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WIN 2015

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7 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m W I N T E R 2 015 S P I R I T O F W O M E N PHOTOGRAPHED Y CHRISTINE PETKOV Recipes Cabernet Sauvignon Spaghetti Sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, peeled and diced 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1 pound ground beef (85 percent lean) ½ cup cabernet sauvignon wine 1½ cups canned crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon tomato paste ½ teaspoon crushed dried oregano ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika 1 /8 teaspoon pepper 4 ounces spaghetti, cooked just until tender Per serving: 390 calories / 15 grams total fat / 26 grams protein / 30 grams carbohydrates / 67 milligrams cholesterol / 529 milligrams sodium / 3 grams dietary fiber HEAT oil in large skillet over medium heat. ADD onion, garlic and mushrooms. COOK for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. ADD ground beef and break up with wooden spoon. COOK, stirring frequently, until beef is browned, about 2 minutes. POUR off any fat. ADD wine to skillet. INCREASE heat to high and cook, stirring frequently for 3 minutes, or until wine is reduced by half. REDUCE heat to low. ADD crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, paprika and pepper. SIMMER 10 minutes for favors to blend. SERVE over spaghetti. Makes 4 (1-cup sauce and about ½-cup cooked spaghetti) servings. In the event you don't fnish a fruity, full-bodied, fragrant bottle of cabernet sauvignon, use it in this hearty spaghetti sauce. You may even be inspired to open another bottle to accompany the entrée. Drinking wine with health restrictions Despite wine's health halo, you should be cautious about consuming any kind of wine or other alcoholic beverages if you have certain health restrictions. Having diabetes, for example, will affect the way you process wine and other forms of alcohol. A glass of wine will initially lower your blood sugar, then raise it, according to Autumn Dempsey, RN, a certifed diabetes educator and program coor- dinator for The Center for Diabetes Education at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J. "It doesn't matter if it's [the wine] sweet or dry. In the long run, blood sugar will be higher," says Dempsey. She recommends staying hydrated with a zero-calorie beverage, preferably water, while you're having a glass of wine, or better yet, opting for a wine spritzer. And don't drink on an empty stomach or skip a meal to save calories because you want a glass of wine. Drinking on an empty stomach, especially if you have diabetes, isn't healthy, says Dempsey. If you're taking a medication for diabetes, be sure to ask your physician whether it's OK to drink wine, she adds. Medicines for other conditions may preclude alcohol as well. "People on blood thinners or medicines that work in the liver should watch their alcohol intake," says Dr. Schwabe. ALCOHOL CONTENT If you're a healthy woman without dietary restrictions, you have the enjoyable choice of hundreds of wines, such as a luscious red merlot or a sunny white chardonnay. Your decision may also be based on alcohol content: Will it be a low-alcohol French Vouvray or the higher-alcohol sauvignon blanc? "Some studies say red is best; others say white is OK. Some wine has a little less alcohol; some a little more. It doesn't matter. It's not that great a variation," says Dr. Jane L. Schwabe, a cardiovascular surgeon affiliated with Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, Mo. COOKING WITH WINE Any wine that you enjoy sipping can also have a second life flavoring soups, stews and sauces. As with drinking, you'll find red wine a good match for meat and white wine for fish recipes. Best of all, when you cook with wine you're not only flavoring a dish—you could be boosting its health profile. For example, substitute wine for some of the high- sodium broth you use in a stew or braise meat in a combination of wine and broth instead of sautéing it in fat. "[Wine has] definitely fewer calories than butter," says Autumn Dempsey, RN, a certified diabetes educator at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J. If you're preparing meals for someone who should not have any alcohol, however, adding wine may not be an option. Even though some percentage of alcohol is eliminated during the cooking process, anywhere from 5 to 45 percent is retained, depending on the cooking method and the length of cooking, according to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. •

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