Let’s Celebrate the Health Benefits of Garlic

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April 19 is National Garlic Day, and I thought a fun way to celebrate the health benefits of garlic is to share some of my favorite recipes. I add garlic to as many of my meals as I can. It strengthens and supports the immune system, builds more gut health, and adds nutrition to any dish.

Garlic Recipes:

Macadamia Nut Pate

Here is one of my favorite recipes. I often add a scoop of the pâté to my salads.

Ingredients:

8 oz lemon juice concentrate
4 oz water
1 tsp unrefined sea salt
I handful of garlic
2-3 cups macadamia nuts

Directions:

Combine into a food processor, whip into a butter, and enjoy!

Recipes to Promote Gut Health

These recipes are taken from my bookReSet the Yeast Connection. The recipes were developed for people who want to reduce their yeast by feeding their bodies instead of feeding the yeast.

Curried Eggs and Vegetables

Ingredients:

3 tsp. coconut oil, divided
½ cup chopped onion
1 tsp. minced ginger
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. curry powder
¼ tsp. turmeric
⅓ cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 small red or orange pepper, diced
½ cup finely chopped zucchini
1½ cups baby spinach leaves
3-4 eggs, beaten
½ avocado, sliced, for garnish

Directions:

Heat 2 tsp. coconut oil over low heat in a large skillet.
Sauté onions, ginger, and garlic for 2-3 minutes.
Add curry powder, turmeric, and broth and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add pepper and zucchini and simmer for about 5 minutes more.
Add spinach during the last 2 minutes and stir to mix in.
In a separate skillet, heat remaining 1 tsp. coconut oil over low heat and add eggs.
With a spatula, gently stir eggs from the sides, and when almost done, fold vegetable mixture into eggs and finish cooking.
Serve immediately, garnished with sliced avocado.

Edamame Hummus

This is a nutritious alternative to Macadamia Nut Pâté . You can serve it with raw vegetables for a complete lunch.

Ingredients:

One 10 oz. bag frozen, shelled edamame
4 Tbsp. sesame tahini
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup lemon juice
1-2 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Bring 3-4 cups water to a boil and add edamame, cooking for about 3-4 minutes.
Drain well and add to food processor along with tahini, salt, lemon juice, and garlic.
Process the ingredients while slowly drizzling in olive oil until the mixture is very smooth, adjusting amount as needed.
Taste and add salt if more is needed.

Cauliflower Spinach Dip

This is another delicious dip that you can serve warm or at room temperature with raw or lightly steamed veggies. You may also use the dip as a “sandwich” filling to stuff lettuce leaves or slices of turkey, topped with cherry tomatoes cut in half and slivers of avocado.

Ingredients:

4 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups lightly packed spinach leaves
½ cup basil leaves
2 Tbsp. tahini
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 coarsely chopped small garlic clove
½ avocado, cut into small pieces
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Place cauliflower florets in a steamer basket set over a pot of simmering water.
Cover and steam until crisp-tender, about 8 minutes.
Add spinach leaves; cover and steam until wilted, about 2 minutes.
Puree vegetables in a food processor with basil, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, avocado pieces, salt, and pepper until smooth.

Please try and share these recipes with your family and friends so they can enjoy the wellness benefits of garlic, too.

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