One of my favorite things to do with my kiddos is to take them somewhere new. Where they will see something they’ve never seen before. I love experiencing life through their eyes because let’s face it, kids make everything a bit more magical, don’t they?
I was so excited to take them to the The Culinary Center of Kansas City for a class on mangos. Now, I’m going to share a little secret with you. Before last week I had never eaten a mango.
Nope. Not ever. Many people are shocked when I share that. But growing up, we ate what my mom bought and she never bought mangos. I grew up eating the fruits that seemed normal to me.
Because they weren’t in the house, mangos became this fruit that seemed a little too exotic. In fact, I never bought them in the store because, like, how do I even know if I’m buying the right thing? Is it supposed to be green, red, soft, hard? HOW DO YOU CUT IT, YOU GUYS? I really had no idea. So I just bypassed them altogether.
And ya know what I realized? I’m depriving my kids of a lot of amazing foods because I simply won’t try new things. Well, I’ve decided I want to change that – especially since we are trying to live a healthier lifestyle as a family!
The boys were overjoyed when I told them I was taking them to a cooking class and we were going to learn all about an awesome new fruit. They had never had it before and I was hopeful that they would keep an open mind.
When we walked in they handed us all delicious Mango and Banana Smoothies. It was so yummy! They both had “mango mustaches” after drinking them. They made more for the group and Landon and Brigham watched in amazement as the chef cut up a mango. The video below will help if you’re clueless like me.
It proves to me that sharing new foods with them now, when they’re young, will create a lifetime of delicious and healthy meals for them later!
Alongside other great bloggers, we learned all kinds of things that night. Some of my favorite tidbits were:
- Mangos are a superfood and one cup is only 100 calories!
- One cup also provides 100% of your daily vitamin C (definitely trying to get more of that in our diets!)
- Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world!
- Mangos are available all year long
- To speed up ripening – place mangos in a paper bag at room temperature
- Mangos have natural tenderizing properties making them perfect for marinades!
Speaking of marinades – we were each given a mango cookbook and when I went home I looked through it for new recipes I want to try. I had to share this one with you guys knowing that grilling season is JUST around the corner!
- 2 mangos (about 2 pounds), peeled and pitted
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1½ pounds 95% lean ground turkey
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 green onions, white and light green parts chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- 10 whole-wheat burger “slider” buns
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- ½ head butter lettuce, washed and torn into large pieces
- Dice 1 mango
- In a blender or food processor, puree it with olive oil until smooth
- In a large bowl, combine pureed mango, ground turkey, breadcrumbs, green onions, garlic, thyme, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper
- Preheat outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Clean and oil grill grates.
- Form turkey mix into 10 small patties
- Cook until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 15 minutes total, flipping halfway through cooking
- Remove from grill and place on clean platter, tent with foil and set aside.
- Peel remaining mango with vegetable peeler
- Cut a small section off the bottom of the remaining mango so it sits on cutting board.
- Slice mango from the cheek in, creating small disks
- Place turkey burgers on whole-wheat buns and top with sliced mango, red onion and butter lettuce