February 19, 2015 By This Vegan Girl
You’re probably here reading this because you love green beans as much as I do. I love this versatile… vegetable? legume? Who cares? Green beans are delicious and so adaptable. They can stand alone as a side dish or be mixed in with a main dish. They can be heavy or light. Salty, spicy, or sweet. Green beans are the ketchup of the vegetable world (by American standards, anyway).
This is my go-to recipe if I need a scrumptious side dish. It’s packed with flavors you love and it makes your house smell amazing. It also looks pretty, which impresses guests. Ultimately, perhaps the best thing about this side dish is that it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish.
Savory Green Beans
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: side item for 2-4 people
- 12oz of fresh whole green beans, stems removed
- 4 tablespoons grape seed oil OR melted coconut oil
- 1 tablespoons of soy sauce or Tamari (gluten-free)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- Shaved almonds (garnish)
- Sesame seeds (garnish)
Step 1: Boil and blanch the green beans.
Green beans are delicate, meaning that it is imperative that the cook time is taken very seriously. If not, you’re either going to end up with an under cooked, uncomfortably crunchy green bean; or an overcooked, unattractively limp, and mushy green bean.
Boil a pot of water. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the green beans, boiling for 4 minutes. While the green beans are boiling, prepare a large bowl full of ice water.
Once the green beans have finished boiling, place the beans in a strainer, strain the hot water, and immediately dump the green beans into the ice water. If you’re new to the green bean scene, placing the hot green beans in ice cold water is called blanching. The reason for blanching is to halt the cooking process of the vegetable, as the heat from the green bean will continue to cook the green bean after you remove it from the boiling water. Blanching leaves you with a perfectly crisp result.
Step 2: Create the savory sauce.
This step can be done while the green beans are boiling. Heat up a skillet on the stove at medium heat.
After that, combine the oil, Tamari (or soy sauce), garlic cloves, and sesame oil in a small bowl. To bind the oils and Tamari, whisk the ingredients quickly for 30 seconds.
Step 3: Pan fry the green beans.
Once the green beans have been blanched and the savory sauce is ready, place the green beans and pour the sauce into the skillet. Have the green beans cook for 7-10 minutes, moving the contents around with a spatula every few minutes to avoid sticking/burning. Your end result should not yield limp green beans; however, you are wanting the green beans to have absorbed some of the liquid.
Step 4: Garnish and serve.
Once the green beans are finished cooking, serve. Garnish the beans with sliced almonds and sesame seeds for added crunch, flavor, and beauty.
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November 17, 2014 By This Vegan Girl
This Thanksgiving will be my second vegan Thanksgiving. Last year, I spent my Thanksgiving at Matt’s aunt’s house, which was very nice. I contributed a dish, and Matt’s mom made several gluten-free vegan dishes. No pressure.
This year, the pressure is on me: I’M HOSTING. I’m hosting both Matt’s family and my family, where our parents will meet for the first time. Not only that, but I will be the only vegan in attendance, so all my vegan dishes are going to need to be kickass in order to please the omnivores. I get the sweats just thinking about all the pressure.
One of the attendees requested green bean casserole, so I went to work searching online. With disappointment, I looked through a lot of recipes that just fell short. I need to blow the socks off these people, and I refuse to make a subpar dish.
I decided to take a chance with a non-vegan recipe and to veganize it. I took the great Alton Brown’s “Best Ever Green Bean Casserole” recipe and made some gluten-free & vegan changes.
Now, I’m confident that my green bean casserole is awesome. If you need a gluten-free vegan green bean casserole for your Thanksgiving, look no further. This recipe is creamy, cheesy, flavorful, and has a pleasant little crunch from the crispy onions.
Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Yield: 6-8 servings
For the Crispy Onions:
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs or seasoned coating
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- a teeny bit of coconut oil (or grape seed oil), for greasing
For the Cheesy Cashew Cream:
- 1/2 cup cashews, milled
- 2 heaping tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 tbs grape seed oil or melted coconut oil
All Other Ingredients:
- 24 oz green beans, trimmed and halved
- 16 oz mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tbs grape seed oil or coconut oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbs all-purpose GF flour
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- salt and pepper, to taste
Step 1: Prepare and bake the onions.
Preheat the oven to 450/232 degrees Fahrenheit/Celcius. Chop the onions thinly and separate with your fingers. Brace yourself for this step. I had to walk away with burning tears in my eyes THREE TIMES.
Take your chopped onions, put them in a large tupperware container, pour in the breadcrumbs/coating, and shake it up, baby. Go ahead and twist and shout while you’re at it.
Once the onions are perfectly coated, take out a greased baking sheet, spread the onions out on it evenly, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, shifting the onions halfway through. When you remove the onions from the oven, reduce the heat to 400/204 degrees Fahrenheit/Celsius.
Step 2: Blanch the green beans.
While the onions are cooking, get to making those beautiful, lush beans! Bring a big pot of water to a boil. Boil your beans for only 4-5 minutes. I did 4 minutes and 30 seconds, and my green beans were perfect.
While those green beans are boiling, get out a big bowl and fill it with ice water. Once the green beauties have steamed their way to perfection, quickly strain them and immediately place them in ice water. This will keep them cooked, yet firm.
You can keep them in the water for a while, since you’ve got other things to worry about.
Step 3: Prepare the cashew cream.
Once step 4 comes along, things will escalate quickly, so we’ll want that cashew cream ready to go.
I don’t believe in soaking cashews to make cashew cream. The whole thing can be done without soaking as long as you have a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder.
Start by placing the cashews into your milling machine of choice. Mine is a NutriBullet, which has an amazing milling blade that does the job beautifully. Mix the cashews until they become a pulp.
After that, add all other cashew cream ingredients (coconut milk, oil, salt, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika). Set aside.
Step 4: Cook all remaining ingredients on the stove.
But WAIT! There’s an order!
Start with the 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan on medium heat, followed by the mushrooms. Season those mushrooms with a little bit of sea salt and pepper.
Once the mushrooms start to sweat (4-5 minutes), add in the minced garlic and nutmeg and cook for another 1-2 minutes. After that, sprinkle the gluten-free all-purpose flour in there, letting it cook for 1 minute.
Pour in the vegetable broth and let it simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to low and add the cashew cream, mixing it all together and letting it cook for about 5 more minutes.
Step 5: Put the dish together and bake.
Remove the pan from the stove and mix in the green beans and 1/4 of the crispy onions. Place the mixture in a baking pan and sprinkle the rest of the crispy onions on top. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve it hot.
It’ll look something like this:
Oh, man. This was awesome. I can’t wait to serve this on Thanksgiving!
In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying this as my leftovers tomorrow for lunch. 🙂
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