Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Garlic

Not only is garlic good for keeping vampires away, it’s also good for your health.  Garlic is a great source of folic acid and the antioxidant Vitamins C and A.  Besides being a tasty, and healthy, addition to meals, garlic has been used for centuries as medicine.  It gets its medicinal properties from a compound called allicin, which also gives the herb its distinctive odor.  Garlic is often used to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and other cardiovascular conditions.  It may also be effective in preventing certain forms of cancer.  The verdict is still out on a lot of garlic’s medicinal properties, but you’ll still get all of its flavor and nutrients by incorporating it into meals like this one, which is one of my personal favorite chicken dishes.

Slow Cooker Twenty Garlic Chicken

Ingredients
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 to 3 1/2 lb cut-up chicken breasts
1 large onion, sliced
1 medium bulb garlic (about 20 cloves)

Instructions
1.  In small bowl, mix paprika, pepper, and oil to form paste; spread evenly over each piece of chicken.
2.  In 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place onion slices. Arrange chicken over onion. Separate garlic into cloves; do not peel cloves. Place garlic cloves around chicken.
3.  Cover; cook on Low setting for 5 hours.
4.  With slotted spoon, remove chicken, onion and garlic from slow cooker; place on serving platter. Squeeze garlic cloves to use cooked garlic on mashed potatoes, vegetables or bread.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

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