Sweet potatoes are in my seasonal repertoire this time of year, so I'm always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy them. When roasting, leave the skins on for greater nutrition (and better texture). High heat muddies the fresh flavors of the herbs and lemon zest in pesto, so top it on just before serving.
Detox Cred: Starting the day with this nutrient-dense elixir is a delicious way to charge your system with nutrients. Dark leafy greens are extremely alkalizing, meaning they foster a more neutral body environment for better functioning enzymes, compared with acid-forming foods like meats and dairy.
Earthy textures make this salad as interesting
to look at as it is to eat. French lentils are firmer than many other varieties, so they won't get mushy or break apart as they simmer. Don't be turned off by the gnarled appearance of celery root. Once caramelized, the vegetable's citrusy, licoricelike flavor shines.
Parsley salad has an earthier flavor than one made with lettuce; the pine nuts, capers, and red onion make each bite even more interesting and tasty. The raw onions in this recipe become milder the longer they stay in the orange juice-and-vinegar mixture. For a strong onion flavor, let them soak for about ten minutes; to make them more mellow, marinate for up to four hours.