Vegan Green Bean Casserole

This classic Thanksgiving recipe will bring back nostalgia and childhood memories, and guess what? Its vegan version will be as delicious and way more healthy than the classic one. The recipe is adapted from Minimalist Baker. It's simple, loaded with veggies, and comes together in under 30 minutes. We predict it will be a bit hit!


This recipe serves six people.


Ingredients

  • 1.5-pound green beans (rinsed, trimmed, and cut in half)

  • Sea salt and black pepper

  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter or olive oil

  • 1.5 medium shallot (minced)

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1.5 cups finely chopped mushrooms (button, baby Bella or cremini)

  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 1.1/3 cup vegetable broth

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened plain almond milk

  • 2.1/4 cups crispy fried onions (Trader Joe's has a vegan-friendly option)


Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt well (optional)– it will help season the green beans. Add green beans and cook for 5 minutes, then drain and place in an ice water bath to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.

  • In the meantime, start preparing sauce. In a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat, add vegan butter or olive oil and shallots and garlic—season with salt (optional) and pepper and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes; add mushrooms, and season with more salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes more or until lightly browned.

  • Sprinkle in flour and whisk to stir and coat the veggies. Cook for 1 minute, then slowly add veggie stock, whisking to incorporate.

  • Add almond milk next and whisk to stir again. Season with a touch more salt and pepper and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low to thicken. Cook for 5-7 minutes more, or until thick and bubbly. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

  • Remove from heat and add 1/3 of the fried onions (1/2 cup as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and all of the cooked green beans. Toss to coat well, and top with remaining fried onions.

  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until warmed through and bubbly and slightly browned on top. Serve immediately (handle pan carefully).

  • Leftovers store well in the fridge for up to a few days.



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