For foodies and home cooks, one of our main spices is garlic. Not only does it deliver variation and flavor to any meal, but it also comes with many health benefits. If you’re ready to change things up a bit, let’s look at two healthy garlic recipes.
Cold and flu season is fast approaching, and most of us will do just about anything to steer clear of it. But for those that like the homeopathic approach, you can whip up a fire cider in no time. Chances are, you already have all the ingredients in your pantry.
Fire cider is an immune support health tonic that provides an extra layer of protection against colds and the flu. It’s been around for decades. All you need to mix up your own is:
- 16 ounce bottle of Apple cider vinegar (I like Braggs)
- 10 cloves of fresh minced garlic
- ½ cup grated organic ginger root
- ¼ tsp organic cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup of raw honey, or to taste
- 1 tbsp organic turmeric powder
Once you prep the ingredients, place them into a glass jar and cover it with apple cider vinegar. Place the jar into a cool, dark place for up to a month and shake it periodically. Thoroughly strain your concoction with a cheesecloth and pour it into a clean jar. Remember to add more honey as a sweetener until it’s to your liking.
Eating raw garlic can be tricky, but it’s one of the best ways to incorporate garlic into your life. All it takes is about half a clove to make a difference. Consider mincing fresh garlic and placing it in an airtight container for the week for mealtime. A few other ways to enjoy raw garlic are adding it to a salad dressing or throwing it in a soup.
Though you can enjoy garlic in many ways and reap its benefits, garlic confit takes things to the next level because of how you prepare it. By choosing to confit the garlic, you ensure the entire bulb gets utilized without waste, and the oil transfers the heat more evenly through each clove.
To prepare garlic confit, you need a few heads of garlic with the cloves separated and peeled, avocado or olive oil, and herbs if you desire. The best way to enjoy your finished product is by flavoring a dish or enjoying it smeared on a crusty piece of bread. I also love to add it to homemade salad dressings and to mayo to make an aoli.
You can battle the sick seasons or spice up your life by using garlic. One of the best things about garlic is a little bit goes a long way, and the benefits go beyond just taste. Don’t be afraid to kick things up a notch and enjoy garlic confit with a piece of toast the next time you’re looking for a snack.