Are you feeling under the weather?

I avoid being sick most of the winter time, I think I stay so healthy, with a strong immune system thanks to my vegan diet full of fruits and veggies!! 🙂 The crud has been going around my office and in my community in general and I started to feel a touch of sickness coming on so I’ve pulled out my winter time immune boosting recipes.

When I start feeling sick one of my best remedies is garlic! You may think this sounds a bit weird but my oh my, it has saved me many times!!

Here are a few great recipes which will boost your immunity and help you fight off any sickness:

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Lemon  and Garlic Tea
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Hot water
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Cayenne
  • Optional- a splash of apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice or some freshly grated ginger or powdered.

Crush and mince the garlic (or use a garlic press if you have one) and put in a mug. Pour hot water over the garlic to fill the mug and add juice from half or a whole lemon. Add any optional ingredients you desire, from the list above. Top with just a few shakes of cayenne pepper. Be sure to eat the garlic at the bottom of the mug! This will keep you happy and healthy all winter long! 🙂

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I also wanted to share this fantastic soup that I found and have made quite a few times. The secret is garlic! 😉

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You can find the delicious recipe for Roasted Garlic, Miso and Greens Soup here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/recipe-roasted-garlic-miso-and-greens-soup/

Another great immunity boosting recipe is Roasted Garlic. Oh my goodness, I love this stuff, I eat it several times throughout the winter. There is a whole clove in the recipe above too! This is also a very easy recipe and there’s a lot you can do with the cloves of Roasted Garlic. You can blend them in mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower, spread them some crusty French bread, put them in pastas or on top of pizza, mix up in dips like hummus, add to veggie burgers or add to your favorite roasted veggie dish.

Roasted Garlic

  • 1 head garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  2. Trim off the top of the garlic clove with a knife like the picture below. I just trim a small amount, so I have more garlic.
  3. Drizzle the garlic lightly with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Wrap in a foil packet.
  5. Place the foil packet in the oven and roast for 45-50 minutes, or until the garlic begins to brown and becomes soft to the touch. Remove the foil packet from the oven and let cool.  When cool, you can squeeze the cloves out of the bulb or scoop them out with a spoon or butter knife.
  6. Use in your favorite recipe or try some of the ideas listed above!

This recipe will be enough for 2 or 3 people (or if you’re like me, you can eat it all by yourself!)

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Trim the top of your garlic to expose the cloves.

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Drizzle the garlic lightly with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.
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Wrap the garlic in a foil packet and place in the oven.
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The final product, delicious caramelized garlic!
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My favorite way to eat is the spread on some crusty French bread! Here’s to a healthy winter! Enjoy! 🙂
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