How to: Snack Healthy – Green Bean ‘Fries’


It’s the beginning of football season. I am not thrilled.

But this year, I’m going to take a glass-half-full approach.

And really focus on the snacks. DSC_9807

When I think ‘football snack’, the words decadent, greasy and fried come to mind.

As does indigestion.

DSC_9811Time for a something on the lighter side methinks.

And while the green beans are still in season  (they are cheap as hell right now), they’re an ideal candidate for a football snack makeover.


Look a those little cuties. So damn cute I wanna eat ’em.

Which I will.


A half pound of beans, roughly 30 or so, will make one baking sheet worth of goodies.

When coating anything in batter or crumbs, to avoid a total sticky catastrophe, keep one hand ‘wet’ and one hand ‘dry’.  In this case I used my left to coat the beans in egg and drop the bean in the crumbs.  With my right I covered the bean in crumbs and rolled it around before transferring to the baking sheet.


It’s crucial to eat them hot and fresh out of the oven.  The crispy factor is key, obviously.

Happy snacking!




Green Bean ‘Fries’

Serves Makes about 30 beans
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes


  • ½lb fresh green beans (trimmed, washed and dried)
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese (only the real deal parm)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • ⅛ teaspoon each of salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Combine panko, cheese, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
Coat each bean in egg and transfer to bowl with panko mixture, turning to coat. Transfer to a lined and oiled baking sheet.
3. Bake for 13-15 minutes, flipping beans over halfway through cooking time. Eat while hot and crisp.

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