Eat More Garlic| Your Body Will Thank You

Cooking healthy is a big concern for a lot of people who are trying to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. As anyone who follows the news about nutrition can tell you, garlic is a huge part of any health-conscious diet. Studies show that consuming at least three cloves of garlic per day helps the aging process and even aids the immune system—talk about a superfood! Here are a few ways to incorporate fresh, healthy garlic into your diet:
Stir-Fry
Cooking up some veggies in a pan or wok makes a quick and easy meal serve over noodles or rice. Add the garlic for a burst of flavor, important nutrients and fiber. For best results, use a high quality garlic press to avoid getting the smell of garlic on your hands. You can also add chicken or beef for a well-balanced weekday meal.
Dipping Oil
Saute 2 cloves of crushed garlic in enough extra virgin olive oil to coat the bottom of a cast iron skillet until the garlic becomes transparent but not browned. Add the rosemary and crushed red pepper flakes and serve warm with fresh bread for a delicious appetizer. Try using garlic or herb-infused olive oil for even more flavor.
Roasted Garlic
Roasted garlic is a tasty addition to soups, sauces, and savory dishes. You can spread it with butter on a fresh baguette for a simple (but decadent) snack, or use it to make your own Caesar salad dressing. It’s super simple, just place the unpeeled head of garlic in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the flesh is soft and the outside is golden brown.
Garlic Omelet
You can enjoy healthy garlic at any time of day, even in the morning. Saute some minced or crushed garlic in extra virgin olive oil until cooked through and set aside. For best results, wait ten to fifteen minutes after cutting to cook—this releases the enzymes that are widely believed to give fresh garlic its nutritional punch. Add beaten eggs to the oil pan and when they begin to add fresh mozzarella, basil, salt and pepper to taste, and the cooked garlic. Fold the omelet once the cheese begins to melt and serve with toast and fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast.
As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy this versatile vegetable for increased health and well-being. Grab some garlic and get to work—your body will thank you.

Amazing Ways To Use Kitchen Tongs|Silicone Food Tongs!

When it comes to cooking every day, one tool I can’t live without are my kitchen tongs, which I use to flip meat, toss stir-fries, serve salads, grab steaming hot corn, and much more. Cooking has become so much easier and faster with those food tongs, particularly the ones that have the silicone head and grip on the sides. For the longest time, I only knew and used the metal tongs, which were reserved mainly to barbeque and tossing salads. Then one day I saw Rachel Ray using those colorful ones with the silicone heads and grips, and I love it since then. After using them myself, I have to say, they are the best! But I had no idea there were four cool and creative uses for this everyday practical tool, including one that is especially helpful for short cooks like me.
I learned about the other useful tips from an article in Cook’s Illustrated, which shared four surprising and smart ways to use kitchen tongs beyond the usual flipping and turning of food. My favorite: Use a silicone cooking tongs to grab hard-to-reach goods. That comes in very handy as I’m only 5’2” and the silicone head in the tongs are non-slippery and perfect for grabbing food and smaller and lighter boxes and spice jars. If you are like me with short limbs battling high kitchen shelves, you can use kitchen tongs to reach up and grab boxes and other light, non-breakable items from the top shelf.
Three other unusual uses for tongs are:
1. As citrus reamers: Hold the metal tongs closed and push the end into cut citrus halves to juice them.
2. As bottle openers: Use the inner edge of a metal tong arm to catch and pop off bottle caps. That is harder and works only if you have a high-quality metal tong.
3. When you want to use meat forks: When carving a piece of meat, use tongs to steady it instead of a fork, and you won’t puncture the meat as you cut it. For that purpose I particularly like the silicone tongs that are colorful as they look presentable at the table. To me, it’s important to have a nice table presentation, which includes the proper place setting, flatware, and serving utensils.