Next Monday is National Garlic Day, and it’s a holiday that we are sure to celebrate. Although, for our team, it’s a holiday we accidentally celebrate all the time! We love cooking with garlic. The delicious root vegetable has a strong, delicious flavor that we use in so many recipes we don’t even think about it.
Garlic has been used for thousands of years. People have cooked with it, believed it had magical protective power against the supernatural and used it in traditional medicines for over 7,000 years. While most of us don’t use it to ward off vampires and other monsters anymore, it’s still a delicious way to season meals and has many health benefits. Multiple studies have found that garlic may help people maintain normal blood sugar levels. It also supports heart health and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This coming Monday, we will appreciate it more as we enjoy recipes that bring the flavor center stage!
This delicious salmon dish takes only 15 minutes, five ingredients and one frying pan! Those three facts make it a home run for us! Salmon is high protein and nutrient-dense with plenty of healthy omega-3 fatty acids to help your heart health. The quick cooking time helps your fish stay moist. Salmon should be cooked to 145 degrees. This fish is perfect with a salad on a warm evening. A serving has 266 calories and one gram of carbs. Get the recipe.
Lemon and garlic really do pair well with seafood, so we are sticking with the combination for our second recipe. This is a little more involved. You need to marinate your shrimp in the garlic, but it’s worth it! While the recipe has more ingredients and a longer process than our salmon recipe, this is a must-make dish for shrimp lovers! It’s a lighter meal after all the heavy creamy foods of the winter. It’s a great dish for spring when you are looking for something that is a little less stick-to-your-ribs. A serving has 174 calories, three grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
No list of garlic foods is complete without a recipe for garlic bread. But the word “bread” has many people with blood sugar concerns immediately turning away. This recipe cleverly cuts out all of the grain to make garlic bread you can enjoy without worrying about spikes! Made with mozzarella, ground almond flour and cream cheese, it tastes fantastic! Using both garlic powder and minced garlic, you get tasty garlic bread without the carbohydrates! A serving has 250 calories, seven grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Finally, we have a cheesy, flavor-packed dish that is perfect with a side of veggie noodles or whole wheat pasta! We love this excellent meal that has Italian tastes. It’s great for cooler nights as it’s creamy and a bit heavier than the other recipes on this list. It’s also got a lot of vegetables, which is always a plus for us! It cooks quickly, but it looks like it took a lot of work! A serving has 358 calories, seven grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope these recipes help you celebrate National Garlic Day and enjoy garlic throughout the year. It really is one of the tastiest and most versatile vegetables!