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Step aside green bean casserole, this recipe is for a healthy twist with craisins and cashews

Green bean casserole is a staple of American Holiday dinners.  I remember sitting on the school bus listening to the boy down the street talk about how the creaminess of the Campbell's mushroom soup was accented with the crunch of the fried onions from French's.  Iconic and comforting, I love the decadence but it is not such a fan of me.  Surely my Thanksgiving morning hike could not justify a second helping anyway.  Fresh and flavorful, this recipe is something my brilliant mother threw together one year with what she had on hand and easily replaced the old green bean mush in my list of favorite sides for our Turkey.

Place green beans in a microwave safe bowl with the water.  Cover with plastic wrap and cook on high for 6 minutes.  In a separate bowl combine the Herbs de Provence, Coconut Oil, cashews and Dried Cranberries in a large bowl, tossing just enough to coat.  Add warm, cooked green beans and toss again. Add Parmigiano Reggiano and toss yet again. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Transfer to a serving dish to your guests at room temperature or warm.

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Thank you for that wonderful green bean mush replacement. That casserole is fat laden and is a poor excuse for a side dish period. I'll give your recipe a whirl. It sounds delicious.
Posted by BJ

Wendy Flanagan Hey Julie! Thanks for sharing! I was actually going to make something similar, just that I was going to use blue cheese crumbles instead of parm!!! I am also going to toast the walnuts!

Sounds wonderful, We'll try it! Thanks for the heads up!
Posted by Judith

I never liked the "traditional" green bean casserole. The soup was full of sodium and the canned fried onion rings...well, I need not go on about the true nature of their origins. Thanks for this sound and tasty alternative!
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Justin Cascio

Your dish looks delicious and light. Myself, I'm not afraid of fat: I follow the Weston A. Price diet. What's wrong with the iconic green bean casserole is that it's made of commercial products: a can of soup concentrate, another can of fried onions. I've made my own with made-from-scratch cream of mushroom soup, and frittered my own onions for the topping. Pod vegetables with good cream is a healthy dish.

Julie Cecchini


You know how to do it right!
Happy Thanksgiving!


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