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Green Bean Casserole

Hello! Is anyone else out there feeling a little blindsided by the fact that Thanksgiving is next week? I feel like I just kept putting the holidays off with “We still have plenty of time!“. Oh she of little preparation. So here we are, and let me guess- you probably don’t want to gain 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, right? So let’s lighten up some of your favorite dishes, starting with my absolute favorite, the Green Bean Casserole.

Now as a kid, I remember thinking that this dish had to be good for me. So naturally, I wouldn’t eat it. I mean, there’s a green vegetable in there, hello! But after I tried it, I realized that the topping is a lot like onion rings, and I was hooked. Come to find out, those onions are part of the reason this dish isn’t so healthy.

And the cream of mushroom sauce, oh boy. The stuff you get out of a can is filled with junk: cream (which equals high fat), MSG, and some highly processed ingredients, yuck.

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But what if we cleaned it up a bit? Made a sauce from scratch, with fresh mushrooms and garlic? A sauce that could be made vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free, if you desired,with wholesome ingredients? That’s what I was looking for, so I made one myself!

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I also thought that the fried onions on top the casserole needed a similar treatment. I decided to bake them, which really reduced the amount of oil needed. And red onions are such nice compliment to the dish! (Want to see them in action elsewhere? Check out my BBQ Chicken Salad!)

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Now I did make this as a pretty small dish. After all, there’s only three of us in my little family. Are you preparing Thanksgiving for much more? Just increase your ingredients accordingly and it will still turn out great!

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Ready for more recipe makeovers? Be sure to check back as the Thanksgiving holiday draws near, and I’ll be sharing some other recipes with you to lighten up your holiday meal! And be sure to follow my feeds on social media to hear about what will be happening next!

 

I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I do! Comments, questions, concerns? Leave them in the comments below or contact directly at me@samanthaelaine.net.

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