15 Garlic-Filled Recipes You Probably Shouldn’t Eat on a First Date

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If you find yourself cooking for a first date, there are plenty of things to consider, like dietary preferences, allergies, and bad breath. You might be tempted to make a super-garlicky dish like one of these, but we’d bet all the dating experts would advise against it. Well, we aren’t dating experts and we love garlic, so if you love it too, we say go for it. Go for the garlic.

Either way, all of these recipes are perfect for the day after your first date, when you invite your friends over to dissect it moment by moment.

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Don’t write off eggs as breakfast food. This creamy polenta bowl with spinach and garlic takes to the dinner hour like a natural. Add a hunk of buttered bread and dig in.

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Garlic and lemon are old pals and they like nothing more than mingling together with tender, slow-cooked chicken. Add a salad and you’ve got dinner you barely had to lift a finger to make.

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No fried rice recipe would be complete without a healthy dose of garlic, and this version makes it the centerpiece. Yes, you can add eggs and all the veggies or meats you like, but the garlic — carefully browned until golden and fragrant in your wok — is non-negotiable.

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We probably don’t need to tell you that mashed potatoes are a great option for dinner, no matter the occasion. If that occasion includes date night, then great — everyone will have the garlic breath!

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Give shrimp the garlic treatment. Alongside sweet corn, millet, and tangy cilantro sauce, this dish gets high marks for flavor, creativity, and best of all, ease.

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Given the fact that you use six to eight cloves of garlic in this pork tenderloin recipe, you know two things are bound to be true: First, it will be delicious; second, you’re going to need all the after-dinner mints you can find. We say bring it on!

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This savory phyllo dough creation can be served as a vegetarian main course or as a side dish. Either way, you and your date will both want to gobble it up.

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The perfect dish for picnic food, this spring salad makes use of green garlic, which is actually just a young garlic plant. But don’t be fooled by its age — young garlic still packs a punch.

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This chickpea and cucumber salad is one of our favorites. There’s a generous dose of parsley and mint, which are known to be breath-fresheners, but we’re really here for the bright, clean flavor they add.

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Is there anything better than a cheesy stuffed chicken breast? We certainly don’t think so. Add in a couple of cloves of garlic and this dish is a total winner.

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Garlicky greens are a kitchen skill we think everyone should master. And when you serve it topped with a poached or fried egg (with a runny yolk, of course), it’s a simple dinner that packs a big punch.

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You’ll definitely win your date’s heart with this perfectly toasted garlic bread. And you’ll get bonus points for running it under the broiler to make it extra crispy.

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This recipe is one of the best ways to use up leftover salmon without feeling like you’re eating leftovers. Add an artistic drizzle of creamy garlic sauce and you’ll have your date convinced you’re a gourmand.

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There’s something fancy about serving freshly steamed crab. The good news is that it’s easier to make than you think. Just make sure you have a good loaf of bread to soak up all the garlicky, buttery juices.

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If ever there was a recipe made for eating alone, it was this one. Sunchokes are delicious, but they have an unfortunate side effect (and nickname to go along with it). We’d recommend making this for the day after your date.

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