Sunday, November 4, 2018

Roasted Garlic Bulbs For Taste and Health

roasted garlic

Have you ever had roasted garlic in an Italian restaurant? Amazing Right?

Unlike raw garlic, roasted garlic is soft, mild tasting, and creamy. It is delicious eaten alone, spread on bread ( gluten free of course), added to pasta ( gluten free) or vegetable dishes.

It's really easy to make and makes a beautiful interesting presentation when served as a bulb!

roasted garlic bulbs

Each little pocket if filled with a soft wonderful roasted treat.
I like the idea of serving it as a vegetable- one bulb for each person as a side vegetable. I ate two of them.

Antibiotic Properties- Can it beat a cold? 
Now here is the best part. Not only does roasted garlic taste amazing, it is really good for you. It actually has antiviral and antibiotic properties. Perfect for flu season!

The other day I was starting to come down with a cold. I started my routine of hot herbal tea, Manuka honey, and extra vitamin C and zinc.

I came across an article that said to eat 2 roasted bulbs of garlic for its antibiotic properties at the start of a cold. I figured I had nothing to lose so I tried it. I have to say by the morning my cold was gone. Now I did this before my cold became full blown. I find you have to catch it right away at the first onset.

Thanksgiving Side Vegetable? 

It taste so good, that I am thinking of serving it as a side for Thanksgiving! Or maybe as an appetizer to spread on gluten free bread!

Yes, garlic is full of antioxidants and has antibiotic and antiviral properties.

Roasted garlic

So if you are looking for something a little different to add to your Thanksgiving table, try roasted garlic . 

I drizzled the garlic bulbs with olive oil, cracked pepper, and Himalayan pink salt. What a flavor!!
It doesn't have the sharp bitey taste of raw garlic. The roasted garlic is mellow and mild tasting.

1 bulb of garlic per person
olive oil or olive oil spray
Cracked pepper
Himalayan pink salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Remove paper from each garlic bulb as much as possible.
Slice across the top of the garlic to get a flat surface
Place garlic in a greased baking dish
Drizzle with olive oil ( or spray with olive oil spray)
Dress with cracked pepper and salt
Cover dish with foil and bake for about 30 minutes until garlic is soft.
Remove and serve warm or at room temperature.

Use a small cocktail fork and remove garlic from inside of each pocket

roasted garlic bulbs

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Wordless Wednesday- Professionally Carved Pumpkins

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

My neighbor is a professional pumpkin carver- 
His work is amazing! He does them all by hand!

   He has a showing Halloween week in his garage from 
    7:00-8:00 each night!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lip Smacking Butternut Squash Soup- Instant Pot

The combination of butternut squash, sweet organic carrots, and tart green apple produces a bright orange lip smacking fall soup.

The temperatures dipped to 35 degrees last night making it truly soup weather. I hosted a family dinner for my brother in law and sister in law who were visiting us from Florida .

I made the appetizers, entree, roasted potatoes and some vegetables and my other sister in law said she wanted to make butternut squash soup.

Our appetizers included my weight watcher 1 point bagels that are so good warm out of the oven

Truthfully I am not usually a fan of sweet soups, but I figured if she brought soup, it was one less thing I had to make for our dinner group of 14!

I was blown away with her recipe. The soup was outstanding!
I loved the texture and especially the interesting spices!

I peeled my large squash in 45 seconds with this sharp
OXO Good Grips Y Peeler.
It's the fastest and best peeler I've ever used

I asked my sister in law for the recipe. She told me she googled gluten free, butternut squash soup in the Instant pot. The ingredients were a collection of savory and sweet vegetables. She found the recipe on a blog called Gimme Some Oven . Here is a link for the recipe for Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup.

I made a good butternut squash soup with apple too. Try mine as well.
Butternut squash soup with fresh Rosemary or Slow Cooker Butternut squash soup with apple