Garlic is a staple in many of the world's cuisines. It adds depth of flavor and a unique pungency, not to mention, it's fantastically good for you. Garlic boasts natural antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties, and you don't need to eat very much of it to start reaping the benefits. Cooking with garlic is fairly simple, and if you're looking for some inspiration, we've got four delicious recipes featuring the allium, perfect for Meatless Monday.
This creamy vegan pasta dish is super quick and easy to make; it's ready in under 30 minutes, but the flavors make it taste like it took quite a bit longer to put together. Grape tomatoes take on a good deal of caramelized flavor in just 20 minutes in the oven, and the sauce, made with plain almond milk flavored with lots of minced garlic, is the perfect, velvety smooth addition to the simple dish.
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This simple fried kohlrabi recipe is topped with a pungent mixture of garlic and parsley. The mild flavor of the kohlrabi is the perfect match for the topping, which is even better when made in advance. Just keep it in a jar in the fridge, and mix it with the fried kohlrabi at the last minute.
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When cooking with garlic, sometimes you want to take the edge off. Roasting garlic mellows out its pungency quite a bit. This roasted garlic and cauliflower soup combines mild cauliflower and sweet, caramelized roasted garlic for a delicious soup that you can either make vegetarian or vegan. It's also super easy to make -- since the cauliflower and garlic are roasted at the same time, you have about ten minutes of prep before you can walk away for a half an hour. Once the main ingredients are cooked, you just blend the soup with the thickener and lightly sautéed aromatics and serve.
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If you love garlic, you've got to try the fermented version. Black garlic is a traditionally Asian ingredient taking the food world by storm. It has a deeply sweet flavor, kind of like balsamic vinegar, and it adds a great deal of flavor to dishes like this bulgur with black garlic and edamame recipe, brightened up with just a touch of lemon juice.
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