Green Bean Fries – the Next Kale Chip!

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 19, 2014

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Eating better for your health can have lots of good consequences.

It can mean improved numbers (the scale, the blood pressure, the cholesterol), it can mean eating lower on the food chain (vegetarian or vegan), and it can mean lowered food costs, since in general, vegetable proteins are cheaper than animal proteins.

vegan-beans-from-around-the-worldContributing to that trifecta of results is a slim new paperback cookbook, “Vegan Beans from Around the World,” by Kelsey Kinser, that should perk up your bean repertoire. I found it inspiring.

It has 75 recipes that will have you beaning up every meal, for protein, vitamins, minerals and most importantly, flavor.  

The author is a trained pastry chef who traveled the world working in restaurants in France, Spain and Greece. She now works in NYC, which she says is the most delicious place in the world. Who’s to argue?

I was tempted by her African Peanut Soup (peanuts are legumes), the Greek Lentil Salad (love my lentils), and her improbable Navy Bean Pie (aka Muslin bean pie). Beans in a pie? Yes! My daughter buys those little bean pies at the farmer’s market, so I need to learn how to make them myself!

But in the end, the simple Green Bean Fries called my name. She says these are becoming more and more popular in the up-and-coming artistic neighborhoods of Bushwick and Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City.

Vegetable snacks? I am all in.

Recipe: Green Bean Fries

Summary: Crunchy, addictive and good for you, these Green Bean “Fries” are going to be the next kale chip; just you wait and see.


  • 2 cups fresh green beans, ends cut off, or 1 pound frozen green beans, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a sheet tray with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl toss beans in the olive oil. Lay out on the sheet tray completely flat (bunched up beans will not get crispy).
  3. Mix together the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle evenly over the beans.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes. Carefully broil for another 1-2 minutes. Be sure not to broil for longer, or they will burn. Serve.
  5. Serves 4.

Recipe source

“Vegan Beans from Around the World,” by Kelsey Kinser (2014, Ulysses Press; $15.95). Recipe used by permission; photo by Kelsey Kinser. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Disclosure: The publisher sent a copy of the book for review. 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

fullbellysis February 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

Ooh, my son would go nuts for these! Yum 🙂


Manila Spoon January 31, 2016 at 7:22 pm

This looks so crunchy-licious! Pinning to try later! Love it!


Jennifer Johnson January 31, 2016 at 1:41 pm

My kids love green beans I can’t wait to try them out


Linda (Meal Planning Maven) January 31, 2016 at 10:14 am

I love veggie chips of all kinds so I know I will also love your green bean fries! Thanks for sharing this fun and healthy recipe!


KC the Kitchen Chopper January 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

I roast green beans all the time. Adding the component of nutritional yeast takes these beans to another level. YUM!


Dorothy Reinhold January 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Roasting is one of the BEST ways to do green beans!


Lentil Breakdown May 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

Am on board with this book! Bean me up, Scotty!


Dorothy Reinhold May 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

This book is for YOU!


Renee @ CreativeMamaMessyHouse May 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

These look so good, and I’m glad that they are baked and not fried!


Dorothy Reinhold May 19, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Me too!


Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought May 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Those are my kind of fries! The cookbook looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing.


Laura @ Family Spice May 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Oooh! I like the sound of these crunchy beans!


Lizthechef May 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

I am definitely trying these. I had been worried that “fries” meant “fried” – happy they are roasted – and what an interesting cookbook.


Dorothy Reinhold May 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Liz, Cathy and Laura,
This is my kinda cookbook, where everything is healthy and you just tweak to your liking and what you have on hand! Beans….we love them in all forms.


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