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Green Bean “Fries”

I learned a very valuable parenting lesson a couple years ago when I conducted a little McCarrot Fry experiment on my kids.  The big takeaway was this: brand names and packaging are very powerful weapons in a parents’ war on picky kids.  In my particular case, my 4 year old, Luke, is the picky eater in our family.  But it really has nothing to do with the food itself, and everything to do with names and presentation!

Take green beans for example.  Simple “green beans” are gross but “green bean fries,” well, those are AWESOME!

Oh yes, that discovery was a smug mommy moment, indeed.

Now we have carrot fries, parsnip fries, scallion fries, zucchini fries, butternut squash fries.  You name it.  If it’s a “fry,” he will eat it!

Well, almost.  The “fry rule” does not apply to Brussels sprouts. ;-)

Green Bean Fries

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: Serves 4

This is Luke's favorite "fry" recipe and when I serve them, it's the first thing to disappear from his plate. He enjoys them as-is, but he also likes to dip them in ketchup.

Ingredients

  • 1-lb. Green Beans (we like Trader Joe's Haricot Verts which are thin, crispy and already prepped for you)
  • 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil, melted (or enough to lightly coat the green beans)
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Sea Salt (or to taste)
  • 2 cloves fresh Garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 deg. F.
  2. Rinse, trim and pat dry the green beans (if it hasn't been done already).
  3. Place green beans on a baking sheet and toss with oil, salt and garlic. Spread green beans in an even layer.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes if you like your green beans al dente, longer if you prefer your green beans soft. Serve and enjoy!
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Comments

  1. Jacqui says:

    love this!  My daughter will eat anything that is “gross”.  Broccoli slaw?? nope.. call them worms and she’s in.  Blueberries.. maybe.. but fish eyeballs? Oh yeah!  If I can find a “yucky” word for it.. she’ll pretty much eat it!

    • Heidi Kelly says:

      Fish eyeballs, I LOVE that!!!  When I make truly “green” (colored) smoothies, they will only drink them if I call it “Pirate Snot” (so gross).  Spaghetti and meatballs around here are worms and mudballs.

      Whatever works, right? LOL!

  2. Deanna says:

    My kiddo loves beans made that way, too. Toss a few walnuts in there, and he’ll eat those, too. But, it has to be with his fingers. *sigh*

  3. Laurel says:

    Not only has that always been my favorite dish in the whole world (try frying some ground sausage or pork with it sometime) but Luke rules. Brussel Sprouts indeed. What ARE you thinking?

  4. Holly says:

    Love it! So funny because when my first son was younger, I told him they were green fries, and he ate them up! He knows they are green beans but still calls them green fries.  :)

    I am going to link to you in a post tomorrow at tropichomeandfamily.com. You are inspiring!

  5. When my son was small, I had to save the green beans and give them to him after he ate everything else or else that was all he would eat.  They were his dessert :)  My dad was bewildered as to what kind of person eats green beans for dessert.  This sounds delish!

  6. Treepeters says:

    You’re the BEST!!! I totally need this. It looks like you don’t even bother cutting off the little ends… even easier. And I love that you use coconut oil. I’ve been timid about incorporating in all those places I usually use Olive Oil.

  7. Kim says:

    How funny!  Thanks for the smile and the idea, Heidi!

  8. Caralyn says:

    yum! those “fries” look fabulous! i love green beans so much! thanks for sharing! great blog!

  9. Crystal Anderson says:

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  10. Sarah A. says:

    Hi, thanks for this recipe! But I wonder, is this rich in vitamin K?

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