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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

A healthy twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple…Vegan Green Bean Casserole with crispy panfried onions!

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Thanksgiving is happening guys! Which is to say, there was a moment there when I wasn’t sure it was gonna happen.

With the home renovation slowly transitioning away from hammer / smash / destruction to paint / clean / IKEA-assembly, our shell of a house is finally turning into a home. Not that it’s necessarily ready for guests (bathroom doors, who needs ’em right?) But we scrummaged up seven chairs and got ourselves a little table and we’re ready to host Thanksgiving!

A healthy twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple...Vegan Green Bean Casserole with crispy panfried onions!

As with the sweet potato casserole, I’m doing my best to show the tulip-man’s family how Americans do Thanksgiving, which obviously means some form of green bean on the table. But as a not-so-lover of green beans, my aim was to make a green bean casserole that everyone would like. In other words, fix the proportion of green beans to fried onions in favor of the onions.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole in a cast iron skillet - A healthy twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple...Vegan Green Bean Casserole with crispy panfried onions!
A healthy twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple...Vegan Green Bean Casserole with crispy panfried onions!
Green bean casserole in a cast iron skillet on purple background
Vegan Green Bean Casserole in a cast iron skillet - A healthy twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple...Vegan Green Bean Casserole with crispy panfried onions!

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

A healthy twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple…Vegan Green Bean Casserole with crispy panfried onions!
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green bean casserole, vegan green bean casserole
Diet: Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: Christmas, Thanksgiving
Time: 45 minutes or less
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 356kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
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INGREDIENTS

Green Beans
  • 1 lb green beans 453 g, trimmed and halved
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 30 mL
  • 1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms 175 g
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tsp each salt and pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour 6 g
  • 1 cup vegetable broth 236 mL
  • 1 cup almond milk 236 mL
Fried Onions
  • 2 Tbsp oil 30 mL
  • 1 medium white onion thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour 16 g
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs 25 g
  • ½ tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Boil Beans: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a generous pinch of salt. Prepare a bowl of cold water with ice nearby. Add green beans to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, then transfer directly to an ice bath.
  • Fry Onions: Heat oil in a cast iron skillet (or large saute pan) over high heat. In a separate bowl, combine onion, flour, panko, and salt, then add to the oil. Quickly stir and cook until mixture is golden brown and crispy. Remove from the pan.
  • Assemble: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Place the same skillet over medium/high heat and heat the olive oil, then add mushrooms, garlic, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook until mushrooms soften, 5 minutes. Stir in flour then whisk in broth and milk. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in the beans (strained) and a handful of the fried onions. Top with remaining fried onions.* Bake for 15 minutes, or until warm and crispy on top.

NOTES

*If using a normal saute pan (not a cast iron skillet or skillet that can be used in the oven), transfer your green bean mixture to a casserole dish then top with fried onions and bake.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 6.3g | Sugar: 6.5g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3.4mg
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  1. Wilko says:

    Bit late for Thanksgiving, but I’m going to try and make this. Could I make it a bit easier for me by simply buying roasted onions?

    And btw, did you know that there is a connection between Thanksgiving and the Netherlands?
    Look for “Leiden’s Ontzet” or the “3 Oktober feest”

    You might recognize the melody of “Wilt heden nu treden”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z5Kguw8zz0

    (odd for a non-believer to post a link to that, but who cares, a party is a party 🙂 )

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Wilko! If they’re crispy onions (we would call them fried onions) then you can definitely buy them to make this faster! In fact, most Americans just buy them for this recipe on Thanksgiving 😀

      And I had no idea about that connection! I’ve learned about so many of these little-known connections since moving here. So fascinating!

      Eet smakelijk!

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