Learn how to easily and efficiently prep fruits, veggies, and fresh herbs, so that you can cook simpler and smarter and eat healthy. Our cooking videos and simple recipes focus on improving your cooking knowledge, and they make it easy for you to prep your favorite produce. If you ever wanted to try a certain vegetable but were unsure of how to prep it, our cooking resource library will help you!
When you learn how to prep different produce, you’ll be more inclined to eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies.
With your knife all sharpened and ready to go, you’re ready to start chopping like a pro! Vegetables come in different shapes and sizes, so we’ll teach you the best ways to easily, efficiently, and chop each veggie. Once you get comfortable with chopping vegetables, you’ll be able to cut different shapes, whether it’s small dice, large cubes, or thin matchsticks.
- Bell Peppers
- Bok Choy
- Butternut & Spaghetti Squash
- Celery & Celeriac
- Chili Peppers
- Green Garlic
- Kale, Chard & Leafy Greens
- Parsnips & Turnips
- Peaches & Stone Fruits
- Portobello Mushrooms
- Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
- Tomatoes & Tomatillos
Apples come in a bunch of different varieties and are tasty to eat on their own, but we also love to toss them in salads or cook them in entrees. Learn how to julienne (cut into thin matchsticks) with our video below and then try adding them to slaws or salads.
How to Julienne Fruit
See how easy it is to slice fruit up into little crunchy matchsticks (i.e., julienne).
Take advantage of this springtime vegetable when it’s in season, when they taste the best and are least expensive. Slice them up and add to pastas or salads, or keep them in spears and roast them until their crisp and tender for a perfect accompaniment to your entree.
How to Prep Asparagus
Learn several different ways to prep asparagus with this short video.
Steaming whole artichokes is one of the purest and most delicious ways to enjoy this healthy spring vegetable, especially when served alongside a simple lemon butter sauce. Or try with any of your favorite condiments like a garlic yogurt dip or Sriracha mayo.
How to Prep & Steam Artichokes
Learn how to prepare and cook artichokes and make two simple dipping sauces in this short cooking video.
Creamy and luscious, avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food, filled with lots of vitamins, minerals, and healthy, good-for-you fats. Cube and top on salads, soups, tacos (and anything really), mash for guacamole or as a spread for toasts, and slice, bread, and bake for healthy ‘fries.’
How to Chop Avocados
Watch this simple how-to video for chopping avocados.
How to Slice Avocados into Wedges
Learn how to peel an avocado and chop it into wedges.
Beets have an earthy, sweet, and mellow flavor, as well as a gorgeous deep purple color. Roasting them caramelizes their natural sugars and brings out even more sweetness, but they’re also great raw in slaws or salads or slowly simmered in soup.
How to Roast Beets
Learn how to oven-roast delicious, nutritious beets with this simple video.
Bell peppers are crisp, sweet vegetables that can be used in a variety of cooking. Keep them raw and crisp in salads or summer rolls, enjoy them crunchy but tender in quick stir-fries, stuff with grains and veggies or meat, or try roasting them for a sweet, smoky flavor to add to soups, bakes, pastas, and more.
How to Dice Peppers
Watch this video to learn how to dice bell peppers.
How to Chop and Dice Peppers
Learn how to chop and dice red peppers to use for sautes, stir-fries, salads, and more.
How to Slice Bell Peppers
Watch this video to learn how to slice bell peppers.
How to Roast Red Peppers
Learn how to roast red peppers, which can be added to many dishes, or enjoyed as a tasty appetizer.
Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage that has a sweet flavor, crisp stalks, and tender green leaves. They’re great to add to stir-fries and noodle soups, but also make a great side dish – steam or bake in the oven with a simple soy sauce mixture or chop them up and saute with garlic for an aromatic, light, and crunchy dish.
How to Prep Bok Choy
Learn a simple technique for washing and prepping bok choy with this video.
How to Slice Bok Choy
See how simple it is to slice bok choy for soups, salads, slaws, and sautes.
Broccoli is available year-round, making it easy to eat green veggies with every part of the meal. We love them raw with dips, roasted with some salt and pepper, folded into pastas, and in tacos, soups, frittatas…they’re great in everything! For a fun meal, turn broccoli into fritters, our take on healthy, vegetable pancakes.
