New video: boost immunity with more garlic

Let's talk about garlic in my new video!

Earlier this year, I started writing and shooting a cooking series for Outcome Health, a Chicago-based company that creates original content to air in doctors offices across the country.  Our goal with this show is to show patients ways they can take charge of their own health at home by cooking and eating real food.  

And personally, my goal with the show is to be the most entertaining thing in that waiting room.  Considering I'll be competing with a 3-month old issue of People magazine and a box of tissues, I think I can say...mission accomplished!

Because I don't want you to have to wait for your annual physical to catch these videos, I'll be sharing them here on my website (and in my weekly newsletter) from time to time (Please let me know what you think of the videos!  I'lll be writing and taping my next batch soon, so I'd love to have your input to make them super useful for you.)

Doing my best to be a good little chef, the first video I'm posting is all about a universal pantry favorite: garlic!  Not only does garlic provide flavor and pungency to food, but it is also renowned across cultures for its immune-boosting properties.

While future videos will include recipes and more in-depth info, today's video is just a 1-minute how-to on the best way to prepare garlic to get the maximum flavor and health benefits from it. 

Looking for ideas of how to use up the garlic cloves in your kitchen?  Try these:

  • Wrap a head of garlic in aluminum foil and roast at 400 for 45-60 minutes.  The Kitchn has a good tutorial for sweet, roasted garlic.
  • Mince or press 1/2 clove of garlic into a dressing for salad, vegetables, or grains.  More than that will be too intense.
  • Heat a saute pan and add olive oil and heat until it starts to shimmer.  Add 1 clove of minced or pressed garlic, a pinch of red chile flake. and saute for only 30 seconds.  No browning!  Add any green vegetable you like--asparagus, peapods, bok choy, kale, chard, etc.  This is a go-to side dish that you can make to add nutrients to your dinner even if you are having pizza or takeout.
  • Don't like things too garlicky?  Smash a clove of garlic and add it whole to a saute pan with warm oil.  Saute vegetables with the garlic clove and then remove it before serving.  Your food will get a mild garlic hug without being overpowering.