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Honey Garlic Chicken Wing

Ingredients:
2-3 lb of wings (approx. 20-30 wings) – or more if your crockpot can hold (this can vary depending on the size of your wings, use enough to fill a 2 quart crock pot, double the recipe if you are using a 4 quart).
1/2 cup of raw honey (preferably liquid or melted, I like L.R. Rice brand out of Greeley, Colorado)
1.5 tbsp of minced garlic
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
Diced green onion (for garnish)
1 tbs. diced cilantro (optional; for garnish) 
Instructions:
1. Place wings in your crockpot (add more or less depending on the size of your wings, fill just about to the top of your crock).
2. In a small bowl, mix well: honey, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper until liquid. If your honey is very thick, then you may desire to heat these ingredients over the stove to soften the honey.
3. Drizzle ingredients over wings, and stir so the sauce covers the wings throughout.
4. Cook on low for 6 hours or 3-4 hours on high. Once finished, garnish with diced green onion, cilantro, or some coconut aminos.

Nutrition Notes: Looking for a healthier alternative to traditional football favorites when watching the game or tailgating? Give these honey garlic chicken wings a try! The garlic is a fantastic prebiotic fiber-which our beneficial bacteria consume and then produce anti-inflammatory compounds as a byproduct. If you mince garlic and let it sit on your cutting board for about 10 minutes after mincing, there are enzymes active that will create 'allicin', which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Honey is rich in unique oligosaccharides, which are also a prebiotic fiber that helps our beneficial bacteria thrive! Consuming a little bit of honey at night has been shown to help raise melatonin levels as well. Turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory properties as well, and because it doesn't have much flavor, it goes with any meal! Just be sure when cooking with turmeric to add a little bit of black pepper with it as well. Black pepper has a compound known as 'piperine' which helps with the absorption of turmeric, so that you can reap the benefits.