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Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com

Clean Green Bean Casserole #1

I will be very honest with you about the green bean casserole – I don’t love it. More than that I am not a huge fan of many fall vegetables and dishes. I’m just not and neither are my kids. I will cook and eat them but I much prefer fresh and juicy produce centered recipes.

However, as kids are growing I want them to grow up with traditions. I want them to feel Canadian and included. Yes, I want that! I’m all for keeping the heritage to a certain degree. As a Ukrainian married to a Russian born Jew who lived in Israel and now living in Canada with Canadian born English speaking kids, I am trying my best to keep so many heritages while learning a new one along with raising the same kids, running a household and a business. You understand why wine, right?! Cheers start tonight, by the way. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I could never be pregnant again…

Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com

I know many immigrants keep cooking their traditional food but we are just not huge fans of Ukrainian/Russian dishes mainly because they are so heavy and time consuming with little vegetables involved. Plus I don’t have a mom nearby who will cook pirogies, or grandma who will spend 10 hours rolling cabbage rolls or a sister baking a 10 layer cake. In some way, it is good otherwise I would look like a Michelin man. But I’m missing the big family part… Just my little tiny one which is maybe, again, a good thing and is enough?!

So, I’m willing to give a clean green bean casserole a spot on my rookie Christmas table this year. A healthy green bean casserole from scratch. I have never been invited to a local household where traditional canned green bean casserole has been served. So, I have never tried. However, again. I can’t possibly imagine liking a dish with fried onions from a can. Honestly, that is the most bizarre “food” I have ever heard of.

Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com

Still puzzled. I don’t even know what aisle to look for it.

On top of that how soggy dull canned green beans can taste good?! It reminds me of canned sliced mushrooms I used to cook with during my early married years. Where the heck did that idea come from?

So, I want to be proper and really belong here. And make my kids say when they are 20-30-40 years old “Remember mom’s granola green bean casserole with almond milk and fried onions?!”. Fine, not exactly like that but close. I just want them to rush home to me when they are all grown up and hairy, bringing wives and girlfriends (hopefully not both at same time). Because I’m that kind of European mama. Because I never had a home like that to go back to. Because I want my boys to have family, memory and history and live with me until they are 25. Which makes Alex roll his eyes but we all know well who is the boss. Because I’m reasonable and none of them can cook.

That is why I’m feeding all ma’ boyz a clean green bean casserole made with almond milk sauce, onions, pecans and Parmesan cheese. That is exactly why, my friends.

Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com

Everything was a success with kids except the onions part. Which I expected. And which I ignored because I possibly can’t catch up with who likes what in this house so I just cook and put it on the table.

I decided to make the topping with crushed pecans instead of panko breadcrumbs because a) for a change b) I didn’t have them on hand c) healthy inside voice woke up. Of course, the topping turned out delish but not crunchy.

However, if you want to make a crunchy topping you can use whole wheat panko breadcrumbs. They are available in select stores (in BC it is Thrifty Foods). I mean let’s get real – even if you use regular panko twice a year I bet your immune system won’t be affected by that.

Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com

Another confession – I used conventional green beans from Costco. I absolutely can’t find them organic this time of the year. Plus I hate trimming green beans. These were a breeze. Man, it is truly easy to buy prepped ingredients. I understand why such a processed foods society we live in.

Another shortcut I tried with this recipe was that I cooked green beans in the same skillet with a splash of water instead of dirtying another pot. Worked like a charm. Because I love charms of that kind.

We had this clean green bean casserole on a Wednesday night along with quinoa and a test slow cooker Thai chicken thighs. All boys were like “Why so fancy on Wednesday?!”. Because mom runs a food blog. I got 2 thumbs up about the casserole and 3 thumbs up about the chicken which I have to remake and post for you. You will be blown away by it with 3 simple ingredients.

Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com

Clean Green Bean Casserole #1

Clean Green Bean Casserole #1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat large non-stick skillet on medium heat and add pecans. Cook until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Return skillet to the stove and swirl 1 tbsp oil to coat. Add onions and cook for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown/almost charred, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a bowl with onions.
  3. Return skillet to the stove and swirl 1 tsp oil. Add green beans and a splash of water, stir, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Return skillet to the stove and swirl remaining 1 tsp oil. Add mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together Creamy Sauce ingredients and add to the skillet with mushrooms. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened a bit, about 4-5 minutes. In the meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray medium baking dish with cooking spray.
  6. Turn off the heat, add green beans and stir to coat. In a bowl with onions and pecans, add remaining Onion Pecan Topping ingredients and stir well.
  7. Transfer green beans to previously prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with the topping. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Serve hot.
  8. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days. Clean green bean casserole can be assembled the day before and baked on the day of serving.

