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


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
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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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