I have always been a big fan of kids helping in the kitchen. Cooking is such a great learning experience and why not share it with your little ones?  I can’t wait until my daughters are old enough to cook with me.  I think we will have many a fun time!  I have still enjoyed cooking with nieces (and hopefully I will get the chance to with my nephews!), and I am always on the look out for kid friendly recipes. When I talk about kid friendly I look for two proponents- 1) Easy to make, 2) Kids will want to eat it!

I received a sample copy of Family Fun magazine in the mail and found a very fun recipe under the section “Kids in the kitchen” for green bean fries!  What I like about this recipe is it feels like you are eating fries because they are crunchy, but you are getting some veggies and everything is baked, not fried.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1  1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 oz fresh green beans, rinsed, patted dry, and trimmed

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil.  Coat the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Place three shallow pans (such as cake pans) in a row.  Fill the first with the flour; mix the eggs and milk in the second; and whisk together cheese, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and salt in the third.  Place the prepared baking sheet at the end of the row.

3.  Dredge the beans, a few at a time, in the flour, then the egg mixture, then the cheese mixture, tossing them gently to coat them completely.  Once coated, place them on the baking sheet.

4.  Bake the beans until lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes.  Let them cool slightly before serving.

 The recipe also had ingredients for a dip you can make mixing 1/2 cup mayo, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 2 tsp lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  I didn’t make it though because we are not big fans of mayo in our household.  Instead we bought a green chile, sour cream dip from the store.  Obviously you can pair the green bean fries with any dip you choose.  They are pretty mild in flavor, so they pretty much go with most dips.

While I really liked this recipe, I defintely think it could be on the messy side doing it with kids.  So I would make sure to have stuff ready for clean up! The magazine suggested having kids help make the dip, wash and trim the green beans, and even help dredge the beans.  Obviously, use your own judgment.  But you can definitely have fun eating them!  You can make little cheeseburger sliders and have these on the side instead of normal fries.  If anything, it might give your kids a positive association with green beans!

What recipes do you like to do with your kids? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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