Clean Green Bean Casserole (Paleo, Vegan)
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan Side Dish
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Serves: 8-10
 
A Gluten-free, Dairy-free spin on a healthy, whole food green bean casserole for the holidays!
Ingredients
  • For the Buttermilk:
  • 2 C. Filtered Water
  • 1 C. Raw Cashews
  • 2 tsp. Lemons or Lemon Juice
  • Everything else:
  • ¼ C. Almond Meal
  • ¼ C. all-purpose Gluten-Free flour
  • 1 T. arrowroot flour
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ C. dairy-free buttermilk
  • 1 C. Gluten-Free whole wheat bread crumbs (you could make your own, or buy them at a natural food store. I use a brand called Four Sisters and a Brother)
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 2 C. dairy-free cream of mushroom soup (Imagine makes a delcious, dairy-free Creamy Portabella Mushroom soup. Or you can make your own. I used this wonderful vegan, grain-free cream of mushroom soup recipe by Healthful Pursuits, which uses cauliflower as the secret ingredient to avoid using flours or starches!)
Instructions
  1. First Make the Dairy-Free Buttermilk (steps 2-8):
  2. Soak 1 C. raw cashews in flitered water overnight, or at lesat 6-8 hours
  3. Drain the cashews
  4. Add 1 C. fresh, filtered water to your high-speed blender (I love my Vitamix)
  5. Add the soaked cashews
  6. Add 2 tsp. lemon juice
  7. Blend until smooth.
  8. Set aside ½ C. to add to recipe below. (You will have leftover buttermilk, which will last in the refridgerator for 4-5 days.)
  9. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  10. Spray a large baking sheet and a 9X13 in. casserole dish with cooking spray and set both aside.
  11. In a large bowl, combine flours, garlic powder, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  12. Add onions and toss to coat.
  13. Pour dairy-free buttermilk (made using recipe above) over onions and toss again to coat.
  14. In a second large bowl, combine GF breadcrumbs and oil.
  15. Add onions and toss gentlly to coat.
  16. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and spread out in a single layer.
  17. Bake for about 30 min. until golden brown and crispy, gently tossing half way.
  18. Meanwhile, if you're making your own Dairy-free Cream of Mushroom Soup using the recipe I link to above, prepare this while the onions are baking.
  19. Also while the onions are baking, bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  20. Add green beans and cook until just tender, 2-3 minutes.
  21. Drain well and transfer to large bowl.
  22. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.
  23. Add Cream of Mushroom Soup, half the onion rings, salt and pepper to bowl with green beans and toss gently.
  24. Transfer to prepared casserole dish, top with remaining onion rings and bake until hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
  25. Enjoy!
Recipe by Conscious Choices Wellness at http://www.meetbethallen.com/clean-green-bean-casserole/