Garlic may stink up your breath, but it’s also fantastic for your health. This bulb has significant antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and has been used to treat illnesses around the world for centuries. Check out these five recipes to take your use of garlic beyond mincing.
1. Roasted Garlic with Thyme
Ever eat a whole head of garlic? You won’t have to worry about vampires, and it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Slow roasting garlic brings out its subtle sweetness, and evens calms the pungency that most of us associate with garlic. Garlic, thyme, and a little olive oil are all you’ll need for this piece of alchemy.
After roasting, simply squeeze the cloves to get out the goodness within. Eat as-is on bread, with roasted vegetables, in grains, or add to any recipe that calls for roasted garlic. Learn how to do it here.
2. Roasted Garlic and Smoky Greens Soup
A perfect use for your roasted garlic? This here soup. Garlic and vegetable broth form the base of this soup. Kale, leeks, and potato provide the bulk of the vegetable component, and smoked paprika brings a greater depth of flavor.
You can serve the soup as-is, or you can also add a poached egg for an extra boost of protein. To make this hale and hearty soup, check out the full recipe here.
3. Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp and Veggies
Creamy pasta doesn’t have to be heavy on the butter and, well, cream. This Middle Eastern-inspired dish uses Greek yogurt as the base for the sauce, giving it a rich and silky texture but much less fat. Whole-wheat pasta also ups the health factor.
Top the pasta with a tangy sauce of garlic and lemon, along with shrimp, asparagus, bell peppers, and peas. This recipe suggests serving it hot, but we think it would make a great cold pasta salad the day after, too.
4. Garlic Chicken with White Wine Sauce
A simple, basic recipe to be sure, but the combination of garlic and white wine is a classic because it’s so good. The sauce features fresh thyme and tarragon for an herby kick, along with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The chicken pieces are first browned in a Dutch oven, and then cooked through, simmering in the sauce, for about twenty minutes.
This makes for super-tender chicken infused with flavor, and the sauce is sure to pair beautifully with your favorite vegetables. Serve on its own or over a healthy grain like quinoa. Check out the full recipe for garlic chicken with white wine sauce here.
5. Dilly Beans
Bored of pickles? Bring life back to the picnic or barbecue with dilly beans! Using the same technique as pickled cucumbers, green beans can be transformed into a crunchy, tangy snack. It takes a few days for these guys to be ready to eat, but it’s well worth the wait.
All you’ll need to do is combine cleaned green beans with a saltwater brine. After about two weeks, add garlic, peppers, and dill. Pack the beans and brine mixture into jars, and eat when the flavors are all infused. Learn more here.
What’s your favorite way to use garlic? Share your recipes with us in the comments section!