National Garlic Day is April 19. We’ve gathered kid-friendly recipes from around the web showcasing this flavorful and healthy plant.
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Garlic may be an olfactory offender but it does so much good for your body. It boosts your immune system, is a great source of antioxidants, is super heart-healthy, helps fight internal inflammation and has antibacterial qualities. With that kind of resume there’s no reason to keep this superfood from your — and your kids' — daily menu. To help with that, and in honor of National Garlic Day on April 19, we’ve put together a list of our favorite kid-friendly garlic recipes from all over the web. These recipes will have your kids begging for more of this delicious plant.

Crispy tilapia fingers with lemon garlic sauce

Crispy Tilapia Fingers with Lemon Garlic Sauce
Photo credit: Once Upon a Chef

Panko-coated fish fingers are an easy child-pleaser. Add Once Upon a Chef’s easy, four-ingredient lemon garlic sauce and you have a garlic-laden dish sure to delight young and old alike.

Tilapia fingers ingredients:

  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, and lemon-garlic mayonnaise (see below) for serving

Lemon-garlic mayonnaise ingredients: 

  • 1 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann’s
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For cooking directions, continue to Once Upon a Chef >>

Garlic Parmesan stadium-style steak fries

Garlic Parmesan Stadium-Style Steak Fries
Photo credit: Foodie with Family

Garlic-infused oil and grated Parmesan may make this steak fry recipe from Foodie with Family seem grown-up — until you remember all kids love fries. It’s science. Be sure to cook the fries extra-crispy, and be sure to make more than you think you will need — these go fast!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bag (28 ounces, or thereabouts) frozen steak fries
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large (or 2 small) garlic clove(s), pressed in a garlic press or very finely minced
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

For cooking directions, continue to Foodie with Family >>

Honey garlic chicken wings

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
Photo credit: The Paleo Mom

These moist and tasty paleo-friendly wings from The Paleo Mom can be cooked in the oven or on the grill — whichever way your kids prefer. Garlicky but not spicy, they are guaranteed to be a hit with the littles!

Ingredients: 

  • 3 pounds chicken wings, separated
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or reduced-sodium tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

For cooking directions, continue to The Paleo Mom >>

Garlic lemon kale pasta

Garlic Lemon Kale Pasta
Photo credit: Mom Machine

Garlic, lemon and kale for kids? Yes, yes and yes! This combination from Mom Machine is so perfect together — it works beautifully in a way your kids will love.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bunch kale, washed and de-stemmed
  • 16 ounces spaghetti
  • 10 ounce package grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For cooking directions, continue to Mom Machine >>

Garlic mac cakes

Garlic Mac Cakes
Photo credit: Getting Stuffed with Us

These cute cakes from Getting Stuffed with Us combine the comfort of mac-and-cheese with the sophisticated flavor of garlic. Loaded with veggies, they pack a nutritional super-punch too!

Ingredients: 

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 cups sifted dried Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 2 pie crust sheets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 finely chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli, blanched
  • 1 cup 1/2-inch chopped asparagus, blanched
  • 1 can diced Italian-style tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound mini penne pasta
  • 1 cup cubed soft American cheese
  • 1 cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

For cooking directions, continue to Getting Stuffed with Us >>

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