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Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole

Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole – A delicious and creamy lightened-up version of everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving green beans side dish made with fresh ingredients, and without the canned processed creams.

Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole - A delicious and creamy lightened-up version of everyone's favorite Thanksgiving green beans side dish made with fresh ingredients, and without the canned processed creams.

A deliciously updated version of the classic Green Bean Casserole, with fresh green beans and mushrooms. We just had to keep the fried onion topping, which is arguably the best part, so we made our own Homemade French “Fried” Onion Rings! THOSE onions are crunchy AND homemade. AND baked.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hello Hellowwww! Wazzup! Can you BUHLIEVE that Thanksgiving is in like 2 weeks?! I am in complete denial that the Holidays are approaching, and you can just blame the weather conditions for my feelings because, today it’s 60 degrees out there.

In fact, the day I made this gorgeous and so, so, SO delicious Creamy Green Bean Casserole, it was around 75 degrees. Not very Thanksgiving-ish, now is it? Unless you’re in Florida, then I guess it’s all good and understood.

Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole - A delicious and creamy lightened-up version of everyone's favorite Thanksgiving green beans side dish made with fresh ingredients, and without the canned processed creams.

So let me tell you what happened here.

So I had this idea. It all started with – just pay attention to my train of thought – it all started with:
Meatless Monday ➡ We want a Casserole ➡ I need seasonal veggies ➡ Can’t have cream.
That right there is recipe development in the making, my friends! Booyah! Ahem…

Soymilk

And, you know how heavy cream makes everything amazing and delicious, and things like that? Well, I thought out loud, “what IF I completely looked way beyond the heavy cream and reached for the Silk Soymilk, just to see what happens. Then, it would be like, no cream, no dairy, lactose-free, but creamy and delicious!?” I actually said all of that out loud. To myself. At the grocery store.

Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole - A delicious and creamy lightened-up version of everyone's favorite Thanksgiving green beans side dish made with fresh ingredients, and without the canned processed creams.

I figure, plant-based diets are good for us and better for the planet, and they taste amazing, too. Silk’s plant-based alternatives are versatile in the kitchen and can be used to create delicious meat-free and dairy-free versions of many Fall favorites, including the good ol’ and traditional green bean casserole. And my Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese Cups.

Sooo, in line with all of that, I thought why not add some of that plant-goodness to our favorite side dish Fall recipe that will also be included in our Holiday menu!
All this, out loud, in a grocery store. Ana was with me… I didn’t look all that crazy…

Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole - A delicious and creamy lightened-up version of everyone's favorite Thanksgiving green beans side dish made with fresh ingredients, and without the canned processed creams.

Several hours later, I’m in the kitchen, making Homemade French “Fried” Onion Rings and a super creamy sauce without the cream. *fist-bump*

LIGHT CREAMY GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Dairy-free butter, dairy-free milk, no bacon, lots of onions, and green beans galore. Healthy casserole, indeed. And it’s vegetarian, it’s cholesterol-free, lactose-free, gluten-free (without the onion-topping), vegan … am I missing something? I think I’ve got you all covered. I think.

Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole - A delicious and creamy lightened-up version of everyone's favorite Thanksgiving green beans side dish made with fresh ingredients, and without the canned processed creams.

I would also like to share one more important tidbit; be sure and taste the cream before adding it to the green beans. Again. Be sure to taste it taste it and taste it! And season it until you are satisfied with the taste. M’kay? Thanks.

Also? Make the onions-topping. That’s, like, totally amazing.

ENJOY!

Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
A delicious and creamy lightened-up version of everyone's favorite Thanksgiving green beans side dish made with fresh ingredients, and without the canned processed creams.
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving recipes, thanksgiving side dish
Servings: 8
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds green beans , trimmed
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter , divided (I use Earth Balance)
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • pinch salt
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 16- ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4- cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Silk Original Soymilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt , or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper , or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg , or to taste
  • Homemade French "Fried" Onion Rings Recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a rapid boil.
  4. Add green beans to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, or until desired tenderness. DON'T overcook - they will be mushy if you do.
  5. Drain and rinse under cold water until beans are completely cooled.
  6. Drain thoroughly, place in a large mixing bowl, and set aside.
  7. In the meantime, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet.
  8. Add onions to the skillet and season with pinch of salt; cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  9. Add the mushrooms, turn up the heat to medium-high and continue to cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Remove from heat and transfer mushroom-mixture to a large mixing bowl with the green beans. Set aside.
  11. In the same skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
  12. Whisk in flour; continue to whisk for about 1 minute, or until flour mixture turns light brown.
  13. Slowly pour in the soymilk and continue to whisk and cook for 4 minutes, or until thickened.
  14. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg; remove from heat.
  15. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Let stand 5 minutes.
  16. Stir the sauce and pour it over the green beans and mushrooms; toss to combine and coat evenly.
  17. Transfer the green beans mixture to previously prepared casserole dish.
  18. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until sauce bubbles.
  19. Remove from oven and let stand several minutes.
  20. Give it a good stir before serving and top with Homemade French "Fried" Onion Rings.
  21. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Onions Topping not included in Nutritional Info

WW SmartPoints: 5

Nutrition Facts
Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Potassium 514mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 26.2%
Vitamin C 19.7%
Calcium 12.3%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Responses
  1. Amy

    Thanks for your green bean casserole lightened! Sounds divine and plan to use this Thanksgiving. I have a gluten sensitive daughter and family gatherings can be difficult for her. One concern in looking at your recipe is the all purpose flour…. I would substitute corn starch as a thickening ingredient. Then use caramelized onions on the top.
    Any other tip you may have?

    1. Hi Amy! You’ve got this GF thing down to a “T”! 😀 Not sure what else I would add, but maybe using a GF Flour blend instead of the corn starch just to avoid that corn-starchy-taste? Just a personal preference, though, because I hate when I can taste that stuff. haha 😀

  2. Hahaha now after meeting you, I can totally vision you explaining your thought process… at the grocery store. Hilarious. And this casserole looks delish and I love that you substituted cream for Silk. Silk is pretty awesome in its versatility!

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I'm a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!
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