Nutrition Fits: Cleaned Up Green Bean Casserole

A holiday favorite at family feasts, the green bean casserole is a comfort food classic. Unfortunately, comfort foods often come with a steep price tag when it comes to fueling your body. While the green beans are awesome, the processed foods that make up the rest of the traditional recipe are not. Well, good news for the holiday table: Stacey Maedge is here with a clean eating version!

CasseroleFinishedTake this cleaned-up recipe to your office potluck or family dinner, and there will be one more thing you can enjoy that isn't an indulgence! Watch as Stacey shows you how to put her version of the green bean casserole together, then scroll down for the recipe.

Clean Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter or oil of choice for dairy-free
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and cut into pieces
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup cashew cream
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • Optional: slivered toasted almonds and/or 4 strips bacon, cooked crispy and broken into pieces
 
Directions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 °F. Grease a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the green beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.BeansinIceBath
  3. Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. MushroomsAdd the onion, garlic and coconut aminos and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the cashew cream and mix well. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook over low heat until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Season green beans with salt and pepper. Add green beans to skillet with the sauce and mix until the green beans are well covered. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  5. Pour the green beans and sauce into the 9 x 9 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with nuts and/or bacon. Bake for an addition 15-20 minutes, or until green beans are tender and bubbly.
  6. Serve warm!StaceywithCasserole-1

In search of a few more holiday indulgences that will work with a clean-eating lifestyle?  Learn about options for clean wines or bake up a batch of homemade sweet potato doughnuts.  Yum!