A Fun Fruit Salsa – Mango Tango Black Bean Salsa

Mango Tango Black Bean Salsa Recipe!

Healthy and Delicious! Perfect for your picnic or July 4 celebration! If you give it a try, let me know! Also, if you aren’t skilled at cutting a mango here ya go! Simple Tips for Cutting a Mango.

Have a great day! Soni

 

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Mango Tango Black Bean Salsa

I’m always looking for a dip that is tasty and healthy to enjoy with my family and friends. Salsa recipes with fruit are always a hit because they provide the perfect combination of sweet and savory. This Mango Tango Black Bean Salsa recipe from the Canned Food Alliance is easy to make, provides protein and fiber from the black beans, tastes amazing, and will be a great addition to your recipe collection. See my notes at the end for some of my tips when making this recipe.

Mango Tango Black Bean Salsa Recipe

8 Servings
Recipe courtesy of the Canned Food Alliance

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mango slices, drained, cut into 3/4-inch cubes*
  • 1 can (7 ounces) corn with peppers, drained**
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice***
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions:

  1. Combine…

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Just in Time!

Nebraska Extension has terrific resources for families and teachers. Many of these are free! Please share with family, friends and colleagues:

Just in Time Parenting: Are you expecting your first child? Do you have children or grandchildren? Maybe a teen who is babysitting?

Just in Time Parenting newsletters are free – available on-line or sent to your email. Covers 1st trimester to age 5. From our eXtension university partners: View newsletters on-line or subscribe HERE


Texts4Teachers! Nebraska Extension’s Texts4Teachers delivers text messages for teachers of children from birth through age 8 that focus on the critical areas of: Child development | Family involvement | Social and emotional development | Health, safety and nutrition | Curriculum and activities CLICK HERE for more details

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Visit Families: Nebraska’s Future for more resources. Remember, if you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

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Chilly Banana Pops – Summertime Snack!

MomKidsx680From Nebraska Extension: Make a cool and refreshing snack this summer with bananas and your favorite toppings. These pops are a great way to use extra bananas and get children helping in the kitchen. print-friendly version:

Ingredients (makes 12 servings):

  • 3 large bananas
  • 1 carton low-fat Greek or regular-flavored yogurt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Garnishes (optional):
    • dry cereal or granola
    • crushed graham crackers
    • toasted shredded coconut
    • chopped nuts
    • colored sprinkles
    • chopped dried or fresh fruit

Directions:

Peel and cut each banana into four chunks. Insert a popsicle stick into each banana chunk. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and freeze for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Remove the bananas from the freezer and dip, one banana at a time, into either the yogurt or melted chocolate, making sure the banana is completely covered. Roll or sprinkle the coated banana in a garnish, if desired. The finished bananas can be eaten immediately or placed back on the baking sheet and frozen.

Once completely frozen, the bananas can be stored in a covered container, for about one week.

Author: Carol Schwarz, MS, RD, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Buffalo County.

For more information on cooking with children, visit Food Fun for Young Children at: http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/food-fun-for-young-children

Build a Solitary Bee Nest Using Recycled Materials

2LeafcutterBee2016No matter where you live – urban/rural, in an apartment or single family home, you can (and should) support native pollinators. Did you know one out of every three bites of food/drink come from native pollinators?

Here’s an activity you can do with the entire family! For more tips and resources on creating pollinator-friendly habitats, visit https://buzzatcherrycreekunl.wordpress.com/

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Native bees are important pollinators. Some native bees, like leaf cutter bees and mason bees, nest in hollow plant stems.  You can help native solitary bees by providing a man-made bee nest. The kids that attended my Clover College workshop last week made these bee nests. They had a fun time and this would be easy for your family to make for Pollinator Week.

Supplies

1 ¾ inch plastic lid from juice container

Paper towel tube cut to 7 inches in length (we use the tube from automated paper towel dispensers) If you use a regular sized paper towel tube, the plastic juice container lid will need to be 1 ½ inches.

Paper drinking straws cut to 6 inches in length

Mason bee tubes (optional)

Duct tape

Zip ties or twine

supplies Bee Nest supplies: paper towel tube, plastic lid, paper straws and duct tape.

Instructions

Push the juice container lid…

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Shade Trees help reduce energy costs

Keeping Your Home Cool(er)

Cooling your home in summer - thermostat

This is my thermostat and I keep it set pretty high on hot days. I close the drapes and with a few fans, stay pretty comfortable.

On these hot, humid days, it can be tough to keep cool. I don’t know about you, but I want my home to be comfortable without increasing my utility bills.

If you are a homeowner or own a business, it may be time to think about replacing windows, adding insulation or replacing aging appliances.

If you live in an apartment, check out Energy Actions for Renters to Save Dollars and Increase Comfort from Nebraska Extension.

Farmers and ranchers also understand the importance of reducing energy costs. Livestock need to be kept cool, machinery operational, grain drying and decisions need to be made about irrigation.

“Did you know that only 17% shade over your house during the day translates to a savings of 10 dollars a month on your power bill? Additionally, increasing that same shade to 50% will decrease your power bill by an additional $20 per month.”
source: Tree Planting to Lower Power Bills – eXtension.org

The following resources will help you make energy-related decisions: Continue reading

Collect! Share! Practice! Family Communication Plans

In May 2004, the “Hallam Tornado” (video) took a devastating path through southeast Nebraska. The tornado was on the ground for more than 100 minutes, covered 52 miles and was at points 2.5 miles wide. During the storm, we hunkered down in the basement heeding the tornado sirens going off in Wilber. My kids weren’t home at the time so of course I worried … “what if” moments. Is everyone safe? How do we let family know we are OK? 

Don’t wait for an emergency to think about the “What if’s”. The time to prepare is before something happens. Whether you are a work, school or home, it’s important to have a Family Communication Plan in place in the event of any emergency! Every member of your household should know how to reach each other and where to meet in the event of an emergency.

Once you have your plan, practice – practice – practice!

America’s PrepareAthon! highlights ten actions you can take to help keep your family safe in the event of an emergency. The Family Communication Plan has a checklist and a form where you can input your important contacts, print and share with family.

“TEXT IS BEST! If you are using a mobile phone, a text message may get through when a phone call will not. This is because a text message requires far less bandwidth than a phone call. Text messages may also save and then send automatically as soon as capacity becomes available.”

If there is an emergency, your mobile phone can be an important asset: Continue reading

Fireworks Clean-up. Photo by A. Rhodes, LLCH

Start with a Boom, End with a Broom

“Fireworks in particular, are made from several potentially harmful substances, including gunpowder and various metallic compounds. These substances can pollute air, water and soil.”

Guest Contributor: Adam Rhoads, Lincoln–Lancaster County Health Department Environmental Health Educator

The 4th of July — a time for parades, backyard barbecues and, of course, fireworks. With the focus on fun, an important part of the celebration often gets forgotten. Every year following Independence Day, Lincoln and other Lancaster County communities are littered with fireworks debris. This summer Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) encourages residents to be responsible community members with one simple request: Start with a boom, end with a broom.

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