This piece originally appeared on Spoon University.
On the list of “Things You Shouldn’t Eat On a Date,” garlic is very obviously number one — nobody wants to get a whiff of your stanky garlic breath when they lean in for a kiss at the end of the night. Fortunately, we don’t care what people think, and we firmly believe you should embrace your garlic breath. Here are 14 ways you can do just that.
Oh, you fancy, huh? Pretend you’re at a five-star restaurant and make these fries in your dorm room, no pants required.
2. Bagna Cauda
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TBH I’ve never heard of this before, but it’s basically an oily, herby, garlicky dip for Italian bread. Yes, please.
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You can add this pesto to plain pasta, orrrrr you can make pesto grilled cheese. The choice is yours, because #carbs.
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Hello, they’re called “cheese bombs.” Just look at those buttery beauties. Do you need any more reason to make these?
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There’s a reason the CrockPot is a college student’s best friend, and that reason is because slow cooker meals require literally zero effort. Throw your raw meat in, head to class, and come back to a home-cooked meal.
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Put down the potato chips and try some kale chips instead. So what if kale isn’t trendy anymore? This stuff is like crack.
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Don’t lie, we know you’ve seen this on Pinterest. It’s easier to make than you’d think, and you’ll have cheesy goodness in just about half an hour.
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Make this special dish for your special someone — but only if they can handle nine cloves of garlic. I don’t know about you, but I’d accept that as a challenge.
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Because mashed potatoes might not actually be good for you, but cauliflower is.
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Swiss chard is that fancy-sounding vegetable you never buy at the store because you don’t know what to do with it. Well, we’ve got you covered. Eat your greens, kids.
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It doesn’t get better than garlic and butter. Trust me.
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Sharing is very, very optional. Serve this as a side with some pasta, because there’s no such thing as too many carbs.
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This southern Italian take on pasta carbonara is super filling and super garlicky.
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