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Last year we tried Urban Organics, who brought us a box of produce every week. I had no idea how many beets we would end up getting, and I kept trying to come up with new things to do with them (and the beet greens). It seemed there’s a dearth of good vegetables in winter, so it’s a good thing I’ve learned to like beets. This year, I found a beet soup on the Bon Appetit Cleanse and I had to try it. I have to admit, the original recipe tasted…well…healthy. So I’ve doctored it up a bit and I think this might be the still healthy but tasty version.

Beet Soup with Caramelized Onions

6-8 beets roasted in foil for an hour at 375 degrees and skinned, or pre-cooked

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped thyme

1 cup red wine

2 cups vegetable stock

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder

1/4 cup plain yogurt

Saute the onion in the butter and olive oil until it softens. Add the thyme and continue to cook until they start to caramelize and brown. Deglaze the pan with the wine and add the beets. Cook for a few minutes. Add the stock, ginger, and five-spice powder. Cook for another 10 minutes and then let cool a little. Blend with an immersion blender or in a regular blender (carefully). Add the yogurt and stir through. Reheat if necessary. Garnish with some extra yogurt and scallion slices.

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If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting as much this week, it’s because I’m trying out the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse.┬áIt seemed like a good idea to try eating healthy for a couple weeks, as we tend to do this time of year. I’ve had a lot of oatmeal, muesli, and pumpkin smoothies. And don’t get me started on lentils. I’m really craving a slice of pizza or a cupcake or something with some white sugar….one more week to go.

Anyway, while the meals I’ve been eating are healthy, I haven’t really felt the urge to blog any of them because, well, I really wouldn’t choose to eat them on a normal day. Until this salmon. Granted, I switched up their recipe a little to use up some cleanse leftovers in the fridge, but the nutritional content I think is basically the same. And somehow, I wasn’t missing the cheese in this pesto. That in itself is rather amazing…

Salmon with Pepita and Kale Pesto

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (Pepitas)

1/2 cup kale

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 garlic clove

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon aleppo pepper

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons vegetable stock

4 6-ounce salmon fillets

Toast the pepitas in half the olive oil until they start to brown. Reserve a couple tablespoons to garnish the salmon with at the end. Combine the majority of the pepitas in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients and blend. Saute the salmon in the remaining olive oil on low heat until it starts to get opaque. I like to leave it medium rare in the center. Top the salmon with some of the pesto and garnish with the whole pepitas.

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