Delicious and healthy Stew with Fresh Beans and Corn. A traditional recipe from Ikaria Island by Diane Kochilas.

Ikaria Fresh Bean & Corn Stew

This Ikaria fresh bean and corn stew is the perfect end-of-summer one-pot recipe. Locally, it is called Mageirio, after the verb, to cook, “mageirevo,” is essentially a kind of “throw-everything-in-one-pot,” dish that almost every home cook makes, especially toward the end of summer, when corn is up and sweet. This and the next recipe offer slight variations on the theme. If amaranth greens are unavailable, you can use any sweet green, such as chard or spinach.



  • 1/3-1/2 cup extra virgin Greek olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions coarsely chopped, about 2 cups
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 pounds / 1 kilo green beans trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 3 green bell peppers trimmed and seeded and cut into ½-inch / 1 ¼ cm rings or strips
  • 1 fresh chili pepper optional, whole
  • 3 ears corn trimmed and halved
  • 4 medium waxy potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 large firm ripe tomatoes, chopped or grated
  • ½ pound amaranth, Swiss chard or spinach greens trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat 1/3 cup olive oil together with 3 cups water in a large pot over medium-high heat. As soon as the water simmers, add the onions, garlic, beans, peppers, corn, and potatoes. Simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the potatoes and corn are tender but al dente.
  2. Add the tomatoes, greens and herbs. Season with salt. Stir gently to combine, cover, and simmer over low heat until all the vegetables are very tender, about 20-25 more minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, drizzled with as much additional olive oil as desired.
Want to learn more about Ikaria Longevity Cooking? Sign up for my online class bundle “Everything Ikaria 101!

Share it if you like it!