Garlic is a beautifully pungent addition to any cook’s arsenal. Related to the onion family of plants, garlic has been used in the kitchen for over 7,000 years. It allows you to add another level of flavor to almost every dish you can image, but does it offer anything healthy to go along with that lovely aroma?
- Delicious and Nutritious. Containing manganese, selenium, calcium, copper, iron and vitamins B6 and C, this flavorful ingredient takes the cake. All of these nutrients working together make garlic a smart choice of flavor for your food.
- Immune Health. The common cold is on everyone’s mind when winter rolls around. The vitamin and minerals in garlic may help boost your immune system to fight the common cold and influenza.
- Promoting Heart Health. According to the CDC, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. Garlic may help to prevent or delay heart disease when paired with a heart-healthy diet.
- Powered with Antioxidants. Garlic contains antioxidants, which work to fight cell damage caused by free radicals. Pair it with a healthy diet and garlic will work hard to keep your body working at its best!
With all these health benefits, the distinct smell of garlic should be a welcome scent in your kitchen. Try our Ginger Chicken Wings to get you started!
Recipe: Ginger Chicken Wings
For the Wings:
- Olive oil or vegetable oil cooking spray
- 5 pounds chicken wings, separated at joints, without tips
- Salt and ground black pepper for seasoning
- 3 tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
For the glaze:
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh minced ginger root
- 1 tablespoon Asian chile pepper sauce
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Line two baking sheets with foil and grease the foil with cooking spray.
- Place the chicken in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Add in vegetable oil and toss wings until coated.
- Place the all-purpose flour and wings in a large, food-safe plastic bag. Shake the bag, making sure it is completely closed until the wings are completely coated with no wet spots remaining.
- On the prepared baking sheets arrange the wings, making sure to leave some space between each wing. To reduce sticking after cooking, coat wings with cooking spray.
- Bake wings in your preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove wings and flip, then back in the oven for 30 more minutes.
- To crush garlic, follow these instructions: http://www.wikihow.com/Crush-Garlic
- Whisk together the rice vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, chili paste and soy sauce in a saucepan. Remove the mixture from heat as soon as it boils.
- Put half of the wings in a large bowl and coat with the sauce. Toss wings in the bowl until evenly coated and transfer to a cooling tray. Repeat with the remaining wings and sauce.
- Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving. This allows for the sauce to absorb into the wings.
230 calories, 7.5g of total fat, 48 mg of cholesterol, 258 mg of sodium, 18.8 g of protein, and 21.1g of carbohydrates.
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