Arroz Con Leche

This is a classic dessert in most Cuban restaurants and for a reason. If you have never tried this because you think rice should not be eaten as a dessert, you are missing out. This is a very tasty dessert and a little goes a long way. 

This dessert is rich and creamy, so the creamier the better. To start, you can use whatever rice grain you want, however, I like to use Valencia rice. It’s a smaller grain and I prefer that to the longer grained rice. 

Next is the milk. You can certainly use low-fat milk, but the consistency that this dessert deserves won’t be anywhere near what it should be. Try not to think about calories with this dessert. 

Your next option is a cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder. I have used both and the only difference is the color the dessert will have at the end. The cinnamon powder will give it a little dark color vs. the cinnamon stick will just give it a slightly darker tone. The flavor is still there! 

When you are cooking the rice, make sure to continue to stir the milk. You want to avoid the milk boiling over the pot. Not only does it make a mess, but the ratio will be off. If that happens, don’t worry, you can either add a little milk and voila. 

Once you have added the condensed milk, make sure to refrigerate the dessert in either individual serving cups or in a large container for at least 2 hours. Also, note that the arroz con leche will thicken more, so do not fret if it does not seem to be as thick as you want when you remove from the heat. 

SUGGESTIONS: Try making this dish for the holidays and surprise everyone with what may very well be their new favorite dessert. 

 

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Pouring the condensed milk into the Arroz Con Leche
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Asparagus & Mushroom Omelete

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This is a quick, delicious and healthy meal I came up with one morning on the first week of my 30-day challenge. I actually used the left over asparagus from another meal, along with some portobello mushrooms that I had in the refrigerator. I try to always have egg whites and eggs for quick breakfast ideas like these.

There are so many ways to make an omelet tasty and I not only try to use fresh ingredients, I also use spices and herbs.  This recipe’s start herb is rosemary to kick of the holiday season flavors.

I chose to serve the omelet with arugula as that is what I had in the refrigerator. But I also really enjoy greens as a side for my breakfast. I simply added a mixture of 1 part lemon juice, 1 part olive oil and a pinch of salt over the arugula. It is a great combination, trust me.

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Baba Ghanoush

I am a huge fan of Middle Eastern Food and Baba Ghanoush is on the top of my list. Not only is it healthy, it’s vegetarian and most diets. It is a great dip and a great spread. You can serve it very similar as you would Hummus but with less carbohydrates.

Some people add flat leaf parsley to the dip witch adds a little freshness to it. However, I love to add pomegranate seeds as they add a little sweetness. The flavor of the eggplant and then the pomegranate seed popping with a little sweetness is amazing.

You can serve with crackers or veggies to use as a vessel. I like to serve with zucchini or cucumber chips. They are perfectly round like a cracker, have very little flavor so the dip shines through. Serve this recipe at your next dinner party, your guests will thank you!

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Pumpkin Waffles

Not many people can resist a waffle for breakfast. Unfortunately, most waffles are usually part of any diet. However, I’m here to tell you this pumpkin waffle recipe is! 

I started a 30-day Paleo challenge weeks ago and the item I miss the most is bread, so instead of cheating, I created this recipe. I did take a few other recipes and did a little experimenting and this is the final product. It is so good that I almost thought I was cheating.

This recipe made 3 large waffles and could have made 4 thinner waffles, so it depends on how much batter you pour into the waffle maker.  Since maple syrup and honey are just added sugar, I served them with a pineapple jam and a sweet potato butter that I make (recipes to come). You can also serve these waffles as a savory dish by removing the stevia. They can also be made as pancakes or mini blinis instead of a cracker.

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Cinnamon Peach Dessert

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Have you noticed how craving dessert after a meal becomes more pronounced when you are trying to lose weight? If you do not then you are lucky, because it seems to happen to me a lot! It’s almost as if a meal is not complete unless you finish it with a dessert. However, what I realized is dessert can be healthy!

This recipe was created from one of those moments. After creating this recipe, I realized that there is a way to have something sweet after your meal, without all the calories. The other great thing about this recipe is you can replace the peaches with other fruits. You can also replace the cinnamon sugar with just cinnamon and “>Stevia.

The process is simple, cut the peach in half and remove the seed. If you enjoy using all of your ingredients, replant the seed later. Cut each half into another half and so on until you have the slice sizes you want. You are more than welcome to cut the peaches in a different size, but the cooking time may change.

Add butter or cooking spray to a non-stick pan on medium heat and then add the peaches. Stir them so they are coated and then add the seasonings and continue to cook them until they start goldening. Remove them from the heat and serve in a bowl.

I topped with whipped cream, but is you can’t eat dairy, there are whipped creams made with almond milk or coconut milk that are delicious.

Finish the dessert with an expresso and your meal will be complete!

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Arugula and Parmesan Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Super simple salad that you can make to accompany any meal. The lemon vinaigrette is bright and tasty and meshes well with many other main dishes. I paired it with a burger and potatoes to put a little green on the plate.  I used pre-shredded Parmesan cheese but you can certainly take a block of the cheese and carve thin slices off for a bolder flavor.

This salad is such a simple flavor that you can actually use as a topping on a sandwich or burger as well. A great trick when serving a salad is to make sure that the lettuce portion is chilled in the refrigerator right before you toss all together.

Salads are great way to add a little layer to your meal and a great way to experiment on flavors. Take a cobb salad, who would think of adding all those flavors together and yet they work. Hove fun with salads, you might surprise yourself.

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MEAL PLAN

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Spinach and Cheddar, Crustless Quiche

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Quiches have always been a crowd pleaser and I love to experiment with the flavors. They are also extremely easy to put together so you can make a few different flavors to ensure that all taste buds are accounted for.

By definition a quiche is a baked flan or tart with a savory filling thickened with eggs. As long as you get the right mixture, you too can create your own flavors. Try some out and share with me your recipes.

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Cuban Mojo Roasted Chicken

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What is mojo?  Mojo is a sauce that has many variations, but I love Cuban mojo; after all, I AM Cuban! The actual definition of mojo magic power or a magic spell, which is what you will be under once you try it.

The Cuban variation has a base of garlic, citrus and olive oil. After that you can add some other ingredients like onions and cilantro. For the sake of keeping it simple, I only added cilantro and of course salt and pepper.

If you add the sauce to a blender or food processor it becomes creamy and you can use for almost everything. A typical use is to dunk your tostones or mariquitas. You can also make this sauce and keep in the refrigerator to use on other dishes.

 

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Grilled Salmon

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Some people are intimidated by grilling fish and I’ll admit I was also. However, my husband bought a new grill and he loves to grill everything so after much encouragement, we finally tested this recipe on the grill. It was worth it because it was delicious and very healthy.

If you love salmon and are afraid to cook on the BBQ or don’t have a BBQ, check out my recipe, the perfectly seared salmon.

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Meal Plan

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