Back To Basics – Tips to Help Feed Your Hungry Gang as seen on CHCH Morning Live, CTV Ottawa & Daytime Ottawa

Does mealtime have you (and your family) stressed out?  As a chef, food media specialist and busy mom of two teenage boys – the best advice I can give you: get Back To Basics!!  Yup, I’m talking an old school brown bag lunch, and for supper: good ol’ meat and potatoes!!

See below for all products and recipes featured on CTV Morning Live Ottawa and Daytime Ottawa.

Country Harvest 12 Grain Bread – a perfect canvas for a delicious and nutritious sandwich.  Click here to learn more about the nutritional value of Country Harvest Bread.

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Need and excuse to eat more veggies?  Get dipping!  Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese Dips come in two mouth watering and good-for-you flavours: Roasted Red Pepper and Dill Ranch.  Click here to learn more about smooth dips.Gay Lea DipGay Lea Dip 2

Dinnertime Made: Fast, Easy and Delicious

Southern BBQ Sheet Pan Dinner (only 7 ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare) – click here for the recipe.

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And for dessert…Double Peanut, Chocolate and Pretzel Bars – click here for the recipe.

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Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio and former food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm for
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

Char B&W

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Family Fuel ~ As seen on CHCH Morning Live ~ Feb 19th, 2018

Family Fuel

Whether your gang is looking for new weeknight supper solution, breakfast on-the-go, or a sweet Canadian inspired treat (PB Nanaimo Bars!!!) while watching the Olympics ~ PeanutBureau.ca has you covered!!

Peanuts & peanut butter are staples in Canadian homes (DYK: The average Canadian eats nearly 3 kg of peanuts per year!), are an economical protein source, and can be enjoyed far beyond a PB & J sandwich, or by the handful!!

Click on each pink title for recipe links.

Click here to learn about the health benefits of peanuts and peanut butter.

PB TACOS

Tofu Tacos with Pineapple Pico De Gallo

THAI FUSILLI

Vegetarian Thai Fusilli

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Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars

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Chewy Chocolate & Fruit Granola Bars

These homemade bars make a perfect spring break (*or lunchbox) treat and are much healthier than commercial granola bars.

¾ cup (175 mL) vegetable oil or coconut oil (*if using coconut oil, bars will be “crunchier” at room temperature

¾ cup (175 mL) liquid honey

2 eggs

1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract

2 cups (500 mL) large flake rolled oats

1 cup (250 mL) each; dried cranberries and chopped pitted dates (about 20 to 25 dates)

½ cup (125 mL) each; all purpose flour, finely chopped peanuts, ground flax seeds, green pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate chips

1 tsp (5 mL) each; ground cinnamon and ground ginger

½ tsp (2 mL) baking powder

pinch ground nutmeg

½ tsp (2 mL) finely grated orange zest

¼ tsp (1 mL) salt

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until very well combined.  Press batter evenly into a parchment paper lined 9 X 9-inch square baking pan.  Place in center of oven and bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden and toothpick placed in center of bars comes out with little crumb.  Remove from oven and cool completely.  Cut into 16 bars.

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm for
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

Char B&W

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DIY Holiday Gifts From The Kitchen as seen on Daytime Ottawa & CTV Morning Live Ottawa

‘Tis the season to give your debit and/or credit card….a break? YES!!  How you ask?  With thoughtful, homemade gifts from the kitchen. I developed the following DIY ‘Gifts From The Kitchen’ as fun-to-make: teacher/coach/neighbour/grandparent gifts/hostess gifts/stocking stuffers and/or little party favours placed at each table setting. These festive recipes are simple to prepare, use ingredients you likely already have on hand, and will not have you regretting gift giving come January.

Grab the kids, roll up your sleeves, crank up the holiday hits and get busy in the kitchen!

Black Bean Brownies w/Candy Cane Cheesecake Swirl

Black Bean Brownies with Candy Cane Cheesecake Swirl.
Black Bean Brownies with Candy Cane Cheesecake Swirl ~ made with Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Plain Cottage Cheese

A decadent and fibre rich holiday inspired indulgence – I’ll take two!!

