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Healthier Green Bean Casserole

What is Thanksgiving without green bean casserole?  I admit that I love green bean casserole.  However, now that I limit how much processed food I eat and avoid dairy the traditional green bean casserole needed a makeover.

This version uses fresh green beans and fresh mushrooms in a creamy sauce.  I topped it with bread crumbs and caramelized onions for a little crunch.  You won’t even miss the traditional green bean casserole.  In fact, this might become the new tradition!

Healthier Green Bean Casserole

Yield: Serves 8


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans (or you could use frozen.) Trim and snap into bite sized pieces
  • 12 ounces fresh mushrooms diced, I used baby bella
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup plain soymilk or almond milk
  • salt and pepper
  • For the Topping
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbs Earth Balance margarine
  • 2 onions, sliced thin
  • 2 tsp brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add the green beans and cook about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the beans and run under cool water.
  4. Begin caramelizing the onions for the topping. Cook onions over medium heat in medium skillet. Sprinkle with brown sugar for better caramelization. Cook until golden brown.
  5. To make the sauce
  6. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until mushrooms are softened.
  7. Whisk the flour into the vegetable broth. Add the broth and the milk to the mushrooms. Simmer 5-10 minutes, until thickened. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add the beans and stir to combine.
  9. Melt the 1 Tbs Earth Balance for the topping. Add to the bread crumbs.
  10. Spray a 2 or 2.5 qt baking dish with cooking spray. Pour in the beans. Top with the bread crumbs and the caramelized onions.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes.


Adapted from Fat Free Vegan

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  1. Looks great, Jamie! Love the caramelized onions on top!

  2. This looks delicious! I have it on my list to make for Christmas. I don’t cook but I think I can handle this one.

  3. found your blog through Rachel Cooks :-) it is fun checking out all your stuff…I wish I would have had this recipe for Thanksgiving…ahhhh…I will look forward to next year!

    • Thank you for stopping by! This will probably end up on our Christmas dinner table


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