Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How to Celebrate, Part 1

Remember that 15 miler Saturday? And how I had no energy to cook.  I was begging for take out but Mr. Kummerow gently reminded me of all the beautiful produce in our home that just needed to be eaten up.  It feels like such a waste to spend money out when you have good food right at home. 

We debated about several recipe options.  We definitely needed something simple and easy.  We decided it was a great opportunity to try out a new vegan recipe for Thanksgiving.  This recipe is reminiscent of your typical Green Bean Casserole served with cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions.  Veganized, this recipe is healthy and delicious and tastes just as good (if not better) the next day as leftovers...just like the original Green Bean Casserole. 

Starting with a glass of wine and all the ingredients, Mr. Kummerow and I set to work.

Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole
Adapted from Healthy Tipping Point

3 cups cooked green beans (canned or frozen, we used homemade canned green beans and they were great!)
1 can Northern White Beans
2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms
1/4 cup Almond Milk
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste.
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs.

Preheat oven to 350*

In large pan heat oil and saute garlic and onion until translucent and fragrant.  Add mushrooms and saute until tender.  Add green beans and cook until warm.

Meanwhile drain and thoroughly rinse beans and mash with potato masher, fork or fingers (fingers worked best!)

Stir Almond milk into bean mixture and add to pan on the stove.  Cook another 5-10 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Grease a small casserole dish and pour in the green bean and mushroom mix from stove.  Sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve.

This tasted just like your typical Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole.  We served it with a slice of Chili Beer Bread and a glass of wine.  And it was delightful.  This will definitely be on our Thanksgiving menu and you should include it as well. 

To continue our celebration we relaxed on the couch with a movie and dessert.
I found these on sale at Fake It Foods and couldn't resist!  The movie was so-so, but the cookies were a hit!  This occurred while watching the eh movie and eating the irresistible cookies:
The "Oreo Slide" To see how it's done, check out Mama Pea!

Just for proof that the Green Bean Casserole really is as good as leftovers just like the original Thanksgiving version:

Stay tuned for "How to Celebrate, Parts 2, 3, 4 and probably more!" We love celebrating!

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