Crispy Green Beans with Parsley Tahini “Butter”

Oven roasted green beans may sound boring at first, but trust me it’s very hard to resist once you’ve tried it! These make such a great and healthy side dish to change from fries or another crispy vegetable. I currently so obsessed with oven roasted veggies as it gives a whole new dimension to the original taste which can a great tip if some of your family member don’t really appreciate greens. It makes it funnier and much more versatile in terms of seasoning. To bring a rich texture to the charred beans, I came up with the idea of a vegan butter which is just perfect for summer, loaded with fresh parsley and tahini based for a crazy buttery texture.

When oven roasting green beans you’ll end up with very crispy greens which are still a little soft on the inside. To liven up the dish, I wanted to get a strong herbaceous flavour which wouldn’t cover up the bean’s taste but rather bring some extra freshness while being satisfying. These huge parsley bunch was sitting in the fridge just waiting for me to use it up, then I was missing the satisfactory part of the condiment when I though back of those butter cooking styles and here it was: the vegan butter! It’s a very straightforward recipe, simply processing the parley with tahini, a dash of olive oil and some lemon. That’s it! It’s crazy how this reproduces perfectly the texture of butter as soon as you put it back in the fridge and nicely melts over a warm preparation, a total blast!

As you may have noticed, I LOVE vegetables a lot and couldn’t spend a veggie less day to be honest. You can make amazing recipes simply out of vegetables as there are infinite ways you can cook, season them. You really never can get bored of veggies. I feel like most people having troubles to include some in their daily diet are just not taking enough time to cook them nicely with any other ingredient they like. I thought it could be nice to give you some tips to make your veggies fancier or to help you make your reluctant family members enjoy vegetables:

  • Buy fresh vegetables from the market: it may appear basic, but how many still buy frozen vegetables or vegetables which have been stored in fridges for ages? Well, a lot! Make sure you find a nice greengrocer who’ll provide you with fresh veggies, it will maximise your chances to get tasty produces with much more qualitative nutritional value. And before you say it, no it’s not more expensive than the frozen bags filled with air!
  • Move away from steamed or water cooking: although it’s trendy and the healthiest cooking method, steaming or boiling also makes the vegetables way less fancy in your plate. There are so many techniques which will rather concentrate the tastes and enhance the hidden flavours of your produces. Prefer oven cooked or stir fried methods making sure you use a good olive oil in a reasonable quantity. You can also make stews or curry !
  • Get creative with seasoning: vegetables are incredibly versatile, so take advantage of this to shake these up. The most important when cooking any kind of greens is to emphasise the tastes. So use your favourite spice, use one which have nice health benefits (curcuma, nutmeg…), use herbs (parsley, rosemary…) or even seeds can give an extra flavour to your dish.

RECIPE serves 3

Prep time: 15 minutes    Cook time: 20-25 minutes

You will need:

Roasted green beans

  • 300g green beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small chopped garlic clove
  • Handful silvered almonds (opt.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Parsley tahini butter

  • 3 handful parsley
  • 2 tsp tahini
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • A drizzle olive oil
  • 2 pinches nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: 

Heat up the oven to 200°C.

While the oven pre-heats, prepare the green beans washes. In a bowl place the green beans add the olive oil and the chopped garlic clove with salt if you wish to have some. Coat the beans in the olive oil and garlic.

Place the green beans on a baking sheet before roasting in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. Make sure that you toss the beans every 7-8 minutes so they crisp well.

While the green beans are cooking, place all the ingredients for the vegan butter in a food processor. Mix on a low speed for a few seconds, repeat if necessary until you get a homogeneous and very creamy texture. Transfer to a bowl, adjust seasoning if necessary and place in the fridge for a few minutes.

If you wish, roast some silvered almonds in a pan over a medium heat for about 5 minutes.

When the green beans are cooked, take them out of the oven and transfer to a serving plate. Add 2 teaspoons of the vegan butter and toss until in starts melting. Top up with the silvered almonds and extra parsley if you wish to!

Enjoy warm 🙂

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