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.

Bio for Alex Caspero, Chef Bio for Andrew Dole, Chef
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

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The Everyday Chef: Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

  Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Andrew: If you’re a big fan of make-ahead breakfasts, this baked oatmeal recipe is for you. This blueberry- and banana-based breakfast casserole packed with fiber and protein couldn’t be easier to make!
Get Baked Oatmeal Recipe
The Everyday Chef: Vegan Mac & Cheese + Broccoli

  Vegan Mac & Cheese + Broccoli
Alex: Vegan macaroni and cheese!? Yup! If you haven’t tried a vegan cheese sauce before, you’ll love this healthy, vegetable-packed recipe. The cheese sauce gets body from both cauliflower and cashews.
Vegan Mac & Cheese Recipe
The Everyday Chef: Crunchy Homemade Granola

  Crunchy Homemade Granola
Andrew: Tired of lots of added sugar in your granola? This recipe has only 3 grams of sugar per serving with a bonus 5 grams of protein! Try My Crunchy Granola
The Everyday Chef: Grilled Asparagus Pasta Salad

  Grilled Asparagus Pasta Salad
Alex: It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of pasta, especially pasta salads. This light side dish is perfect for ushering in spring. It’s packed with grilled asparagus, tomatoes and onions tossed with chewy pasta and a tangy lemon and caper dressing. Get Pasta Salad Recipe
The Everyday Chef: How to Make Pesto from Any Green

  How to Make Pesto from Any Green
Alex: You don’t need expensive pine nuts or even basil to make basil. In fact, experimenting with various greens, nuts, and cheeses is a great way to get a whole lot more pesto into your life.
How to Make Pesto Out of Almost Anything

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.
Performance Nutrition: Are You Getting Enough Iron? 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

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