Top 10 Healthy Eats of 2015

Happy Holidays, everyone!  I hope your Christmas was fabulous and you’re healthy and rested from the many festivities.   After a little time off, I’m charging into 2016 with a renewed passion for cooking and I can’t wait to share some new ideas with you.  I’ll be sending out surveys in my newsletter to get your input on what you’d like to see here.  One thing I know for sure – everyone likes chicken and salmon!  Once again, those dishes made the top ten for the year and I’ve got some fun new chicken creations already lined up for January.

So let’s take a look at what you liked best….

Top 10 of 2015 | Simply Fresh Dinners

#1.  Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken


Such a simple dish yet it packs a punch that will surprise you.  When this is in the oven, your family is going to be pestering with “When can we eat??”.  Tuck a few artichokes in there and they won’t even notice.

#2.  Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries, Basil and Feta Cheese


It doesn’t come much easier than this – or any more delicious.  You can use frozen berries in the winter months to give you a nice break from our traditionally heavier foods.  There’s something about chicken with fruit that makes a meal special.

#3.  Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Vegetable Soup | Simply Fresh Dinners

From the moment I posted this soup 18 months ago, it’s been one of the most searched recipes on the blog every day.  I love this soup and it’s earthy tastes.  It’s so colorful and inviting and let’s face it, your guests are going to be impressed with anything you call, ‘Tuscan’,  ha!

#4.  Mediterranean Salmon

Mediterranean Salmon | Simply Fresh Dinners

This dish looks like it’s a little more work but it’s an easy one too because you simply wrap the salmon with all the ingredients in foil, bake it and voila – gorgeousness.   It still surprises me that after two years, this recipe is still one of the most popular.  Time to reshoot some pics.  Oy vey – so much to do in the new year!

#5.  Healthy Popcorn Snacks


Thanks to, this recipe has skyrocketed on the blog.   They included this recipe in a round-up last January and it hasn’t lost any traction since.  Seems that popcorn is one very popular snack.

#6.  Tuscan Kale, Carrot and Parsnip Soup


One of my favorite soups for sure.  It’s so chock full of nutrients, flavor and color.  I made a huge pot of this and ate it for days on end.  It’s a filling meal even for the hungry carnivores in your family.

#7.  Ful Medames


This dish was created because I love international foods and Batman (the man!)  suggested that this popular Middle Eastern dish would make a nice addition.  I had not tasted fava beans before and this was one delicious surprise.  If you haven’t tried it, you must.  It’s a very cost efficient dish and the taste will blow you away.  We have so much to learn from other countries about cooking!

#8.  Turkey Bolognese with Quinoa Veggie Pasta


This dish made me dance because it came together so easily.  I love turkey.  I love pasta.  And I love tomatoes.  And when your dish can be especially delicious using quinoa pasta, you’ve got it made.  It tastes just like pasta, you guys!

#9.  Chicken Penne Florentine


So many of my recipes this summer were inspired by the fresh produce from the farms I am working with.  I was blown away each time I visited by the beautiful fruits and vegetables coming in from the field.   Can’t wait to see what the Spring will bring!

#10.  West Coast Paella


This recipe was a labor of love.  I miss living on the west coast and the fresh seafood so readily available.  I tend to think this is one of my best creations and I’ve made it often since – not changing a thing except maybe adding a little more bacon…hehe!

Looking forward to more fresh, whole food eating in 2016!



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    Kristen @ The Endless Meal
    December 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Love all the healthy eats all in one place! They all look delicious, but the chicken is my favourite. 🙂
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      December 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

      I think it’s my favourite too, Kristen – mainly because it’s so simple, lol. Hope your holidays are fabulous 🙂
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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    December 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Robyn! Glad we connected on IG. Love your Tuscan bean soup – I’m a huge soup fan so look forward to trying your version soon since we’ve finally got some cooler weather here in Los Angeles. Looking forward to see what you cook up in the year to come!

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      December 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Thanks so much, Geraldine. Loving your blog and gorgeous photography! Glad to hear it’s cooler for you guys. It’s been kinda crazy in LA. And we don’t even have snow in Canada, lol.
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    December 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Yum! They all sound incredible, Robyn! I need to add that Tuscan soup to my meal plan NOW! 🙂 Have a wonderful New Year!
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    Debbie Harris
    December 27, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Hello Robyn! So many delicious recipes you have shared over this past year. Many of these I have tried and enjoyed immensely. Your soups have always been a hit with me, but I also love your salads.
    I look forward to what you have for us in the coming year, and want to thank you for the great year I have had getting to know you over this past year.
    You are a real jewel, Robyn, and I am the blessed one having been able to meet, share and come to love you dearly.
    May this New Year bring you great joy in all that the Lord brings into your life.

    Much love to you~~ Debbie

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      December 28, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Oh my goodness, Debbie, you make me blush with your kind words. I’m so glad we met and have connected in a very special way. You have taught me so much and I love you lots, dear friend.
      Happy New Year – I just know it’s going to be fabulous!
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    December 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Robyn, I just took a couple of weeks off myself, so much to do and enjoy this time of year, love your recipes, you should write a cookbook this year. Your photography is beautiful.
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      December 28, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Hi Cheri,
      I’m actually putting together an ebook and I’m aiming for the end of the month to have it ready. Thanks so much for your encouragement. Glad to hear you took some time off. Happy New Year! xo
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    Anita Rivera
    December 28, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Dearest friend, I am having a hard time leaving a comment here. My Computer

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    December 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Recipes looking ever so good! Yes ….your west coast favourites are still tops! Have a great year! Lorian and Dave( he likes to cook a lot now….much more imaginative fare happening!)

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      December 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thanks so much, Lorian. You’ll have to fill me in on Dave’s latest creations – does he share recipes? hehe. Happy New Year, Buddy. xoox
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    December 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    What an awesome post Robyn. The recipes all sound great and the photography is amazing! Love the vivid colors and angels. You have arrived! Here’s to a very happy prosperous New Year! Lots of love from W.W. xo
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    January 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Hi Robyn,
    It’s good to see you back with us.Thanks for sharing the great array of recipes Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted! Have a healthy happy blessed New Years!

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