Summer Loving – Recipe: Portobello Mango Salad with Jalapeño Cilantro Ranch Dressing

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I love the easy-going, slow pace of summer days.

While I am slightly Type A when it comes to get organized, filing away everything from last year and preparing for a new year, I still definitely enjoy just sitting back and enjoying the moment.

Yesterday I realized that I should have put, “Be spontaneous.” on the Summer Fun List.  But, I definitely know that we do not need a list to dictate our schedule every day.  So, be spontaneous was the order of the day.

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Gabriel said that he would like to just go see a movie, and Summer and Ethan enthusiastically agreed.  I decided that we had just enough time for lunch and a movie in between speech therapy and dental appointments.

The littles had a great time, and I was so happy that I decided to just be present in the moment, to be spontaneous and just enjoy the day.

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Obviously, the day was all about whatever the littles wanted, so when they requested their favorite take-out chicken strips and French fries for dinner, I agreed.  And, it was the perfect opportunity for me to create a salad for myself since Sean was working late.  I opened the refrigerator, and the portobello and mango were just begging to be put into a delicious salad. I happily agreed.  Wow…being spontaneous is so much fun!

Portobello Mango Salad with Jalapeño Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Portobello Mango Salad with Jalapeño Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

Portobello

Portobello, cubed

1 tablespoon red wine

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Salad Dressing

1 cup mayonaise

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1 jalapeño, sliced

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Salad

Lettuce

Mango, diced

Corn, fresh or frozen, cooked or grilled

Cherry tomatoes, optional

Cheese, your choice

Croutons

Cucumbers, sliced or diced

Instructions

    Preparing the Mushrooms
  1. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the portobellos and seasoned salt, and sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the red wine and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  5. Preparing the Salad Dressing
  6. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, and milk to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  7. Pour in the olive oil and lime juice, and mix together.
  8. Sprinkle in the cilantro, salt, pepper, and jalapeños, and continue to blend until smooth. It will be thick but should still be thin enough to pour.
  9. Putting It All Together
  10. Place the chopped lettuce in a bowl.
  11. Top it with the corn, cucumbers, portobellos, and mangoes.
  12. Add the cheese and croutons, and place the tomatoes around the sides (or slice and put on the top).
  13. Pour on the dressing.
  14. Enjoy!
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/07/18/summer-loving-recipe-portobello-mango-salad-with-jalapeno-cilantro-dressing/

If you have enjoyed the other Ice Age movies, you will enjoy Ice Age: Continental Drift, too.  I love that there are still sweet, innocent movies with life lessons in them for my littles.  This one had family values and friendship intertwined in it, and we all really enjoyed it.

Summer Fun: Making Smoothies – Recipe: Lime, Mango, Banana Smoothie

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We are trying out different smoothies each week so that we can keep track of them and determine our favorites.

When Gabriel woke up feeling under the weather this week, the one thing that sounded good to him was a smoothie.  His only request was that it have banana in it.

So, I got to work on our latest creation.  We thought that it turned out really good…so good that he requested it the next morning, too.  That is always the definition of a recipe success in my book.

Lime, Mango, Banana Smoothie

Lime, Mango, Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup lime sherbet

1 banana

1 small mango

1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons sugar or honey (you can easily omit or reduce this)

Instructions

  1. Add the yogurt and sherbet to the blender.
  2. Add in the banana and mango.
  3. Pour the orange juice over the top.
  4. Sprinkle on the sugar or honey.
  5. Blend until smooth.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/06/13/summer-fun-making-smoothies-recipe-lime-mango-banana-smoothie/

Summer Fun: Making Popsicles – Recipe: Strawberry Mango Popsicles

We started our summer break in full force yesterday.  Since we do not have a set plan of what to do each day, we just woke up, looked at the list, and selected some fun things to do.

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One of the things that caught their attention was making popsicles.

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While I had made popsicles out of juice before, I had never pureed my fruit and made them that way.

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The littles loved them, and, even though they eat plenty of fruit, I still felt great knowing that they were getting some nutrition with their fun afternoon snack.

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We will definitely be making plenty more popsicles duringour summer break.  The fun has only just begun.

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Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Ingredients

16 ounces strawberries, stems removed

1 mango, peeled and sliced

1 cup orange juice

1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Add the strawberries and mango to the blender.
  2. Pour in the orange juice.
  3. Sprinkle in the sugar.
  4. Blend until fully pureed.
  5. Pour into popsicle molds or cups with craft popsicle sticks.
  6. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/06/06/summer-fun-making-popsicles-recipe-strawberry-mango-popsicles/