Fresh green beans with tomato sauce, potatoes and lots of oregano

Fresh green beans with tomato sauce, potatoes and lots of oregano  | by IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION|

Fresh green beans in the pot is one of my favorite dishes, so delicious! And extremely healthy too, do you know why? You sure do, but let me repeat it one time; it mainly consists of vegetables. As a matter of fact, every balanced each dish should consist mainly of vegetables.

To make your life easier, let me tell you a simple trick to incorporate more vegetables in your meals. Start designing a dish from what vegetables you want to eat and how you will cook them (boiled, grilled, stir fry etc.). Then decide on what carbohydrate (potatoes, rice, pasta, bread etc) and protein (lentils, eggs, fish meat etc) sources you will include. As you can see, meat is not the center of the dish (as we normally think), but only a part of it. I applied this golden rule in this dish too. First I decided on the vegetables (green beans with tomato sauce in the pot). Then I added a source of carbohydrates (potatoes) and a source of protein (feta cheese). With this rule in mind, you can control the quality of every meal!

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Fresh green beans with tomato sauce, potatoes and lots of oregano  | by IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION|

Ingredients (3 servings:

  • 1 kg of broad fresh green beans
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 6 juicy tomatoes
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh parsley or dried spearmint

Procedure:
 

  1. Start by cleaning the beans, cut the top and bottom end of all of them. Then break them in half and try to separate the two pieces. If the sides are joined by a "white hair", you must take this off too. Run a potato peeler along the side edges of each bean to remove this "white hair"
  2. Afterwards, clean the beans with some water and in a pot add with them a little bit of olive oil and water. Close the lid, and steam them in low fire. When they start getting darker, by losing the bright green color, they are ready. Remove them from the fore and discard the liquids of the pot.
  3. Chop the onion, add it in the bottom of the pot (take aside the beans), add plenty of olive oil and sauté them in low heat. As the onions are sautéed, in a blender mash the tomatoes. When the onion is golden and softer, add the tomato sauce, the chopped garlic cloves, a little water and 3 small potatoes cut into pieces. It is ideal for the liquids to cover 2/3 of the green beans in the pot. Let them to boil over low fire for 30 minutes, and when it is ready (check the potatoes), add chopped fresh parsley or crushed dry spearmint.
  4. Serve with a large piece of feta cheese on the side. Bo appetite!
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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Delicious summer tourlou (the Greek ratatouille) with traditional sausage

Delicious summer tourlou (the Greek ratatouille) with traditional sausage

The other day I was preparing my dinner, a rich salad with a boiled egg and some lovely crunchy slices of bread and one of my roomates asked me "Ah you are on diet?". "Umm no, I eat eat what I would normally eat.", I replied. It's true that my Mediterranean cuisine dietary habits fall into the category of "healthy food" or "are you on a diet?". For me it's just my "everyday meal". But this didn't come from one day to another, from a yound age, for example, I know that no meal is complete without a large salad bowl, when my classmates would eat fried fries with ketsap for lunch. In a great future, people should categorize healthy food as their everyday food, as it stands above diets and trends. It is a healthy way of living.

With that said, let me show you the ultimate the healthy summer dish, with a splash of (avoidable) unhealthiness. Tourlou (the Greek ratatouille) with traditional saigage. Tourlou is the best way to use large amounts of summer vegetables, before they (hypothetically) going bad in the fridge. You can also prepare a big bunch and refrigerate some portions for busy days when you don't have time to cook.

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Fried solea with boiled potatoes (and a salty & sour sauce)

Fried solea with boiled potatoes (and a salty & sour sauce) | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

Do you know something? If I had to choose between a delicious piece of meat or fish, I think I'd pick the fish. In this decision played maybe a huge role the fact that I grew up so close to the sea. Since the moment I had memories from our holidays, while everyone was playing in the sea I was climbing on rocks by the bay looking for crabs. Oh, I was unbeatable at digging them out of their hideouts without letting them bite me. And then dad, who is a keen diver, would bring me baby crabs with which I was playing and then was freeing in the sea again, "because it is such a pity to kill them". We had bought a paddling pool too... so I could turn it into a mini aquarium for my crabs, sea urchins and little fish. But soon I realized that the sea urchins and my plastic pool were sworn enemies and I carried my little world into a portable car fridge. Of course at the end of each day I would release all my pals in the sea so I could catch them again the next day.
Oh I started babbling again. The thing I wanted to point out is that every place has each own endemics species and if you take your eyes a little further from the salmon tuna and cod fillets you can find little gems in the fisherman of your neighborhood. I got two soleas the other day and I prepared them in the most simple and delicious way.

Fried solea with boiled potatoes (and a salty & sour sauce) | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

You will need (for one person):

  • 2 medium soleas (of 300gr. total)
  • 5 medium potatoes

For the sauce:

  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard and homemade mustard
  • 2 fresh onions
  • 1 ½ juicy lemons
  • 2 tsp. virgin olive oil
  • capers
  • 2 medium pickled cucumbers
  • freshly ground pepper and dill

Procedure:

Peel the potatoes, cut them in slices and put them in a pot to boil. Wash the soleas nd in a large pan add a little olive oil and when it warms add the fish. As they are thin each side needs 3-4. Before you flip them add freshly grounded salt and pepper to the side that will touch the pan.  
As for the sauce, like I told you the other day: chop finely  the scallions, the capers and the pickled cucumbers and add them in a small jar together with the mustard, olive oil, the lemon juice, the grounded pepper and dill. Close the lid and shake well until the mixture becomes homogeneous. Try and add salt if needed and top your salad with it. Remove the fish from the  pan, drain the potatoes and serve them all in a big plate. Top with the sauce and enjoy!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Colorful Stew with Cabbage Feta Rolls & Soft Boiled Eggs

Colorful Stew with Cabbage Feta Rolls & Soft Boiled Eggs

Now that you  have perfected your technique in saute cabbage rolls with juicy pleurotus in the their core, it's high time to show you how to embed them in soups too. Not in any soups, but in THE soup. Now that it's cold outside, a soup that combines such rich flavors and gives you the an enjoyable completeness feeling is the new must. So...

Colorful Stew with Cabbage Feta Rolls & Soft Boiled Eggs

Colorful Stew with Cabbage rolls and soft Boiled Eggs

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

:: cabbage leafs (for the rolls)

:: feta cheese (for the rolls)

:: 1 medium potato and 1 sweet potato

:: 300gr of beef (or pork)

:: red peas

:: peas, carrots and corn vegetable mix

:: dried mushrooms

:: 2 eggs

:: sweet paprika, salt, pepper and rosemary

Preparation:

1) "Cook" the cabbage leafs in boiling water for 10''. Remove them and with a dry  paper remove the excess moisture.  Remove the cabbage's stiff part if necessary. In each cabbage leaf place a feta piece and roll tightly. Stick skewers into the cabbage roll, every 1 1/2 inches. Make cuts between the bamboo skewers.

2) Boil the eggs for 6mins and then soak them in icy water.  Remove the shells and cut them lengthwise in half.

3) In the same water that you scalded the cabbage leafs, add the sweet potatoes and plain potatoes pieces, dried mushrooms, the beef and finish with salt pepper, sweet paprika and a little rosemary. Cook for 15' in medium heat. Then add the vegetable mix and the red beans and cook another 5' in low heat. At the end add the cabbage rolls and cook 2' more minutes - enough time for the feta to start melting.  Serve hot and garnish with the soft boiled eggs and some salt and ground pepper. 

Colorful Stew with Cabbage Feta Rolls & Soft Boiled Eggs

Credits: Author & Photos by Deborah Cortes

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!