Cherries and mango are two very common (and yummy!) fruits which you wouldn’t normally think would go well together. Recently, I found myself with some leftover cherries after baking a pie, and decided I wanted to make a smoothie with them. At first I wasn’t sure what to combine them with, but I decided to give mango another shot at Smoothie Sunday. Thus the mango cherry smoothie was born.
I have to admit I don’t have a ton to say about the creation of this smoothie. I had a mango left from a dinner I made earlier in the week that was very ripe and needed to be used, and the blackberries were starting to be ripe in Erik’s parents’ yard. I wasn’t sure how the combination would work, but it turned out pretty yummy! I felt like I had to use more honey than I usually do in smoothies, but the blackberries were pretty tart, so that’s probably why. If you have sweeter blackberries you likely won’t need as much sweetener. I have to say, mangos are one of my favorite fruits to use in smoothies. I really enjoy mango flavor, but just eating mangos can be kind of messy and sometimes you end up with mango fibers stuck between your teeth which is incredibly frustrating. Now that I’ve taken up enough room rambling…on to the recipe!
Summer is here! Which means that Smoothie Sunday is back! I have to admit, I’m feeling a bit intimidated about coming up with 3 months’ worth of smoothies for a third year in a row. But I shall do my best to bring you new smoothie ideas every Sunday. I also admit that Smoothie Sunday season snuck up on me a bit this year and I wasn’t totally prepared, meaning I was a bit lacking in supplies when it came time to start making smoothies. But we here at Poor Couple’s Food Guide are nothing if not thrifty and up for improvising. So first smoothie up this season wasn’t as carefully planned out as last year’s…this one was inspired solely by what fruit was around the house. Originally it was going to just be a peach mango smoothie, but I had some strawberries left from strawberry picking that had to be used before going bad, so in they went! I also forgot to buy yogurt, so I didn’t include yogurt in the smoothie I made, but I’m including it in the recipe because there wasn’t enough smoothie without it.
I’m about to state an opinion that some people might not agree with, but here we go: pork isn’t really that good unless it’s slow cooked. There’s just something about the meat that needs the benefit of slow cooking to really sing. That being said, one of my favorite and easiest slow cooked pork recipes is pulled pork. It’s delicious and there are also almost always leftovers to use in different ways. One way I came up with to use up leftovers was to use it in a burrito. While places like Taco Bell don’t usually feature pork, at real Mexican restaurants you’ll generally find at least a few dishes featuring it. So while I’m in no way claiming this is an authentic Mexican dish, it’s not that far out there either.
Sometimes I give a lot of thought to my smoothie flavor combinations. Other times the ideas arise mainly from, “I need to use up this fruit before it goes bad.” This smoothie happened to come from the latter category. Luckily it happened to turn out really yummy! It became one of my new favorite smoothies. I realize cherries are kind of a pain in the ass to use in smoothies because you have to remove the pit. If you plan on using them a lot you can buy frozen pitted cherries and use those. If not you’re going to have to bite the bullet and pit fresh ones. I admit this does add a bit of prep time to this smoothie, especially since the mango isn’t super fast to dismantle either. But I think it’s worth it.