The best way to get kids to try a variation of foods is to have them assist in the kitchen. It also helps when you add things that they already like. I told my daughter that we would be joining some fellow bloggers to try out some recipes using mangos. She smiled with excitement as we love mangos and probably don't buy them as often as we should. I have to admit that most fruit in my house is eaten raw or in a smoothie so this was going to be nice change.
Adding fruit such as mango to simple dishes can give it with sweet kick. During the cooking demonstration, we made Cinco De Mango Quesadillas and sampled mango salsa, frozen yogurt dipped mango pops and a mango and banana smoothie. All were delicious and something I had not tried before but the Quesadilla was something I figured I could get the picky eater in my house to try. My daughter agreed so we purchased the needed supplies to recreate it.
Prepped and ready to go I allowed my daughter to do most of the work.
I am happy to report that our picky eater loved it but ate it before we could get a picture. The Mango Board gave us a cook book and we will be trying out lots of recipes. We love that we can have the sweet taste of mangos all year round.
Courtesy of the Mango Board.
- 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 dried ancho/pasilla chile pepper, stemmed and seeded
- 4 burrito size flour tortillas
- 6 ozs thinly sliced Jack Cheese
- 1 ripe mango, peels, pitted and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- Cook chicken on a lightly oiled grilled over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side or until lightly charred and cooked through. Let cool slightly and cut into bite size strips. Puree tomato sauce and dried pepper in a blender or food processor. Transfer into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Add grilled chicken to the pan and toss well to coat; season to taste with salt. Place flour tortillas on a flat surface. Top half of each tortilla with equal amounts of cheese, mango, bell pepper, green onion and chicken; fold over tortilla. Cook in a large skillet on both sides until cheese is melted and tortilla is crisp, about 5 minutes on each side.
Visit www.mango.org for additional information on mango varieties, availability and recipes.
Do you cook with Mangos?