The beginning of the year marks a time for New Year’s resolutions, and the most popular goals center around improving our health. Eating healthier, however, does not mean you need to abandon the fine things in life. Delicious foods paired with delicious wine are still within reach if you eat and drink in moderation.
Though we often think of pairing wine with indulgent, fat-laden foods, it can serve as the perfect complement for healthier options. Consider these tasty but nutritious dishes as companions for a glass of fine wine.
Dips are usually among the unhealthiest food options, but you can create healthy alternatives without skimping on flavor. Spinach dip using low-fat cottage cheese or Greek yogurt makes a light, flavorful alternative to sour cream-based dips. Pair your dip with dry white wine.
Chili is synonymous with warm comfort and rich flavors. Instead of using ground beef for your chili, choose turkey instead, and load it with vegetables, beans, and aromatic spices. Bold and complex red wine such as Côtes du Rhône or Red Zinfandel stand up well to flavor-packed chili.
Salmon is an excellent protein choice because of its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Try throwing it on the grill for a flavorful and hearty main dish. Because salmon is meatier than other fishes, it pairs well with red wine instead of the traditional white often used with fish. The rich meat of salmon goes well with a Pinot Noir. If you still prefer a white for your salmon, a Chardonnay is a good choice.
Shrimp cocktail is a popular way of enjoying shrimp, but curried shrimp is a unique alternative. Its spicy flavor can be matched with a good bottle of white wine. If your curry is between medium and hot, pair it with a Riesling or a Pinot Gris. If your curry is mild, opt for a rosé wine.
Expand your cooking repertoire and stay fit with light but tasty foods. Live well by topping them off with your favorite wines.