Brownies

1 (540 mL) can black beans, drained and rinsed

3 eggs

1/2 cup (125 mL) brown sugar

1/2 cup (125 mL) quality cocoa powder

1/2 cup (125 mL) softened Gay Lea butter

1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped 70% dark chocolate (or dark chocolate chips)

1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp (1 mL) quality ground coffee

1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda

Candy Cane Cheesecake Swirl

¾ cup (175 mL) Gay Lea Nordica smooth plain cottage cheese *click here to learn about smooth cottage cheese*

5 tbsp (75 mL) granulated sugar

1 tsp (5 mL) mint extract

½ tsp (2 mL) pure vanilla extract

1 egg, whisked

Garnish: 2 oz (60 g) quality dark chocolate

¼ cup (60 mL) Crushed candy canes (*Note: don’t attempt to crush whole candy canes it just makes a big mess.  Most bulk food stores now sell pre-crushed candy canes)

Method: Preheat oven to 350 F (160 C). Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper (along bottom and up sides) and set aside.

Place beans in food processor fitted with a metal blade.  Pulse until very finely chopped.  Add remaining brownie ingredients and pulse until well combined.  Scrape down sides of bowl when needed.  Measure out 1/2 cup (125 mL) batter and set aside.

Pour remaining batter into prepared pan.

Stir together ingredients for cheesecake swirl until well combined.

Gently fold cheesecake mixture into reserved 1/2 cup (125 mL) brownie batter.

Pour cheesecake/brownie mixture on top of brownie in pan.

Place brownies in centre of preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until edges are set and centre is slightly jiggly.

Remove from oven and cool completely.

Cut into 16 brownies.  Drizzle individual brownies with chocolate and garnish evenly with crushed candy canes.

Chocolate Dipped Stir Spoons & Gay Lea Chocolate Caramel Whipped Cream

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An adorable teacher or hostess gift.  

What you will need:

6 teaspoons

¾ cup (175 mL)*approx* melted dark chocolate

Garnish: melted white chocolate and festive sprinkles of choice

1 can Gay Lea Chocolate Caramel Whipped Cream

Method: Dip each spoon in melted chocolate and scoop a mound of chocolate up on each spoon.

Place spoon a parchment lined baking sheet (repeat with remaining spoons) and place in refrigerator until set (about 30 minutes).  

Re-melt the remaining chocolate.  Dip the chocolate end of each spoon in melted chocolate (to give it a smooth look) and chill for at least 30 minutes.  

When chocolate is set, drizzle each spoon with melted white chocolate and garnish evenly with sprinkles of choice.  

Chill again until set.  Once chocolate is set, place each spoon in a candy bag and tie with decorative ribbon.  Makes 6 spoons.

To give: Give one spoon with a can of Gay Lea Chocolate Caramel Whipped Cream.   

Caramel Rum Sauce

Once you try this sauce, you’ll likely wrap it up and give it to yourself!  Darn good thing calories don’t count at Christmas!

½ cup (125 mL) butter

1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar

⅓ cup (75 mL) 35% cream

Pinch salt

¼ cup (60 mL) dark quality rum

½ tsp (2 mL) pure vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan melt butter, sugar, cream and salt.

Bring to a boil.  Boil, whisking until thickened, about 3 minutes.

Remove from heat.  Cool slightly.  Stir in rum and vanilla.

Pour into sterilized mason jar.  Tie jar with decorative ribbon.  Store in refrigerator until ready to give.  Keeps in refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Makes about 1 1/3 cups (325 mL).

*Recipe doubles easily*

Grapefruit Vanilla Marmalade

Other than a bit of time, this 5 ingredient marmalade is a delicious homemade gift from the kitchen & heart!

Grapefruit Marmalade
3 medium pink grapefruit (about 2 lbs)

1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise

2 cups (500 mL) water

3 cups (750 mL) granulated sugar

2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh lemon juice

Using a serrated knife, peel grapefruit.  Thinly slice peel of one grapefruit and place in Dutch oven (discard/compost remaining peel).  

