Crispy air fryer garlic and parmesan green beans are a zero-oil healthier option for your next party or BBQ. Same crunchy, crispy, satisfaction as french fries, without the excess oil or mess.
Lately I feel as though I’ve sort of been floating through life without something solid to hang on to. I’m a bit lost.
It’s tough to be in the blogging arena sometimes.
Things have changed so much since I started creating in this space almost 9 years ago. When I started, I just made food that interested me, or dishes that I wanted to try to photograph. I didn’t think about likes, followers, SEO, DA, page rank and all that stuff.
Over the years I’ve tried to stay up with trends, follow the changes, and adapt as necessary. However, I think I may have lost the most important part along the way.
My sheer love for creating.
It really sucks to have your spirit crushed by statistics. I realized that I need to regain control of my creative drive so I’ve been spending a lot of time asking myself “what do you want?” “What interests you?”
One thing that’s on my mind lately is making complete healthy meals for The Hubs and I. We both work A LOT, and we both travel A LOT.
Despite the one-off posts I manage to put together for this blog like red pepper dip, buffalo chicken biscuit bombs, and french toast cups, I generally haven’t been cooking very much for us personally. Dinner is usually take out or perhaps just a simple grilled steak after I spend a long day on set styling for a client.
I’d like to be able to put a complete plate of food on the table that has different flavors and textures, but is still healthy and satisfying.
I don’t know about you, but roasted vegetables are getting kind of tired for me. I decided to switch things up and bust out the air fryer for my first foray in several years into side dish recipe trials.
Air Fryer Green Beans
The Hubs is kind of a hard man to please when it comes to healthy food. I want to serve food that he’ll love, not just tolerate, but is still tasty and healthy.
I thought air fryer green beans would be a good place to start because it’s still a vegetable, it’s not roasted (over it!) and by using the air fryer I’m not adding any additional oil. Would he like them as much as french fries? TBD.
These garlic parmesan green bean fries totally delivered on flavor and crispy texture. We had the satisfaction of french fries without the oil, plus the nutritional benefit of green beans.
Not a bad beginning to my new family meal plan.
Also not a bad beginning to my goal of revitalizing my creativity. I’m hopeful that moving forward, I can continue to make food that not only feeds my family, but also feeds my soul creatively. I’m going to push aside the pressures of audience growth, stats, followers, etc. and just make stuff that authentically comes from my heart.
I’d love to hear from you about what kinds of things you feed your family that they not only love, but still deliver a punch of nutrition. Leave a comment below and let me know all your healthy meal secrets!
If you decide to give these air fryer green beans a try, I’d love to see your creations. Post a photo and tag me @betsylife on Instagram or Facebook so I can check it out. Trust me when I say they make a great addition to your dinner table, or even your next game day spread.
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Green Bean Fries
- 1 pound fresh green beans
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tbs garlic powder
- 2 eggs
Preheat air fryer to 390°F. Rinse and dry green beans.
Prepare your three dipping bowls. Add flour to one bowl. In a second bowl vigorously whisk eggs. In the third bowl combine panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Lightly season all three bowls with salt and pepper.
One at a time, dip green beans in flour, then eggs, then in bread crumb mixture.
Place in air fryer in an even layer. Cook for 5-8 minutes until golden brown. Depending on your air fryer, you may need to flip the beans halfway through.
Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese and salt. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
To keep your dipping bowls clean, designate one hand as your "wet" hand and one hand as your "dry" hand. Use the dry hand to dip into the flour, switch to the wet hand to dip in the eggs, then switch back to your dry hand to dip in the breadcrumb mixture.
To ensure perfectly crispy "fries" make sure green beans lay in an even layer and do not stack beans on top of each other.