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Chesterton resident offers tasty healthy Greek recipes in new book

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Chesterton resident Anna M. Klironomou-O'Brien, born in Athens, Greece, has put her knowledge of Greek cuisine to use in a new book, “Greek Cooking.”

For the past 20 years Chesterton has been Klironomou-O'Brien’s home. “ I've been married to a wonderful Irish man for the past 27 years. I have three grown children and three amazing grandchildren,” she said.

“I wanted to help people live happier lives and show them the simplicity of Greek cooking, which is tasty, low in calories and most of all, healthy. By nourishing our bodies with foods rich in vitamins and minerals, we will get all the benefits life has to offer: health, happiness, and vitality.” Mediterranean food and especially Greek is considered to be the healthiest in the world. It protects against cancer, improves blood vessel health, increases longevity, lowers risk of a heart attack, reduces oxidative stress, boosts brain function and memory, Klironomou-O'Brien says.

“Growing up in Greece has given me the foundation to live a healthy life,” she added.

Her book "Greek Cooking" offers 149 delicious recipes from different regions of Greece and offers a rich serving of history and culture as well.

Online ordering is possible at (by Anna M. Klironomou-O'Brien); (by Anna M. Klironomou-O'Brien); (by Anna M. Klironomou-O'Brien); or

Orders through Klironomou-O'Brien will get a 35% discount. E-mail her at:

Prices are $38.00 ( color) plus $5.95 shipping and handling or $18.95 ( black and white) plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.

Order through Klironomou-O'Brien and 10% of the proceeds will go to needy Greek families hit hard by the recent harsh austerity measures.

Watch for Klironomou-O'Brien’s new upcoming book "Building blocks to a healthier lifestyle.”

Healthy Greek cooking sampler

Roka salad

(150 calories per serving)

2 packages of fresh arugula

1 small sliced purple onion

1/2 cup of fresh chopped dill

1/2 cup of sunflower seeds

1/3 cup of shredded kefalograviera or asiago cheese

1 tbsp. (more if desired) vinaigrette dressing

In a salad bowl add all the ingredients and mix well. Makes 4 servings

Chicken Kokinisto

(380 calories per serving)

2 lbs. of skinless chicken

1/3 cup of olive oil

3 medium-size tomatoes ( blended)

1 medium- size onion cut in small pieces

8 medium-size potatoes peeled and cut into cubes

1/2 cup of rose cooking wine

1 tsp. of sea salt

1 1/4 tsp. of pepper

6 cloves of fresh crushed garlic

1/3 tsp. of ground all spice

1 tsp. of sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the chicken well and place it in a 10x12 baking pan. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients (except potatoes) and mix well. Place the potatoes in the baking pan with the chicken. Add the rest of the ingredients and 1/2 cup of water. Stir and bake uncovered for a full hour. Turn the chicken once in a while. Makes 6-7 servings.


Posted 4/9/2012