Slice grapefruit in ¼ inch circles and remove any visible seeds.  Place in Dutch oven with water and sliced peel.  

Scrape beans from vanilla pod, and place beans and pod in with water & grapefruit.  Bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to a simmer.  

Simmer for 1 ½ hours (until reduced by about half).  Add sugar and simmer for an additional 1 ½ hours.  

Remove from heat and let cool for about 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.   

Place marmalade between two, 1 cup (250 mL) sterilized mason jars.  Decorate jars with festive ribbon.

Store in refrigerator until ready to give.  Keeps for up to 6 months in refrigerator. 

*Note: I like to place the vanilla bean pod in the jar as well ~ visually it looks ‘gourmet’.  Recipe yields 2 cups (500 mL).       

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime Ottawa, CTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm forChar B&W
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active (and always hungry) teenage boys, Tyler & Colgan.

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Tournament Survival Tips as seen on CHCH Morning Live ~ Nov 3rd, 2017

 Tournament Survival Tips: Save Money and Stay Fuelled

If you have children in sports, you know first hand how costly tournaments can be.

Hotels, gas and eating three meals a day (plus snacks) ‘on the road’ can add up quick for the average family of four.

One of the easiest ways to save money and fuel your growing athletes is by: packing a weekends worth of nutritious snacks and meals.  As the mom of two active teenage boys, I come by this topic honestly and passionately.  My pack-and-go recipes will save you hundreds of dollars over basketball/soccer/lacrosse/dance/hockey season, and will nourish yourself and your family while on the road.  All recipes use pantry staple items and take very little time to prep. Hint, Hint…get those teens in the kitchen, prepping and packing meals/snacks.

Click on each pink title to learn more about the featured product.

Get Up And Go Morning Muesli

This recipe makes for a quick, satisfying and budget friendly breakfast the whole family can enjoy.

Fuel up and save money while on the road!!

1 cup (250 mL) large flake oats (quick oats will also work)

2 tbsp (30 mL) each; ground flaxseed and chia seeds

½ cup (125 mL) dried cranberries

1 cup (250 mL) Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Plain Cottage Cheese

¾ cup (175 mL) orange juice

2 tbsp (30 mL) Canadian maple syrup *or to taste

2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract

1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange zest

½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon

¼ tsp (1 mL) ground ginger

2 apples; well washed, cored and finely diced *leave skin on

¼ cup (60 mL) green pumpkin seeds

Place all ingredients (except for pumpkin seeds) in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  *Garnish each portion evenly with pumpkin seeds.  Yields 4 cups (1 L).  Makes 8, ½ cup (125 mL) servings.Plain Cottage Cheese

Introducing: Gay Lea Nordica Smooth plain cottage cheese, yes, smooth!!  No lumps (not one) and contains 15 grams or protein and only 100 calories per 1/2 cup (125 mL) serving.  Click here for more recipes made with Gay Lea smooth cottage cheese.

Loaded Veggie and Burnbrae Farms Eggs2Go Sandwich 

A cottage loaf is commonly used to make party spinach dip. This loaded sandwich is a perfect way to use up any leftover vegetables you may have in your crisper and takes only minutes to prepare.

1 large (500 g – approx.) pumpernickel or whole grain cottage loaf

1/3 cup (75 mL) mayonnaise + 3 tbsp (45 mL) Dijon mustard

2 cups (500 mL) lightly packed baby spinach leaves or mixed salad greens

2 packages Eggs2GO Dill Hard Boiled Snack Pack, sliced

1 cup (250 mL) grated cheddar cheese

½ cup (125 mL) thinly sliced cucumber

½ cup (125 mL) grated carrot

1 small red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

1 avocado, pitted and thinly sliced

Cut a round cap off the top of the cottage loaf. Reserve top. Hollow out the inside and top of the loaf to make a bread bowl, leaving about ¾ -inch of bread inside the crust. Spread mayo mixture all over inside of bread bowl and inside the cap.  Place spinach leaves at the bottom of bread bowl and layer with sliced eggs, cheese, cucumber, grated carrot, red pepper and avocado. Place cap back on sandwich and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. To serve: remove plastic wrap and cut into 8 wedges.  Click here for more tasty recipes made with Burnbrae Farms Eggs.

