Chef Lily Kunin literally wrote the book on what to eat for good skin; her recipes are designed to give you that lit-from-within glow that can only come from a healthy diet. Naturally, MindBodyGreen was curious about Kunin's culinary magic and hand-selected a few of her delicious recipes that are all about that glow. "You know how retinoids are a godsend for anti-aging topically? Consider sweet potatoes the internal version," the site wrote of her recipe for sweet potato noodles with pesto sauce. "The vitamin A in sweet potato noodles helps trigger your body to slough off old skin cells." Find her sweet potato noodles recipe below, and enjoy your effortless all-natural glow:
Ingredients for "pasta":
OmegaOil or olive oil
Sweet potatoes, spiralized
Frozen organic peas
Ingredients for pesto:
Kale leaves, destemmed and chopped
Extra-virgin olive oil
Water, as needed, to thin
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and toast the pepitas until they start to turn golden, being careful not to burn. Toss the sweet potato noodles with oil and a few pinches of salt. Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the noodles are cooked through.
Meanwhile, prepare the kale pesto by combining the kale, toasted pepitas, garlic, lemon, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend on the lowest speed while slowly adding the olive oil. Increase the speed slowly until pesto is relatively smooth. Add a couple teaspoons additional oil or water to help this process along as needed.
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