This month, Toronto is hosting its 8th annual Garlic Festival to celebrate all varieties and uses of this amazing vegetable. While garlic is well known for adding flavour to multiple savoury dishes, most people are not aware that it contains a lot of health benefits as well.
There are quite a few ways to enjoy garlic, or use it purely for healing methods. Here are some recipes that you can take home to try with the garlic you get from the festival next weekend:
HOT LEMON TEA:
Chop 1 clove of garlic and let it rest for 5 minutes (this will activate the allicin). Add to a small pot of water with 3 lemon slices and 1 tbsp organic raw honey. Let come to a boil and add to your favourite mug. Have 1 cup in the morning and 1 at night to fight your illness!
HOMEMADE ROASTED GARLIC SPREAD:
Take 2-4 garlic bulbs and chop the top off with the stem so that the cloves are exposed. Drizzle with 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil and wrap in foil. Place on a baking tray and bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until cloves are tender. Once ready and cooled, squeeze garlic from bulbs and spread on your favourite crostini!
HONEY GARLIC SHRIMP
Peel and de-vein 7-10 shrimp. Marinate in 2-3 tbsp. honey and 1-1 ½ tsp. Spice World Minced Garlic. Season with salt and pepper and pan fry or BBQ for 3- minutes on each side. Serve with your favourite vegetables and enjoy! *Use tofu for a vegan alternative.
Add 1 handful of finely chopped basil, ¾ C M&M pine nuts, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, 3 garlic cloves and Parmesan cheese to taste (alternatively nutritional yeast) to a food processor. Blend and add to your favourite pasta.