There was a time when a meatless meal would be cause for a mini-revolt. But I’ve gotten better at creating delicious, satisfying vegan meals and my husband’s gotten better about not complaining. Less meat is just better for your health and the environment. It’s a win-win. Less is more.
There was a time when my day was so crazy and I was so overwhelmed that I wanted a glass of wine every night. Now I get a break during school hours and am more in the groove of the SAHM thing. So instead of having a Monday wine on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I generally have one or two glasses of something tasty, once or twice a week. Less is more.
I have had a few samples of wine that I have been meaning to try, but when you drink less, you drink less. So yesterday I opened a bottle of Clean Slate Riesling that has been in my refrigerator for weeks. I’m glad I did. The wine hails from the Mosel region of Germany which is known for producing some great Riesling. While choosing most German Rieslings can be intimidating because of their classifications, this one is straightforward. A look at the label will give you a good hint about what you are getting.
Clean floral and fruit notes with little residual sugar and a lot of minerality. Just as the photo indicates. Citrus, stone fruits, and a little spice. When people ask about minerality in wine, I always think of the smell of slate. I think of climbing on slate river beds as a child and the taste of your hands after. No, I didn’t go around licking my hands as a child, but it happens, right? If you’ve ever done it, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, open a Mosel Riesling.
With a price point around $10, it is a great Monday wine. I wish I’d opened it on Monday, in fact, because it would have been perfect with the meal I made. I was in clean-out-the-fridge mode so I used what I had and it turned out to be, in my husband’s words, the best vegan combination I’ve made so far.
I cubed and roasted some butternut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper and then added mint. I made brown rice with sautéed leeks, currants, cilantro, cumin, cinnamon, and a little lemon juice at the end. I also roasted brussel sprouts which I finished with a little Sriracha and lemon juice. It was delicious. The warm, fall flavors with a little heat would have paired perfectly with the wine.
You may have read that I was cutting out this, that, and most things in between. I was really strict at first, then I loosened up on the weekends. But after two months without the weight budging, I got discouraged and my husband started to complain. Understandably. So I adopted my sister’s 80/20 lifestyle. Eat in the anti-inflammatory way 80% of the time, but when I’m at someone’s home or on date night, I’ll loosen up. And if I have a sample begging to be opened, I’ll open it. I’ll just pair it with something healthy. I’ll still make overall health the goal, but I’ll lighten up on the rules. Less is more.