it here on Facebook, and let's see if we can style an outfit for you! Doesn't that sound fun?

Don't be shy - go post!

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This post is linked up The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On. Check them out for additional outfit ideas and inspiration.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - 2015 Week 13

Weekly Meal Plan - Real Food for Real People

Welcome back for another weekly meal plan. Each Monday, I share my family's meal plan for the upcoming week. While spring has started, the bad weather (rain and snow) has kept the fields in  poor condition, so spring sports are slow getting started. What does this mean for meal planning? A lot of changing around.

But for me, that's one of the key reasons to take the time each week and plan a menu. It doesn't really matter which night you have the baked chicken (unless you need leftovers for another recipe!) - but it IS important that you have the ingredients you need on-hand, so you don't eat junk or have to make an extra trip to the store.

I always have some fall-back items on hand as well, like eggs and pasta.

Here's what we have planned for this week:

Monday - Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Peas
Tuesday - Fresh Basil and Navy Bean Soup (using leftover chicken), Bread
Wednesday - Pork Tenderloin with Quinoa and Brussel Sprouts
Thursday - YOYO (Your On Your Own) - Mom has a work event.
Friday - Pizza Night - Homemade Pizzas
Saturday - Leftover Buffet
Sunday - Homemade Cheesesteaks

And there you have it. Another simple, planned menu for a busy week. What is your family having for dinner this week?

Weekly Meal Planning Ideas

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This post is linked up at I'm An Organizing Junkie. Be sure to check it out for additional meal planning ideas and inspiration.