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Always Stick To The List! (almost always)

I would always advise you to go to the grocery store full and with a list. If you don’t you always end up buying things you don’t need and/or things that sound good at that exact moment (but almost never the next day). Sale items are also a weak spot for me. For example, if I see brownie mix on sale I wonder if we have any at home. I buy it because I can’t remember and assume we will use it eventually. Then, I end up with 3 boxes of brownie mix and usually at least 2 of them expire. Wasteful. I hate being wasteful. Stick to the list.

That being said, I was at Aldi a few weeks ago doing my shopping- with list in hand. But, avocados and mangoes were on sale. If fruits or veggies are on sale it usually means they are in season and at their most delicious. I immediately came up with a plan to have a quesadilla night and make Mango-Avocado Salad to go along with it.img_4316

Mango-Avocado Salad is light, refreshing and delicious. It is so simple to make, there are only 6 ingredients and 3 of them are optional. Another benefit: if you dice the mangoes and avocados very small, this salad is immediately turned into a yummy salsa that can be served with tortilla chips.

The recipe below is a guideline but you should experiment with the quantities to suit your personal tastes. For example, I really don’t like raw onions so I only put a very little amount of red onion in the dish. You could leave it out all together but the purple color does look pretty. I also add the olive oil to tone down the tartness of the lime a bit. If you love tart flavors, zest the entire lime and leave out the olive oil. I also think A VERY LITTLE BIT of cilantro goes A LONG way. Accordingly, I only use a little sprinkle for garnish. If you love cilantro, mix it in to your heart’s content.

Mango-Avocado Saladimg_4310

2 ripe Mangoes
2 ripe Avocados
1 Lime
1 T Red Onion, minced (optional)
1 T Olive Oil (optional)
Chopped Cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Dice the mango and put into a mixing bowl
Dice the avocado and put on top of the mango; sprinkle avocado with a little bit of salt.img_4302
Zest ½ of the lime directly over the mixing bowl.img_4303
Juice the lime (should be about 3 tablespoons) and pour juice over avocados.
Add onion to bowl and then drizzle the olive oil over the top.img_4305
Gently toss everything to combine.
Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

Put into your serving dish, sprinkle with cilantro and enjoy!fullsizerender-85

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