Can Red Wine Help You Lose Weight?

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If you like wine as much as I do I have some absolutely, positively wonderful news for you.

Drinking red grape juice or red wine may help you lose weight according to some research done at the Ohio State University.



According to Science Digest:


One of the chemicals, ellagic acid, proved particularly potent: It dramatically slowed the growth of existing fat cells and formation of new ones, and it boosted metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.

These plant chemicals are not a weight-loss miracle, cautions Shay. “We didn’t find, and we didn’t expect to, that these compounds would improve body weight,” he said. But by boosting the burning of fat, especially in the liver, they may improve liver function in overweight people.

“If we could develop a dietary strategy for reducing the harmful accumulation of fat in the liver, using common foods like grapes,” Shay said, “that would be good news.”


Finally some good news we can drink a toast to!
And at my age I need glasses, and glasses, and more glasses!


Featured Recipe    Chicken Cutlets in Butter Caper Sauce



Since I am using cutlets this recipe is quick and easy. Yet it is elegant enough for company or a special event.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

4 chicken cutlets

Flour for dredging

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter

2 medium shallots

1 clove garlic

¼ cup Vermouth

Squirt of lime juice

¼ cup capers

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Spaghetti

Here is what you do:

If using, put up some water and cook the spaghetti according to package directions.


Dice the shallots and press the garlic.


Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken.


Dredge the chicken in the flour until well coated.


Cut the butter into 12 tablespoons. Trust me on this, it is much easier to do this now rather than have to stop and do it in the middle of making this dish when things are hectic. Cut the lime in half too.


Since this is a fast moving recipe, I have found it easier to get all ingredients together near the skillet before I begin. That includes slicing the butter, getting the capers and Vermouth measured and ready to go.


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and brown well on each side, about 2-4 minutes per side. Do not over cook. Cutlets are very thin so you want to make sure you do not overcook.



When browned on both sides and cooked through, remove the chicken from the skillet. Tent with foil and place in the oven on the Hold Warm Function.




If needed, pour all but 1 teaspoon of the oil from the skillet. Lower the heat and add 1 tablespoon of the butter to the skillet.


Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until translucent about 2 minutes or until translucent.


Add the Vermouth and a squirt or two of lime juice.


Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often. Cook until the liquid is reduced to about 2-3 tablespoons, this will take about 3-5 minutes.


Then reduce the heat to its very lowest setting.

Slowly whisk in the rest of the butter, one piece at a time, whisking and letting each pat melt before adding the next pat of butter.

Butter pat #1

Butter pat #1

Butter pat #5

Butter pat #5

Butter pat #9

Butter pat #9

When all of the butter has been added and melted, stir in the capers. Heat a minute or two.


If using spaghetti, drain the spaghetti and divide between four plates.


Top with chicken and spoon sauce over chicken and pasta.



Serve with a glass or two of red wine and a salad.

Bon appétit!!!

4 chicken cutlets                  $6.03

Flour for dredging                $0.42

1-2 tablespoons olive oil       $0.52

1 ½ sticks butter                 $1.52

2 medium shallots               $0.78

1 clove garlic                      $0.15

¼ cup Vermouth                 $0.28*

Squirt of lemon juice           $0.25

¼ cup capers                     $1.48

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Spaghetti             $1.49

*If you shop around you CAN find inexpensive Vermouth. I bought 1000 liters for $5.00 a year ago at Trader Joe’s. I am receiving absolutely, positively no remuneration of any kind from Trader Joe’s to say that. I am just trying to help you find inexpensive ingredients.

Total cost = $12.92
Cost per person = $3.23

Quote of the Day

I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking.

Julia Child


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