Notes

*For creamier sauce use whole cow’s milk otherwise any non-sweet carton milk works.

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Clean Green Bean Casserole #2

Now, below is an original version of a clean green bean casserole I posted way back in 2013 which I had all intentions to remake and delete. The recipe is a bit more labour intensive than version #1 which was my main reason for remaking it.

However, when I read through comments I realized how many people enjoyed it. So, I’m keeping it for those of you who have a bit extra time, don’t mind a bit extra ingredients and want a crunchy panko topping.

Happy Holidays!!!
Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com
Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways with crispy panko or pecan parmesan onion topping. The BEST healthy green bean casserole from scratch!!! | ifoodreal.com

Clean Green Bean Casserole #2

Clean Green Bean Casserole #2

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs green beans, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
  • Cooking spray
  • For Creamy Sauce:
  • 10 small white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (not packed)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • For Parmesan Topping:
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 small onions, thinly sliced into circles
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (not packed)
  • 3 tbsp water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, spray large baking dish (approximately 8 x 11) with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add beans along with pinch of salt, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for 5-6 minutes or until al dente. Green beans should be firm and not too soft. Drain and add a few cups of ice to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  3. Preheat large skillet on medium high and add olive oil. Add onions and cook until golden brown/almost charred, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Return skillet to heat, spray with cooking spray and add mushrooms. Cook until golden brown.
  5. Reduce heat to low and add flour. Stir enough to coat the mushrooms. Slowly pour almond milk and whisk while you pouring, until no lumps are left. Add water, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and whisk again. Bring to a boil and let simmer to thicken, for about 3-4 minutes.
  6. In the meanwhile, add breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and water to a bowl with onions and mix with your hands until crumbs appear.
  7. Drain green beans, add the sauce and stir to combine.
  8. Transfer green beans to prepared baking dish and sprinkle with topping. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Serve warm. Casserole tastes best within first couple hours after it has been cooked.
  9. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 1 day.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1 1/3 cups:
Calories: 196.1
Total Fat: 7.6 g
Cholesterol: 12.4 mg
Sodium: 458.5 mg
Total Carbs: 20.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.9 g
Protein: 9.3 g
WW Points+: 5

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19 Comments

  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    This looks great! I’ve never had green bean casserole before but your version looks delicious – and I agree with you that green beans have to be a little crunchy still! Nothing worse than soggy veg!

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Thank you, Becca! Honestly, I never had green bean casserole before myself. Many traditional North American dishes have totally bypassed me due to the unhealthy factor. So, I’m making my own healthy versions.:) I just assume they taste good from all that butter, cream and preservatives.:)

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  2. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    This looks so much better than the green bean casserole I grew up on! It was canned green beans, canned cream of mushroom soup, and canned french onions. Ick. Fresh is better. I bet yours tastes amazing : )

    Reply
    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Anything fresh tastes better than canned. Now I want to move away from canned beans to dry organic. Just gotta find them.

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  3. Jamie

    Can I make this the night before and just sprinkle the topping on right before cooking? Thanks!

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  4. Lise

    We just had this wonderful side for Thanksgiving dinner. It was absolutely delicious! Great recipe, thank you for sharing 🙂

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  5. MK

    I made this for my family’s Thanksgiving this year and it was amazing! I will never go back to the traditional recipe. The onion topping was so good too, and it tasted so similar to French’s onions but I like this recipe much better. Thank you so much for the recipe–I’ll be making this many times in the future.

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    • Olena

      Awesome! Yay for less people eating cr@p! I hate that stuff. I wish Kraft and General Mills blew up in the sky ASAP LOL. I’m mean.

      Reply
  6. Alexandra

    Hello! I made a post including healthy delicious Thanksgiving recipes. I thought you would like to know that I included your Clean Green Bean Casserole. If you would like to check out the post please go to my website, It is under Munchy Monday, or if you scroll to the bottom of my home page you can see my recent posts. Look for “How to stay healthy this Thanksgiving.”
    Thank you, Have a wonderful day!

    Reply
  7. Natasha

    I found this recipe laat night and we bought the ingredients at the grocery store.. My boyfriend made this for us today and it was delicious! !! Thank you!

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  8. Anneli

    The 1st recipe looks really good. I would skip the parmesan or maybe try it with nutritional yeast. I find that sometimes I’m fine just skipping the parm altogether and the recipe still works. I’ve never made a green bean casserole… green beans other ways though. Sometimes Costco is just so darn handy!

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    • Olena

      The absence of green bean casserole on our tables is explained by the fact that the we are from Europe. That is why. But since Christmas overall is a new concept for me I have to adopt since moving to Canada I thought I want to have a traditional healthy menu.:)
      Um, yes. Costco… Nobody can beat Costco!
      In recipe #1 I skipped Parmesan in the sauce.

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