These healthy recipes are all created to pair with wine (which has 120 to 150 calories for a 5-ounce glass)—all for 600 calories or fewer.
When I was in high school, my vegetarian friends were often given one choice on the restaurant menu and it was always the same: The portobello mushroom burger. When I received a couple of the massive shrooms in my CSA box, I broiled them up. I have to say, I forgot how good they can be: umami-rich but still juicy and, dare I say it, kind of meaty. I ended up piling a quinoa pilaf-and-kale salad on top of them to make a satisfying vegan dish. If you prefer, you could swap out some of the quinoa for avocado or nuts. Or, if you don’t mind a little dairy, add some feta cheese.
Vegan dishes can be hard to pair with red wine but mushrooms always help. A French Cabernet Franc is an excellent choice because it’s light enough to pair with the salad but meaty enough for the mushrooms.