Everyone knows how tasty garlic recipes are, yet not everyone is aware of all the wonderful health benefits that come from consuming this plant-based food.
For instance, did you know that garlic has powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that can help you combat that dreaded athlete’s foot?
Garlic is imbued with natural and potent medicinal properties such as acting as an anti-inflammatory, providing anti-bacterial protection, and even fighting fungal infections with anti-fungal properties. The power of garlic has been documented not just in modern medicine, but also in ancient medicinal practices dating all the way back to “many major civilizations, including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese.” Garlic has been used to treat ailments — including treating the common cold and other sicknesses and helping the body detoxify from heavy metals — as well as aid in overall health — such as reducing blood pressure, improving cholesterol, enhancing athletic performance, and improving bone health, and has even been shown to infuse the body with antioxidants that may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Scientists have honed down the specific compounds in this Allium (onion)-based family food and discovered that most of the health benefits are reaped from sulfur compounds — such as allicin, diallyl disulfide, and s-allyl cysteine — as well as a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial called ajoene.
Ajoene — along with allicin — is the influencing compound in garlic that helps it fight many bacterial infections in the body, including athlete’s foot. Infection studies conducted using ajoene sourced from garlic has shown incredible protective and fighting properties.
Looking to kick that athlete’s foot or simply interested in getting a bit more garlic in your diet? Try these 15 plant-based garlic recipes from the Food Monster App!
Source: Lemon Garlic Zoodles
The perfect low carb, yet highly nutritious and filling meal that is friendly for practitioners of Whole30, paleo, and vegan diets! This Lemon Garlic Zoodles recipe by Holly Bertone focuses on harvesting summer-ready zucchini infused with four crushed garlic cloves, heart-healthy olive oil, lemon, and herbs.
2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Red Pepper and Garlic
This Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Red Pepper and Garlic recipe by Rebecca Blackwell is a great way to get a helping of cruciferous vegetables along with fungus-fighting garlic. Super easy and ready in 30 minutes, these Brussels sprouts are also given a kick of heat with crushed red pepper!
3. Wonton Bowls with Garlic-Fried Quinoa
These cute little plant-based cups are a great appetizer for your next dinner party or afternoon barbeque! This Wonton Bowls with Garlic-Fried Quinoa recipe by Dustin Harder of Epic Vegan may look small, but they are packed full of nutrition including protein-rich quinoa, healthy fat-filled olive oil, soothing ginger, cruciferous broccoli and red cabbage, and, of course, your powerfully medicinal garlic.
4. Roasted Garlic Caesar Dressing
Source: Roasted Garlic Caesar Dressing
You don’t have to cook a meal in order to get your daily dose of fungus-fighting garlic, simply add a bit of this Roasted Garlic Caesar Dressing by Molly Patrick to a simple salad. This dressing is dairy-free and vegan-friendly and uses a unique combination of either raw or roasted garlic, lemon, tahini, plum vinegar, dulse, mustard, and coconut aminos.
5. Pique Sauce
Source: Pique Sauce
Looking for a unique way to incorporate garlic into your diet? This Pique Sauce recipe by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is spicy, slightly sweet, tangy, filled with flavor, and rich with garlic. Along with 6 cloves of garlic, this sauce also imbues the antibacterial properties of onion and sinus-clearing powers of dried chile de arbol peppers.
6. Garlic Miso and Onion Soup
Source: Garlic Miso and Onion Soup
This Garlic Miso and Onion Soup recipe by Kinda Vegan is the perfect addition to your wellness regimen, especially if you’re fighting a cold or flu. Protein-rich and garlic heavy, this soup is also infused with the powerful gut-boosting agents of fermented miso.
7. Garlic and Onion Sunflower Seed Crackers
Like to snack? This Garlic and Onion Sunflower Seed Crackers recipe by Taryn Fitz-Gerald offers a great mid-day munch that also packs a powerful garlicky kick and a slew of seed-based nutrients. Be aware, these crackers also have a bit of heat from chili flakes!
8. Garlic Aioli
Source: Garlic Aioli
Aioli is a wildly popular, delicious, spreadable and dippable sauce that has taken the western world by storm. While it’s a bit pricey at the grocery store, you can make your own w this Garlic Aioli recipe by Desiree Rodriguez. Get your daily dose of fungus-fighting garlic with this super easy 4-ingredient aioli that pairs as a great vegan mayonnaise as well!
9. Garlic and Onion Fried Rice, Fresh Sambal and Mashed Avocado
Are you trying to find the perfect, unique, and incredibly tasty dish for dinner? This Garlic and Onion Fried Rice, Fresh Sambal, and Mashed Avocado recipe by Bettina Campolucci Bordi is infused with a broad palate of flavors and a colorful array of nutrient-dense plant-based ingredients. Plus, this recipe will leave you with sambal that you can use in many other dishes for weeks to come!
10. Sweet Potato Fries With Maple-Tahini Garlic Dip
Sweet potato is a naturally sweet treat that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. This Sweet Potato Fries With Maple-Tahini Garlic Dip recipe by Christina Bedetta is great for a fun and simple appetizer, a mid-day snack at work, or a side-dish for a larger meal. Plus, the tahini dip is infused with garlic, providing you with a dose of tasty medicinal protective powers!
11. Garlic Sauteed Mushrooms
Source: Garlic Sauteed Mushrooms
Much like those sweet potato fries, this Garlic Sauteed Mushrooms recipe by Jamie Bevia is another simple dish that can play multiple roles on your dining room table. Mushrooms are a great ingredient to satisfy those non-vegans at your dinner party, plus the coating of olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic infuses each bite with powerful flavor.
12. Blistered Shishitos With Garlic and Ginger
If you simply can’t get enough peppers in your life, then this Blistered Shishitos With Garlic and Ginger recipe by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is the perfect dish to try out! A traditional Spanish dish, these fingerling shishito peppers are both sweet and mildly hot. The recipe is balanced with a lovely array of flavors such as ginger, sesame, fresh black pepper, lime, and garlic cloves.
13. Golden Garlic Butter
Source: Golden Garlic Butter
This Golden Garlic Butter recipe by Kristina Humphreys is the perfect go-to spread for your fridge. Rich with the simple flavors of garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper, this vegan butter alternative is great for slathering, dipping, drizzling, and cooking!
14. Quick Rise Garlic Breads
Source: Quick Rise Garlic Breads
A garlic-rich recipe list would not be complete without some form of delicious garlic bread! This Quick Rise Garlic Breads recipe by Josephine Watmore is a truly unique take on traditional garlic bread that cuts the rise-time to almost nonexistent! These breads are also infused with ten to twelve fungus-fighting garlic cloves and fiber rich-flaxseed.
15. Quinoa Bowl With Garlic Sauce
Source: Quinoa Bowl With Garlic Sauce
Garlic and quinoa go hand-in-hand as the aromatic flavors of garlic boost the neutral palate of protein-rich quinoa seeds. This Quinoa Bowl With Garlic Sauce recipe by Kristina Humphreys is the perfect mixture of both! A great warming comfort food, this recipe will not only fill your belly, but it is also rich with fungus-fighting garlic, healthy fats, and nutrient-dense veggies.
If you enjoy these garlic recipes, we also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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