The joys of garlic

Garlic has been a culinary staple around the globe for centuries.

People have been using garlic, that pungent-but-delectable culinary wonder, since the beginning of recorded history. Of course, the “smelly rose” is an indispensable kitchen staple for its marvelous flavor and luscious aroma, but the wonders of garlic don’t end with the palate. While it may or may not ward off vampires, its health benefits have been known for millennia, and recent studies show it may even prevent certain types of cancer. So enjoy this month’s recipes — and check out the Cleveland Garlic Festival, Aug. 26 and 27.

Garlic Beef
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Garlic Beef
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8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 4-lb. boneless chuck roast
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 3 tsp. instant coffee
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 Tbsp. cold water
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
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Instructions
  1. Sprinkle roast with garlic salt and pepper. Place oil in skillet and brown roast on all sides. Transfer meat to a slow cooker.
  2. Sauté garlic and onion in meat drippings. Add water, bouillon cube, and coffee. Cook over low heat for 3 minutes, stirring until drippings loosen. Pour over meat in slow cooker. Add bay leaf.
  3. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours, or until meat is very tender. Remove bay leaf and discard.
  4. Transfer meat to serving platter and keep warm.
  5. Mix water and cornstarch together until paste forms. Stir into hot liquid and onions in slow cooker. Cover and cook 10 minutes on high or until thickened.
  6. Slice meat and serve gravy over top or on the side.
Summer's Bounty Salad
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Summer's Bounty Salad
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8 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 cucumbers (diced)
  • 2 green peppers (seeded and chopped)
  • 2 bunches radishes (thinly sliced)
  • 1 large red sweet onion (sliced)
  • 14 black olives
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp. chives (minced)
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
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Instructions
  1. Alternate layers of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, radishes, onions, and olives in a clear glass bowl or trifle dish. Combine minced garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, Tabasco sauce, parsley, chives, and pepper until well blended. Pour over layered vegetables. Cover and refrigerate several hours.

Lighter Fare
by Diane Yoakam

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Vegetables
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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Vegetables
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4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 2 large red bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 lbs. asparagus (trimmed and cut into one-inch pieces)
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (divided)
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp (26-30 shrimp) (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
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Instructions
  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, asparagus, lemon zest, and ¼ teaspoon salt; stir occasionally until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.
  2. Add remaining oil and garlic to hot skillet and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk broth and cornstarch together until smooth; add to pan along with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until thickened and shrimp are completely cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and parsley.
  4. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the vegetables.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 180 calories, 5 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Garlic and Herb White Bean Dip
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Garlic and Herb White Bean Dip
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8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cans white beans
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp. dried dill
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
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Instructions
  1. Drain beans, reserving ¼ cup liquid. Place all ingredients into food processor and process until smooth. Use as a dip for fresh veggies.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 160 calories, 1 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 7 g fiber, 11 g protein.