The Everyday Chef: Fruit & Veggie Culinary Creations
Welcome to our Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Everyday Chef column. Let our chefs step into your kitchen weekly and offer sound advice and tips to help you eat more fruits and vegetables by bringing delicious and nutritious food to your table! Visit often for original recipes and culinary techniques that will introduce unique ways to prepare fruits & veggies for your everyday meals.
|Equipped with a curiosity in the kitchen and an appetite for wholesome foods, I want to make your healthy eating journey feel both achievable and sustainable. I’m a registered dietitian, yoga instructor and vegetable lover! Together, we’ll experiment with simple, inexpensive recipes and a dash of nutrition tips. Full Bio||Cooking wasn’t always easy for me. My mother’s culinary skills were limited to boiling chicken and preparing a baked tuna casserole. As a registered dietitian, I spend my time helping people reach their personal nutrition goals through therapeutic diets, performance nutrition plans, and preparing meals as a private chef. Full Bio|
|Roasted Parsnip Fries
Andrew: A lot can be done with parsnips. It’s a root vegetable and can be treated like a potato for almost all recipes. This recipe uses blanching to create a “gelatinized” outer layer that crisps up when cooked at high heat. Blanching uses hot boiling water or oil to partially cook an item. It’s the fundamental step when trying to achieve a crispy fry. Watch Parsnip Fries Video
|Honey Ginger Poached Pears
Alex: A poached pear dish is one of my favorite desserts to serve in the winter. For one thing, it can be made hours (even days) ahead of time and not lose flavor or texture, making it perfect for busy gatherings or a last-minute weeknight dessert craving. Get Poached Pear Recipe
|Crispy Honey Batata Cakes VIDEO
Andrew: Working as a dietitian I get to meet lots of wonderful people and build relationships around food. A side benefit of this is an exposure to lots of cultural foods. This month a South American influence is seen in my rendition of an Argentinian sweet potato recipe.
VIDEO Sweet Potato Cakes
|Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Alex: This roasted butternut squash soup is elegant enough to be served for the holidays, yet simple enough for any weekly meal rotation.
|VIDEO Holiday Cinnamon Apple Spiced Squash Soup & The Art of Tea Infusion
Andrew: Tea infusion brings out a warm holiday flavor in this Cinnamon Apple Spiced Squash Soup. The subtle flavors of teas can be extracted and used to create one-of-a-kind sauces, soups, or infused rice and grains. Watch Video & Learn About Tea Infusion for Squash Soup
|Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole
Alex: VIDEO Mac & Cheese, the classic family favorite, gets a veggie makeover. Whole wheat noodles in a creamy, cheese sauce, studded with colorful bits of peppers, broccoli and peas. While almost any combination of vegetables will work, I love the beautiful red and green combo seen here. Watch Mac & Cheese Video
|Interested In Performance Nutrition?|
|Check out Andrew’s monthly column on performance nutrition, which focuses on the relationship between nutrition and athletic performance, including the quality and quantity of your fluid and food intake.|
|Are You Getting Enough Iron?
The average American gets more than enough iron each day, buy if you’re exercising regularly or actively participating in endurance activities like running or fast walking, you’re not average. Make sure you are getting enough Iron for your active lifestyle.
The Active Person’s Guide to Getting Enough Iron