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No Onions or Garlic? No Problem! Substitutes For Taste Aversions or Food Allergies to Allium

So many recipes include onions, garlic, etc.. Onions and garlic belong to the Allium genus. Allium, in fact, is derived from the Greek word for garlic. Shallots, leeks, and chives are also members of the allium family.

Some people either don’t care for the taste of these or must restrict them from their diet. Here are some suggestions.

One substitute that works for raw onion or garlic? Celery. Celery doesn’t taste like onion or garlic, but it has a similar crunchy texture when it is raw. It also works cooked in soups.

1 Medium Onion (1 cup chopped) = 2 to 3 medium celery stalks

Another onion or garlic substitute? Fennel! Fennel looks like an onion, but it has a strong black licorice flavor when it’s raw. But cooked, it can stand in for onion! It adds a nuance to soups and stews that is delicious. (I love to eat raw fennel).

1 Fennel Bulb (1 to 1 ½ cups chopped) = 1 medium to large onion

For garlic, you can sprinkle ginger, cumin or peppercorns to the recipe. This can add a punch of flavor and fragrance to the dish.

Other garlic substitutes include cumin, fennel, celery root, bell pepper, ginger, horseradish, peppercorns and asafetida.

What do you like to use for garlic or onion substitutions? Please tell me in the comments.

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