Recipe Post: Crispy green bean fries

In the midst of its Earth Day celebrations, our local Whole Foods put up a table overflowing with green beans outside its sliding glass doors. Above the crates full of crispy greens, there were stacks of white paper buckets and a sign that read, “Fill the bucket for $2.” It was such a good deal that we obviously took advantage, but then we realized we had no idea what to do with a bucket full of green beans. Steam them? Boring. Boil them? Gross. They just looked so beautiful and so fresh that we couldn’t pass them up.

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I love green beans. They’re one of the only vegetables I would consistently eat growing up (prior to going vegetarian and then vegan) and honestly, I could eat raw, fresh green beans by the handful. Knowing that most people, including my partner, probably wouldn’t be down for that, I wondered if it would be possible to turn green beans into something savory, spicy, and with the perfect amount of crunch.

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Since I didn’t want to steam or boil the green beans and plop them, flavorless, onto plates, I opted to coat them in spices and then bake them until they resembled french fries. Of course, green beans don’t crisp up in quite the same way as potatoes — but this recipe gives them a nice crispy, crunchy coating that will leave you craving them for days.

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Crispy Green Bean Fries
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes multiple servings

What you’ll need:

  • green beans, trimmed and washed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3-4 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper

What you’ll do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Put olive oil, 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes, garlic, chili powder, salt, and lemon pepper in a medium bowl. Toss green beans in mixture until they are thoroughly coated.
  3. Spread green beans in a single layer over a baking sheet. Sprinkle remaining nutritional yeast flakes over green beans (this will add the “crispy crunchies” that make them so tasty!). Put in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, remove green beans from oven, turn, and return to the oven. Increase heat to 500° and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Serve as a side dish to your favorite sandwich or wrap (we had them with homemade falafel wraps and falafel sliders) and enjoy!
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Recipe Post: Crispy green bean fries

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