Have Plate Will Travel : January 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mango salsas, a superfood for a big game snack



When the NFL is ready to crown the football champion at the Super Bowl, party throwers and party guests are ready to kick back and enjoy the big game. Of course, a smorgasbord of food is a tradition at any big game party. According to the National Restaurant Association, the number one big game food is salsa. This year serve the most popular big game food, salsa, with a superfood kick, mango

Mango is a superfood with 20 different vitamins and minerals. This sweet fruit is bursting with essential nutrients such as vitamin C, dietary fiber, polyphenols, and pro-vitamin A carotenoids. Mango is considered as a powerful superfood that is capable of strengthening the immune system and promoting weight loss. It can also useful in reducing the visible signs of aging. 

While many people throw moderation to the wind at a big game party, a mango salsa can be a delicious and nutritious option on the menu. Even though healthful food items ranked seventh on the top 10 big game foods list, guests will appreciate the mango salsas for their taste and health benefits. 

Here are three mango salsa recipes from the Mango Board that will make any big game party a rousing success. 

Ingredients
·         1 medium jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced
·         2/3 cup diced red bell pepper
·         1/3 cup diced red onion
·         2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
·         2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
·         1 tablespoon olive oil
·         ½ teaspoon ground cumin
·         ½ teaspoon kosher salt
·         3 large ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and diced
Instructions:
·         Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl.

Ingredients
·         2 firm but ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and diced
·         2 firm but ripe avocadoes, peeled, pitted and diced
·         2 tablespoons serrano pepper, seeded and minced
·         ¼ cup red onion, diced
·         ¼ cup red pepper, diced
·         2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
·         1 lime, zested and juiced
·         1 teaspoon chile powder
·         1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Instructions:
·         Combine all ingredients. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to blend. 

Ingredients
·         ½ cup olive oil
·         3 garlic cloves, finely minced
·         ¼ cup lime juice (from about 2 limes), plus 2 limes cut into wedges, for serving
·         1 teaspoon salt
·         1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·         2 mangos, peeled, pitted and diced
·         1 red bell pepper, halved, seeded and finely diced
·         1 green bell pepper, halved, seeded and finely diced
·         1 yellow bell pepper, halved, seeded and finely diced
·         1 large red onion, halved and finely chopped
·         1 serrano chile, finely chopped, optional
·         ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
·         1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
Instructions
·         Whisk the olive oil, garlic, lime juice, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Add the mangos, peppers, red onions, chile, and cilantro and toss to coat. Add the beans and gently toss everything together.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Regional favorite recipes score for big game parties



With the final countdown to the big game on Sunday underway, party throwers and party guests are searching for delicious recipes to serve. When the final football game of the season kicks off, fans and foes alike are ready to cheer the touchdowns or laugh at the commercials. The key to making the evening an enjoyable one isn’t the score of the game, it is the food. From a large gathering to bite with just the family, Walmart is serving up some regional favorite recipes that will get rousing applause. 

Walmart has compiled some regionals recipes that everyone will enjoy. Plus, Walmart is the perfect place to find all the recipe ingredients at reasonable prices. 

Are you ready for the touchdown celebrations?

Regional favorites from Walmart.com:
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 liters Sierra Mist lemon lime soda (reduced into Sierra Mist syrup)
  • 1/3 cups chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon instant chicken flavor bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons warm water
Instructions:
  • Make Sierra Mist syrup: In a large pot reduce 3 liters of Sierra Mist until you have 6 cups left. (Alternatively you can use Sierra Mist Fountain Syrup if available to you.)
  • In a large saucepan combine the Sierra Mist syrup, garlic sauce and bouillon.
  • Dissolve the corn starch in the water and mix into the Sierra Mist mixture.
  • Heat until just boiling and thickened. Hold for service or cool to 41 degrees and refrigerate.
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