Ancient peoples knew that garlic warded off lots of ills and used it to protect against all kinds of things, including illness, tigers (ancient Korea) and even werewolves and vampires (medieval Europe.)
On the health front, research now support’s old beliefs that garlic can promote good health by increasing natural production of hydrogen sulfide in humans. What does that do? Studies show that good supplies of it can protect our hearts, keep our nervous systems healthy and help to regulate our blood flow and blood sugar levels. And it tastes good! Which can boost moods. Garlicky foods certainly make me happy.
For best health results cloves should be smashed and left to sit for about 15 minutes before chopping and cooking them.
I use garlic to enhance meats, vegetables, soups, and stews. Here are my 10 favorite ways to use this delicious natural flavor enhancer:
Roast garlic heads with butter and add the softened pulp to Mashed Potatoes
Stuff a Chicken with cloves before roasting it
In Black Beans
In Lasagna, Spaghetti, or other Pasta
In Stir-fried Anything
In Turkey Sliders
In Caesar Salad
Photos Courtesy of Easy Weekly Meals