Garlic & ShallotsLast night, as I was beginning to prepare dinner, I snapped this little picture of my staple ingredients for almost everyday of my cooking journey.  It either starts with garlic, shallots or onions.  Growing up, I loathed onion, not certain why, but now I cannot get enough of that flavorful ingredient and then I discovered the shallot and oh my caramelized GOODNESS!  I fell in love!

A few of our favorite weekly dinners include roasted zucchini that always includes shallots, my homemade “super secret” Balsamic Salad dressing that is kicked up with fresh garlic and Tex-Mex night that is always laden with garlic!  Let’s just say, it stays on our grocery list like milk and bread in other households!

So I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes for the past couple of years that start/include garlic and/or shallots for you to check out.  Packed with flavor and easy on the wallet and they won’t leave you in the kitchen for hours at a time!

Hearty Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew – Chop it, set it and FORGET IT!  I love this slow cooker dinner that holds over to lunch the next day!

Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts – In my house when I said we were having Brussels Sprouts for dinner, I got the same groans that little ones give when they hear it.  But I decided to change-up the way I cook these little cabbage looking vegetables and now there’s nothing left in the pan!  If you choose not to use the glaze, simply adding balsamic vinegar with add a little flavorful kick without the sugar.

Walnut Pesto Pasta – I totally miss Mac-N-Cheese since we have cut dairy out of our diet, but last year as I was searching for an alternative, I decided to add my favorite pesto to the mix and create a great alternative that leaves me satiated and not missing that dairy laden carb delight!  If you want to just get the recipe for the Walnut Pesto, it is below the main list of ingredients for the entire dish.  Totally worth giving a shot!

Chicken and/or Veggie Stir Fry – And one of our last favorites that includes garlic is the Asian dinner night of Veggie Stir Fry.  When I made this dish initially, we were still eating a lot of meat in the house so it calls for chicken in the recipe.  However, you can 86 the chicken and just make the vegetarian version and add a little extra veggies to hearty it up!  To add a little carbohydrates to the mix, you can cook a little Udon Noodle or Basmati Rice to serve along with it.  (I opted to leave it out on this recipe share)

So there you have it, just a few of my favorite recipes that have garlic and shallots as the base flavor ingredient.  What are some of your favorite ways to use these super potent, flavorful staples!?  I’d love to hear ideas!