Thursday, October 3, 2013

Are You Ready to "Mangover Your Plate"? (Giveaway)

Fresh fruit is part of our daily diet year-round, and something that my children ask for on a daily basis.  Everything from the basics such as apples and bananas - to the more exotic and tropical pineapples and mangos!
I was recently invited to take part in a briefing hosted by The Motherhood and The National Mango Board where I learned everything there is to know about mangos, from picking them out at the grocery store, how to cut them, and how to create delicious dishes with them at home.  The Motherhood teamed up with the National Mango Board to share the ultimate secret weapon against food boredom – mangos!  

We love the sweet, tropical flavor of mangos and their ability to transform any dish – whether it’s breakfast or a midnight snack. Not only are they delicious, they are packed with more than 20 vitamins and minerals, including 100% of your daily vitamin C in just one cup! 

There are six varieties of mangos that are available all year round! 

1. Ataulfo mangos are sweet and creamy
2. Francis mangos are rich, spicy and sweet
3. Haden mangos are rich with aromatic overtones
4. Keitt mangos are sweet and fruity
5. Kent mangos are sweet and rich
6. Tommy Atkins mangos are mild and sweet

No matter which mango variety is your favorite, you can make the ordinary into the extraordinary in no time at all!  “Mangover Your Plate” with easy mango meal makeover tips for turning your usual dishes into something exciting!

How to select a mango:
* To find a ripe mango, squeeze the fruit gently.
* Color isn’t always the best indicator of ripeness.
* A ripe mango will be slightly soft like a peach or avocado.

How to store mangos:
* Keep unripe mangos at room temperature.
* Mangos shouldn’t be refrigerated before they are ripe.
* To speed up ripening, place mangos in a paper bag at room temperature.
* Once ripe, mangos should be moved to the refrigerator, which will slow down the ripening process. Whole, ripe mangos may be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator.
* Mangos may be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.

How to cut a mango:

Before you cut: 

* Always wash the mango before cutting and use a clean knife and cutting board.
* Find the mango’s eye - a marker for the mango’s seed:
   * Stand the mango on your cutting board stem end down and hold.
   * The eye should be looking back at you. 

1. Place your knife about ¼-inch from the widest center line and cut down through the  mango.
 * Flip the mango around and repeat this cut on the other side.
 * The resulting ovals of mango flesh are known as the “cheeks.” What’s left in the middle is mostly the mango seed.
2. Cut parallel slices into the mango flesh, being careful not to cut through the skin.
3. Scoop the mango slices out of the mango skin using a spoon.

Once cut, mangos don’t lose their color, and the texture holds up extremely well. Keep slices on hand to upgrade everyday basics!  A few of our favorite ways to use fresh mangos are:

1. Fused in water
2. As an ice cream topping
3. Mixed with vanilla pudding
4. Cubed in our cereal
5. Added to fruit salad
6. Smoothies or milkshakes
How to Cut a Mango

How to Cut a Mango

How to Cut a Mango

Mango Nutrition facts:
* A one-cup serving is just 100 calories and provides 100% of your daily Vitamin C
* Mangos are a super fruit with more than 20 different vitamins and minerals
* Mangos are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, both important antioxidant nutrients
* Mangos are fat free, cholesterol free and a good source of dietary fiber

The generous folks over at The National Mango Board are going to #Mangover ONE lucky Being Frugal and Making it Work reader with a Mango Starter Kit. Including fresh mangos, paring knife, fruit scoop and dish towel. {$50 Value} Thank you so much!


Win It

One of Being Frugal and Making It Work’s Readers will win  a 
#Mangover Your Plate Prize Pack including:

- fresh mangos from the National Mango Board

- paring knife
- fruit scoop
- dish towel
{$50 Value}

This giveaway will end October 16th at Midnight EST.

*Mandatory entry must be completed before other entries will count*

The giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years old or older.  The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your e-mail, or have your contact available on your blogger profile. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: The Motherhood and The National Mango Board provided products for this Review & Giveaway. I was financially compensated and all opinions are my own.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I would use personally and/or believe will be a good fit for my readers.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are based purely by our own experiences.  Results may vary.  

**Being Frugal and Making it Work is not responsible for prize shipment.



Ray said...

I enjoy the tropical pineapple as well especially in a frozen piña Colada refreshing drink!

Ray said...

I really like the "I Heart" Mango Tart dessert as it looks beautiful and tasty! Definitely a perfect dessert for a dinner party with friends!

Birdie Skolfield said...

I want to make the Sweet and Savory Mango Roll Ups

BethElderton said...

The recipe for Coconut Shrimp with Ginger Mango Sauce sounds wonderful. It reminds me of a dish I had in a restaurant one time.
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BethElderton said...

