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!
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 where the green beans still had crunch and the onions were crunchy, but still tasted liked onions.
Don’t worry, this healthy green bean casserole is still easy, delicious, and classic. The only thing that has changed is that 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.
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.
Get inspired by some of my favorite FFF holiday recipes!
- The Ultimate Holiday Charcuterie Board
- Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Spiced Raspberry Mulled Wine
- Lightened-Up Herby Mashed Potatoes
- The Worlds Best Parmesan Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Healthy Thumbprint Cookies- Chocolate Pistachio
- Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting
Healthier Green Bean Casserole with Crunchy Onions
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
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prep a 9×11 casserole dish and a baking sheet with olive oil. Set aside.
- 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.
- Add onions to the egg mixture. Stir mixture until onions are coated with egg.
- Add the breadcrumb mixture to the onions. Gently fold breadcrumbs into the mixture.
- Spread onions out onto a baking sheet. Set aside.
- 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.
- In the same saucepan, prepare the rue. 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.
- Add broth and mushrooms to the rue and mix well.
- Pour green beans into the casserole dish and pour the rue over green beans.
- Place both the green bean casserole and baking sheet with onions to the oven.
- Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes. Then stir the green onion mixture and bake for an additional 20 more minutes.
- Remove casserole from oven and turn the oven heat to high broil. Broil the onions for 3-5 minutes for extra crispy onions*.
- 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!
*broiling onions is optional