Yum! Beans! Really!

Yes - beans! Oh so yummy when you discover what I think of as "bean french fries."

We all love french fries, right? I don't think I'd trust someone who doesn't love to indulge with greasy, delicious french fries. White potatoes, sweet potatoes, on salads, sandwiches or in little paper containers, topped with ketchup, vinegar, mayo, or what one of my favorite little haunts calls "pink sauce" (made of ketchup + horseradish sauce). I love them. Just writing about fries has me craving them.

But we all know what too many french fries can do to our jeans: shrinks them like nobody's business!  I hate that.

But I discovered a treat that's a reasonable substitute, simple to make,  that I can eat every day with impunity, and that also nourishes my body!

Carmelized green beans.

Seriously, they're almost like eating french fries. Close enough to satisfy me!

I don't have a recipe per se, but here's how I make them:

1/2 pound fresh green beans, washed, ends removed

1 teaspoon olive oil

salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Toss the beans with the olive oil and spices. You only need a little oil for these babies, because too much will make them all soggy.(How often do you hear that something delicious only needs a little oil?!)

Spread them on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven at 375 till they get all nice and brown and carmelized, about 20 to 30 minutes, turning once. Don't let them burn!

The beans really don't need a topping, but you can serve them with a little ranch dressing or even some sour cream. I eat them plain. They make me happy!

Enjoy! And if you try them let me know what you think!