This recipe for baked green beans and aioli (vegan and cruelty-free) is one of my favorites; so much that I could eat it every day.
I feel a veggie dish was sorely needed because I feel I haven’t put one in a while. A thought I find comforting (when I start using a lot of recipes for sweets) is that Michael Pollan (whose books I love and adore, maybe I even have a little crush, ? well,… really I love how knowledgeable he is) says “Eat all the junk food you like as long as you cook it yourself”. I couldn’t agree more! There is a huge difference between the 2 ingredients (chocolate and peanut butter) used for homemade “Reese’s” to the 14 ingredients used for the original chemically ones.
I always try to cook everything at home, from dressing, salsas, cookies, spice mixes, pancake mixes, etc., but there are a few items that we don’t eat very often and I get to buy those and feel like I cheat a little. For example, mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard we rarely eat, but I like to have them just in case they’re needed. When buying something I always look for the brand that has the best ingredients. I buy Veganaise, but feel free to use the one you like the most. Veganaise is the main ingredient in the aioli and that is why this dish, as well as super-delicious, is also vegan and cruelty-free. The aioli tastes deliciuos with roasted veggies like green beans, but you can also try it with cauliflower, broccoli or any other veggie you like to roast.
tips, tricks & other recipes
- Green beans are one of my favorite vegetables. They are so versatile. You can eat them raw (fresh green beans), roasted in soups, in dishes steamed, boiled… you name it.
- And the good thing about them is that no matter which way you eat them you will get all their amazing benefits. All the fiber, their vitamins, antioxidants, and all their flavor and texture.
- But let’s be real. Green beans and string beans can be one of the most overcooked vegetables ever. You know what I am talking about right? Mushy, overcooked, no texture at all beans… and we all know this is aNO-BUENO.
- So to roast them and get the best texture, flavor, and experience when eating them… put the fresh green beans on a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil and season them with a generous pinch of salt. Put them in the oven for over 20 minutes or until golden and crisp. Finish them with freshly squeezed lemon juice and vegan parmesan cheese, or a delicious vinaigrette.
Now the recipe for
baked green beans
Baked Green Beans
- 1 lb of washed and dried green beans 454 grams
- 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
For the aioli
- 1/2 cup of Vegenaise
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped or squeezed
- the juice of half a lemon more or less 1 spoonful
- a good pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Put the beans in the tray, mix in the oil, and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
- Put the beans in the oven for 10 or 15 min. You’ll know they are done when they are a little crispy
- While the beans are in the oven mix the “mayo”, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
- Put the green beans in a serving plate and add the aioli, capers and the lemon zest.