champagne mangoes are just superior: mango salsa lunch variety

*quick note from me:  I wrote this post on Monday and added photos on Thursday.  I thought I hit "publish" after adding the photos, but oops, guess I didn't.  Sorry for the delay.

So I have over a week of my nice big house all to my self (well, it's pretty impossible to forget my cat) with Greg out and about on the job.  As usual, I just can't coast in the kitchen.  All it takes is a couple of bountiful bags of good fresh things from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and I have to cook and bake, even just for myself.  Even at lunch.  Girl's gotta eat.

So Sunday was just a flat out gorgeous day.  And it was about d*** time.  Went to an awesome hot vinyasa yoga class and rolled right up into my first side crows ever.  Ran my usual round of Sunday errands in my cute little Mini Cooper (also known as the sippy cup because even with good mileage, a ten-gallon tank needs filling too often) with the sunroof wide open.  Walked up to Whole Foods to be greeted by a sassy display of $1 champagne mangoes and took a picture to share with Sara.  We have a deep bond over the superior goodness of the champagne mango over the year-round ready larger variety.  For us it's mainly a texture thing, the champagne mangoes are just really smooth.  Anyway, as soon I entered WF there was a tasty grouping of samples:  tomato salsa, mango salsa and guacamole.  Logically, then I had to buy 10 mangoes and some nice sturdy red peppers that were also on sale so I could make some mango salsa for lunch.  Mind you, I am the only one home.  I have a new blender and I'm not worried any mangoes might go to waste.  They can always become smoothies.

I also had some rotisserie chicken at home so Sunday's lunch was chicken quesadillas (the good corn+flour tortillas from Costco, rotisserie chicken, avocado and white cheddar) with mango salsa.  Monday's lunch was a salad with heated up chicken, leftover caramelized onions, avocado, mango salsa and sour cream.  This could go on for days.  Maybe in a bowl with brown rice and all of the above.  Salsas are super easy to make at home.  I'm always in the less is more category.  Whole Foods adds red onion and pickled jalapeños to their mango salsa.  You never know if your red onion will be super hot and I hate how that ruins a dish for me, so I left out onion but could have added some sweet onion.  I didn't need heat and I didn't have any so I skipped the jalapeños, but they would be good.  Go get the champagne mangos while they are in season and brighten all kinds of things with some sunny mango salsa.
chicken quesadillas with mango salsa

Mango Salsa

3 or 4 ripe mangoes, diced
1/2 to 1 whole red pepper, cored and diced
1/2 red or sweet onion, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 bunch cilantro, cleaned, stemmed and leaves chopped
2 T pickled jalapeños, diced (optional)
juice of two small or one large lime, to taste
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Toss all ingredients together and taste for lime and salt.  Store in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

cutting around the large flat seed
scoring and scooping the mango fruit


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