Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Super Easy Salads

This picture of this salad was so popular on my personal Facebook page, that I decided to blog about it. It is very easy to put together, I think that's why the last couple of years I love salads. Or maybe it's the fact that we moved to Florida and I don't want to heat my kitchen with complicated meals. I think it's a little bit of both, plus being in a warm climate makes me want to eat cool foods. Making salads is so versatile, you just have to have on hand different ingredients, fresh, dried, canned, and frozen. You put a little of this and a little of that. Here is one of my purchases from a recent shopping trip. I usually have on hand a bag of baby spinach and a bag of either spring mix or romaine, that is my base. For this salad I added tomatoes, strawberries, craisins, and added balsamic vinaigrette. I topped it with wild salmon that was broiled with a little lemon pepper and olive oil. I was going to put honey but I got lazy, lol. On the side I served myself a slice of whole wheat bread with hummus. You can put whatever you like in your salads and you will not go wrong. Other things I like to have on hand are mushrooms, canned beans, frozen green beans and avocado. This is a super quick meal, so give it a try and good luck with eating healthier everyday. What things do you like to add to your salads? For more info on making healthy salads check this previous post, Are You Tired of Same Lunch Salad.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Norma Your Nutritionist turned Cake Pop Artist



In this economy you must evolve, otherwise you're gonna be left behind. Like the saying goes, "when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade". I am a nutritionist turned Food Crafter AKA Cake Pop Artist. I have had a love for baking since my first Home Economics course in 6th grade. For now, I'm sticking with cake pops, cookie pops, and pretzels sticks to name a few.

Please click on the above link to take you to my YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/Niv6548 . By the way, while you're there, check out my nutrition videos. It's not everyday a nutritionist gives away her knowledge. My new blog, Norma's Sweet Treats link.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Australian Inspired Cake Pops

The bad thing about being sick and in bed is that my silly IPhone doesn't stop me from working! Ok, so I was looking for some inspiration from Australia, for a cake pop flavor. My new flavor will be banana chocolate macadamia or "The Aussie" consisting of banana cake dipped in chocolate and covered with macadamia nuts. I can't wait to make it but Most importantly to try it! I will keep you guys posted. Now, to watch my man, Jim Caviezel in "Person of Interest", I love that man! I met him once and he is such a good man, good thing my husband is not the jealous type, lol.

Getting more creative with cake pops!

Boy o boy have I made cake pops since my last post! I did some Winter Wonderland ones with swirls in white & blue and then sprinkled them with sugar crystals for a Christmas party we attended. They were a hit! I also made chocolate gingerbread men, real cute, if I must say. The more I make these the more ideas I get for new designs, and that's a good thing. I made snowmen with hats and some with ear muffs, I remember wearing those things in CT, lol. I even came up with some with themes of Hannakuh, Kwanza and Three Kings, something for everyone! I was especially proud of the New Year's ones which were the Times Square Ball dropping, I came up with it all by myself, thank you very much! I did babies with bonnets that are adorable and rattles. I made red and green apples with stems and leaves, I had a ball making these! So, eat your apples for a healthy snack and have my apple cake pop when you have a dessert craving. I also made baseballs and popcorn great for sports related get-togethers or for movie night.

When we were in CT I asked my sister and her family to give me the flavor of a cake pop they would like to try. So, my task was to come up with German Chocolate, Coconut Almond Joy and Pineapple, yummy! I also promised an Aunt some carrot cake ones and with some of that mix I made Lions, Tigers and Bears (oh my). Lastly I have been experimenting with cookie pops, not as time and labor intensive. They are made with a sandwich type cookie like Oreos, the crunch when you bite into it is amazing and satisfying. I will be offering those dipped with drizzle or sprinkle for $1 each or decorated for $1.50 each with a 1 dozen minimum. I also bought some Nutter Butter cookies and will be coming up for designs for those, so stay tune.

And, in case you forgot the regular price for cake pops with a drizzle or sprinkles is $2 each and 2.50 for the decorated ones or alcohol containing. Lastly for anything that is more difficult it's $3. These are also a 1 dozen minimum. While I was doing my research on my competition, I discovered someone charging $4 for a Minnie Mouse cake pop, my version is $2.50 for now! I also found someone selling a sprinkled cake pop for $8, which I think is totally insane! I have thought long and hard before setting my prices so they could be fair.

Shipping is USPS Priority $5 -$10 depending on box size I need, I can also do USPS EXPRESS if anyone wants to.

I am just starting to toy around the idea of making chocolate covered strawberries! I do live close to Strawberry Winter Capital, Plant City Florida. Would anyone be interested?

If anyone wants a particular design just ask if I can make it. Over the next months I will continue to post pics of my creations. Please consult me so we can brainstorm any idea you might have. Also remember you get to pick the flavor of cake, frosting and coating you want.