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Chef Vishal: Simple Marinara

One area I try and focus my time and energy (when I have it) is meal prep. And one of the easiest ways I’ve found to prep meals, is to plan them out! Create a rough sketch of what your daily meals will look like for the week, so you can do the necessary prep ahead of time. That's where this recipe comes in.

A category of food that I’m always intrigued to learn more about is the art of sauce making. After realizing that I consume pasta at least 2-3 times per week (during heavy training periods), I noticed that the sauces I purchase could easily be made at home. And what’s great about making your own sauce is that you cut out several ingredients.

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Chef Vishal: Veggie Risotto

A dish that I always have to consider if I see it on a menu when dining at a restaurant is….risotto. Up until about a year ago, I never attempted to make risotto, and usually any dish that can seem intimidating to prepare is something I find myself being drawn to….over and over again.

After doing some research on how to make risotto, I noticed that its really not that hard – it is just VERY labor intensive. But just because something is hard, or requires more work, doesn’t mean we should shy away from it,. Embrace the recipe! Embrace life’s challenges! Now that I’ve made this dish a few times, I now fully consider my risotto restaurant quality. In fact, I will put it up against anyone in a risotto cook-off!

I quickly learned that, you can make it healthier, by adding more vegetables and less butter and cheese, and arboro rice is gluten free, so for those sensitive to gluten this dish is very easy on the stomach.

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Chef Vishal: Curried Chickpeas (Chole)

This dish really brings me back to my roots. Growing up, it took some time for me to adjust to Indian cooking, however, over time I grew to love it. And to this day, I use everything my mom taught to infuse rich flavors into my dishes. That, I am truly thankful for.

This curried chickpea dish, traditionally referred to as chole, is packed with mouth-watering spices, plant-based protein, and vegetables. Serve it over rice, along side your favorite type of flatbread (naan is my preferred choice).

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Chef Vishal: Vegetable Fried Rice

This fried rice has a nice blend of vegetables, with good carbs coming from rice. And it’s super simple to prepare! The plant-based nutrients in this dish seem to work better with the stomach the day before long bouts of exercise.

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Chef Vishal: Roasted Garlic Kale Chips

Choosing the right foods to snack on a daily basis plays a crucial role in ensuring your energy levels are consistent throughout the day. If you have a run in the afternoon, taking in fluids and eating right during the day will help you get the most of the workout. These roasted garlic kale chips are a quick and easy snack, and provides far more nutrients than store-bought, processed snacks. This recipe is very versatile. Feel free to add whatever seasoned salt you have on hand, or experiment with other seasoning.

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Chef Vishal: ​Curried Brown Rice Bowl

All month long, I'll be sharing some of my favorite recipes on our blog. This week, I'm showing you how to make a Hydration HQ favorite - the curried brown rice bowl. Recover after a tough workout with this easy rice bowl, filled with whole-grains, lean protein, healthy fats and seasonal vegetables.

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