What I Ate This Week | Cantaloupe is not a substitute for mango!

That’s what I learned this week. The mangoes at the grocery store were looking a little funky, so I scanned the produce section for something–anything!–that I could use instead. Cantaloupe! Cantaloupe will work! Because it’s soft! Also, it’s orange!

Israeli Couscous with Cantaloupe, Cucumber, and Cilantro Israeli Couscous with Mango Cantaloupe, Cucumber & Cilantro // No, cantaloupe won’t work. At first, I thought, “Hey, this isn’t too bad!” But then I got to the last few bites and started feeling a little queasy. It’s a nice cold salad to have for lunch though, so I’m going to try it again when I can find decent mangoes.

Sweet Potato Stacks with Crispy Sage Leaves Sweet Potato Stacks with Crispy Sage Leaves // I love sweet potatoes! I decided to make this recipe again because I have lots of sage growing in the garden.

Chili Garlic Long Beans Chili Garlic Long Beans // This is what I did with the long beans I wrote about earlier this week. I guess they made less than I thought they would, but that’s okay! They were good. I sauteed them in a little oil and added chili garlic sauce and ginger sea salt.

Beer Barbecued Tofu Beer Barbecued Tofu // Beer and tofu, together at last! After taking this photo, I decided to make sandwiches with the tofu and grilled Vidalia onions. I had to add a little extra barbecue sauce, but the sandwiches were delicious!

Spicy Sesame Eggplant Spicy Sesame Eggplant // We were not crazy about this. I think it would be better with a tad less lime juice.

Rainier Cherry Rainier Cherries // Oh, hi, best cherries ever! I wait all summer for when Rainier cherries are on sale. Because they are expensive when they’re full price!


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  1. says

    I hate when the grocery store doesn’t have what you need and you’re forced to make a last minute substitution .. I can’t even think of what a better replacement for mango would have been .. peaches maybe? That’s a tough one!

  2. says

    I love rainier cherries – actually I love just about any kind of cherries! Glad I’m not the only one who thinks you can substitute an ingredient based on color! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve done something like that!

  3. says

    I’m leaving to go get more Rainer cherries in a few minutes because we polished off the huge bag I bought 2 days ago. They are soooo good! Maybe you could put them in your salad. Ha ha. No, don’t.

    • Kiersten says

      I thought about putting cherries in it! Cherries or pluots, since I had both of them at home. They probably wouldn’t have been any worse than the cantaloupe…

    • Kiersten says

      I’m picky about tofu because so often, it isn’t prepared well. Like if it’s not pressed long enough? No thanks.

      Incidentally, I made a variation of this recipe for dinner tonight with your Stout & Sriracha Barbecue Sauce. Amaaaaazing.

  4. says

    I want that tofu!
    Also I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award.
    Check out the details @thesweetlife.
    Love your site!

  5. says

    I hate when that happens!! Then I always end up frantically searching through 3 different grocery stores and have a panic attack until I find what I need. (story of my life!)

    I love rainier cherries too, they are so good.

    • Kiersten says

      Yeah, what I didn’t say in the post was that this was actually the second time I went to get a mango for this recipe–the first time, I bought two and both of them were brown inside when I cut them open at home. So gross!

    • Kiersten says

      Thank you for posting the recipe on your blog! ๐Ÿ˜€ I made a variation of it for dinner again tonight, so it’s definitely a hit. And I’m really picky about tofu!

  6. says

    Check out this site about Stubbs and you will know how special the bbq sauce you used was for the Beer Barbecued Tofu. Love Stubbs sauce. http://stubbsaustin.com/about-stubbs/

    Israeli Couscous with (Mango) Cantaloupe, Cucumber & Cilantro…love Mango and I could see how the cantaloupe would not taste as good. I am goofy enough to even try this recipe with orange sections???

    Sweet Potato Stacks with Crispy Sage Leaves….to die for!

    • Kiersten says

      Thanks for the link to the Stubbs website! I had no idea about the backstory–we just really like that brand of sauce. ๐Ÿ™‚ And we go through barbecue sauce like water!

      I think orange sections would be preferable to cantaloupe in that salad. It was just too weird together! And of course, I went to the same grocery store today and they had a big display of perfect mangoes…

  7. says

    Oh…I so wish we lived near, I could’ve given you some off our tree! I agree I think peach probably been the best substitute for mango -but it is hard to compare the tangy tropical flavor…maybe papaya?

    • Kiersten says

      I was thinking papaya! But those were looking a little off too. I am so jealous of people who live in climates where they can grow mangoes!

  8. says

    I want to come eat at your house for a week. Just one and I’ll even do dishes.

    I have done the potato stacks with Yukon gold potatoes but never with sweet. I will be trying that.

    • Kiersten says

      DEAL. That’s the agreement I have with my husband–I cook, he does the dishes. But sometimes I think he regrets agreeing to that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kiersten says

      Well, if I worked as a personal chef, I’m sure I’d get fired after substituting cantaloupe for mango in that salad–it was kind of gross. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. says

    I love what you ate this week…healthy and delectable.
    Stone fruits are in season, maybe some peaches or nectarine would be great too.
    I see those long purple red beans again ๐Ÿ˜‰ marvelous, isn’t it!
    Enjoy your Sunday!

    • Kiersten says

      Thank you! And yes, you will probably be seeing those beans a lot for the next month or so. I have so many of them growing! I’m going to have to come up with some more ideas for them…

    • Kiersten says

      Ha! Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking. I was desperate because I had all the other ingredients so I needed to be something to use instead of the mango, otherwise the other ingredients would spoil…

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