Garlic is not just to add to tomato sauce or to ward off vampires…it’s also an awesome addition to the diet. Garlic is technically a vegetable in the Allium family (like onions) even though it is generally included among our other spices and herbs. Medicinal uses of garlic date back to the very beginnings of recorded history. References have been found in Egyptian pyramids and the temples of ancient Greece. Early medicinal uses of garlic are seen in China and India as well. Today, medical science helps us understand the mechanisms for garlic’s properties. Allicin is the active component of garlic responsible for its medicinal properties. This sulfur compound is produced when garlic is chewed

White Bean Mash

White Bean Mash Prep and cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients 4 cloves garlic ½ cup green onions, white and greens sliced 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped 2+ tbsp vegetable broth 1 can cannellini beans, drained ½ tsp ground or fresh ginger sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 2 cups frozen spinach, chopped (or substitute fresh) 4 tbsp nutritional yeast Instructions Saute garlic, green onion, and shiitake mushrooms in vegetable broth over medium heat for 5 minutes – add additional broth if necessary. Add beans, ginger, sea salt and black pepper and stir into mushroom mixture. Add spinach and nutritional yeast, stir well, and sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with a salad or also

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