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Burnbrae Farms Eggs2Go are a healthy and convenient protein source on-the-go.  Find them in the deli section of most major grocery stores.  Look for Dill, Salt & Pepper, Hot Sauce and Teriyaki flavours also.

Homemade Sports Drink

 In a pinch, many of us reach for commercial sports drinks. Most sports drinks are loaded with artificial colours, processed sugars and poor taste. With a few pantry staple ingredients, you can prepare your own hydrating sports drink for pennies per serving.

*As an avid runner myself, I often double or triple the recipe in the summer months (*and keep refrigerated). This way, we have plenty on hand for a post run sip, when my kids are heading to soccer, basketball or bike park, or when my husband is running out the door to baseball.

1 bag herbal tea *my kids prefer peach, or berry flavour *I prefer ginger

¼ (60 mL) orange juice

2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tbsp (30 mL) honey or maple syrup

¼ tsp (1 mL) salt

Boil water.  Remove from heat and steep tea bag for at least 30 minutes. Chill. When ready to prepare, remove tea bag and stir in juices, maple syrup and salt to cooled tea.  Shake (*if placing in a mason jar) or stir well to combine. Consume within two days of preparing.  Makes about 4 cups (1 L).

Protein Packed Rocky Road Bars

A perfect post game sweet treat ‘bite’.  Loaded with plant protein and no baking required!!

1 lb. (500 g) dark chocolate, roughly chopped

1 cup (250 mL) natural peanut butter

⅓ cup (75 mL) butter OR coconut oil

2 cups (500 mL) mini marshmallows

1 ½ cups (750 mL) peanuts *I like to use salted

1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries (*or dried blueberries or dried cherries)

½ cups (125 mL) green pumpkin seeds

3 tbsp (45 mL) each; ground flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds

Pinch salt

Place chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on high heat, stopping to stir every 30 seconds until melted (about 2 minutes total).  Add peanut butter and butter.  Let mixture stand for about 10 minutes.  Fold in remaining ingredients.  Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined 8-inch square baking pan.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Remove from refrigerator and cut into 24 snack size squares.

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime Ottawa, CHCH Morning Live, Breakfast Television , What She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm for
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

Char B&W

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Walmart Fresh Recipes as seen on CHCH Morning Live ~ September 27th, 2017

If you’re looking for economical, delicious and healthy side dishes to add to your weeknight mains (or, Thanksgiving side inspiration) Walmart Canada has you covered!  Walmart carries ‘Canada #1 Grade’ fruits and vegetables in all Supercentre locations.  Celebrate fresh Canadian produce with good-for-you recipes!  Happy Autumn Eating!          Sale and Raisins Walmart

Sauteed Kale with Golden Raisins & Onions ~ click here for the recipe

Zucchini Pancakes walmart

Zucchini-Feta Pancakes ~ click here for the recipe

Green Beans Walmart

Green Beans & Carrots in Coconut-Turmeric Curry ~ click here for the recipe

Click here for more FRESH recipes.

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm forChar B&W
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active (and always hungry) teenage boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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Great Value Chicken & Yogurt Recipes as seen on Rogers Daytime Ottawa

When it comes to weeknight suppers: quick, delicious and economical are key!  Chicken is a classic family go-to that lends itself well to a variety of flavour combinations.

Great Value Yogurt, found exclusively at Walmart Canada ~ is a perfect way to tenderize chicken while adding a burst of flavour.  Follow along on social media and use the hashtag #WeLoveGreatValue

Chicken Fingers Walmart

Coconut Chicken Fingers ~ Click here for the recipe

Chicken Salad Walmart

Curried Chicken Salad ~ Click here for the recipe

Chicken and Potato Salad Walmart

Greek Style Chicken Legs and Potato Salad ~ Click here for the recipe

Click here for more quick and easy dinner recipes.



Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast TelevisionWhat She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm forChar B&W
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active (and always hungry) teenage boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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Great Value Pasta Sauce Recipes as seen on Daytime Ottawa & CHCH Morning Live

‘Tis the Back-to-School-Season!!

If you’re looking for delicious and economical weeknight supper solutions, Walmart Canada has you covered with simple to prepare recipes featuring Great Value Pasta Sauces.

Cheese Chicken Nachos  Cheesy Chicken Nachos *click here for the recipe*

Pizza Roll ups Walmart

Powerhouse Pizza Rollups *click here for the recipe*

shakshouka walmart

Shakshouka Goes to Italy *click here for the recipe*


Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm forChar B&W
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active (and always hungry) teenage boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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Summer Produce Recipes as seen on CTV Morning Live Ottawa

Peaches, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Corn and Garden Fresh Herbs….

What to do with all your fresh local produce you ask?

I’ve got you covered with some healthy, delicious and simple to prepare recipes!

Click here to watch my CTV Morning Live Ottawa segment.

Click here to learn more about the health benefits of Gay Lea Nordica Smooth (yes, you read that correct – no lumps!) Plain Cottage Cheese.  Follow along on social media using the hashtag #NothingPlainAboutItPlain Cottage CheeseTomato, Peach, Olive and Herb Salad

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This foolproof salad is a perfect pair to any grilled meat or fish off the bbq.

3 tomatoes, cut in wedges

2 ripe peaches, pitted and cut in thick slices

1/2 cup (125 mL) corn kernals

1/3 cup (75 mL) sliced pitted olives

½ cup (125 mL) chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as: mint, dill, basil and parsley

drizzle of avocado oil or olive oil

1/3 cup (75 mL) crumbled feta or goat cheese *optional

Toss together all ingredients.  Drizzle salad with oil.  Garnish with cheese if using.  Serve immediately.  Makes 4 servings.

For summer salsa (omit cheese): finely dice tomatoes, peaches, olives and toss with chopped fresh herbs.  Toss and serve on grilled chicken, salmon or beef, or serve with nacho chips for dipping.

Layered Summer Dip

Layered Tex Mex Dip

No backyard party is complete without a go-to layered dip!

1 (450 g) tub Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Plain Cottage cheese

1 cup (250 mL) chopped mixed herbs (such as: dill, parsley, basil, chives and mint), divided

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp (5 mL) hot sauce (optional), or to taste

zest and juice of one lime

pinch cumin

1 ½ cups (375 mL) tomato peach ‘salsa’ (recipe above) or prepared salsa of choice

1 cup (250 mL) grated Ivanhoe cheddar

Stir together smooth plain cottage cheese, ½ cup (125 mL) chopped mixed herbs, garlic, hot sauce, lime zest, juice and cumin.  Place on bottom of glass pie plate or trifle dish.  Layer with salsa and grated cheddar.  Garnish top evenly with remaining ½ cup (125 mL) chopped fresh herbs.  Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to one day.  Serve with pita wedges or nacho chips.

Garden Stuffed Sandwich *click here for the recipe

Dinnertime never tasted, or looked so good!

Rosemary & Vanilla Bean ‘Cream’ with Peaches and Blueberries

1 cup (250 mL) Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Plain Cottage cheese

3 tbsp (45 mL) maple syrup (*or honey)

½ vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) finely chopped fresh rosemary

4 ripe peaches, pitted and chopped

½ cup (125 mL) blueberries

Garnish (optional) maple flakes (found at bulk food stores) or finely grated dark chocolate

Stir together plain cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla bean (or extract) and chopped fresh rosemary.  Divide chopped peaches and berries evenly between 4 glass dessert bowls.  Garnish evenly with vanilla rosemary ‘cream’ and garnish evenly with maple flakes or chocolate.

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm forChar B&W
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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What To Do with Summer Produce as seen on CTV Morning Live Ottawa

What to do with all that summer produce you ask?

I’ve got you covered with some delicious and healthy summer recipes!

