Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP has counseled thousands of his patients on healthy, sustainable weight loss. Now he's compiled his best tips and recipes into a six-week plan for you to learn how to eat great food that just happens to be great for you - and if losing weight is your goal, you can do that, too.
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Garlic is a member of the onion family and is a close cousin to red and white onions as well as leeks and shallots. Like others in the Alliaceae family, garlic is strong and pungent when fresh and raw, but mellows as it cooks, taking on a slightly sweet, savory/umami flavor.
Cooking garlic over a high heat and letting it brown will turn the garlic slightly bitter. With some recipes, I want that flavor but when I want a soft, sweeter garlic flavor, as in Tomato Sauce or Fettuccini Alfredo, I cook the garlic very slowly over a low heat so that it turns a soft white color and then translucent.
I couldn't live without my garlic roaster. The best ones are made of terra cotta and have a glazed dish so that the oil won't absorb into the clay. They're cheap – ten or fifteen dollars at most and come in single bulb sizes but the one I use allows me to roast about four heads at once. Roasted garlic keeps about a week if you put it in a tightly sealed glass container or a ziplock bag. Garlic »
The key to this dish is slow cooking the garlic so it sweetens as it would if you roasted it. Take your time and don't rush that step.
The practical, daily guide to following a Mediterranean Diet at home. Recipes include Taco Salad, Red Beans and Rice, and Fettuccine Alfredo: familiar foods that your family will love and are great for you. Find out how these and other family favorites can help you be healthier! (And yes, you'll lose weight too!)