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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 2017!

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.

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

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

Course Side Dishes
Diet Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Christmas, Thanksgiving
Time 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 356 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

Green Beans

  • 1 lb green beans 453 g, trimmed and halved
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 30 mL
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms 175 g
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 25 g
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 Facts
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 688mg 29%
Potassium 575mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6.3g 25%
Sugars 6.5g
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 5%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments (2)

  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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