Healthy Sides: Vegan Parmesan Green Bean Casserole

July 27, 2016
This week I picked a bunch of fresh green beans from my dad's garden. I usually just eat them raw with hummus or steam them as a side, but I wanted to try and actually make something substantial out of them this time. I had a bunch of mushrooms on hand, which make up the base of traditional green bean casserole, so I decided I would make a vegan version of this. My favorite part of green bean casserole is the crispy parmesan cheese on top. With the addition of nutritional yeast, the parmesan cheese flavor is easily replicated. It also adds a bunch of B vitamins (including the elusive b12) to the meal. Anyone who has had real parmesan cheese knows that it has a gritty texture and nutty taste. This texture and taste is achieved in the vegan cheese by using cashews as a base. When blended with the nutritional yeast and breadcrumbs, it results in the perfect cheesy topping.
Healthy Sides: Vegan Parmesan Green Bean Casserole

Healthy Sides: Vegan Parmesan Green Bean Casserole

Recipe Type: Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 2 side servings
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  • handful cashews
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 6 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup veggie stock
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • optional sliced almonds, to top
  • optional fresh herbs
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For the Vegan Parmesan Topping:
1. To create your parmesan cheese, add the cashews, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper to a blender and pulse until gritty. 2. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over low heat. 3. Add the breadcrumbs and a couple tablespoons of your parmesan cheese to the skillet and continue slowly stirring the mixture around the pan until it browns. 4. Set aside until you are ready to top your casserole.
For the Green Bean Casserole:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 450°F. 2. Add the green beans, mushrooms, and onions to a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. 3. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, until soft. 4. While the vegetables are roasting, sauté the garlic in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil for about a minute and slowly add in the vegetable stock, coconut milk, and flour. Simmer on low until the mixture bubbles and thickens. 5. Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven and add to a baking dish. Pour the sauce from the skillet over the vegetables and top with the vegan parmesan topping. 6. Return to the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven, top with almonds and fresh herbs (I used oregano) and serve.

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.


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