You don’t need to be a sommelier to know how to create great food and wine pairings. Nor does it have to ruin your diet. It’s time to start cooking!
Here are some delicious dishes and wines for brunch, dinner, and dessert.
Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts
By skipping the breading and excessive amounts of oil needed for deep frying, this lemon pepper chicken breast recipe is a diet-friendly dinner. The bite of the lemon and the robust, earthy taste of this dish means it pairs well with white wines.
Chardonnay is a light white wine with citrus flavors and notes of vanilla. Other dry whites such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are also good compliments.
Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs
This skinny spaghetti and meatballs recipe is an easy and healthy meal you can make any day of the week. You can make some low-calorie swaps by switching the spaghetti noodles with zucchini spirals or spaghetti squash.
Red and tomato-based sauces pair well with light and medium-bodied red wines such as Valpolicella, Italian Chianti, or Cabernet Sauvignon. The acidity in this dish compliments the acidity in these wines, bringing out bold and complex flavors.
Grilled Peach Salad With Honey Balsamic Dressing
If you’re looking for a light and fresh lunch, consider this grilled peach salad with honey balsamic dressing. Packed with protein and vitamins, this salad is a real palate pleaser that won’t interrupt your diet.
Some of the best wines to pair with this dish are Asti Spumante, Chenin Blanc, and White Zinfandel.
Crustless Broccoli Quiche
This crustless broccoli quiche recipe is keto, vegetarian, and lower in calories than other quiche recipes, which call for heavy cream and pie crusts. It’s a classic brunch recipe or at dinnertime with a green salad.
Whether it’s noon or night, these wines are lovely choices to pair.
Bright white wines with citrus and fruity flavors help work great with egg dishes. Sparkling wines, like Champagne and dry white wines like Riesling, are at the top of our list.
Flourless Chocolate Torte
Is it time for dessert yet? Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you have to give up the luxurious taste of wine and chocolate. This flourless chocolate torte uses dark chocolate (65% or higher), which is rich in antioxidants and low in sugar.
Pairing chocolate and wine can be a tricky thing. Dark chocolate has old, robust flavors that require a balanced wine that is sweet, yet intense. You should stay away from anything too bitter, so for this recipe, we recommend Merlot, Port, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Discover New Wines
Are you unsure of what kind of wine you like? One of the best ways to experience a variety of different flavors is on wine tours. You can take a tour through Southern California’s best wineries and sip to your heart’s desire.
Try These Delicious Food and Wine Pairings Today
Dieting doesn’t mean you must surrender and eat only flavorless and bland foods. With these food and wine pairings, your diet can still be rich and delectable.
What are your favorite healthy food and wine pairings?
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