Mango Lassi

Only 8 days left to go on my Indiegogo campaign! I admittedly haven’t promoted it much at all, and it hasn’t been super successful because I think ten people read this blog consistently, but a huge thanks to everyone who has shared it on social media and told me nice things about my writing. I got my first (and only) donation this week, so let’s keep this ball rolling with another recipe!

Oh, how I love a good mango lassi. My favorite Indian restaurant in town, Tarka Indian Kitchen, serves the best one I’ve ever had. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the recipe for a good mango lassi is a 1:1 ratio of mango and yogurt, with just a touch of added sweetener.

Mango Lassi

Serves 1 | Gluten-free, vegetarian

Ingredients

Plain unsweetened yogurt (I used White Mountain, a local Austin brand.)
1 large mango
1 tbsp. agave or honey (optional)

Equipment

Blender
Fork
Small bowl

Instructions

1. Before slicing it, give your mango a little massage. I had read this on a few different blogs with mango lassi recipes. Apparently, it loosens up the pulp and makes it easier to separate the meat from the pit.

2. Peel and slice your mango, which can be tricky, since it has a weird oval-shaped pit. I usually do it like this. Place the mango chunks into a small bowl.

3. Mash the mango with a fork into a pulp. Measure the pulp and take note of how much it is, because you’ll match that amount with the amount of yogurt you add. For example, if you had 3/4 c. mango pulp, you’d add 3/4 c. yogurt to the blender.

4. Add the mango pulp and the equivalent amount of yogurt into the blender. If desired, add agave or honey if you like your lassi on the sweeter side.

5. Blend until smooth and serve!

Mango Lassi

p.s. Do y’all like my magnetic poetry? I am a kitchen woman! (Rawr.)

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Spicy Cholula Black Beans

These beans are my food rut. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I make this same bean recipe for weeks in a row, but they are so good eaten all on their own and even better stuffed into a taco with some fresh avocado slices and quinoa. Who cares, really? Beans are the vegetarian lifeblood and Cholula is the nectar of the gods.

Before you get on to the recipe, I have some news: It’s the first day of my Indiegogo campaign to make Hippie Eats better! I’m trying to raise funds for advertising, branding, and quality ingredients by my 24th birthday on June 30. If you’ve ever made one of these recipes, liked my photos on Instagram, or liked one of my posts, please take a minute to check it out. Thanks, y’all!

beans

Spicy Cholula Black Beans

Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients

2 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp. Cholula hot sauce (I used the original, but go nuts with the other flavors and let me know what you think!)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika (I used smoked paprika, which makes everything better.)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 c. finely chopped red onion
1 c. water
2 tsp. olive oil

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a saucepot. Add onion and cook until soft and fragrant.

2. Add drained beans, water, and spices; stir, and simmer on medium heat until most of the water is dissolved. It’s that easy!

deep purple smoothie

I know it’s cold in Austin today, y’all, but I still need some nutrients after eating leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing for days on end! Even though there’s plenty of greens in here, the pomegranate and blueberries in this smoothie turned it a lovely purple.

Deep Purple Smoothie

1 c. almond milk

1/4 c. frozen blueberries

1/4 c. frozen mango chunks

3 frozen peach slice

1 handful greens (or about 1 cup loosely packed)

1 banana

1/4 c. pecans

2 tbsp hemp protein powder

1/2 of a pomegranate

(Postscript: The pomegranate seeds made this smoothie kind of chunky, even though I blended it thoroughly. I’m sure this smoothie would be perfectly delicious without them, or you could substitute some pomegranate juice for the almond milk. Yum.)