These healthy, wine-infused recipes will be your new favorite weeknight dinners

Three wine-infused recipes have been chosen as the finalists for Joy Bauer's Grape Expectations contest. See who wins!
by Joy Bauer /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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After sorting through hundreds of mouthwatering meals submitted for the Grape Expectations Contest, the following recipes won the top three places in our taste testers' hearts. These creative dishes are all delicious, healthy and include a key ingredient: wine!

The lucky winner, to be announced live on air, will score the ultimate prize: a FREE trip for them and a guest to an exclusive 3-day event in Napa Valley called Yountville Live, a one-of-a-kind experience filled with flowing wine, amazing music and tasty food.

Update: And the winner is ... Veggie-Stuffed Zucchini Boats!

Veggie-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

We're grateful to Susan Gallagher in Brigantine, New Jersey for submitting these wine-tastic zucchini boats. They're fun to make, 100 percent delicious to eat, plus they're a terrific vehicle for nutrient-packed veggies. Whip up this dish for a tasty appetizer or entree; it will definitely float your boat.

This recipe, submitted by Charlotte Martin in Baltimore, Maryland has a lot to love. It's delicious, made with good-for-you ingredients, and provides a generous portion that clocks in under 400 calories. Plus, the slow cooker does most of the work for you! My taste testers gave it two thumbs up and all agreed that there's nothing to "wine" about here.

Thanks to Michelle McPeak in Houston, Texas for sharing her grilled salmon recipe with us. Featuring Merlot and antioxidant-rich berries, this dish is scrumptious, satiating and a cinch to make. Serve over a bed of sautéed spinach for a nutritious meal that pairs perfectly with a glass of wine. Cheers!

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