Get Ready for the Holidays: Healthy Green Bean Casserole

From the wonderful Detoxinista.

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This casserole seems a little more complicated than most other recipes I put up on here. However, it is  easy to make I promise! There’s just a few extra steps…

On the plus side, it is DELICIOUS! The best I have ever had and full of beautifying ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cups parsnip, chopped
  • 10 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. celtic/himalayan sea salt

Method:

  1. Melt a pat of coconut oil, or butter, in a large skillet and add the sliced onions. Sauté gently over medium-low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until caramelized. Use a splash of water, as needed, to prevent sticking.
  2. Once the onions are tender and golden in color, remove from heat and set aside in a bowl for later.
  3. While the onions are cooking, you’ll have plenty of time to steam the parsnips.
  4. Fit a steamer basket into a saucepan, and fill with one inch of water. Add the 2 cups of chopped parsnips, and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce the heat to low, steaming for about 8 minutes, or until the parsnips are easily pierced with a fork.
  5. Transfer the steamed parsnips to your blender container, and set it aside.
  6. Using the same steamer basket and saucepan, break the pound of fresh green beans into one-inch pieces, and toss them into the steamer basket. Bring to a boil, then cover and steam for 6-8 minutes, until the green beans are bright green with a bit of crunch.
  7. Note: At this point, cook the green beans to be as tender as you like– if you prefer them softer, steam them longer. The baking process later will not make them any more tender, so this is your chance to achieve the texture you like.
  8. Transfer the cooked green beans to an 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish.
  9. Once the onions have finished caramelizing, you can use the same pan to sauté the mushrooms and garlic. Melt another pat of coconut oil or butter, and sauté the garlic for about 3 minutes, then add the mushrooms. Cook for about 6 minutes, until liquid is released from the mushrooms.
  10. Spread half of the mushroom mixture into the baking dish of green beans, and pour the other half of the mixture, along with any liquid, into the blender container with the steamed parsnips.
  11. Into that same blender container, add 1 1/2 cups water, 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt and 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast to the cooked parsnips and mushrooms. Blend until smooth and creamy. (This mixture may be a bit salty to taste at this point, but keep in mind that it will be diluted when it’s poured over a pound of green beans!)
  12. Pour the creamy sauce over the green beans and mushrooms in the glass baking dish, and stir to coat well. (You may end up with more sauce than you need for this recipe– I only used about 1 1/2 cups to coat the vegetables well. Save the rest for a future dish!)
  13. Smooth the creamy vegetable mixture with a spatula, and top with the caramelized onions to finish!
  14. At this point, you could cover the dish and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to heat and serve.
  15. When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350F and bake uncovered for about 30 minutes, until bubbly. Serve warm and enjoy!

It’s easier than it looks and like I said above, so delicious!!

I hope you enjoy a happy, healthy Thanksgiving and Holiday season!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to celebrate St. Patty’s in Dublin, Ireland! Yes, it was AMAZING! I traveled with a group of friends. We were all living in London for a semester during our Junior year of college through our University’s Study Abroad Program. From London, Ireland was just a hop, skip and jump away! We traveled to see Howth as well (a small town outside of Dublin and one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen).

This year, whether you’re staying clean and lean or you’re taking a load off and celebrating- have fun and enjoy the festive spirit!

Try out this Happy St. Patty’s Day Extra Green Smoothie! Complete with a festive, nutritious Pot O’ Gold feature! And guess what? You can choose to let loose by adding in a little vodka or other clear alcohol! 😉

Ingredients:

1 handful spinach

1 BIG handful romaine lettuce

1 large cucumber

1 pear

1/2 banana

3-4 Mint leaves

1/2 lemon juice

1 tsp. bee pollen for protein (Or, your festive Pot O’ Gold feature!!)

1 tsp. chia seeds for optimal digestion- they slow down the conversion of carbohydrates (the fruit) into sugar!

1 serving of liquid chlorella- for glowing skin!

Filtered water to desired consistency

Using Vodka? Try 1 oz.

Have fun in whatever you’re doing! As for me, I’m starting my day with a hot bubble bath! Like my festive shirt? 😉

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

xoxo, Danielle

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