Cherry Almond Muffins

Cherry Almond Muffins

If fresh cherries are out of your budget or out of season, the frozen version will work just as well! Cherries are a good source of antioxidants and they plump nicely when baked in muffins.

Spicy Sausage and Spinach Lasagna

Spicy Sausage and Spinach Lasagna

Spinach is extremely nutritious and versatile. I incorporate it into dishes whenever I want to increase nutrition by adding vegetables. No-boil lasagna is a time saver but it makes this lasagna dry. If you decide to use it, soak it in hot water for 10-15 minutes first.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut butter and banana go great together. With that in mind, I created this banana bread that uses protein-rich peanut butter in place of butter or margarine

German Spice Cake

German Spice Cake

German’s are famous for their gingerbread and this cake is my moist version using the same spices that make the cookies so flavorful. Serve this at your next winter celebration with mulled hot spiced tea.

Salmon Ceviche

Salmon Ceviche

Allow the mixture to marinate 30 minutes before serving, but not longer as the grapefruit will ‘overcook’ the fish. You will notice that the salmon will become more opaque as it marinates. I like to serve it in individual parfait glasses for an elegant presentation and garnish with the remaining tablespoon of cilantro and bits of zest. This dish pairs well with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Yucca Home Fries

Yucca Home Fries

Yucca Root or Cassava is a waxy root that grows in Southern America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some studies say that yucca is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and helps to ease arthritis pain, but I love it since it’s high in fiber, crucial for intestinal health.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Almost everyone I know loves banana bread. This low-fat version is great for breakfast or to pack in your lunch for a healthy afternoon treat. Use oat flour instead of all purpose white flour to make it heart healthy!

Don Juan Olgado’s Birthday Cake

Don Juan Olgado’s Birthday Cake

This traditional South American cake is especially popular for birthday celebrations. I love dulce de leche, a rich, gooey milk caramel sauce that just happens to be low in fat. Try dipping wedges of crispy apple for a sweet low-fat snack. You can purchase dulce de leche in a store that carries Latino groceries or make it yourself – see my dulce de leche recipe.