Eat Well: Mango a Go Go

The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, mom! Also, apparently we were on the same page (ha!) this week with our homage(s) to great children's books. (See below.) We must be related or something.
Last week while spending a couple of days in LA with my girls, Archer read me one of his favorite books, Adventures of Cow, Too. It is hilarious and sarcastic and wonderful, and it's such a joy to laugh with him as he sees the humor in its pages. Fable loves the book, also, but most likely because it's Archer’s favorite. She has her own special stories… Olivia and The Napping House. It got me thinking about my children and how each of them had their favorite books… each different and as unique as their personalities. David, who was inseparable from his own beloved brown teddy bear, asked for Who Wants an Old Teddy Bear? and Happy Birthday, Moon every single night. Rebecca loved all books by Maurice Sendak but her favorite was Outside Over There. We never bought it (we didn’t buy many books when she was little since we didn’t have much money) but she would check it out almost every week at the library. I loved reading it… such a deep and poetic story of a strong heroine who saves her baby sister. When Rachel came along 7 years after Rebecca, I bought Outside Over There for her thinking she would love it as much as her sister, but after hearing it once she announced that it was “TOO SCARY” and never wanted it read to her again. I felt sad that I had never bought it for Rebecca who had loved it so much, that I had bought it for the wrong daughter. But I guess Rebecca got the joy of finding it every week at the library and repeatedly bringing it home.

In contrast to Rebecca’s darker taste, Rachel’s favorite stories were Piggies and Stellaluna. I kept stocked up on mangos during her Stellaluna period because she always wanted to eat one after reading the book, pretending she was a fruit bat as she opened her mouth wide for the juicy chunks of mango flesh. That brings me to this week’s food post since at 23 weeks the babies are mango-sized.

Mangoes, although superb as is, are fabulous in recipes, especially in summer. They are rich in vitamins and their juicy sweetness can liven up a grain recipe or give variety to salsa (mango salsa is wonderful with fish). Besides the availability of mangoes year-round, you now can buy frozen mangoes, a wonderful addition to smoothies. I loved making my kids smoothies in the summer as they thought they were getting a treat and I knew they were getting a rainbow of vitamin filled fruits. And one of my favorite drinks is mango lassi, an Indian yoghurt drink, that is simple to make and a great accompaniment to spicy food.

The biggest problem with a mango is trying to cut it. I have tried all of the recommended ways and have found this way the easiest. Chef Allen Susser is a mango specialist and makes cutting mangoes a snap. Just make sure you have a good sharp knife…that makes all the difference.

Mango Salsa
1 mango, cut up
Chopped cilantro to taste
chopped jicama (about ¾ of a cup or to taste)
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
A few tablespoons finely minced onion
Juice of 1 lime
1 ripe but firm avocado, chopped:
Combine all ingredients. Taste and correct seasonings.

Mango Lassi
1 mango, cut up
1 cup yoghurt
½ cup milk (you can use rice or almond milk)
4 teaspoons of sugar or honey (more if needed)
a few pinches of ground cardamom pods

Put all ingredients (including a pinch of cardamom) in a blender and blend until smooth.
Add more sugar or honey if needed. Sprinkle a little cardamom on top and serve.


This next recipe was inspired by Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Apricot Lime Vinaigrette in Clean Food by Terry Walters. I liked it because it has a lot of different protein-rich ingredients (quinoa, beans, and two types of seeds). I thought it needed more of a kick, so I added more lime juice and took out the apricot nectar in the original recipe. I also substituted cilantro for the mint, giving it a more pungent flavor. I cooked my black beans but you could use canned, drained and rinsed.

Quinoa, Mango, and Black Bean Salad
¾ cup quinoa
1 ¼ cups water
3 cups cooked black beans
½ cup chopped red onion
1 mango, chopped
1 cup peeled and diced jicama
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds
¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup lime juice
2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
½ cup chopped cilantro (or mint)
salt and pepper to taste

Bring water to boil and add quinoa and a pinch of salt. Cover and reduce to a simmer, until water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Set aside to cool. Place beans, onion, mango, and jicama in a large bowl.
Fluff the cooled quinoa with a fork and add to bowl:
(Gently fold to combine.)

Whisk together salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
Pour over salad and toss to coat. Fold in tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds just before serving.
Enjoy and Happy Summer!