We have smoothies most mornings for breakfast and the frozen fruit mix we use has pineapple. I also add banana. I'm sure mango would be wonderful, too.
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janetfaye said...

I would like to make Cinco de Mango Salsa and serve it with Shrimp or grilled Chicken.

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tarter95 said...

I would like to try the Mango Shrimp Cocktail. Anything with mango sounds good!!

renata said...

I love cheesecake so the Cheesecake with Diced Mangos would be divine and definitely gets my vote!

renata said...

My favorite tropical fruit is papaya as I love how versatile it is from frozen smoothies to being chopped up in a yummy salad!

tarter95 said...

My favorite lunch snack is fresh pineapple mixed with banana slices.
Cut up ahead so it can absorb juices

Angela said...

I would like to try the mango with almond butter toast. I've never tried almond butter or mango on toast, but it's time to try!

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Jackie said...

I would like to try the recipe for Mango Almond Crepes. Thank you for the review and giveaway!

Unknown said...

I do not know that I have ever had Mango, so I am unsure of its taste. I would try the grilled ham and cheese.

Joy N. said...

hubby is always wanting me to find more dinners that he can make on the grill so he would enjoy the Island-Style Skewers

aperry said...

I would love to try the Cinco de Mango Salsa. I love mangos and eat them daily in smoothies.

DesiredOne said...

Mango is my favorite fruit so it was a hard choice. BUt then I saw the Crab Mango Salad and wow I want some now.

DesiredOne said...

My favorite tropical that I only discovered about 3 years ago is Mango. I now buy it every week and make a strawberry mango salad!

G said...

The Sweet and Savory Mango Roll-Ups are so creative and look so delicious too! I know my whole family would love trying these as they are delightful! Thank you!

G said...

My favorite tropical fruit selection is the pineapple as it's so sweet and yummy and is a perfect companion to any meal! Even a pizza topping is good too!

rochelle said...


meredith m said...

I would like to try the Cinco de Mango Quesadilla - looks super yummy!

meredith m said...

I think that my favorite tropical fruit is papaya since its refreshing and yummy!

d schmidt said...

Visited and they have some fantastic recipes but I think the one I would most like to make is Coconut Shrimp with Ginger Mango Sauce

MELINA said...

I would like to try the Cinco de Mango Quesadilla recipe. I think that it would have a sweet and salty flavor to it which I like.

Heather! said...

I want to try to make the Cinco de Mango Salsa. Sounds delicious and easy!

Heather! said...

I like papaya! My favorite is probably pineapple, though. It's so thirst-quenching.

@meandthemush said...

My family & I will be trying the braided mango bread pudding. This is one recipe we have never ytied

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I would like to try the Spinach Salad with Mango Vinaigrette and Cashews. It sounds delicious!
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♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

Actually, mangoes are my favorite tropical fruit! Not big on Pineapple, but mangoes are so good!
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latanya t said...

The Chicken Wings with Mango-Chili Sauce sounds good and simple enough for me to make. Plus, it adds a twist to a something we like to eat.

Angela Saver said...

I want to try the Coconut Shrimp with Ginger Mango Sauce. It sounds wonderful, I love cooking with ginger.

janetfaye said...

Pineapple is my favorite tropical fruit. I like fresh ones that are very cold.

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Dericka B said...

I think I would like to try the Crab and Mango Salad.

Dericka B said...

I think I would like to try the Crab and Mango salad. I love crab and I think this is an amazing recipe.

Nicole said...

I definitely favor mangoes over most tropical fruits. They have a meatiness to them that makes them work in all kinds of recipes, from smoothies to ice creams to crepes and salsas. But mostly I just prefer to eat them plain!

Anonymous said...

I would like the Mango Coconut Smoothie. It looks healthy and delicious and I am a mango lover


Kimberly said...

We love Mango's. I especially like the Cheesecake topped with diced mango recipe. That is one recipe I would like to try.

cman said...

The Mango Macadamia Caramel Rolls sound pretty good. I would try these as soon as possible!

cman said...

Pomegranates are my favorite. The last time I bought about 16 of them! I take them apart and my kids go nuts.

Unknown said...

I was already in love with mangoes, but after viewing all those recipes, I am even more so! I really want to try the chicken wings with mango chili sauce....mouth watering in anticipation. Never read those recipes on an empty stomach. I'd better stock up on some mangoes...

Angela said...

Mangos have to be my favorite tropical fruit! Actually, I'm not sure if I've really had a whole lot other than mangoes :)

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lmurley2000 said...

I want to try the crab and mango salad

lmurley2000 said...

my fave tropical fruit is coconut

Tylerpants said...

I'd like to try the recipe for Cheesecake Topped with Diced Mango. Super easy and I bet it's tasty too! tylerpants(at)