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Roasted Garlic

If I could, I would begin every meal with garlic.  I really would. Garlic is an obvious flavor powerhouse, but raw garlic can be too pungent and aggressive, overpowering more subtle flavors that also deserve a chance to shine. Enter roasted garlic, or garlic candy as I like to call it.

Roasted garlic is much milder, sweeter in fact.  Adding a bit of roasted garlic to nearly any dish is a way to subtly rev up the flavor (here is the best part) without revving up fat and calories. I always have an entire head of roasted garlic in my fridge to use as I want. As glorious and delicious as roasted garlic is, it is also one of the best skinny cooking tips out there.

From a nutrition point of view garlic is a top cancer fighting compound, the best food to boost immunity (say goodbye to those spring colds!) and a phenomenal anti-inflammatory, which “SKINNY TIP!” aids in weight loss.

How do I use Roasted Garlic?

  1. Mash it up with a little olive oil and and put on top of any steamed veggies.
  2. Make garlic mashed cauliflower (steam cauliflower until soft, mash with an entire head of roasted garlic a small drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper)
  3. 1 head of roasted garlic, 1 can chickpeas, a bit of tahini, process in food processor VOILA! roasted Roasted Garlic Hummus
  4. Mash a few cloves of roasted garlic w/ lemon juice, salt and pepper, a small drizzle of olive oil = delicious salad dressing!
  5. Add 1 head roasted garlic to 1/4 cup veggie stock, whisk until well combined toss with whole grain pasta, or any grain, plus veggies.  Top w/ 1 tbsp parmesean cheese.
  6. Spread on whole grain toast w/ a slice of avocado and tomato. Lunch.
  7. Squeeze 1 head roasted garlic into virtually any soup or stew or chili to make it the best tasting soup or stew or chili you have ever had. Truth.

How to Roast a Head of Garlic

STEP #1: Preheat oven to 425

STEP #2: Always begin with at least 2 whole heads of garlic. It is an utter waste of time to only roast 1.

I love me some garlic

Hello Lover!

STEP #3: Chop off their heads!

Decapitated garlic heads

Off with it!

STEP #4: Place on sheets of tinfoil

Garlic gettin' ready for some rays

Lovely little tanning beds

STEP #5: Drizzle each head with 1/2 tsp Olive Oil a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper

Dressed up garlic

Dress them up

STEP #6: Seal the packets tightly and bake in oven for 40 minutes, or until garlic is super soft and will ooze out if you squeeze it

Garlic tucked into packets

Pretty little packets

STEP #7: Remove from oven and marvel at the glorious garlic candy you just created. It is mellow, creamy, and spreadable!

Garlic squeezin'

It’s a Garlic Candy Party!

Abra Pappa
About Abra Pappa, Health and Wellness Expert

Abra is a wellness expert that has inspired thousands of people to reach their health and weight loss goals through whole, natural food and mindful lifestyle shifts. Her food philosophy is simple; keep it real, keep it simple, and it sure as heck better be delicious!

  • Nutritionist Manchester

    What a great post with such good recipe ideas! I feel hungry just thinking about some garlic mashed cauliflower! Yum!