Mango Magic

TUPELO – With spring in full swing and summer on the way, Southerners are beginning to look for ways to get out of a hot kitchen when preparing meals.
Leanne Davis, a registered dietitian with the North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center, has one solution: mangoes.
“With mangoes, you don’t even have to turn the oven on,” she said.
Davis presented a free cooking demonstration featuring this versatile summer fruit one day last week at the Wellness Center. She pointed out that mangoes can be purchased fresh, frozen or in juice form. Any way you go, she said, mangoes are delicious and nutritious – they’re very high in vitamins A and C and iron.
Davis prepared a smoothie using frozen mixed fruit featuring mangoes and a fizzy peach mango drink. She also made a spinach salad with mangoes and cranberries topped with a balsamic vinaigrette mixed with cocoa powder.
“Don’t freak out about the cocoa powder,” Davis said. “You really can’t taste it. It just gives the vinaigrette a richer, deeper flavor. You’ve got a lot of nutrition in that salad, with the spinach leaves, the walnuts, the cranberries and the mangoes.”
Jodi Darnell, a dietetic intern from Mississippi State University who helped Davis with the cooking demo, prepared a frozen mango pie to serve participants.
“This recipe uses a store-bought pie crust, but you could make your own if you wanted to,” Davis said. “This pie is so good, but remember: A serving is one piece, not the whole pie.”

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