Go-Go Gadget: Garlic Press

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Mincing: a word defined as a way to divide food ingredients into a fine and uniform style. If you have ever minced garlic or any other food ingredients, it isn't the fastest process to go through. So, if you're looking for an easier and quicker way to perfectly cut up garlic, check out the garlic press.

Some may believe it is an unnecessary kitchen tool, but that is quite the contrary. If you're a fan of having that strong, spicy flavor in your meals that tingles your taste buds, the garlic presser is a perfect tool to quickly make your meal go from bland to delicious.

Garlic Presser
(Photo: Williams Sonoma)

It's simple, really: Take one clove of garlic (peeling the skin is not necessary) and place it in the press. Then press the handles firmly together and watch as the garlic minces quickly before your eyes. To get your own garlic presser, try out OXO Stainless Steel Garlic Press or the Propresser Stainless Steel Garlic Press, both under $20.

Cheesy Garlic Pork Chops: A perfect dinner meal to make for the family that includes reduced-fat cheese and garlic topped on a 4 oz boneless, thin pork chop. You'll need two tablespoons of minced garlic, along with ⅓ cup of brown sugar and ½ cup of reduced-fat, shredded colby jack cheese. Rub both sides of the pork chop with garlic and brown-sugar, then drizzle melted butter and sprinkle of paprika and salt and pepper to add flavor. Bake pork chops for 2o-25 minutes then remove pork chops from the oven and add cheese on top. Place back in the oven for five minutes, add your favorite sides and serve to the family! Click here for detailed ingredients.

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes: With less than 200 calories per serving, this dish includes 5-6 small, mashed russet potatoes with garlic and chicken stock. Add reduced-fat sour cream, skim milk, salt and pepper, then top off with half a tablespoon of rosemary garlic seasoning to complete a delicious side dish. Click here for detailed ingredients and cooking instructions. 

Broccoli with Lemon-Garlic Crumbs: What better way to add some flavor to your steamed broccoli than with a toss of lemon-garlic crumbs? As you're steaming the broccoli for about 5-6 minutes, melt butter in a medium, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Next, add garlic and bread crumbs, stir often, until the bread crumbs are lightly toasted, for about 2-3 minutes. Finally, stir with lemon zest and salt, and toss with the steamed broccoli. Click here for the breakdown of the lemon-garlic crumbs.