Garlic Press Favorite

Many years ago, there was a time when I worked in a restaurant and I had to prep garlic everyday. Needless to say, it was very difficult to get rid of the garlic smell. I started smelling like garlic all the time only because I touched it. I have used many garlic presses over the years. This one by far is my favorite, and the best part about this garlic press, is that I don’t have to touch garlic! Even when I clean it.

How it works; you place a whole clove of garlic skin and all in the press (unpeeled). Once you get the garlic you need, you use the tool it came with to clean out the holes. One of my favorite gadgets in the kitchen. If you use a lot of garlic in your cooking, this is a must have.

Garlic Press


TVP – Ground Beef Substitute

Textured Vegetable Protein also known as TVP is a great substitute for Ground Beef. It is totally Vegan and Vegetarian friendly and is made from soy beans. This Bob’s Red Mill product is inexpensive and can be found at your local grocery store. I know some people have an allergy to soy, but for those that don’t, this is a great product.



Nutrition Information: Calories 80 per 1/4 cup serving, Total Fat 0%, Cholesterol 0%, Sodium 2mg 0%, Potasium 594 mg, Total Carbs 7g 2%, Dietary Fiber 4g 16%, Sugars 3g, Protein 12g.

Ingredients: Defatted Soy Flour.

Trader Joe’s Reduced Fat Mayo

I have some cooking secrets. I have Trader Joe’s favorites that I like to use in some of my cooking. One of these products is their Reduced Fat Mayonnaise. It has many uses and I love, love this product. It doesn’t taste low fat. It is totally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan friendly. Until I learn how to make my own mayo that isn’t nasty, I will continue to use this product.





Nutrition Info:

Calories 35 per 1 Tbsp per serving, Total Fat 3.5g  5%,  Total Carbs 1g 0%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Protein 0g, Sodium 105mg 4%.

Ingredients: Water, Expeller pressed Canola Oil, Cornstarch, Distilled Vinegar, Cider Vinegar, Salt, Soy Protein, Xanthan Gum, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Onion Powder, Vitamin E, Oleoresin Paprika, Oleoresin Turmeric.