Garlic has made a name for itself by fighting off vampires. Whether or not there is any truth to that legend, garlic contains

Pictured is the garlic plant in full bloom with its delicate white flowers

Garlic Plant in Full Bloom

properties that may provide heart benefits, protection from cancer and defense against viral infection. Known as “the stinking rose” because of positive attributes that come with a pungent odor through the skin and on the breath, garlic has enormous healthful advantages and there are ways to deal with the odor.

First, garlic makes a flavorful addition when chopped and included in pasta meals, vegetable dishes, beef, poultry, fish and other food choices. Its pleasant taste is immediately noticeable and its powerful ingredients apparent. Indeed, if you’ve ever finished off a nice Italian meal that featured garlic rolls or bread, you can sometimes just feel the garlic ooze out of your blood and into the skin. Its strength may explain the powers it has to fight disease.

This strength may help keep blood vessels open. Garlic holds the promise of preventing arterial damage with age to combat hardening of the arteries that leads to heart disease. Garlic may reduce the so-called “bad” cholesterol, known as LDL cholesterol, in the blood that forms plaques in the arteries. It may also improve levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, which cleans the bloodstream of excess cholesterol, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Garlic contains allicin, a compound that may have antiviral properties. People who include garlic in their regular diets often avoid common colds or recover from colds faster than others. Garlic also provides antioxidants that fight free radicals, which cause cell damage to leads to cancer and other diseases. The ingredients in garlic may boost immunity to protect the body.

Because it tastes great and offers wonderful health benefits, how is a person supposed to enjoy garlic while worrying about bad breath or body odor? Fresh parsley may be one remedy that gets rid of the breath. Garlic recipes often include parsley, including garlic butter used to spread on garlic bread. Chewing on cardamom seeds has been known to avoid bad breath from garlic. Gargling or sipping lemon juice is another

Pictured is a partially opened pod of garlic full of medium to large size cloves

Fresh Garlic Pod with Separating Cloves

method. Of course, mouthwash and brushing and flossing your teeth after a meal also help.

Lemon juice may also work when rubbed on your hands to reduce the odor that comes from the skin. Some people preparing garlic in meals wash their hands with soap and water afterwards and rub them along stainless steel faucets or utensils. The sulfur in garlic is believed to rub off on the steel.

Hearty Italian tomato meatsauce

Italian Spaghetti with Meatsauce

The dish for kids of all ages.

Ingredients:

1 Lb. ground chuck

1 Lb. mild Italian sausage without casing

1 Medium to large Vidahlia or sweet onion, chopped

1 Medium to large green bell pepper, chopped fine

6 – 8 Large cloves of fresh garlic, minced

1  8 Oz. can of mushrooms, stems and pieces

1  28 Oz. can of  tomato sauce OR tomatoes (undrained)

2 – 12 Oz. cans of tomato paste

1 TBS. Italian seasoning

2 Tsp. garlic salt

3 Bay leaves

1 Tsp. sweet basil

1 1/2  TBS. oregeno

2/3   12oz Tomato paste can of water if you use Tomato sauce instead of canned tomatoes.

The herbs referenced above can be chopped finely and used in greater amounts if fresh instead of dry.  Grandma lives in Florida and has a year around herb garden, so this recipe is the one to use if you don’t have access to garden fresh seasonings.

Use a large dutch oven or pot and begin by browning the chuck, and Italian sausage.  As it cooks, be sure to use a spoon or spatula to break the meat down so it isn’t too chunky in the sauce.  Add  your chopped onion and pepper to the meat mix as it cooks.  After the meats are cooked and your onions and peppers are softened, use a garlic press and press your garlic gloves into the mix.

Add your tomato paste, and tomato sauce with 2/3 tomato paste can of water, OR add your can of tomatoes without adding the extra water.  Stir and mix together, then add the garlic salt, herbs, and mushrooms.  Bring the mixture to a light boil.

Finally, reduce heat to low on the stove and return in fifteen minute intervals to stir to prevent your sauce from sticking to your pot.  Simmer your sauce for at least 30 – 45 minutes while you prepare the balance of your meal,OR simmer your sauce in a crock pot so it is ready when you are.  If using a crock pot, refer to your unit’s directions for cooking times and heat settings.

Grandma serves this hearty meal with her homemade basic salad dressing on a fresh greens and her homemade garlic butter bread.  See sub-sections of recipes for salad dressings, sauces,and  spreads.