GO FOR GARLIC: Recipe
It’s hard to imagine a bowl of pasta without the savory flavor of garlic. Besides being a staple in many Italian, Asian, and French cooking, it turns out that garlic is good for your health, too! Discover tasty ways to add this superfood to your meal plan with some of our best garlic recipes, and learn more about the health benefits of this healthful food below.
- 1. Garlic Has Been Used to Treat a Plethora of Ailments
Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and has been used for its medicinal qualities as far back as 2600 B.C. It is used to treat a plethora of ailments, including: arthritis, immune disorders, cataracts, cancer, strokes, and aging.
- It’s a Powerful Amino Acid
Scientists believe that most of garlic’s superiority is due to its sulfur-containing compounds. Garlic contains close to 100 nutrients, but one in particular, allicin, appears to do the most good. Allicin is an amino acid that is not available when garlic is in clove form, but is released when the garlic is crushed, cut, or chewed. It is allicin that gives garlic its strong smell.
- Garlic Offers a Host of Healthy Nutrients
In addition to allicin, garlic also contains phosphorous, zinc, potassium, selenium, polyphenols, and vitamins B6 and C. It is the total of all of these nutrients that makes garlic an excellent anti-inflammatory superfood!
Whole Grain Penne Pasta with Greens & Beans
2 tablespoons good quality olive oil-
2 large garlic cloves peeled and crushed-
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes-
2 cups whole peeled canned tomatoes roughly chopped-
1-pint fresh cherry tomatoes-
1- 15oz. can cannellini beans-
Sea Salt to taste-
1- 13.25oz. box of whole grain penne pasta-
About 4 cups of loosely packed baby arugula
Put a large pot of salted water over high heat to boil for pasta.
In a large non-stick skillet warm the olive oil, garlic & pepper flakes until they simmer and garlic is slightly browned. (about 3 min.)
Add the canned tomatoes and simmer over medium low heat. (about 10 min.)
Add the fresh cherry tomatoes and simmer for 10 min. more
Add the cannellini beans and return to a simmer
Season with sea salt and keep sauce warm over low heat.
Cook the pasta being careful not to overcook…
Drain the pasta and transfer into a large bowl.
Add the hot sauce and arugula to the bowl and toss with a large kitchen spoon
until the arugula has wilted.
Divide the pasta into warm bowls and top with good quality grated parmesan.
Health and Wellness Associates
Director of Personalized Health Care and Preventative Medicine