Healthy Green Bean Casserole Recipe

This Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Crunchy Onions will be your new favorite holiday recipe out of all healthy Thanksgiving recipes. It’s made with fresh green beans and just the right amount of crunchy onions!

Green Bean Casserole

First off, HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

Second, can you believe that it is already November 1st tomorrow? Lee and I (this is Linley, btw) have been dreaming of holiday recipes and today marks the first-holiday recipe of the season! I just have to say that I am a big holiday person. I know not everyone is and that is totally OK. I love the food, the energy, and I love seeing people that I wouldn’t normally see outside of the holiday season.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the holidays are busy and hard. I suffer from a bit of anxiety and sometimes the holidays heighten my anxiety quite a bit. How do I deal? Other than lots of yoga, a therapist, and a good glass of wine, cooking is one of my top stress relievers. So, it’s easier to deal with my anxiety around the holidays because I’m able to spend time in the kitchen without feeling left out! It’s a pretty good deal.

This year Team Fit Foodie decided that we each wanted to choose our favorite holiday dish and put a healthy twist on it (you can see Lee’s Herby Mashed Potatoes here). Today, it’s my turn! One of my favorite holiday dishes is green bean casserole! My family used to make it the old-fashioned way with canned green beans, Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, and crunchy onions (or funyons). I wanted to develop a healthy green bean casserole from scratch where the green beans still had crunch and the onions were crunchy, but still tasted liked onions.

Green Bean Casserole

Are you wondering how to make green bean casserole? And, what makes it healthy? Don’t worry, this healthy green bean casserole is still easy, delicious, and classic. The reason why we’re calling it HEALTHY green bean casserole is because I used whole and healthier ingredients. I just have to say these crunchy onions are my new favorite thing. If I could keep a pan baking of these heavenly crunch morsels, I would. YUM. To learn how to make green bean casserole scroll all the way down the recipe card. But first, here’s what you need to make our fresh green bean casserole:

Green Bean Casserole Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • mushrooms
  • fresh green beans
  • butter
  • white whole wheat flour
  • milk
  • chicken broth
  • red onions
  • egg
  • whole wheat bread crumbs
  • parmesan
This Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Crunchy Onion will be your new favorite side for Thanksgiving! It has fresh green beans and just the right amount of crunchy onions! This Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Crunchy Onion will be your new favorite side for Thanksgiving! It has fresh green beans and just the right amount of crunchy onions! This Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Crunchy Onion will be your new favorite side for Thanksgiving! It has fresh green beans and just the right amount of crunchy onions!

We have quite a few holiday recipes lined up for you guys, so keep an eye out! Get excited for holidays, people and all of the delicious food that comes with it.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Recipe

Healthier Green Bean Casserole with Crunchy Onions

This Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Crunchy Onions will be your new favorite holiday recipe out of all healthy Thanksgiving recipes. It’s made with fresh green beans and just the right amount of crunchy onions!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Linley Richter
Yield: 8
Category: Side
Method: Oven
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

For the Casserole

  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1/8 + 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and snipped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 1.5 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

For the Onions

  • 2 large red onions, sliced
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prep a 9×11 casserole dish and a baking sheet with olive oil. Set aside.
  2.  Next, whisk together one egg and 2 tablespoons of water in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together bread crumbs, parmesan, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add onions to the egg mixture. Stir mixture until onions are coated with egg.
  4. Add the breadcrumb mixture to the onions. Gently fold breadcrumbs into the mixture.
  5. Spread onions out onto a baking sheet. Set aside.
  6. Heat a large saucepan over medium/high heat. Add olive oil. When olive oil is fragrant, add mushrooms and saute for 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat and pour mushrooms into a separate bowl.
  7. In the same saucepan, prepare the roux. Melt butter over medium/high heat. Add flour to butter and mix until a paste is created. Slowly add milk while continually whisking the milk, butter, and flour together. Whisk until mixture is thick. Remove from heat.
  8. Add broth and mushrooms to the rue and mix well.
  9. Pour green beans into the casserole dish and pour the rue over green beans.
  10. Place both the green bean casserole and baking sheet with onions to the oven.
  11. Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes. Then stir the green onion mixture and bake for an additional 20 more minutes.
  12. Remove casserole from oven and turn the oven heat to high broil. Broil the onions for 3-5 minutes for extra crispy onions*.
  13. When onions are finished baking, use a spatula to gently place onions on top of the green bean casserole. Cover the whole casserole with onions and enjoy!

Notes

  • Broiling onions is optional

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 176
  • Sugar: 6
  • Sodium: 885
  • Fat: 10
  • Carbohydrates: 17
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 7
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