If your New Year’s resolutions include eating more healthfully this year, you’re not alone. Most Americans make goals for the year that focus on improving their health and weight. Often, those resolutions begin sagging a few months into the year. People may get too busy or get tired of diets that make them feel deprived. Just because you’re eating healthy, however, doesn’t mean you need to deny yourself the finer things in life. The truth is, you can eat healthy and indulge a bit, too.
If you’re a wine lover, you can still enjoy a delicious meal paired with a glass of wine. Though wine may traditionally be coupled with fatty foods such as cheese, cured pork, and duck confit, it can also be a perfect complement to more healthful foods.
Consider these nutritious dishes that are easily enhanced by a good wine.
Red Wine Risotto
Red wine risotto is a popular Italian dish that pairs well with Marchesi di Gresy Camp Gros Barbaresco Martinenga. The $70 bottle wine has notes of licorice, black cherry and soft cinnamon. The creamy richness of the risotto tames the wine tannins. It is best to cook the risotto with the same wine you are pairing it with, but since this wine is so expensive, you may want to opt for another quality red wine.
Hunter’s Chicken Stew
The rosemary and mushroom flavors of this hearty chicken stew will be accentuated by the juicy acidity of a Marchese di Barolo Barbera d’ Alba Ruvei. The wine is soft in the palate but explodes with a deliciously earthy and plummy flavor.
Salmon is an excellent entrée choice for the conscientious eater because it is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Since Salmon is a meaty fish, it should be paired with red wine, instead of the white wine typically served with fish dishes. The rich meat of salmon goes well with Pinot Noir. If you still prefer a white for your salmon, Chardonnay is a good choice.
Fish Couscous with Onion T’faya
T’faya is a dish served along the Moroccan coast for celebratory meals. Fish Couscous with Onion T’faya has sweet notes that will be balanced by the acidity of a bottle of Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé. You can also pair this wine well with a spicy Okra & Chickpea Tagine.
Everyone has heard of shrimp cocktail, but give your shrimp an exotic twist with shrimp curry. The curry’s distinct spicy and tangy flavors will go well with a good bottle of white wine. If your curry is between medium and hot, you can pair it with a Riesling or a Pinot Gris. If your curry is mild, choose a rosé wine
Enjoy fine food with the best wines without skimping. By opting for nutritious but unique dishes, you can feel indulgent while still maintaining your healthy New Year’s resolutions.