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Garlic: A Super Food


OK, so I know that garlic is not always the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks superfood, but dammit you should!  It is so delicious and beyond nutritious.

Why it’s not just for warding off vampires:

  • Allicin, which gives it it’s CHARMING smell is the active ingredient released when garlic is crushed, stimulates the immune system.
  • – It’s been know for cancer prevention and even to shrink existing tumors (WHAT?)
  • – It contains bad ass properties for fighting bad cholesterol

Garlic up the recipe

Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Help Yourself Garnishes (original recipe from Eating Well)


  • – 6 large cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • – 6 ripe medium avocados
  • – 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed
  • – 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus more if desired
  • – 1 teaspoon salt

Add’l Side Items:

  • -3/4 cup Mexican queso fresco, queso añejo, salted pressed farmer’s cheese, firm goat cheese, mild feta or romano, finely crumbled or grated
  • -3/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (see Tip)
  • -3/4 cup sliced pickled jalapeños
  • -1/2 cup crumbled crisp-fried bacon or 3/4 cup coarsely crumbled chicharrón (Mexican crisp-fried pork rind)
  • -1 16-ounce bag large, sturdy tortilla chips

How, oh how, do I do it?

  1. To prepare guacamole: Place unpeeled garlic in a small dry skillet over medium heat; cook, turning occasionally, until soft and blackened in spots, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool, then slip off the skins; finely chop. Scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl. Add the garlic, cilantro and lime juice to taste. Coarsely mash everything together. Season with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl and place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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