Easy Roasted Garlic and Infused Oil

If you’ve ever made roasted garlic before you know what a pain it can be to get the thin, papery skin completely off after it’s roasted, and what a sticky mess it is.  The recipe below takes the hassle of that away!  Plus you get garlic infused oil.  If you’ve never made roasted garlic before then you’re missing out on a culinary delight!

Roasted garlic is delicious all on its own eaten like grapes…just don’t blame me for not getting kissed later!  Below is a list of just a few of the other countless ways you can use roasted garlic…

Ways to use roasted garlic

  • Compound butter (blend with softened butter)
  • Pureed into mashed potatoes or cauliflower
  • Cut up and mixed into guacamole
  • Mixed with mayo for a roasted garlic aioli. Then use on sandwiches, as a dip, as a coating on baked chicken or salmon, or thin the mayo mixture out with milk of choice to make a salad dressing.
  • In a meatloaf or hamburger patty
  • Added to soups

Ways to use garlic infused oil

  • Make a salad dressing
  • Dip for bread (like Italian restaurants)
  • Roasted veggies
  • Cooking fried eggs
  • Replace for any oil to cook with and add extra flavor to your meal
  • Add a little swirl of oil to soup before serving

This recipe is crazy easy!  Even my kids make it for me.  I like to use a large chefs knife to prep the garlic but it’s not necessary to.  You can also use a small drinking glass with a flat bottom.

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This recipe doesn’t have exact amounts because it doesn’t really need them.  It depends on how much or how little roasted garlic you want to make.  Keep in mind this stores REALLY well in the fridge, so make extra and you’ll have it on hand when you want it.  I typically make two whole heads of garlic at a time.

Easy Roasted Garlic and Infused Oil

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INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh garlic cloves
  • Oil of choice such as avocado or olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Remove all the outer layers of papery skin.  You can do this quickly by lightly smashing the garlic cloves with the bottom of a glass or the heel of a knife.  Press just hard enough that the paper falls off but the clove isn’t smashed too badly.
  3. Place all the cloves in an oven safe bowl.
  4. Cover with oil to just above the cloves.
  5. Roast in the oven until fragrant and the cloves are golden and lightly browned around the edges.
  6. Let cool and store in a glass jar.

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That Time I Was Asked To Share My Story…

on TV!  Kinda crazy!!  I was so nervous I almost backed out.  The night before I nearly locked myself in the bathroom to throw up.  Ok maybe that’s tmi??  It’s easy to post pics online, it’s not so easy to go in front of a camera and talk about your story for thousands of people!   But I’ve never let fear stop me before and I didn’t this time either. 

  
When I was asked to be on The Full Plate on 13 ABC Toledo, OH, hosted by Rebecca Regnier to share my story about Hashimotos and Paleo, I jumped at it.  Definitely not for myself, because I was terrified to do it!  I said yes because I wanted to be able to help others. I wanted to tell my story of how the Paleo lifestyle has changed my life in so many dramatic and positive ways.  It breaks my heart to see so many people suffering with this disease and countless other diseases that could be helped by living this way.  

Just in the 9 months I’ve been Paleo, my migraines have vanished, my joints stopped aching, my brain fog is gone, forgetfulness…forget it (see what I did there 😉), and the extreme exhaustion is long gone!  Those are the big things!  The list of symptoms I no longer have is endless though.  

When it comes to Hashimotos my thyroid health has improved too!  My antibodies dropped to almost within the normal range, my TSH is normal and the nodules I had are shrinking.  Now I’m no doctor but that’s not small feat!!   Currently the only treatment in conventional medicine for Hashimotos is thyroid medication.  That will help control your TSH but it won’t do anything for your antibodies or thyroid health in general. I’m not at all saying medication is useless so please understand that thyroid meds most definitely serve a purpose because many people get relief from some of their symptoms with it.  However, it won’t do anything to stop the destruction of your thyroid by your own body.  Hashimotos, an autoimmune disease, is basically your body “self-attacking” your thyroid and killing it.  I was very fortunate to catch this disease early on so I didn’t need to go on medication.  I don’t doubt one bit though that had I not switched to Paleo, I’d be on medication at this point.  My goal back in January, and it is still my goal, was to save my thyroid from destruction and keep it as normal and functioning as possible.  

So how does all this lead to the news show?  They asked me to do two segments, one about my journey with Hashimotos and a second one to cook a Paleo recipe.  I decided to make something with pumpkin.  After all, it’s now fall and just about everyone loves pumpkin things once fall arrives!  I ended up creating a Chicken Bacon and Pumpkin Soup.  The recipe is on the blog, click here to be taken to it.  Everyone that’s tried it loved it!  Children and adults alike both asked for second helpings, or if you’re my 9 year old daughter, you ask for three bowls.  The link to watch the segment where I demonstrated how to make it is here

 

Chicken Bacon and Pumpkin Soup

 
The first segment about my journey to find out what was wrong with me, how I came upon Paleo, and what it’s done to positively impact my life is here. (Scroll to the bottom and look for the video entitled “Thyroid diagnoses changes one moms life“.)  I’m not sure how long this video will be available to view so if you can’t find it any longer, my apologies. 

 

The Videos For Both Segments

 
When it was all said and done, I was so happy I didn’t say no to doing the show. Rebecca (the host) was so kind and funny and put me at ease. I had so much fun and realized later on how I am teaching my daughters to be strong even through fear, to help others, and that it’s ok to be more than “just a mom” because so often that’s how I describe myself.  It was a nice reminder for me that even though I’m their mommy and I don’t work outside the home, I’m also Nicole!  I’m a woman with a lot of interests and passion for things in life.  It’s good to feed those passions and I CAN do both at the same time.  After all, healing from anything requires finding yourself, loving yourself fiercely, finding and igniting the passion that inspires you, and doing the work it takes to get to your goal. 

Thanks to all of you for your support and love!! 

Here’s a few pics from that day…

 

Standing Outside The News Station

 
 

Setting Up For The Taping


 

Getting My Mic On


 

Right Before We Started Taping