Love, Joleen: Green Bean Fries with Spicy Garlic Aioli by Ashley

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Green Bean Fries with Spicy Garlic Aioli by Ashley

So, sad news for us but great news for [Love, Joleen Contributor] Ashley: She won't be able to contribute regularly on Love, Joleen since her freelance work has taken off. I love seeing any hard-working mamas career's flourish, and am super excited for her! I am also thrilled that she's agreed to guest blog here from time to time. Today she's sharing a new recipe that I am absolutely dying to try out! Thanks, Ashley!
With two little kids at home, I understand the challenge of convincing your child to eat their vegetables. My daughter, Lola, has always been a great eater. She could eat a giant bowl of salad and ask for seconds. My son, Hudson, on the other hand, won’t touch them. He doesn’t like vegetables raw, roasted, mashed, or baked. So we have to be more than creative in making sure that he doesn’t live off of cheese and noodles.

These crispy baked green bean fries are one of my favorite side dishes to serve. They are fast to make, taste amazing, and the kids love them, even Hudson! If you don’t have green beans on hand, feel free to substitute for another vegetable. Asparagus, broccoli, zucchini and avocado all work great. Healthy fries, who knew!

Green Bean Fries with Spicy Garlic Aioli

Green Bean Fries
4 cups fresh skinny green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, finely diced
¼ teaspoon sea salt
pinch of black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse and pat dry green beans, making sure that they are thoroughly dry using paper towels. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Toss green beans with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place green beans on the prepared baking sheets, and evenly spread them out.

In a small bowl, combine parmesan cheese, garlic, sea salt and black pepper. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the 2 trays of green beans.

Place green beans in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown. If they are not golden brown by 20 minutes, turn on the broiler and roast them for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove and enjoy with spicy garlic aioli.

Spicy Garlic Aioli
⅔ cup mayonnaise
1 large clove garlic, grated
2-3 tablespoons sriracha sauce (or another hot sauce of your liking)
salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix. Start with 2 tablespoons of hot sauce and gradually add more to your liking.

Have leftover aioli? Use on your sandwich or burger, amazing! Hot sauce not your thing? No worries, just leave it out. Garlic aioli on its own is pretty fantastic.
Ashley Marti is a lifestyle and food blogger in the Pacific Northwest. A one time Manhattan gal and Betsey Johnson employee, Ashley moved back to Portland where she honed her design skills as a Visual Merchandiser for Columbia Sportswear and then Nike. Now a mom to five-year-old Lola and one and a half year old Hudson, Ashley focuses on featuring seasonal and local produce with simple recipes with big flavor, styling her family and home, and their everyday adventures in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to her blog, Local Haven, LLC also designs exclusive content and marketing for local companies and plans private events infused with unique creativity and style. 

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