turn garlic into a sweet treat by roasting.  last night, we had salmon with roasted garlic flatbread.  ry gave the salmon a 4 and the flatbread a 4.5!  roasting garlic is super simple.  pre-heat oven to 375, cut an entire head of garlic (unpeeled!) in half cross-wise, so you have a top and bottom half, place both halves, cut-side up, on a big piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, then wrap up the foil around the garlic to make an air-tight package.  put in the oven for an hour and witness the magic!!!  let it cool in the foil for about 30 minutes, then squeeze out all the cloves...they should come out very easy.  i mashed up the cloves and mixed it with extra virgin olive oil and spread it on some store bought whole wheat flatbread, along with basil, lemon zest, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.  talk about flavor!!!
monday night was my one pot wonder.  i had a recipe to follow, however, after looking over it, i pretty much did my own thing!  here is what i threw in the crockpot and cooked on low for 5 hours...
1.5 cups chicken broth
1/2 lb turkey breast, diced up
1 can diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp each cumin and mustard seeds
2 tsp chili paste
1 cup lentils
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
top with sliced almonds and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

i am calling this sweet and spicy turkey stew.
and remember, if you don't have one specific ingredient and you don't want to go out and buy it, just leave it out, it will not ruin the dish!  let me know if you try it!!!
tonight is a recipe from body and soul magazine, braised chicken with GARLIC, olives, and mushrooms.  i am attempting to breakdown a whole chicken...wish me luck!