I have to admit that getting my kids to eat veggies has been a struggle. When they were babies, I made their baby food, hoping that they would taste the real veggie taste and develop a love for it. They ate like crazy as babies! Then, as they grew older, they became pickier and pickier. Thankfully, my oldest (who’s 8) has started to head back to the direction of being less picky. He’s still not exactly where I’d like him to be, but he’s eating more variety of foods, is more willing to try new foods, and is willing to eat more green veggies. The youngest (4) is still a stubborn little thing, but I’m hoping she’ll take after her brother and eventually go back to eating more foods.
I’m not at all above disguising veggies. Sometimes it makes them more fun! These green bean “fries” were a big hit with my son and I can’t blame him; they are delish! He dipped them in ranch because I’m pretty sure he’ll eat a shoe if it’s dipped in ranch, but I would think the dipping possibilities here are pretty endless. Or you can eat them as-is. They had a great crunch on the outside and they were nice and soft on the inside. The coating had a nice flavor without completely masking the green bean taste so you can still taste the veggie just enough. Also, they are very quick to make! Great for a side dish for a meal or even just a quick snack.
Since I was just experimenting this time around, I only made a small batch—about 10-12 beans. This is very much an eyeball-it type recipe. Make however much you want and use however much coating you think is necessary for you.
I read through a bunch of recipes for green bean fries and just sort of made one that worked for me.
A dozen green beans, washed and trimmed
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp garlic salt
Heavy sprinkle of black pepper
*have fun with the seasonings here. For example, cayenne for a bit of a kick would be yum. Cajun seasoning for Cajun fries would be good too.
Make your dredging station:
1. Beat your eggs in one dish
2. Add flour to another
3. Combine the panko, cheese, and seasoning in a third dish
Coat each green bean in flour, then dip in the egg, then coat in the panko mixture.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and lay the green beans out in a single layer. Spray the top of the beans with a light spray of the cooking spray.
Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.