Garlic: Does More Than Scare Away Vampires

Happy Garlic Day!

Garlic is a plant in the onion family, which is why it has that strong smell! Due to its familiar and scrumptious taste, it remains a popular staple in modern cooking. Garlic has a compound in it known as allicin, which creates the smell of garlic and also provides some of the health benefits. Research has found that garlic may help improve atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), leading to overall improved health. So how would you add this health plant into your diet? You can simply chop, mince or roast it.

I love to roast my garlic using this simple recipe:

    1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
    2. Remove the outer layer of the garlic bulb, to expose the cloves
    3. Cut of about ¼ of an inch off the top of the bulb
    4. Place garlic bulbs on to small aluminum foil square (you will need one for each bulb you are roasting)
    5. Drizzle about 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil on each bulb
    6. Fold the edges of the foil together and close the bulb inside
    7. Place in the oven for 35 minutes or until bulbs are soft
    8. Once cooled, store in the refrigerator for your cooking and use within 1 week

 

Ways to Use Roasted Garlic

    • Mash into homemade salad dressing
    • Use in place of raw garlic in soups and sauces
    • Spread warm cloves on a bread toast
    • Add to pasta sauce, like a cauliflower alfredo sauce
    • Mash with butter and spread over corn on the cob
    • Use in homemade hummus

Tip! Roasted garlic is milder than raw garlic

– True Health Clinical Health Consultant Jody Drange, RD, CDE, ACSM EP-C

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