A veggie loaded pizza that tastes just like a cheeseburger? Yes! Cheeseburger Pizza to the rescue.

If you’re looking to add some umph to your weeknight suppers, or pizzazz to your family meal planning – look no further than fungi.  Yup, mushrooms.  Mushrooms are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. has a plethora of recipes that will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds and bellies.  My fam’s favourite is: Cheeseburger Pizza from  By blending chopped mushrooms with Ontario ground beef, you add an additional serving of vegetables to your dish; lighten up classic dishes such as: spaghetti, tacos and burgers (just to name a few); and extend the volume of your dish = extend portions.  As the mom of two active and very hungry boys, wife of the rep soccer coach, and avid runner myself, extended portions are a must in our home.  We are one hungry bunch.  I’m delighted to share a few of our family favourite recipes from & on Toronto’s Breakfast Television.  I encourage you to visit both sites and explore all the amazing, flavourful and good-for-you recipes.

*Click on each title for link to recipes*

Blend and Extend Taco Salad


Blend and Extend Meatballs with Maple Dijon Sauce


Blend and Extend Chili Loaded Baked Potatoes


Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York Region, CHCH Morning Live, Canada AM & Breakfast Television and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing DSC_1081her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and running.

Charmaine is a proud ambassador of Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon: a celebration of Women & Fitness, come join in the FUN June 6th, 2016.  Hope to see many of you at the start line in 2016!  Click here to register.

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. For more tasty recipes visit

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