Baked Green Bean Fries and “Good Living”

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Oh NELLY! There is a NIP in the air today! Yesterday it was 60 degrees¬†at 8am and today it was 32. I’m sort of OVER the weather’s bi polar attitude lately. I just want it to STICK to one temperature. Preferably the colder one because I want some of this stuff ūüôā

SNOW!! I love snow. I think it’s because when I was in the South for college, I missed it! Don’t get me wrong, 60 degree winters aren’t horrible, but I missed snow. I grew up with snow every winter and not having it for Christmas is pretty sad!

So, before we get to these…

I want to briefly talk about this…

Good living! To me, good living encompasses everything I love about life; food, laughter, love, friendship and family. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Foodbuzz to write a post about how the Greek traditions of good living relate to my life. To me, good living is all about having fun, indulging, laughing and NEVER taking your life too seriously.

Life’s too short! You need to enjoy your life, but also take care of yourself, mentally and physically.¬†Eat right, work out, take your vitamins, allow yourself to make mistakes, laugh, cry and spend time with those you love.¬† To me, that’s “good living.” Nothing more, nothing less. And part of my leading a good, healthy life is eating healthfully. Which is where these darling little beans come back in!

Part of living a long, healthy life is¬†eating right! Which means, finding new ways to¬†eat your veggies. As you know, I’ve never had any issues getting enough vegetable consumption, but I know others (my¬†husband) aren’t as keen to their flavor. So last night I decided to make one thing I know he loves (french fries) out of green beans!¬†He absolutely adored my maple roasted green beans so I had a suspicion he would love these too.

I was right! He gobbled up the entire plate in record speed, less than 5 minutes! These fries are incredible (the 2 I actually got to eat)! They are crunchy, yet soft, spicy and savory. Instead of fries with your hamburger or alongside your chicken, make these. I promise. You have just found a new way to feed your kids (and picky husbands) their veggies.

BAKED GREEN BEAN FRIES

Yields: 16 green bean fries
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 16 fresh green beans, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/3 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

How to Make Them:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a nonstick cooking sheet with olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Pour flour into one bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat egg. In another bowl, mix breadcrumbs with spices.
  3. Take green bean (cut in half if need be) and douse in the flour. Shake off any excess. Then dip into the egg, then completely douse in the bread crumbs. Place on the cookie sheet. Repeat with the rest of the green beans.
  4. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until browned and crispy.

Serve with low fat ranch dip and enjoy!

Nutritional information per serving (8 fries): 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein and 6 grams of carbohydrates.

As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE. You too can enter to win one of three trips to Greece by entering the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway here: http://www.fageusa.com/community/fage-greek-getaway

