Suggestions for Cooking Without Garlic?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: My parents have recently shown an interest in eating healthier: more fruits and veggies, less sodium, fewer processed foods, etc. They have started to ask for advice and tips, but I have one big problem in sharing what I know: they refuse to cook with garlic!

They claim to hate the smell and how it clings to the house, but I know for a fact that my father radiates garlic for a couple days after eating it, causing marital strife with my dear old mom.

What are some ways they can get around cooking with this staple? I’d love to tell them to sub in another ingredient for a similar flavor boost in pasta dishes, stir-fried kale or spinach, roasted veggies, etc.

Sent by Kerri

Editor: Kerri, if they don’t mind onions or shallots, caramelized onions or crispy shallots are a couple flavor-boosting options. You might also want to look to recipes from cultures that don’t use much garlic, particularly Japan, where the food is still flavorful and generally quite healthy.

Readers, do you have any suggestions for cooking without garlic?

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