Wine Pairings: 3 Healthy Dishes for Your Resolution

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The new year is here, and everyone’s working hard to keep up on their resolutions for the year – many of which involve being healthier. To help you stick to your resolution, we’re giving you three healthy recipe ideas that are delightfully easy and deliciously satisfying. Packed with protein and low in carbohydrates, these dishes will keep you full without wrecking your diet. And, of course, what goes better with a delicious dinner than a healthy pour from a bottle of Chateau Grand Traverse?

After all, there’s nothing like a great wine pairing to get you excited to eat healthy!

Honey Garlic Salmon

Full Recipe | 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

With savory garlic butter, citrusy lemon and sweet honey, this pan-seared salmon from iFoodReal is a quick, easy way to delight your taste buds. Add a glass of our bright and citrusy Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, and you’ve got a dinner dream team.

You will need:

  • 4 salmon fillets (about ½ each) with or without skin
  • salt and pepper, to season
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon wedges (for serving)
  • 1 bottle of 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

To prepare:

  • After arranging your oven shelving so that one shelf is centered in the middle of your oven, preheat the oven to broil on medium heat.
  • Sprinkle the salmon fillets with salt, pepper and paprika. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a pan on medium-high heat. Next, add garlic and sauté for one minute or until fragrant. Pour in honey, water and soy sauce, letting the liquids meld together. Add in lemon juice and stir well, so all flavors combine nicely.
  • Add salmon fillets to the pan. Cook each fillet (skin-side down if the fillets have skin) for 3-4 minutes or until golden, while continually basting the tops of the fillets with the pan juices. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • If desired, for a stronger lemon taste, add lemon wedges around the salmon.
  • Transfer the pan to your oven to broil for 5-6 minutes or until the tops of the salmon are nicely charred.
  • Prior to serving, drizzle with the sauce and lemon juice. Serve over rice with 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and steamed vegetables.

Spicy Skillet Lime Chicken

Full Recipe | 2018 Pinot Grigio

Tired of the same old chicken dinner? Take a break from the ordinary with this super easy recipe that’s far from bland and surprisingly healthy. Using only one pan, this Spicy Skillet Lime Chicken from Cookies & Cups packs a punch with rich, tangy flavor. Paired with our cool and crisp  Pinot Grigio, this delightfully simple chicken dish will keep you warm and wanting more.

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 3 limes
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • 1 bottle of 2018 Pinot Grigio

To prepare:

  • Combine salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, onion powder and thyme together in a small bowl.
  • Spread seasoning over both sides of chicken thighs.
  • Melt butter and olive oil together in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken thighs in one layer in the hot skillet. Heat chicken for 6 minutes on each side, then reduce heat to medium. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add garlic to the skillet. Drizzle lime juice on top of the chicken. Flip the chicken thighs to coat both sides in lime juice.
  • Serve with cilantro garnish and a glass of Pinot Grigio.

Steak Stir Fry with Vegetables

Full Recipe | Cabernet Franc Reserve

With a healthy serving of protein and vegetables all in one dish, this steak stir fry from Food Network is an easy way to eat healthy. Mix and match vegetables with whatever’s in your refrigerator and serve with a full-bodied glass of Cabernet Franc Reserve.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 4-inch-long pieces, then cut against the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 serrano chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 to 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4-pound snow peas or green beans
  • 1 12-ounce can baby corn, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 bottle of Cabernet Franc Reserve

To prepare:

  • Season steak with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, chili pepper, sugar and lime juice. Whisk until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add steak to the bowl, then toss to coat. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat for one minute. Add steak and heat, while continually stirring, until cooked through (typically around 3 to 5 minutes).
  • Remove steak from skillet and set aside.
  • Reduce remaining liquid in the skillet for about 4 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Add garlic and scallions and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add in mushrooms and heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add in snow peas (or green beans), baby corn and bell pepper and continue cooking until all vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • After removing from heat, return the steak to the skillet and toss to combine.
  • Serve over brown rice with a glass of Cabernet Franc Reserve.

With these healthy dinner dishes, you can keep your new year’s resolution long into the new year. Eating healthy is easy when you’ve got the perfect wine pairing to go with it!

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