Well it’s been another year of feasting for us. From fragrant curries, comforting pasta dishes and rustic stews to warming soups, and super satisfying stir-fries, all washed down with a wine or cold beer. And not once have we counted a calorie, or worked out how many grams of fat or carbohydrate are in our meals. Yet neither one of us has gained any weight. In fact my jeans are actually feeling a little looser than they did this time last year.
But we’re certainly not surprised — it’s been like this for years now. And all we’ve been doing is simply eating how the world’s healthiest and longest living populations eat, plus we’ve been moving naturally as part of our everyday lives (which is another thing the world’s longest living peoples do).
Here are our most popular recipes of 2016. And we’re looking forward to cooking up lots more delicious and nutritious Mediterranean and Asian meals in 2017!
Italian Stew with White Beans, Artichoke Hearts and Olives. A robust Italian stew with cannellini beans, artichoke hearts, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Wonderful served with crusty bread, polenta, pasta, rice or couscous.
Thai Chicken Soup with Basil and Lime. A warming and delicately spiced Thai chicken soup accented with fresh basil and lime juice.
Cantonese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry. Bite-size pieces of chicken stir-fried with red pepper, green beans and baby corn and coated in a glossy and flavorful Cantonese sauce.
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms. Portobello mushrooms stuffed with sautéed spinach, garlic, oregano and crumbled feta, and baked until tender.
Potato and Asparagus Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing. An Italian-inspired salad with asparagus and chunks of potato coated in a lemony basil dressing.
Thai-Spiced Baked Salmon. Succulent salmon infused with a ginger, lime, chili and cilantro dressing, and baked until deliciously moist and tender.
Tuscan Chickpea and Spinach Fritters. Protein-packed chickpea fritters with spinach and rosemary. Delicious served as a fritter with salad, and they also make super tasty veggie burger patties.
Mediterranean Chopped Salad. A delicious medley of Mediterranean ingredients including chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, cucumber, red onion and walnuts coated in an oregano-infused red wine vinaigrette, and served on a bed of mixed salad leaves.