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  1. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Oh man, these look good!! I haven't ever actually had fried beans, what a cool idea :)
  2. Posted by Maggie Wescott on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Yum yum yum! I love this idea!  I want to make these for dinner tonight!  Thanks for sharing a great recipe.
  3. Posted by The Elegant Eggplant on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Wow, that a cool recipe!! I basically like anything that even resembles fries (haha) and green beans are one of my fave veggies, so I would LOVE this! I like that you snuck in some chili powder too... love it!
  4. Posted by Elliot S Volkman on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Those things were freaking amazing. Also that photo of you and Liz is awkward.
  5. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Green bean fries are amazing, can't wait to try and make them on my own 
  6. Posted by RavieNomNoms on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    I LOVE this idea!!! Thank you for sharing it...and I am tired of the flip flop too. I want snow like NOW!
  7. Posted by Cucina49 on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Those look just delectable--and your photos are so fun!  Love that floral dress.
  8. Posted by Katie on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    I'm not sure where you're located, but in my neck of Wisconsin there was just a tiny nip in the air when I left for the gym this morning ~ and some frost on my car!  I'll hold off on the snow as LONG as possible though...  In my ideal world, we'd get loads of fluffy white stuff on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and then away it would go again for another year ;)
  9. Posted by Suzi on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    I have never had green bean fries baked or fried.  Very nice recipes and healthy too.  Cheers!
  10. Posted by Food Expressed on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Such a brilliant idea! I particularly like that they're baked and that they're imitation fries. This could actually work on my husband. Love it and cannot wait to give them a try. Thanks :)
  11. Posted by Lauren on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Great idea! YUM
  12. Posted by Bake Your Day on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    These look awesome Claire! Such a fun recipe/side dish!
  13. Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    You seem to have such passion for life and I love that!  These fries sound amazing, too.  I just saved the recipe.  Thanks for sharing!
  14. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Oh yummy!! This would be a great compromise to regular fries. Though even in this delicious and crispy baked form, I still don't think I could get my picky husband to eat them! Poo on him!
  15. Posted by Lindselicious on
    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
    Oh these look so good!!  I totally want to try this. 
  16. Posted by Margaret Murphy Tripp on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    OMG, these look so good and I've never seen anything like them.  BRILLIANT!!!
  17. Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Congrats on Top 9!!!!!!!!!!! <3 I love doing this with zucchini but I totally want to try green beans now! YUM! <3
  18. Posted by lulussweetsecrets on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Hi Claire! Congrats on the Top 9 today! Great post!
  19. Posted by Jen on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    I've seen these in restaurants, but have never tried to make them at home!  Thanks for the recipe!  Congrats on Top 9!
  20. Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    How creative and incredibly delicious sounding!  Loved the pictures of the snow.  I live in California so I have never had a white Christmas, but I bet it is beautiful...
  21. Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    I will definitely be making these soon. My husband loves anything in fry shape so this is sure to be a hit. I know what you mean about the weather- make up your mind already!
  22. Posted by Priscilla on
    Sunday, December 4th, 2011
    You've got it all right and your zesty green beans reflect what's important to you and your zest for life :) Great recipe and post - congrats on the Top 9, too!
  23. Posted by Anonymous on
    Friday, December 9th, 2011
    You definitely know how to live life!  Life's too short to sweat the small stuff - and these green bean fries sure would be a welcome addition to my life =)
  24. Friday, January 6th, 2012
    Great idea! I'll try making mine gluten free. Thanks!
  25. Posted by sarah on
    Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
    12 grams of fat? surely thats not right?
    • Posted by Realistic Nutritionist on
      Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
      Just updated that! I put the fat grams for the whole recipe instead of the serving. It should only be 6.


      Thank you!
  26. Posted by April Miller on
    Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
    Thankyou for sharing this receipt, they were so good. My son is training for the Spartan race and is on a health kick. Im trying to incorporate more veggies in our meals for him,this idea was great.
  27. Posted by Eric Blackwood on
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
    I made mine with asparagus instead of green beans and they were great! They're a little too spicy to not eat without ranch so be warned! :)
  28. Posted by Katy on
    Monday, August 11th, 2014
    Hi, since wee are trying to keep things as paleo as possible these days I wonder if I could use almond flour (my best guess) or coconut, arrowroot, or other paleo friendly flour instead of regular white flour? Thank you for your help- I bet my kids will L-O-V-E these. I see fights at the dinner table over who gets the let helping and possibly packing them in their lunch if there are any leftover. Thanks. Katy
    • Posted by tyler danella on
      Monday, December 8th, 2014
      this is bullcrap
      • Posted by christine danella on
        Monday, December 8th, 2014
        i agree, this stuff is the most disgusting thing in the world if you feed this to your kids they will get diabetes
      • Posted by tyler danella on
        Monday, December 8th, 2014
        also, look katy, you better go to fucking hell if you feed this to your damn kids. i feel sorry for them!
        • Posted by shawn danella on
          Monday, December 8th, 2014
          sorry about my kids's behavior, i'll punish them for this
        • Posted by sharlene danella on
          Monday, December 8th, 2014
          i think this is great recipe by the way.
        • Posted by sharlene danella on
          Monday, December 8th, 2014
          i think this is great recipe by the way.
  29. Posted by Flojo on
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
    I've had these at a restaurant. Are the beans precooked before frying?