Roasted Garlic

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Roasted garlic has a unique flavor that is unlike any other! When roasted, the sharp bite of fresh garlic diminishes and soft, golden, aromatic cloves are left behind to provide you with the ideal cooking accompaniment. Try adding these tasty cloves into some of our favorite dishes, such as our Butternut Squash Vegetable Lasagna, Red Lentil Spinach and Sorghum Bowl, Red Curry Lentils and Vegetables, or Sorghum and Black Bean Chili.

Adding garlic to your favorite recipes is a great way to amp up the nutrition to a dish, as it is an excellent source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium. Garlic also has many health benefits–in a study published in “Lipids in Health and Disease,” researchers found that garlic consumption significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (1). This is believed to occur through reduction of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Garlic has also been attributed with lowering blood pressure, preventing hardening of arteries, lowering triglyceride levels and reducing blood clots (1). All of these benefits mean eating garlic on a regular basis can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Not only is garlic good for preventing heart disease, but it’s also thought to have anti-tumor and anti-microbial effects, and it shows benefit on high blood glucose concentration (2). So, with all of these health benefits, try adding roasted garlic to your recipes for additional flavor and health.

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Roasted Garlic
 
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Serves: 16 garlic cloves
Ingredients
  • 4 heads of garlic
  • 8 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan sea salt (optional)
Equipment
  • Pairing knife
  • Aluminum foil or clay cooker
  • Small bowl
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 F (see note).
  2. Use a pairing knife to cut ¼" to ½" from the top of garlic cloves, exposing the individual cloves.
  3. Place garlic in a clay cooker or aluminum foil with olive oil and salt, if desired. Use clean fingers to rub the olive oil all over the garlic cloves, and cover the garlic head with aluminum foil or place it in a clay cooker.
  4. Bake for minimum of 1 hour, or until the garlic cloves feel soft when touched. When done, let cool, and squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins. Place garlic cloves into a small bowl and store properly.
Notes
*The health benefits are optimized when the garlic is roasted at 250 F because the garlic and the oil is preserved.
*Add roasted garlic to cauliflower, broccoli or your favorite vegetable.
*Serve with grilled chicken or fish, salad dressings, bread or toast with olive oil, bean dip, soups or sauces
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 garlic cloves Calories: 35 calories, Fat: 2.5 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrates: 3 grams, Sugar: 0 grams, Sodium: 2 milligrams, Fiber: 0 grams, Protein: 1 gram, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

(1) Kojuri, J., et al. Effects of anethum graveolens and garlic on lipid profile in hyperlipidemic patients. 2007 Mar 1. doi:  10.1186/1476-511X-6-5.

(2) Bayan, L, et al. Garlic: A review of potential therapeutic effects. Avicenna J Phytomed. 2014 Jan-Feb; 4(1): 1–14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/

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