August 11, 2008

Mango Berry Banana Smoothie

Mmm... a cold fruity breakfast in the middle of summer.

Does it get any better? Oh, yeah. It takes just seconds to make. Now that's what I'm talking about.

So I'm starting off my mango spree with an easy little fix. From here, it's going to get crazier and crazier. How so? Well, as I tossed in bed last night, unable to fall asleep with visions of food possibilities flashing in front of my eyes, I imagined all of the ways I could manipulate those lovely mangoes.

After watching the Coconut Cake episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay, I felt inspired to make a coconut cake brushed with coconut simple syrup with mango curd filling and cream cheese icing. Yum? Indeed.

I also had the thought of converting this fascinating vegan concoction into a mango-infused creme brulee with a hint of saffron. I think you can understand why I was having trouble falling asleep.

Still more? Oh, yes. It was a vicious case of insomnia. After envisioning all of those sweets, I had to go a little savory. Then I remembered this little seductress from Coconut & Lime. Smoky mango deliciousness? Oh, I think so. The only problem is that I am not a huge fan of pork. So I am thinking about swapping it with some chicken breast. Is it possible? I have no idea. But we will see...

Now that I am glancing through my recipe archives, I can also consider this coconut crab cake with mango-avocado salsa. Sounds like the perfect foil to the coconut mango cake, if you ask me.

I could even convert this to a mango maple meatloaf. My options are endless!

If you are a mango nut like I am, here are some more recipes that I've bookmarked:

Tropical Baked Beans

Jerk Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Mango Ginger Chicken

Key Lime Cheesecake with Mango

Mango Tart

Mango Rhubarb Crumble


So anyway, here are the ingredients for the smoothie...

Mango Berry Banana Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 frozen banana (peeled. yeah, I learned that the hard way.)
  • 3 medium strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
  • 1/2 edible portion of mango (add more for a more intense flavor)
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seed (the nutrients of flax meal are more readily absorbed than those of flax seeds)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Throw all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. For a thicker smoothie, add more frozen banana.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve.

Tomorrow: Who knows?

3 comments:

Helen said...

I'm glad you liked the sound of my crab cakes! please let me know what you think if you try them. Your smoothie looks great by the way, nice and thick and fruity.

The Konosur said...

i'm definitely going to try this out - flax seeds seal the deal.

Renee said...

Helen - I am making them tonight. I can't wait!

The Konosur - Excellent! I hope you enjoy it.