P.S. Amanda, I'm sorry I missed you at Café Gratitude. I would have LOVED it if you had come up to say hi. Next time, please do! xo, Wendy


Martha | 11:05 AM

I love hearing that you took your kids to the library every week because you didn't have money to buy books. My husband and I are in that boat right now and we take our 18 month old to the library every week to pick out board books. One of his favorite books is Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see. Sometimes I feel sad that I can't buy lots of books for him but I also really love going to the library!
Thanks for your recipe posts, I love Eat Well with WWW :)

Mymsie | 11:24 AM

Mmm, now I want a mango Lassi! Funny because just last week, I looked online for mango-cutting dirs. :)

MommyLisa | 11:25 AM

I want that salad. Yum.

Unknown | 11:47 AM

Yum, I'm totally making a mango lassi soon and probably that quinoa salad too.

One thing to be cautious of with mangoes is that some people are allergic to the skin. I get puffy lips if I eat the mango right off of the skin and have to be careful about washing my hands right after if I handle one. My uncle (a doctor) said that there's something in the skin akin to poison oak -- some people are sensitive to it while others are not.

booshwash | 11:49 AM

I love your recipes, and quite a few of them have become regulars in our house. I was planning on using one of your quinoa salads for a picnic this weekend, but I like the look of your black bean and quinoa salad from today's post. But... jicama... I had to look it up. I live in Toronto, Canada, and although I'm sure I could find it if I went to Chinatown or a similar market, I don't think I can get to one in the next few days (I'm a car-free stay at home mom). Can you suggest an alternative for those of us that don't have easy access to such interesting looking root vegetables? Thank you!

Abby | 11:56 AM

Getting to get our OWN library card was a very big deal. A right of passage in our family. Plus our house was not air onditioned, but the library was!

Mammy P | 12:16 PM

Mmm! I've never tried the lassi, but something similar from my favourite Thai place back home in Ontario... tinned mango, a handful of icecubes and a generous dollop of condensed milk. Sounds weird but SO YUMMY!

Tracey | 12:35 PM

I love your memories of their childhood. And their love of the library. And how all parents do theri best but don't always get it perfectly right because that is not how the world goes round. xx

Wendy Woolf | 1:24 PM could substitute fresh raw corn off the cob or cut up sugar snap peas....or even crispy bean just want a crunchy thing in there to offset the softness of the rest of the dish.

Anonymous | 1:39 PM

Can I just say... i love your blog! love that i'm going to find something new each day. i was just bitching to my hubby that while the kids love mango, i hate cutting them up. and poof... your mom includes a link on how to properly cut a mango. just like when the pioneer woman taught me how to properly dice an onion-- my life's been changed ever since :) keep it up!

Tara | 4:36 PM

Those all look so yummy! I actually made mango lassi for the first time this week and it is absolutely delicious! It is a perfect pair with Indian cuisine or simply enjoyed on its own on a nice, warm summer day. Thanks for the great recipes as always.

Jill | 7:14 PM

Was "Happy Birthday, Moon" the one where the bear puts a top hat in the tree for the moon to wear? If so, I've been trying to figure out this book for over 2 years now to read to my children. I loved it as a child but couldn't remember what it was called. (Kept thinking, "Goodnight Moon," which I despise.) Anyway, thank you also for the mango cutting advice! My girls love mangos and I always feel lost while cutting into them, so that video was very helpful. I'm a long time reader of GGC and this is my first time commenting. Thanks for everything Rebecca and Wendy!

Wendy Woolf | 10:12 PM

Yes, Jill. That's the book!

Lindsey | 8:17 AM

The lassi and the salad look sooo good. Looking forward to a bumper crop of mangoes this year.

Anonymous | 9:48 AM

Mmmm these all sound delicious. I've been thinking about giving quinoa a try, so maybe this is my ticket in.

amanda | 10:15 AM

Hi Wendy!!! As soon as I left Cafe Gratitude, I wished I would have said hi! I always love your recipes! Have you had the "I am warm-hearted" at Cafe Gratitude? I have to try to crack the recipe. It was SO good. What's your fav dish there?

Stef | 2:56 PM

Two of my favorite mango recipes are a mango and quinoa salad from Debora Madison (so I was happy to see this one which is a bit different and looks delicious too) and a mango sorbet that's dead easy to whip up.

When I lived in Miami last year, mangoes were plentiful, and I was surprised to learn how many varieties exist.

One of the things I most look forward to about having kids is reading with them. It was interesting for me to read how all of your children had different tastes in books.

Caroline | 11:37 AM

The mango salad is fantastic. I made it last week, and I just bought all the ingredients to make it again tomorrow. Thank you so much for all of your great posts!