Garlic is one of my all-time favourite flavours. I think it tastes awesome in almost any dish (which is why I add fresh garlic in almost every dish!) If I’m ever stuck for inspiration, I first reach for the garlic.
Garlic is an amazing medicinal food.
There are so many scientific studies confirming it’s amazing properties that heal. Fresh is always best.
A quick way to add fresh garlic is, of course, the garlic press, but I used to find that it wastes so much. I now crush it using a mortar and pestle. I find it easier to peel – I crush it and the skin almost falls off.
I then leave it for around 5-6 minutes before adding it to the dish. This is because it releases something called allicin (which is a compound in garlic found to have loads of health benefits) when crushed and left for that amount of time before being added to a dish.
Don’t use high heat when cooking garlic as it could destroy its medicinal properties. This almond garlic mix could be used to anything to give it some oomph.
I’m not a big fan of plain veggies, so I usually add this when I steam veggies. This is a very simple side dish, easy and quick to prepare and could maybe get your kids to like veggies (if they don’t like them!)
Garlic – is a superfood which helps prevent heart disease, strengthens our immune system and can help prevent cancer. It is antibacterial, antifungal, anti viral and anti-inflammatory. It helps to lower blood sugar and blood pressure. It prevents cataracts, helps fight against infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot.
It is nature’s antibiotic – and it is used worldwide as such. It has no side effects and you get it anywhere! It benefits our digestive system and endocrine system. Our oral health also benefits from consuming garlic.
Garlic is high in manganese and Vitamin B6 and contains Vitamin C (which we all know boosts our immune system)! Use garlic 1-3 times per week to see any benefits (use around 20 gms of garlic each week).
Almonds – A handful of almonds a day keeps heart disease away! True this. Around 12-15 almonds a day are enough to keep your heart healthy and give you lots of good fats. They are loaded with biotin, vitamin E and copper.
Make sure you choose the ones with the skin on as it has antioxidant flavonoids. This, along with the vit E they contain increases the antioxidant level. They also contain manganese, magnesium and vitamin B2. These help with improving our energy levels and at the same time relaxing us.
Be aware though that with certain conditions like pyroles, you do need to lower your intake of copper, so maybe lower your intake of copper rich foods or increase your zinc intake.
Green beans – fall under the legume category, so it has all the health benefits that legumes have.
These have an amazing number of nutrients! In order of density, they contain these vitamins – K, C, B2, B1, A, B3, B6, E. They also contain manganese, fiber, folate, copper, chromium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, choline, protein, omega 3, iron and potassium! Phew! What a list!!!
So they help to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and regulation of blood sugar levels. It is anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants.
Studies show that green beans could also help with postmenopausal osteoporosis because it contains silicon.
Enjoy this delicious excuse for good health!
Almond garlic green beans
- Ghee to saute
- 150 gms green beans
- 1/4 cup almonds slivered or crushed in a mortar and pestle
- 2 cloves garlic diced into teeny pieces
- Couple pinches salt
- Steam the beans for around 5 minutes
- Meanwhile add ghee to a hot pan over medium heat
- Add the almonds and stir till it begins to change colour. Turn the stove down to low
- Add the garlic and stir till it crisps up - around a minute or less (be mindful it doesn't burn)
- Add the salt and stir
- Remove the almond mix and transfer to a flat plate and spread it out - the almonds need to cool to crisp up
- Add some oil to the pan and chuck the green beans in and stir for around a minute or so
- When you are ready to serve, sprinkle the almonds over the green beans and stir till it all combines
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