Layered Summer Dip

No backyard party is complete without a go-to dip!

Layered Tex Mex Dip

1 (450 g) tub Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Plain Cottage cheese

1 cup (250 mL) chopped mixed herbs (such as: dill, parsley, basil, chives  and mint), divided

1 tsp (5 mL) hot sauce (optional), or to taste

juice of one lime

Pinch cumin

1 ½ cups (375 mL) tomato peach ‘salsa’ (recipe below) or prepared salsa of choice

½ cup (125 mL) corn kernels

1 cup (250 mL) grated Ivanhoe cheddar

Stir together smooth plain cottage cheese, ½ cup (125 mL) chopped mixed herbs, lime juice and cumin.  Place on bottom of glass pie plate or trifle dish.  Layer with salsa, corn and grated cheddar.  Garnish top evenly with remaining ½ cup (125 mL) chopped fresh herbs. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to one day.  Serve with pita wedges or nacho chips.

Tomato, Peach, Olive and Herb Salad

This foolproof salad is a perfect pair to any grilled meat or fish off the bbq.  It’s also a healthy and delicious way to use up all those garden fresh herbs.      

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3 tomatoes, cut in wedges

2 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced

¼ cup (60 mL) sliced pitted olives

½ cup (125 mL) chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as: mint, dill, basil and parsley

quality Olive Oil

Salt and pepper

Garnish (optional): Crumbled Feta and/or Goat Cheese

Toss together all ingredients and garnish with Feta or Goat cheese if using.  Serve immediately.   Makes 4 servings.

For summer salsa: finely dice tomatoes, peaches and olives and toss with chopped fresh herbs, oil, salt and pepper.  Toss and serve on grilled chicken, salmon or beef, or serve with nacho chips for dipping.

Smooth and Creamy Low Cal Alfredo

Alfredo

Click here for Alfredo recipe made with Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese.

*Tip: add a variety of chopped mixed fresh herbs, and diced tomatoes for a summer inspired supper.

Rosemary, Maple & Vanilla ‘Cream’ with Peaches and Bluberries

½ cup (125 mL) Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Plain Cottage cheese

1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup (*or honey, or stevia)

½ vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) each; finely chopped fresh rosemary

4 ripe peaches, pitted and chopped

½ cup (125 mL) blueberries

Garnish (optional) Maple flakes (found at bulk food stores) or, very finely chopped 70% dark chocolate

Stir together plain cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla bean and chopped fresh rosemary and thyme.  Divide chopped peaches and berries evenly between 4 mason jars or martini glasses.  Garnish evenly with vanilla herb cream and sprinkle evenly with maple flakes (or chopped dark chocolate).

Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCHCH Morning Live, Breakfast Television , What She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm for
all things food, cooking and running.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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Great Value Ice Cream Recipes as seen on CHCH Morning Live

Great Value Ice Cream Dessert Recipes as see on CHCH Morning Live 

My theory: The BEST summer memories involve ice cream!  Chill out over the next few months with a few show stopping dessert recipes all made with Great Value Ice Cream, found exclusively at Walmart.  

Happy Sweet Summertime Eating!!  

Follow along (and share your Great Value ice cream creations) on social media using the hashtag: #WeLoveGreatValue   

Birthday Bonanza Cake

Celebrating a summertime birthday?  The fine folks at Great Value have you covered with this marvelous (yet, super simple to prepare) cake.  Best part: it’s as fun to make, as it is to eat!!  

Click here for the recipe.

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Churro Ice Cream Sundae

Hosting a backyard soiree?  End the evening with a southern inspired deep fried sundae.  Don’t be alarmed, this dish can be prepared well in advance.  When ready to serve, simply remove from freezer and fry each ‘scoop’.  Serve with fruit and Great Value whipped topping.

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Superlicious Float  

Perfect for an all girls weekend at the cottage, or a ‘just because’ sweet dockside sip ~ this Superlicious Float is: Super-summer-licious!!  

Click here for the recipe.  

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Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime OttawaCHCH Morning Live, Breakfast Television , What She Said Radio and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm forChar B&W
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Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

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