5 Mango Recipes to Add to Your Menu
By Ali Struhs
Mangoes frequently rank among the most popular fruit in the world. They’re uniquely flavored, sweet, and a powerhouse for nutrients. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins A and C, mangoes support a healthy heart, immune system, and vision. There are over 150 varieties of mangoes and they are grown all over the world, so it’s a safe bet that your grocery store will have some in stock. Here are five ways to add this versatile, golden fruit to your Jenny Craig menu.
Salsa doesn’t just have to be tomatoes, peppers, and onion. Try mixing up a mango salsa that is both sweet and a little spicy. Dice a ½ cup of mango, and then add chopped onion, red bell pepper, cilantro, and jalapeno to taste. Squeeze fresh lime juice and combine. Serve on top of the Baja-Style Chicken Quesadilla for lunch.
Don’t limit your salad toppings to only vegetables! In addition to strawberries and blueberries, mangoes make a perfect, fruity topping. For a salad that is south of the border, chop power greens like kale and spinach, and top with a ½ cup of cubed mango, cilantro, tomato, and jicama. Toss your salad in a low-calorie dressing and serve.
Toss in fruit salad
Fruit salad is an easy, make-ahead side to accompany all meals of the day. Add the tropical flavor of mango to your favorite berries, banana, and apple fruit salad. Simply wash and cut fruit into bite-size pieces and mix together. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a nutrient-packed serving of fruit that’s ready for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serve just a ½ cup of your mango fruit salad alongside the Breakfast Scramble from Jenny Craig for a breakfast that will keep you feeling satisfied all morning.
Add to Asian dishes
Mangoes may pair well with Mexican-inspired dishes, but if you’re craving a dinner that is both savory and sweet, try adding a serving of mangoes to Jenny Craig’s Asian-inspired dishes. If you have a few extra minutes to prepare dinner, try grilling mango before adding it to your meal. Spritz the mango lightly with nonfat cooking spray and place on the grill cut-side down for about one minute, or until slightly charred. This tropical twist amps up the flavor of Beef Chow Mein and Asian Style Chicken.
Blend in a smoothie
Mangoes and blenders are a match made in heaven. When blended, mangoes have a smooth, velvety texture that makes them perfect for adding to smoothies. For a quick, on-the-go snack, add a ½ cup of chopped mango to a protein-packed Vanilla Cream Shake to create a tropical smoothie!