Garlic is a member of the Allium or lily family, which also includes leeks and onions. It’s known that garlic contains Allicin, a highly valued sulfur compound and the reason for its pungent smell. Research has shown that aside from the sulfur-related compound that can help in the control of blood pressure, garlic is also a source of vitamin B6, manganese, selenium and vitamin C.
Other research on garlic has been focus on our cardiovascular system and the studies have shown that it has the ability to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride. The unique sulfur-compound content in garlic has been found to protect blood cells and blood vessels. It also has antibacterial and antiviral benefits and the ability to help lower blood pressure; protect us from cardiovascular problem.
With the many health benefits that garlic has with its unique components, it is important to incorporate it in your cooking and in your food as often as possible. Something to consider though is that garlic loses some of its potency and protective properties immediately after cooking and that the best way to take it is in food form, preferably fresh and uncooked.
Tofu contains some healthy compounds as well: Calcium, Folate, Magnesium, Niacin, and Potassium. Stir fry or grill firm tofu to create a tasty dish. We also like it as a dessert or snack, the silken type can be eaten with a bit of sugared water on top. This type of dessert is commonly served in Chinese restaurants at the end of a meal.
Fresh Garlic and Tofu Recipe
I have been amazed at how my family love this simple recipe, considering fresh garlic is a main ingredient. It’s the combination of ‘bland and spicy heat’ that makes this dish spectacular.
Silken Tofu (530 gram)
Garlic (Chopped into small bits)
Cut the silken tofu in half (good for 4 people) or use the whole block and place it in a serving plate. Top the tofu with soya sauce and the chopped garlic according to your taste. I like to sprinkle as much garlic on the tofu, the more the better.
This recipe needs a bit of getting use to, but it’s a great refreshing side dish and a winner in my book. Is it worth the garlicky after taste? In my family, it’s a yes, we get the benefits of both the garlic and the tofu, and no cooking involved!