How to Chop Broccoli
Watch this video to learn how to chop broccoli for a variety of tasty uses.
How to Make Broccoli Fritters
Watch this video to learn how to make tasty broccoli fritters. You can change them up by adding any veggies!
Butternut & Spaghetti Squash
Winter squashes have a hard exterior, making them difficult to prep, but our videos below will show you how easy it is to prep. Roast butternut squash to enhance their natural sweetness and toss into pastas, soups, chilis, or even pizza. Add them to pureed soups for a silky smooth texture. Spaghetti squash can be eaten just like spaghetti, and it’s great as a paleo or gluten-free sub.
How to Chop Butternut Squash
There's no need to wrestle with butternut squash anymore once you see how easy it is to prep this vegetable.
How to Prep Spaghetti Squash
In this video, we show you just how easy it is to prepare this delicious squash.
This versatile vegetable comes in many colors and types – green, red, savoy, napa – but all can be used for a variety of dishes. Enjoy it raw in slaws, add it to a stir-fry or soup, or use the whole leaf to make cabbage rolls. When eaten raw, cabbage has a peppery flavor, and when cooked, it has a sweeter flavor.
How to Chop Cabbage
Cabbage has so many benefits - it's available all year long, it's healthy, and inexpensive. See how easy it is to chop a head of cabbage in this video.
How to Slice Cabbage
See how easy it is to break down a head of cabbage for slaws and soups.
How to Slice Napa Cabbage
Watch this video to learn how to slice napa cabbage for slaws, soups, and salads
How to Slice Cabbage in a Food Processor
A food processor is an amazing kitchen tool. It helps you quickly prep things - see how easy it is to slice cabbage with this machine.
Carrots can be used in so many different dishes, they’re something you would want to always have on hand in your fridge. Dice them up into soups and curries, slice them up for stir-fries, roast them for a sweet side dish, or grate them for slaws, salads, sandwiches, pastas, or meatloaf.
How to Chop Carrots
Watch this video to learn our tips on how to best peel, chop, and dice carrots easily.
How to Chop Carrots into Sticks
Watch this video to learn a simple technique for chopping carrots into sticks.
How to Slice Carrots
Learn how to slice carrots thinly for fast cooking.
How to Grate Carrots
Learn how to use a food processor to quickly grate carrots.
Although cauliflower has a slightly sulfurous and bitter taste, once you get past that, you can actually taste a milky, sweet, nutty flavor that makes it a great vegetable to include in your meals. Try it in place of other veggies, like in stir-fries, sautes, soups, or frittatas, or go the paleo route and enjoy it as cauliflower “rice” or mashed cauliflower.
How to Chop Cauliflower
Cauliflower is such a tasty vegetable to cook. See how easy it is to prep here.
How to Make Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice is a great low-carb, low-cal alternative to normal rice, and very easy to make.
Celery & Celeriac
Don’t overlook celery just because it’s always there as the base of soups or in stir-fries! This light and crisp veggie adds a delicious aroma to many dishes, and can be enjoyed raw and in its crunchy form in salads and slaws.
Celeriac, which is also known as celery root, is a root vegetable that is a variety of celery. It might look like an ugly mystery, but we’ll teach you just how to prep this tasty late fall / winter vegetable, so that you can enjoy this delicious veggie roasted, in creamy pureed soups, in stews, or even mashed.
How to Dice Celery
Learn how to chop celery for use in stir-fries, soups, sautes, and salads.
How to Slice Celery
Watch how easy it is to slice celery with our short video.
How to Julienne Celery
Learn how to julienne celery - chopping it into little matchsticks.
How to Chop Celery Root (Celeriac)
Celery root (or celeriac) might look like an ugly mystery but it's a tasty, under-appreciated vegetable. See how easy it is to prep, then roast or put into pureed soups for a delicious dish!
Chayote belongs in the same family as melon, cucumber, and squashes, and has a similar taste and texture to these fruits and veggies. Crisp, yet tender, and with a sweet, mild flavor. If you can’t find chayote, you can sub with zucchini, but chayote has a crunchier texture that holds well in soups, which is why we like to add it to soups, stews, and chilis. But they’re also great in stir-fries and sautes.
How to Chop Chayote Squash
Watch this video to learn how to chop or dice chayote squash.
