Eating more garlic in your diet is definitely one of the most delicious ways to strengthen your health, lose weight, fight cancer, and ward off colds, flus, hungry vampires and bad dates.
From veggies to soups to savory meats to cheesy comfort dishes, garlic ups the flavor factor of almost any type of dish with the perfect aromatic kick. Take advantage of this beloved bulb’s nutrient-packed super powers with these mouth-watering garlicky favs.
Warm Slow-Roasted Garlic
1 lb whole garlic bulbs (about 6 to 8 bulbs)
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
Coarse salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice off the top of the garlic bulbs, to expose the tops of each garlic clove within. Place the garlic bulbs, cut-side up, in a baking dish.
Slowly pour the oil over top the garlic bulbs, allowing the cloves to soak it in. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. Cover the dish with foil, sealing it around the edges of the dish, and place the covered dish in the oven.
Roast until the garlic is soft, golden and starts to slightly poke out of the skins (about 1 hour).
Remove from the oven and push and peel out each clove from the skin. Serve warm in a dish with the left-over cooking oil drizzled over top, with a side of whole grain toast or crackers.
Nutrition Facts per clove: 20 calories/2g total fat (0g saturated fat)/1g total carbs/0g protein
This sizzling and garlicky salsa adds a punch of fresh and festive flavor to grilled fish, chicken breast, wraps, burgers, or as a stand-alone dip. It’s high in raw nutrients, extremely low in fat and cholesterol, and is rich in metabolism-boosting ingredients. Get the recipe here.
Rustic Tuscan Soup
Protein-packed beans and fiber-filled veggies turn this earthy bowl into a hearty, healthy, meat-free one-pot meal that can be whipped up in advance and served with ease to your family on any day of a busy week. Get the recipe here.
Tangy Lemon Garlic Chicken with Zesty Greens
This light and flavorful dinner is incredibly easy to throw together, capitalizing on all of the fat-blasting superpowers of lean protein, gut-friendly dark leafy fiber and healthy essential fatty acids. Get the recipe here.
Garlic & Herb Italian Vinaigrette
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ white wine vinegar
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp dry Italian seasoning mix
½ tsp crushed red chili flakes, or to taste
Sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients together in a small Mason jar, screw on the cap and shake to combine. Allow it to rest on the counter for several minutes so that the flavors infuse, and then shake it again right before use.
Nutrition Facts per tablespoon: 63 calories/7g total fat (0g saturated fat)/1g total carbs/0g protein
Citrus & Herb Grilled Chicken Salad
Packed with juicy flavor and cheerful color, this low-carb dish is exciting enough to be the main event at your next patio party, yet simple enough to grace a quiet dinner table-for-one. Get the recipe here.
Lean Lamb Moroccan Stew
Lamb is a lean meat that is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin and folate (and buying 100% grass-fed lamb lowers the fat percentage even further, while raising the ratio of healthy essential fatty acids). Freshly stewed tomatoes, garlic and onion give your immune system a helpful winter boost, while high-fiber beans and vegetables help burn fat and fill you up on fewer calories. Get the recipe here.
Soul-Warming Vegetarian Chili
Vegetarian chili is a great way to keep your diet high in fat-blasting veggies, satisfying you with fibre-filled, protein-packed and nutritious plant foods that heat up your mouth with exciting and exotic flavors. Get the recipe here.
Zesty Garlic Hummus
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 or 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 tsp sea salt
¼ cup fresh chives, minced
¼ tsp cayenne pepper or paprika
Add all ingredients except the chives into a food processor, and process until light and fluffy. Stir in the chives and serve with fresh veggie sticks, whole grain crackers or whole grain toast.
Nutrition Facts per tablespoon: 18 calories/1g total fat (0g saturated fat)/2g total carbs (1g dietary fiber)/1g protein
Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Egg Breakfast Toast
This healthy, simple and satisfying breakfast toast features an optimal balance of fiber, protein and healthy fats that help to fuel your day the right way with optimal energy, good spirits and weight loss. Get the recipe here.
Jaw-Dropping Jerk Paste
This healthy paste adds a pleasant kick of heat to any kind of meat or poultry dish, minus all the unhealthy additives and preservatives in store-bought and restaurant sauces. Get the recipe here.
Roasted Garlic & Brussel Sprouts
Does the word “Brussel sprouts” conjure up old painful childhood dinner memories of bland green agony? This warm and earthy vegetable side dish is one you’ll have absolutely no trouble getting yourself to eat with tantalizing pleasure. Get the recipe here.
Mediterranean Salmon with Sautéed Leeks
Freshly braised wild salmon is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Immune-boosting leeks and garlic provide all the flavor that this delicious dish requires, keeping it simple, easy, and free of any unhealthy sweeteners, fats, preservatives or artificial ingredients. Get the recipe here.
Sweet Potato & Rosemary Soup
Low-fat veggie-packed soups are great for thermos-lunches on the go, and eating a hot healthy bowl of soup before your entrée helps you eat far less calories during your main meal. This mildly sweet and savory soup is packed with flavor and nutrition while low in calories, carbs and fat. Get the recipe here.
Kale & Oregano Sun Pesto
Dark leafy greens are nutritional gold mines, packing some of the highest ratios of nutrients into the lowest number of net calories. Incorporate more waist wilting greens into your diet with a delicious dollop of this garlicky pesto on fish or poultry, or spread on whole grain crackers or toast. Get the recipe here.
Wilted Kale in Lemon Garlic Oil
This 5 minute side dish compliments any entrée with its stimulating flavors. Its high-fiber, nutrient-dense, low-calorie nutrition profile helps you detox, lose weight and keep your immune system strong through the cold winter months. Get the recipe here
Light & Fluffy Cauliflower Mash
Cauliflower makes for a surprisingly tasty and creamy substitute for mashed potatoes, with far less starch and carbs and far more fiber and antioxidants. Get the recipe here.
Honey Balsamic Chicken with Garlic Thyme Roasted Roots
The perfect rib-stickin’ dinner: Sweet and sour glazed chicken pieces with a side of herb-roasted root veggies, all cooked up in one pan for easy cooking, serving and clean up. Get the recipe here.
Tantalizing Teriyaki Glaze
This authentic Asian sauce gets it deep, rich flavor from all natural, healthy ingredients, free from all the unhealthy processed sweeteners, additives and preservatives that come with store-bought teriyaki. Get the recipe here.
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
This steamy red broth is the perfect winter mug companion as you curl up on the couch and watch the beautiful frosty weather blow by outside your window. Get the recipe here.