OK, so maybe garlic’s not the not best first-date food, but when it comes to hanging with friends, we say pile it on. You can add it to meats, pasta, dressings, dips… pretty much any savory dish. And since garlic contains a good amount of calcium and vitamin C and has been used to treat conditions from high blood pressure to heart disease, you’re really just doing yourself—and your pals—a favor. But maybe keep a bowl of mints close by (or wash it down with a cold brewski).

1. Artichoke and Garlic Chicken Thighs

One-pan dinners just make life so much easier. Mix chicken thighs with artichoke hearts and their liquid (you can marinate for a bit or just stir them up) and season with garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. They’ll be ready after 20 minutes under the broiler.

2. 5-Minute Green Garlic Dip

If you have a food processor, there’s really no reason to buy store-bought dip. This hearty snack is made with garlic, cannellini beans, pistachios, and lemon juice. Blend with a little EVOO and serve with veggie sticks or crackers.

3. Vegan Mashed Potatoes With Garlicky Kale

File under super easy side dishes. You can make a big batch of this for guests or consider it meal prep and eat throughout the week with your favorite protein. With no cream or butter, it’s totally dairy-free, but sautéed kale with garlic and olive oil keeps it full of flavor.

4. Crispy Garlic Parmesan Wings

Football season isn’t the same without chicken wings. Keep this one in your back pocket for the first Sunday fun day you host. Prep time takes five minutes and then you stick ’em in the oven for about an hour. They’ll cost you less and come out healthier than delivery.

5. Garlic Lime Sweet Potato Fries

Whole30-approved fries and dipping sauce? Dream. come. true. Lime juice, parsley, sea salt, and roasted garlic make these baked tots a staple even after the 30 days are up.

6. Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Nondairy eaters, don’t scroll down just yet. This “creamy” sauce is made with cauliflower, broth or water, and garlic… that’s it! If you’re fine with dairy, throw in some Parm too. Spoon it over pasta, zoodles, or chicken for a sneaky serving of veggies.

7. Garlic Herb Steak Foil Packets

Summer’s not over yet. Make the most of the late sunset and grill these easy foil packets. All you have to do is chop up some veggies and steak and place a dollop of homemade garlic butter on top. Close the foil and let the grill do all the work while you sip on a cold one.

8. Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted garlic makes all the difference in this homemade hummus. Sure, it takes some time in the oven, but we promise it’s worth it, especially when paired with caramelized onions. The hardest part will be trying not to eat the whole dip in one sitting.

9. Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

This is one of those dishes that’s on every Italian chain restaurant’s menu but is so much healthier when made at home. The recipe uses whole-wheat linguine, veggies of your choice, shrimp, and parsley, and replaces a creamy sauce with a white wine and lemon juice mix.