Unlike sweet bell peppers, chili peppers contain heat and spiciness. The heat level depends on the chili, though, and they come in a variety of sizes and color, dried or fresh. Drying fresh chilis gives them a completely different flavor profile (which in turn give them another name). We like to add chili peppers to salsas, sauces, sandwiches, stir-fries – really anything that you want some spice!
How to Dice Jalapenos
Jalapeños have great flavor and can add heat to anything. See how to easily dice them here.
How to Dice Poblano Peppers
See how easy it is to chop poblano peppers, which add a mild pepper flavor to lots of dishes like sautes and soups.
Citrus fruits add a refreshing sweetness and tanginess to dishes. Their juices can be used in sauces and marinades, their zest can be used to add a delicate citrus flavor, and their fruit segments can be enjoyed raw in salads. Learn how to prep them with our videos, and try something different by grilling sliced lemon in kebabs.
How to Zest Citrus
Learn how to zest citrus and add some brightness to your soups, salads, and sautes.
How to Supreme (Segment) Citrus
Learn how to "supreme," or segment citrus.
How to Shave Corn Kernels off the Cob
See how we easily remove fresh kernels right off the cob.
Hack for Cooking and Husking Corn
See how easy it is to cook and husk corn (without all that silk) with this great hack.
Cucumbers are best enjoyed raw and can be used as refreshing “noodles” instead of actual noodles or pastas. They’re great for lightening up dishes and adding a cool, crisp crunch. Try tossing them into salads, slaws, summer rolls, and vermicelli bowls, or use in gazpacho, a classic chilled tomato soup with cucumbers.
How to Dice Cucumbers
Learn how to dice cucumbers for a refreshing addition to summer salsas and salads.
How to Julienne Cucumbers
Learn how julienne cucumbers - cut them into little matchsticks.
How to Make Vegetable Noodles with a Spiralizer
A spiralizer is a great tool to help you make vegetable noodles, which make a great paleo, gluten-free, or low-carb alternative to traditional pasta.
Eggplant can be enjoyed in many different ways – firm and a little sponge-y in a stir-fry or saute, tender when baked, and smoky and soft when broiled. Try them with various cooking methods to find your favorite way to enjoy eggplant. And don’t forget that they can also be pureed into delicious sauces, like babaghanoush or pesto.
How to Chop Eggplant
Watch this video to find out a quick and easy way to chop eggplants for a delicious meal!
How to Slice Eggplant into Spears
Asian eggplant is a great ingredient to saute, roast, and stir-fry. See how easy they are to prep in this video.
How to Cube Eggplant
Learn how to cube eggplant in this simple how-to video.
How to Cube Chinese or Japanese Eggplant
See how we easily prep Japanese or Chinese eggplant in this short video.
Fennel has a flavor that is similar to licorice and anise. It has a nice crunch that is perfect for slicing up thinly for salads. If you enjoy their mild, fragrant flavor, you can substitute them in recipes that have onions, like burgers or noodle soups.
How to Dice Fennel
Learn how to easily dice the fennel bulb and stalks, then use them as a sweeter substitute in any recipe that calls for diced onions.
How to Slice Fennel
Learn how to easily slice fennel in this short video.
Fresh ginger is an aromatic that has flavors that are spicy, peppery, pungent, sweet, and somewhat lemony. They can be used as bases for curries and soups, but are also great when grated for sauces and marinades or thinly sliced to add a bit of bite to stir-fries. They can even be used to add some zing to smoothies!
How to Peel, Grate and Chop Ginger
See how easily we peel ginger and then grate it or chop it.
Green garlic (sometimes known as spring or new garlic) is a less mature, milder tasting garlic. It’s got a budding garlic bulb at the end and has green shoots. If it’s easily found, it’s definitely worth using to add flavor to any springtime dish. Just sub for any dish that calls for garlic.
How to Prep Green Garlic
See how easy it is to prep this aromatic to add flavor to lots of dishes!
Fresh herbs are a fantastic way to add flavor and freshness to any dish. Learn more about them in our Guide to Fresh Herbs Infographic. Add freshly chopped herbs towards the end of the cooking time so that they maintain their flavors. You can even sprinkle them on for garnish or enjoy the leaves whole, like basil in caprese sandwiches or cilantro in banh mi.
