Veggie of the Week: Green Bean pt. 2

– Green beans contain the flavonol miquelianin which has antioxidant properties
– Very low in calories
– No saturated fat
– Very rich source of dietary fiber (acts as a bulk laxative, protects mucous membrane in the colon, reduces blood cholesterol levels)
– Excellent levels of vitamin A
– Excellent levels of lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-carotene (act as antioxidants)
– Good source of zea-xanthin (provides protection in preventing age-related macular disease (ARMD) in the elderly)
– Good source of folates (essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division, helps prevent neural-tube defects in newborn babies)
– Good amounts of vitamin-B6, vitamin B-1, and vitamin-C
– Healthy amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium

Green Bean Fries

Green Bean Fries
Makes 8 servings

Oil for frying
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup all-purpose flour

1. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or electric skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Combine the green beans and water in a saucepan.
3. Cover and bring to a boil.
4. Cook until the beans are bright green, about 4 minutes.
5. Drain and transfer to a bowl.
6. Cover with cold water and set aside.
7. In one bowl, whisk the egg and milk together.
8. In a separate bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder.
9. Drain the green beans and toss with flour to coat, shaking off the excess.
10. Dip the beans into the egg mixture and then into the bread crumbs, coating thoroughly.
11. Fry beans in batches so they are not touching.
12. Cook until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes.
13. Drain on paper towels.
14. Enjoy!


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