Another staple in any Thanksgiving Feast: Green Bean Casserole! When I think of “Green Bean Casserole” it brings me back to my childhood days when my sister and I would prepare the whole recipe from canned goods. Nothing was fresh, even the green beans itself was canned. This recipe is not only easy, but better for you and you will not feel guilty for eating the whole dish. Let’s start a new tradition, vegan style!
I have teamed up with my friends and vegan chefs Yvonne Ardestani and Jasmine Briones to bring you a full vegan Thanksgiving menu filled with healthy, better-for-you dishes that are simple. delicious, mostly gluten-free and most importantly cruelty-free!
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup vegetable broth
3 cups fresh green beans, cut in thirds
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, diced
1 tbsp Earth Balance butter
salt and pepper, to taste
Tabasco sauce, optional
1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
1.) Soak cashews for about 4 hours or overnight. Drain water and blend soaked cashews with almond milk, salt and pepper until creamy. Set aside.
2.) Blanch green beans by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Cook green beans for about 4 minutes until fork tender but slightly crispy. Drain water and run beans under cold water to shock and stop cooking process. Set aside.
3.) On medium high heat melt butter and saute shallots with garlic until soft. Add cashew cream mixture, vegetable broth, salt and pepper, Tabasco (optional) and bring to a simmer for about 5-6 minutes or until mixture thickens. Toss in green beans and transfer to baking dish.
4.) Sprinkle and layer breadcrumbs on top.
5.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve warm.
Enjoy and make sure you use #YSJThanksgiving on any social media accounts and tag @myeclectickitchen @sweetsimplevegan @ahnestveggie so we can see all of your creations for the holidays!