For Garlic Lovers Only

Garlic is one of the most essential flavoring bulbs that have been used throughout human history. It is known for both its medicinal and magical properties, from helping to lower cholesterol levels to warding off vampires. Since National Garlic Day is celebrated this month on 4/19/24, let’s do a quick delve into what makes garlic so special and a staple in so many kitchens in the United States and around the world. 

Fresh garlic is a member of the lily family along with onions, shallots, and leeks. These foods all contain allium, a compound that offers some impressive health benefits when consumed regularly. Studies have shown that garlic can decrease inflammation, cholesterol, and blood pressure, support the immune system, help blood sugar control, and improve gut health. Of course, garlic may not agree with everyone. Enjoy garlic, as able. 

While garlic powder is an essential seasoning in any kitchen, fresh garlic has the highest nutritional value and is typically much more flavorful.

Fresh garlic cloves are used raw and cooked in dishes. The flavor and aroma associated with garlic varies by the amount used and cooking methods. Often sauteed, garlic can be roasted until soft and sweet and used as a spread, it can be infused into oils, used in spice rubs, and enjoyed in salad dressings. The possibilities are endless. 

Before adding fresh garlic to a recipe, the cloves need to be peeled. There are different ways to accomplish this task. The quickest and easiest way is to simply press down on the garlic clove with the flat side of a large knife. The garlic skin should easily peel right off. Once you have the bare clove, slice, chop, mince, grate, press, or crush the garlic, according to your needs. 

Store fresh garlic unpeeled in an open container, like a garlic keeper, in a cool, dry place. When stored this way, garlic should keep for up to 3 months. Interestingly, cold refrigerator temperatures mimic autumn to garlic, causing the bulbs to sprout, decreasing shelf life.

  1. Ways to Power Up with Garlic:
  1. Protein:  Garlic goes well with almost every type of protein, such as fish, chicken, pork, and beef. It also goes great with plant-based proteins like beans and tofu. Try these easy Lemon and Garlic Chicken Breasts or Garlic Lime Tuna Steaks for flavorful entrees. These Garlic Chili Turker Burgers are spiced up with flavor, without added fat and sodium. For breakfast any time of day, these tofu spiced up Vegan Burritos will satisfy morning, noon, or night.
  2. Soups, Stews, and Curries:  Cauliflower with roasted garlic is the base of this Spicy Thai Soup. This Moroccan Stew made with chickpeas is infused with minced garlic and aromatic spices for a healthy vegetarian dish. For a fun and flavorful make-ahead recipe, this vegetarian Red Lentil Curry bowl is a win every time. 
  3. Veggies. Grab your favorite vegetable, add minced garlic in a pan with a bit of oil and sauté away. This garlic roasted broccoli is easy to make with just a few minutes of prep time. You can work on your entrée while the broccoli is roasting in the oven. 
  4. Rice:  Adding garlic to rice dishes, like this fried rice, gives it so much flavor. Plus, it pairs well with most proteins and veggies. 
  5. Salsa:  Salsa is one of the most underrated ways to consume more veggies. This Mango Habanero Salsa packs a flavorful punch. Serve it right away for a stronger flavor or make it ahead of time and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to let the flavors mellow. 
  6. Pasta:  Garlic goes great in just about every pasta dish. This Fettuccine with Snap Peas recipe with arugula is a delicious and healthy dish for a fresh tasting pasta dinner.

Get your garlic on and celebrate National Garlic Day on 4/14/24. 

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