**found in Real Simple Magazine, March 2012
Ah. Naturally gluten-free. Don't we all just love that? I know I do! And healthy. Yes, Mother Nature's fruits have sugar, but it's better sugar then those sweets you keep shoving in your mouth. Don't think I don't know...
Desperate for a sunny mid-winter break? A sweet mango is the next best thing to a tropical location!
How to choose:
Look for a mango with unblemished skin that yields to gentle pressure from your thumb. (The color doesn't indicate ripeness; mangoes can vary from green with a red blush to yellow orange, depending on the variety.) Check for a fruity aroma at the stem end.
How to store:
Keep mangoes in a paper bag at room temperature until ripe, then refrigerate for up to 4 days. Cut mango will keep for 2 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
How to slice:
Remove the skin with a y-shaped peeler. Then, holding the fruit with a paper towel, stand it on its end on a cutting board. Using a serrated or sharp chef's knife, cut along one of the flat sides to remove the fattest part of the flesh (sometimes called the cheek); repeat on the other side. Trim any remaining flesh off the pit. Slice or chop as desired.
5 Ways To Enjoy Mango
1. Mango, Cucumber and Avocado Salsa
Toss chopped mango, cucumber, avocado, jalapeno, and red onion with lime juice; season with salt and pepper.
2. Peppered Roast Beef and Mango Sandwich
Spread mayonnaise and Sriracha (or GF Asian chili-garlic sauce) on GF whole grain toast (like Udi's or Katz). Form a sandwich with roast beef, thinly sliced mango, and watercress.
3. Chili Mango Salad
Sprinkle sliced mango with coarse sea salt, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and lime juice
4. Mango and Coconut Smoothie
In a blender, puree cut-up mango, coconut milk, fresh mint, honey and ice until smooth.
5. Caramelized Mango Sundae
Dip mango wedges in sugar to coat. Cook in a nonstick skillet over high heat until caramelized. Let cool slightly and serve with ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Enjoy!! xoxo Julie