Baked Green Bean Fries with Spicy Aioli

Baked Green Bean Fries with Spicy Aioli

For some reason I love turning vegetables into “fries.” It makes them seem like more of a treat even though they’re always fairly healthy since I bake them. My rutabaga fries turned out delicious, but I think these take the cake. The best part about these is that the green beans really retain their crunch, and the panko adds even more crunchiness and texture. Plus my hubby loved them which automatically makes them a winner recipe in my house (he’s so darn picky!). They’re actually fairly healthy since they’re oil-free and baked, and if you use reduced fat Vegenaise for the Spicy Aioli it’s a great snack that’s much healthier than regular french fries dripping with oil. Perfect for those late-night munchies!

I have less than 10 days left on my veggie recipe challenge. What a ride! 50 days is the longest I’ve done anything — well, except maybe brush my teeth. It feels amazing to be creating so many cool recipes with a different vegetable every day. Today’s feature is (obviously) green beans. They’re a rich source of dietary fiber and Vitamin A, as well as containing good amounts of Vitamin C and folate. Zea-xanthin, a dietary carotenoid found in green beans, selectively absorbs into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes, where it thought to provide antioxidant and protective UV light filtering functions. So when it comes to protecting your eyesight, move over carrots, here come green beans! Enjoy these yummy fries as a healthy treat and give yourself some vital nutrients while you snack.

These yummy green bean fries are inspired by this recipe, modified to be vegan and slightly tweaked.

Baked Green Bean Fries with Spicy Aioli

Green Bean Fries

Green Beans

Baked Green Bean Fries

with Spicy Aioli

Serves 6

  • 1-1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and washed
  • 1 cup Panko breading
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

For the Spicy Aioli:

  • 1/2 cup Vegenaise (Reduced fat works well)
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • salt to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour with nutritional yeast. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Working in small batches, dredge green beans in the flour mixture, then dip in non-dairy milk and dredge in Panko breading, pressing to coat. Arrange on an oiled baking sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes until crisp and slightly golden brown. While baking, prepare the Spicy Aioli by combining all aioli ingredients and mixing well, refrigerating until ready to serve.

Once the green bean fries are done, serve immediately with Spicy Aioli.

Baked Green Bean Fries

Green Bean Fries with Spicy Aioli

Crispy and satisfying, these fries are a wonderful and unique snack or side dish that’s sure to please family and guests alike. I hope you enjoy!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s recipe featuring another veggie, and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to follow the whole 50-day “a different veggie a day” recipe challenge.

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Printable version:

Baked Green Bean Fries with Spicy Aioli
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and washed
  • 1 cup Panko breading
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • For the Spicy Aioli:
  • ½ cup Vegenaise (Reduced fat works well)
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp celery salt
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour with nutritional yeast. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Working in small batches, dredge green beans in the flour mixture, then dip in non-dairy milk and dredge in Panko breading, pressing to coat. Arrange on an oiled baking sheet.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes until crisp and slightly golden brown. While baking, prepare the Spicy Aioli by combining all aioli ingredients and mixing well, refrigerating until ready to serve.
  5. Once the green bean fries are done, serve immediately with Spicy Aioli.

 

 

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