Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mango Lime Cilantro Smoothie

Mango Lime Cilantro Puree

Yesterday I was making the Quinoa Avocado Mango Salad that I posted on this blog a couple of weeks ago to bring to a gathering of friends for dinner last night.  Some days my brain is tired of thinking about what I can bring to such events that I can actually eat, but I thought of this salad and decided others might like it, too.  As I was making it, I remembered that last time I made it I hadn't chopped the cilantro quite small enough for me and had to pick some of it out. So this time, I decided to puree the cilantro with the mango and lime juice.  Well  --- wow!  I loved the neon-green color and the Pzazzy taste and realized I could use this as a smoothie puree, so I indulged immediately. Then I went on to mix the puree that I hadn't gulped down with cooked quinoa and a small amount of chopped very soft avocado to make the salad to bring to share with others. The salad was a definite hit with most people.  More Pzazz for my day!

Another part of this story:   A friend, Diane,  shared her Magic Bullet with me and I have been incredibly impressed with the versatility, portability, efficiency, quietness and ease of cleaning this single portion processing tool.  (My kitchen is beginning to look like a test kitchen for gadgets that puree!)  What I really like about this Magic Bullet is that there is no waste of the puree in the bottom of the container.  And it is a snap to clean.  Also, it effiectively purees even kale and blueberries for my Mud Slide  (posted a couple of weeks ago), and it is so small that it doesn't require much counter space and easily travels with me.  Thanks for letting me try out this new gadget, Diane! I'm definitely purchasing my own when it goes on sale.  Now, everyone, please go make this delectable summer smoothie!

1 cup fresh mango slices
juice from one lime
1/4 cup cilantro leaves (stems removed)

Place all ingredients into the container of a Magic Bullet or similar and puree until smooth, frothy, and delectably Pzazzed! Garnish as desired, but please keep it looking fresh and snappy!

Servings per recipe: 2
Serving Size: About 1/2 cup
Calories: 58
Total Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 2 mg
Total Carbs: 16 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 0 g