Green Bean Casserole
- 1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 cups parsnips, chopped
- 10 oz. mushrooms, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1½ cups water
- 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1 lb. fresh green beans
1. Melt half of the coconut oil in a large skillet and add the sliced onions. Saute gently over medium-low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until caramelized. Use a splash of water, as needed, to prevent sticking. Once the onions are tender and golden in colour, remove from heat and set aside in a bowl for later.
2. While the onions are cooking, fit a steamer basket into a saucepan, and fill
with one inch of water. Add the parsnips, and bring the water to boil over high heat. Cover and reduce the heat to low, steaming for about 8 minutes, or until the parsnips are easily pierced with a fork. Transfer the steamed parsnips to your blender container, and set it aside.
3. Using the same steamer basket and saucepan, break the pound of fresh green beans into one-inch pieces, and toss them into the steamer basket. Bring to a boil, then cover and steam for 6-8 minutes, until the green beans are bright green with a bit of crunch. Transfer the cooked green beans to an 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish.
*Note: At this point, cook the green beans to be as tender as you like– if you prefer them softer, steam them longer. The baking process later will not make them any more tender, so this is your chance to achieve the texture you like.
4. Saute garlic in remaining coconut oil for about 3 minutes, then add the mushrooms. Cook for about 6 minutes, until liquid is released from the mushrooms.
5. Spread half of the mushroom mixture into the baking dish of green beans, and pour the other half of the mixture, along with any liquid, into the blender container with the steamed parsnips.
6. Into that blender container, add water, salt and nutritional yeast. Blend until smooth and creamy. (This mixture may be a bit salty to taste at this point, but keep in mind that it will be diluted when it’s poured over a pound of green beans!)
7. Pour the creamy sauce over the green beans and mushrooms in the glass baking dish, and stir to coat well.
8. Smooth the creamy vegetable mixture with a spatula, and top with the caramelized onions to finish.
9. At this point, you could cover the dish and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to heat and serve.
10. When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350F and bake uncovered for about 30 minutes, until bubbly. Serve warm and enjoy
On the Shulman Weight Loss Plan this is to replace 1 serving of sweet potato for the week.