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Eat Smart: The benefits of garlic

Garlic has many benefits, other than its great taste. Chef and Owner of healthy Chef Meals, Jennifer Gieseke, stopped by NBC 6 to showcase some easy ways to incorporate garlic into your diet.
Garlic has many benefits, other than its great taste.

Chef and Owner of Healthy Chef Meals, Jennifer Gieseke, stopped by NBC 6 to showcase some easy ways to incorporate garlic into your diet.

If you want to learn more about the innovative ways Jennifer cooks for her clients, visit the Healthy Chef Meals website.

Here's what she cooked up today...

Baked Garlic
Whole garlic bulbs & extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel the loose, papery skins off the outside of the bulbs – keeping bulb in tack.
Slice about 1/4-inch off the top of each clove, and place in small ramkin/baking dish. Cover with foil.
Lightly drizzle each clove with olive oil (or water, if watching your fat intake).
Bake for about 45 minutes.
Cool slightly before serving.

Serve bulb as is and have everyone use knifes to get individual bulbs out to spread on warm bread, or squeeze garlic cloves from the skins into a bowl to use as spread or for recipes.
 
Garlic Herb Bread
Whole French bread loaf
Olive oil
Fresh minced garlic
Parsley
Sea Salt
 
Place bread on baking sheet or foil.  Brush with olive oil.  Sprinkle with garlic, parsley and sea salt to taste.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until bread is warm and garlic starts to brown.  Cool to handling temperature.  Slice and serve.
 
Garlic Tea
I like to add this mix to vegetable stock or bouillon to help relieve cold symptoms
1-3 cloves garlic, minced (depending on your preference)
1 cup of water
lemon juice,  If desired
agave, if desired or to taste   
least 10 minutes before exposing to heat can help preserve allicin.
Chop garlic first (a few minutes air exposure increases it’s health benefits).  Bring water to a boil.  Add garlic, lemon juice and agave (if using).  Let cool slightly.
 
My Mon’s Garlic “Butter” – Healthier
Great on warm bread, with cooked veggies or to spread on corn on the cob.  Feel free to mix other favorite herbs and spices to the mix.
½ cup Earth Balance Margarine, softened
1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic (or to taste)
2 teaspoons minced parsley
Salt to taste (optional)
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.  Let cool ½ hour in the refrigerator.  Using parchment paper or plastic wrap, shape spread into a log.  Wrap and refrigerate until ready for use.
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