Cheers to Your Health: Cooking with Beer

Lemon-Beer Marinade for Chicken, Beef or Fish

All you need:
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 (12 ounce) bottle beer

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 orange

1 lemon

1 lime

¼ cup teriyaki sauce

1 tablespoon fresh chopped tarragon

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

All you do:

1. Heat olive oil in skillet and sauté garlic and green onions until translucent. Add beer, brown sugar, juice from 1 orange, juice from 1 lemon, juice from1 lime and teriyaki sauce.

2. Simmer for 2 minutes, remove from heat and set aside to cool before using. Add fresh tarragon and parsley before brushing on meat.

3. For chicken, marinate meat for about 45 minutes. Marinate beef for about 1 hour and 30 minutes and fish for about 20 minutes.

4. Grill meat until recommended internal temperature is reached and enjoy.

Suggested Beer and Food Pairings:

Chicken â?? Roasted: Dunkel, Bock, Oktoberfest, Pale Ale

Pork - Pork Roast: Dunkel, Dubbel, Doppelbock, Oktoberfest

Seafood â?? Salmon: Wheat Beer, Saison, Pilsner, IPA

Turkey â?? Roasted: Dunkel, Dubbel, Oktoberfest, Amber Lager

Benefits of Beer -

Calories and Macronutrients - Beer provides fewer calories per ounce than wine and contains both protein and carbohydrates (protein â?? 4% of total calories; carbohydrates â?? one-third of total calories).

Vitamins and Minerals - One 12-ounce regular beer contributes a line-up of B-vitamins. The mineral composition of beer (potassium, magnesium and phosphorus) is equal to that of wine; however, beer is the winner when it comes to selenium and silicon content. Selenium aids in the protection against cancer and heart disease. Silicon works to strengthen the connective tissue between bones.

- Like wine, beer also provides health-protective phytonutrients called polyphenols, which help defend against cancer.