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!

Green salad with strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers

Green salad with strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers

At last! Sun is shining bright and warm, and our courtyards and grocery stores start flourishing with seasonal spring greens. Green salads are in their forte period, so don't forget to accompany every meal with a large salad bowl. One bowl of salad every day and your body will thank you, let's start revolutionizing our diet one meal per day fellas. Salads are the main way (apart from fruits) to get your everyday fibers and vitamins. (I hear you thinking "Yes, mama.", so I will stop right away.)

For this green sensational salad, except from tasty greens, I added a bit of magic in the form of chopped sweet strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers. Just for a change.

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Filled eggplants with tomato bulgur & white onion feta sauce in the oven

Filled eggplants with tomato bulgur & white onion feta sauce in the oven

One of the most favorite Greek dishes, are the filled eggplants with a mixture of rice and minced meat and on the top a thick layer of béchamel.  It’s delicious, no one can protest to that. However, today I am gonna show you a bit healthier version of that delicious dish, a vegetarian one.  However, I couldn’t resist and accompanied some of these filled delights with some grilled meat. Only some of them, just to show you all the possibilities. ;) 

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Heart-warming corn soup, with polenta, bacon, chards and gorgonzola

Heart-warming corn soup, with polenta, bacon, chards and gorgonzola | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

The silky smooth texture of polenta , the crispy bacon , the sudden explosion of freshness of chards and corn, the pulsating intense salty flavor of gorgonzola. Ah.
This recipe can only be described as the best probably -to play it safe- soup I have EVER made. In the past I have often experimented with corn soups (and my love for corn is exchibited and I shouting my love for them, so many times), but it always seemed to be something missing from the recipe. And just when despair comes the secret ingredient to save the recipe, beloved gkorgkotzola. Little angels in your mind will sing in every spoonful, I promise. Once you get all the material will again wait for you here, tell you how to make the soup will warm your being

Heart-warming corn soup, with polenta, bacon, chards and gorgonzola | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

Ingredients (for 2 bowls):

300 gr. corn
30 gr. gorgonzola (or more if you like)
100gr. non-fatty bacon into small cubes
3 leaves of chards
3 tablespoons polenta
30 gr. butter
2 medium onions
2 cloves garlic
olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper

Procedure:

In a saucepan saute the chopped onions until golden, then add the chopped garlic, bacon and polenta. Stir constantly until the polenta gets a bit darker (but not brown) and add 3 cups of water. Lower the heat and add the corn and the finely-chopped white parts of the chard twigs. Stir frequently for 5-7 minutes until the polenta boils, add pepper. Then add the gorgonzola into pieces, try the soup and add more salt if necessary. Finally, add the chopped chard leaves, stir and in 1-2 minutes remove the soup from the stove. Serve while it is hot along with some good bread.

 

Heart-warming corn soup, with polenta, bacon, chards and gorgonzola | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

Will you make this soup? And are you maybe carving more soups? How about a colorful meat soup or a green vegetables and salmon soup? Bon appetit! xo

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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!

Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto

Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto (via inwhirlofinspiration.com)

This dish belongs proudly in the meal category of “an almost spaghetti dish that was saved by a sudden rush of inspiration”. So instead of pasta (like once more) the gastronomic center of your brain protests and you decide that it’s time for trying something new.  And his is how this salad was born; after a “that’s enough” moment.  So instead of pasta I made something as easy and quick, but more tasty and healthy (for my standards). And now that I think about this flavor combination, I bet it would fit perfectly for a pizza too, I will that soon.

Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto (via inwhirlofinspiration.com) 2


Ingredients (for 2 servings):

For the salad:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup bulgur
  • 3 large handfuls of spinach
  • 6-8 chards
  • Two quail eggs (or 2 regular eggs)
  • 6 red radishes
  • oregano and parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


For the pesto:

  • 2 large handfuls of basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of capers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • some raisins (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


Procedure:

In boiling salted water add the quinoa and the bulgur, sweet paprika, salt and pepper and let them boil. Meanwhile sauté the garlic and add the chopped chards, spinach, parsley and oregano and stir until they become tender, but without losing their bright  green color. Once ready, remove the pan from the fire and let it aside.

Then boil the eggs for 1 minute (for the quail eggs) or for 2.5 minutes (for the normal eggs). Remember that the times are relative and depend on the power of your cook.

For the pesto, chop all ingredients together until they create a nice omiogenic mixture. Many people create pesto by putting everything in the blender, but I like to keep some textures intact.

To serve, in a dish put peripherally the quinoa and the bulgur with the saute vegetables (all together or separete, like in the pictures to define what goes in each bite) Add a big scoop of pesto in the middle and fresh olive oil, some chopped radishes and soft-boiled eggs.

Bon appetit.

Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto (via inwhirlofinspiration.com) 3
Quinoa & bulgur salad with spinach, chards, radishes, soft-boiled eggs and capper pesto (via inwhirlofinspiration.com) 4

If your appetite carves for more chards or spinach, how about a simple but delicious risotto with Cretan greens, or these vegetable rolls with mushrooms, feta and pesto or even cuttlefish with spinach?

Credits | Text & Photos: Debbie Kortes

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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!

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach and corn

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach & corn | In Whirl of Inspiration

So, what do we have here? A soup recipe in May, no correction in almost-summer? Let me explain myself. Some places on this planet (hot Greece is excluded, where everyone is wearing shorts and flip flops by now) don't have the luxury of warm spring weather yet. Which is translated in bipolar weather behaviors, with days that it( aka the weather) believes that it lives in the absolute spring dream and with other days that it starts crying for hours and we soak rain and mid-February-style cold. In such "hostile" enviroments, soups are still permitted and even imposed. Well the following one is one of my favorites. It definitely belongs in the tea-soup, which means that you can see through the soup until the bottom of the bowl. And it might be colored water with floating particles, but that doesn't mean that it lacks flavor. 

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach & corn | In Whirl of Inspiration (2)

Ingredients (2 servings)

:: 300 gr. raw salmon fillet

:: 200 gr. smoked salmon

:: 1 broccoli

:: 300 gr. spinach

:: 10-15 mushrooms (I used a variety of brown mushrooms)

:: 1 whole corn

:: white wine (optional)

:: onion, garlic, dill, salt, ground pepper

Procedure:

The procedure for soups that include green vegetables, is very simple, at least for a me, as I don't want to overcook them so that I keep as much as nutrinal value included.

Initially chop the mushrooms and let them soak in a bowl of warm water for half an hour. While the mushrooms do their thing, sauté the chopped onion and garlic and then add the raw salmon in pieces. Pour somewhite wine and when the alcohol evaporates, add -the colored now- water in which the mushrooms soaked. Add the corn in pieces, season with salt and ground pepper and let it boil for 10 minutes. Then add the broccoli tassels, mushrooms, spinach and dill in this order and with a difference of 2-3 minutes each ingredients from the next one. Your goal is to have your vegetables cooked, but still vibrant green.

Serve with some filets of smoked salmon and fresh dill and enjoy while it's still warm (but not hot hot). Bon appetit!

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach and corn

Spring soup with salmon, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach & corn | In Whirl of Inspiration

If you still carve for a hot meal try my favorite colorful stew with cabbage feta rolls and soft boiled eggs or these amazing cuttlefish with spinach

Credits | Author & Photos: Debbie Kortes

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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!