Roasted Garlic, a Healthy Airfryer/Oven dish - Recipe

 "Ouch, your breath smells of garlic!" I once commented to my BFF who is a garlic freak. "Oh yeah,  I am protected in many ways you know. Even Dracula and ghosts won't come near me!" she retorted.

 Haha, she is an absolute garlic advocate, defender of this smelly bulb vegetable ^-^ . What do you think? Do you agree with her? Well, I agree with her 100%. During my teenage days, I did string up some bulbs of garlic and hung it on the windows and door of my room. I would do this after watching horror movies as I was staying out alone in a rented room then! Did it frighten away any ghosts? I don't know, but all these silly actions did give me some peace of mind and less fear back then. Oh, those were the days when I was young and naive... But garlic did have many good medicinal properties and was packed with anti-oxidants. 

Garlic has many benefits and has been known for its medicinal properties since the Egyptian era. 

Here's a list of the benefits of garlic: ( )

1. Helps to prevent flu and the common cold
2. Contains phytochemicals (or plant compounds) that are anti-inflammatory and support the immune system.
3. May reduce blood clotting
4. Lower cholesterol and promotes good cholesterol 
5. Nutritional with fewer calories.
6. Add flavor and makes food taste better.

I vouch for the benefit of garlic number 1, that is it helps to prevent flu and command and cold. This is my personal experience and recipe: as soon as I feel under weather and coming down with flu, I would just peel a build of garlic, chopped it up roughly. Then toss it in a pan lightly first and add a beaten egg into the pan - omelette style. This dish is not only delicious and nutritional but also prevents me from getting the flu. 

Another healthier and easier way is of course just roast garlic and just eat it as it is or accompanied with rice and other dishes for dinner.

3-5 whole bulbs of garlic
Olive oil 

1. Peel the outer skin and wash it 
2. Cut the bulb of garlic about 1 cm around the stalk ( as long as you can see some of the flesh).

3. Place it in a tray or aluminuin foil
4. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle seasalt on the garlic
5. Put the tray into oven or lift the aluminium foil and place it inside the air fryer

6. Roast for 12-15 mins at 160 C or until the garlic turned slightly brown. 
7. Check regularly as different sizes of oven and air-fryer needs a slight differene of temperature and time.
Roasted Garlic can be eaten as it is with the texture like any normal boiled nuts. The big plus point is now there is no more pungent smell!

Remember to add garlic to most of your dishes such as stir-fries, pasta, pesto, hummus, sauces, soups, roasted vegetables. Although this is only a small amount of one or two cloves, it will yield health and nutritious benefits in the long run. 

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food"
Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine

Here's a video on how to Roast Garlic using Airfryer

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