How to Chop Cilantro or Parsley
Learn how to chop parsley using the 'pivot-and-fan' chopping technique with this short video.
How to Chiffonade Basil and Mint
Watch this video to learn how to chiffonade basil or mint - chopping into tiny ribbons for a garnish.
How to Store Herbs
Learn how to store herbs so that they'll stay fresher longer and last you for many recipes.
To add a pleasant crunch to salads, slaws, or a simple snack, try adding jicama. It looks like a potato, but this starchy vegetable has a mildly sweet and nutty flavor whose texture resembles that of a crisp apple. If you plan to cook jicama, wait until the last few minutes of cooking to add so that it retains its crispness.
How to Chop Jicama into Spears
Learn how to chop jicama into spears and dip them into salsa, yogurt, or hummus for an easy and healthy snack!
3 Ways to Grate Jicama
Jicama is a great way to add a refreshing taste and texture to slaws and salads, and it's super-easy to prepare at home.
Kale, Chard & Leafy Greens
These veggies – kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens – can be used interchangeably, although they all have different flavor profiles. Try them as a simple sauteed side dish or add to any of your meals for a healthy dose of green. Get creative with kale and try it raw in salads or blend it into a different take on pesto.
How to Prep Kale
Learn how to wash and prep kale for a variety of uses.
How to Prep Kale, Chard, or Collard Greens
Learn how to prep these big leafy greens, so you can enjoy in sautes, salads, soups, and curries.
Leeks are a winter / spring vegetable that belongs to the onion and garlic family. Only the white and light green parts are edible, although you can save the green tops and add to stocks or broths for some delicious flavor. Leeks have a mild and sweet onion taste, so slice them up (make sure you wash them well, as dirt gets trapped between their layers) and add them to any dish as you would aromatics.
How to Chop Leeks
Leeks are a sweet onion substitute and a great base to start off any meal. See how easy it is to chop them in this video.
This herbaceous plant with a subtle citrus flavor is commonly used in Southeast Asian cuisine. Their woody stalks can be mashed and added to soups and broths, so that their flavors get infused. Or slice them up and add to stir-fries.
How to Prep Lemongrass
See how easy it is to prep this incredibly fragrant herb for sautes, stir-fries, marinades, and soups.
These wonderfully sweet and juicy tropical fruits can be used for more than just baking or sweets. We love using their sweetness to balance and enhance all the other flavors of a dish – salty, spicy, sour, bitter, and savory. While mangos are fantastic to eat as is or blend into a smoothie, try them in savory dishes, like salsas, stir-fries, or curries.
How to Cube Mangos
See how easy it is to cube mangos - a sweet and delicious fruit!
How to Dice Mango
Diced sweet and tangy mango is perfect for salsas and over salads and ceviche - see how easy it is to dice in our video.
Onions are one of those vegetables that you can use in anything you’re cooking. They impart wonderful aromas to dishes and sweet flavors when cooked. When raw, they have a pleasant sharpness that adds depths to salads, salsas, and other raw or cold dishes. When slowly roasted or sauteed, they get caramelized and get super sweet and buttery.
How to Chop & Dice an Onion
Learning how to dice an onion correctly will save you so much time in the kitchen.
How to Slice an Onion
Learn the most efficient way to slice, dice, and chop onions so that your prep always goes smoothly.
Parsnips & Turnips
Parsnips and turnips are both root vegetables. Parsnips look like cream-colored carrots and have a sweeter flavor than turnips, which are slightly peppery. They can be used interchangeably in recipes that call for root veggies, depending on which flavor profile you want. We love roasting them together to bring out their sweetness and enjoy their different textures and flavors in a dish together. They can also be simmered in soups, stews, and curries.
How to Chop Parsnips
Learn how to chop parsnips, a deliciously sweet root vegetable perfect for roasting and using in soups.
How to Chop Turnips
Turnips are a healthy vegetable that can be roasted or enjoyed in sautes, soups, and curries. Our video shows you how simple they are to prep.
Peaches & Stone Fruits
Stone fruits have a stone or pit inside them that holds the seed of the fruit. Peaches, plums, and nectarines fall into this category and can be prepped the same way. We mostly use them sliced in salads, but they can also be used with savory dishes, like julienned in slaws, diced in ceviches, or grilled and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette for your next cookout.
