Looking back on 2021, 10 weight loss recipes stood out among the others. What makes a good weight loss recipe? Well, it needs to be fresh, filling and delicious. Our top 10 recipes for weight loss embody all three and are some of the dishes that I always find myself making again and again.
All these dishes follow the Mediterranean Diet, which is based off of the traditional diet of people living in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. I personally lost 50 pounds eating Mediterranean and I believe you can too. Check out our Mediterranean Diet Weight Loss Program for more recipes, resources and support from me, Bill Bradley, Registered Dietitian.
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The Top 10 Weight Loss Recipes
10. Honey Walnut Salad with Feta and Raisins
This honey walnut salad is one of my favorite salads to make because of its combo of tangy and sweet flavors. Eat this when you want to have a complete meal that will give you lots of energy or as a side dish packed with vital nutrients. The roasted honey walnuts give this salad an amazing crunch.
9. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and Balsamic
When I roast cherry tomatoes I like to make a lot because I use them very quickly and on a daily basis.
8. Lemon Parmesan Dressing
There is no need to buy store-bought dressings when you can make your own with this tangy and deliciously balanced Lemon Parmesan Dressing. This Mediterranean salad dressing is one of my favorites, is super easy to make, and is better than anything you can get in a bottle.
7. Tuscan White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale
This Tuscan White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale will make you feel like you are eating in a small restaurant in Italy. It is the perfect hearty soup for a wintry day. Most beans soups are full of nutrition and this one is no exception: fiber from the beans and kale; vitamins A, K and C from the Kale; protein from the beans and sausage and healthy fat from the extra virgin olive oil.
6. Mediterranean Fish Stew
This Mediterranean fish stew is perfect using any white fish. I have tried it with both halibut and flounder. It is so simple to make that even a novice in the kitchen will find making it to be a breeze. You don’t even have to cut the fish before putting it in the broth, because it will fall apart naturally on its own.
5. Grilled Turmeric Chicken
When I made this recipe for the first time, I had to keep making it because it was so delicious!! Turmeric, which is an amazing anti-inflammatory, gives this chicken a bright beautiful yellow color. The yellow really pops if you sprinkle some fresh green herbs on top for presentation.
4. Authentic Greek Salad
There’s something that happens with a real Greek salad. The tomatoes have so much juice, that by the time the salad is mostly eaten, the oil, tomato juice, feta, onion, and oregano have made this amazing dipping mixture. Anyone who has eaten a real Horiatiki Salata knows that this is the absolute best and healthiest juice to dip your bread in.
3. Baked Zucchini Noodles
After many attempts with raw, boiled and sautéed zucchini noodles I have come up with what may be the simplest, most flavorful, and I have to say the best real low carb pasta substitute. There are recipes out there for baked zucchini, but they still are missing the more authentic flavor of a good Italian pasta. The missing ingredient? Olive oil, of course!
2. Traditional “Greek Restaurant” Salad Dressing
A Greek salad in an American Greek restaurant is quite different than a Greek salad eaten in Greece. Here, in America, a Greek salad is made up mostly of iceberg lettuce and then some tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, black olives, and feta cheese. It is all topped off with a huge squirt of a “Greek” Mediterranean salad dressing.
1. Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Onions
Think of sausage with peppers and onions, but with chicken thighs instead of sausage, and all of it baked together on a sheet pan for pure ease. Sheet pan meals are becoming more and more popular because you can have a well-rounded meal without dirtying a bunch of pots and pans.