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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Twitter Mango!

"Can you know the mighty ocean? Can you lasso a star from the sky? Can you say to a rainbow 'Hey, stop being a rainbow for a second'?

No! Such is Mango!"

Chris "Mango" Kattan

I joined Twitter. I know. Twitter. Sigh. But it seems inevitable.

Twitter allows you to only send text messages of 147 words or less, which is not much. Especially for me. But, keeping in the Twitter mode, here is a very short and sweet recipe which all of you mango lovers will adore.

Andy could live off of mangoes. He adores them. I have learned to love them and they are rather tasty.

Here is a link from the National Mango Board (who knew?). They make it look a hell of a lot easier than it really is (and the guys fingernails are totally gross):

Why should we eat a mango?


They are low in calories and packed with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.

They are also powerful powerful cancer-fighters.

One mango provides a quarter of your recommended daily allowance for vitamin C, nearly two thirds of your daily quota for vitamin A, good amounts of vitamin E and fibre.

They contain vitamin K, phosphorus and magnesium. Mangoes are particularly rich in potassium which can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

Mangoes are a ‘high volume’ food which means you get a lot of food for a relatively small amount of calories – one mango contains around 135 calories.

In Chinese Medicine, mangoes are considered sweet and sour with a cooling energy and are known as a yin tonic. They are used to treat anaemia, bleeding gums, constipation, cough, fever, nausea, sea sickness and to help with weak digestion.

It is being said that the Vitamin E present in mango helps hormonal system function more efficiently and thus, boosts sex life. Talk about MOOD FOOD.

Mango has been found to be beneficial for people suffering from the following ailments:

• Bacterial Infections • Constipation • Diarrhea • Dysentery • Eye Disorders • Hair Loss • Heat Stroke Leucorrhea • Liver Disorders • Menstrual Disorders • Morning Sickness • Piles • Prickly Heat • Scurvy • Sinusitis • Spleen Enlargement Vaginitis

My sister loves the 'vaginitis' part:My favorite fact?

Mango is good for Scorpion bites! The juice which oozes out at the time of plucking the fruit from the tree gives immediate relief to pain when applied to a scorpion bite or the sting of a bee. The juice an be collected and kept in a bottle.

Come with me! Let's make today's short and sweet Twitter recipe!

Fast and Easy Pork Tacos
*Spicy* Mango Salsa


Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Eating time: 2 minutes (they're that good!)

What you'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large chopped red onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 chipotle peppers, not from a can - too much salt! Use dried - if you can't find chipotle, 2 fresh jalapenos diced is great - remove seeds if you don't like it a bit hot
  • 1 tablespoon no-salt added chili powder
  • 1/2 cup toasted frozen corn
  • 1 pound lean ground pork, do NOT normal supermarket pork, it's much too fatty - ask the butcher at your market for lean cuts of ground pork
  • 1 14.5 ounce can no-salt pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup shredded Manchego cheese, or Monterey jack
  • Toasted Tortillas
  • Pepper to taste
MANGO SALSA! I am mango!
  • 2 large RIPE mangoes, peeled and chopped into one-inch cubes
  • 1 large jalapeno, diced, seeds included
  • 1 large red onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lower-sodium salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Freshly cut radishes
  • Romaine hearts diced
  • Plumb tomatoes diced
  • Fat free sour cream
  • Small amounts of shredded cheese

One thing I do differently is add beans to the tacos. Why? Because most recipes call for 1 1/2 pounds or even 2 pounds of ground pork which is not a very balanced meal. I try to go meatless as much as I can, or use less meat. Vegetarian meals are so much better for your body. You digest them better, they support your immune system and give you the fuel you need to keep active and healthy.

Mexican and Indian cuisine lend themselves to fantastic vegetarian meals. We eat as much vegetarian Mexican as I can make.

Okay, stop writing. TWITTER!

Here is what you do.

Make the mango salsa. Dice up the mango (good luck with that), put in a medium bowl with HALF of the onion and HALF of the jalapeno and the lime juice. Add add a dash of salt and pepper and then TASTE, TASTE, TASTE.

I love a ton of onion in my food, so if you like the way it is now, don't add the other half of onion or jalapeno The trick to all food is taste, taste, taste as you go.

Put the salsa aside.

Now, chop up the onion, garlic and chipotle (or jalapeno) peppers and put in a bowl by the stove next to a 12-inch, non-stick frying pan.

Get out ANOTHER smaller skillet and put your frozen corn in there and toast slowly over medium heat. The corn is done when it a bit dark on all sides and makes a 'popping' sound. Toasting corn in a skill with NO OIL is a great way to add super flavor and no calories.

As the corn slowly starts to toast, add your oil in the 12-inch skillet and let heat up over medium high heat for 3 minutes, until it's smoking.

Add the onion, garlic and peppers. Cook for 5 minutes, mixing occasionally so it doesn't burn. Add the chili powder, cook it for 1 minute. Now add in the ground pork, breaking it up with the tip of a wooden spoon into small chunks. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the pink-raw color is gone. Add the beans and let it all cook for 3 minutes.

Now taste. For some of you, it may be hot enough. You will need to add up to 1 teaspoon of salt but that's IT. Others may need more heat. If you do, add up to 1 tablespoon of pepper and a bit more untoasted chili powder.

When you like the temperature, take it off the stove (don't overcook the pork) and add the cheese into the skillet, making sure the heat is turned off.

Mix well until combined and serve with toasted tortillas and any of the sides.

We love to have these with one tortilla and a big side salad.

Buen Provecho!Remember, Mango loves you...

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