How to Slice Peaches
See how to easily slice peaches, a great addition to summer desserts and salads.
How to Julienne Fruit
See how easy it is to slice fruit up into little crunchy matchsticks (i.e., julienne).
These juicy and sweet fall / winter fruits are great for adding into salads. There are different varieties that vary in texture and taste, so try different ones to find your favorite. Don’t forget Asian pears, though! They are rounder than other pears and are super crisp, sweet, and refreshing.
How to Julienne Fruit
See how easy it is to slice fruit up into little crunchy matchsticks (i.e., julienne).
Don’t be intimidated by the hard and poky exterior of pineapples. They are an incredibly juicy and sweet tropical fruit that, once you learn how to prep, can be used in a lot of cooking. They’re perfect for summertime kebabs, Asian stir-fries, and of course, topped on pizza!
How to Cube Pineapple
See how easy it is to cube fresh pineapple, which can sweeten up any meal (or be enjoyed as-is!)
In season during the fall and winter, pomegranates have a hard exterior but when cracked open, reveal an interior filled with bright red arils that are filled with a sweet and tart juice. These arils, or seeds, are the edible part and can be added to salads, relishes, and slaws.
How to Peel and Seed Pomegranates
Pomegranates are full of antioxidants and a lot easier to prep than you probably imagine - learn how with this video.
These big, meaty mushrooms are a delicious vegetarian alternative to meats, with their earthy flavor. Slice or dice them up to add umami flavor to soups, pastas, sautes, or toss them whole on the grill to give them a smoky, charred flavor. Another fun thing to do is to stuff them with veggies and cheese for a pizza option without carbs.
How to Chop Portobello Mushrooms
Learn how to chop portobello mushrooms to add deep flavor to sautes, soups, and stews.
How to Slice Portobello Mushrooms
Learn how to prep portobello mushrooms to add deep flavor to sautes, soups, and stews.
Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
Roasted, mashed, pureed, fried, boiled. . .there are so many ways to enjoy these starchy root veggies, which come in a variety of textures of colors – waxy, starchy, purple, red, gold, orange, etc. Cube them up for a crispy roasted side dish or toss them into curries, soups, stews, or chilis. Slice them into matchsticks for fries, and learn a fun way to enjoy these veggies – hasselback potatoes – with our videos below.
How to Prep Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a delicious nutritional powerhouse - learn how to prep them in this video.
How to Chop Potatoes for Fries
Watch this video to learn how to chop potatoes into fries.
How to Thinly Slice Potatoes
See how you can quickly cook potatoes using a super thin slice.
How to Hasselback Potatoes
See how easy it is to "hasselback" potatoes in this short video.
Radishes are a root vegetable that have a great crunchy texture when raw and a peppery, slightly spicy flavor, making it a delicious addition to salads. They’re also fantastic when sliced thinly and garnished on pozoles and tacos. When sauteed or roasted, they take on a different flavor profile – sweet, as their bite mellows out from the cooking process, and very juicy.
How to Halve & Slice Radishes
Learn how to slice radishes and add a peppery bite to salads, sautes, and soups.
Shallots are a type of onion but milder and slightly sweeter. Because they’re milder, they can usually be used in place of onions where you might not want the pungent, sharp flavor of onions to overwhelm the dish, like in a vinaigrette. Shallots, when raw, still give a slight bite and when cooked, add wonderful aromas to the dish.
How to Dice Shallots
This short video shows you how easy it is to chop shallots, which lend a lot of flavor to your cooking.
How to Slice Shallots
Shallots can add some sweetness and sharpness to your meals - see how easy they are to slice.
Tomatoes & Tomatillos
Fresh, ripe tomatoes have a deliciously rich sweet, juicy, and acidic flavor. Balance of these flavors and texture depends on the type of tomato, which includes roma or plum, cherry, grape, early girl, etc. They’re known for enjoying raw in salads and sandwiches, but they can also be sauteed or roasted.
Tomatillos are green and covered with a papery husk. Sweet and tart, tomatillos can be added to sauces and gazpacho, and made into salsa verde.
How to Core Tomatoes
This video shows you how to core tomatoes so then you can fill them with something delicious and bake!