A favorite around here since I first placed mango slices in the Little Lady’s mesh “baby” fruit feeder, mangoes are a year round staple in my kitchen. They’re cheap and versatile, easily added to smoothies or diced for a quick, palate-cooling salsa to pair with a spicy Chipotle Quinoa.
But there is more to mango than sweet soft fruit. At only 100 calories per cup, mangoes are a diet-friendly way to get 100% of your daily recommended vitamin C, 35% of your daily recommended vitamin A and 12% of your daily recommended fiber!
That’s right — this could nearly be called a power fruit!
As I gear up for the back-to-school season, brainstorming lunch and snack ideas, I love turning to mangoes for a healthy, whole-foods way to get vitamins into the Kidlets. Last week, I handed the kitchen tools over to the Husband and let him and the Little Lady whip up Turkey and Mango Skewers.
(as this video proves, ANYONE can cut up a Mango! For tips or video how, along with recipes, visit the official Mango website. Yup — this fruit has its own site!)
Is there a recipe for these? Um, no — it is simply cubed mango and deli-turkey on child-safe skewers. I think everyone can figure that out without a recipe.
But, I DO have something else for you. I used the leftover diced mango from our snack to bake some Spiced Mango Muffins for breakfast the next day. THESE were a HUGE hit with the kidlets. I think Mr. Boy ate three. But, then again, he is a bottom-less pit in the mornings and nearly eats me out of house and home by 9 am each day.
(sigh … and he’s only 2!)
I pulled some of my favorite fragrant spices for this muffin: cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. I had my fingers crossed they would work well with the sweet mango, without overpowering the fruit. And work well they did!
A Word to the Wise: don’t get stuck in a Facebook warp while baking … or you might end up with slightly over-done edges like my muffins have. Thankfully, I remembered I was supposed to be cooking — just in time — and pulled them before the rest of the baked good darkened. But, no worries — they were still amazing and gobbled up by Mr. Boy.
Spiced Mango Muffins
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