A healthy alternative to the family favorite.
By now we’re all familiar with the Thanksgiving classic easy green bean casserole. My family always preferred traditional Chinese meals for the holidays, but we even added this popular American holiday side dish to our spread. The challenge with the creamy mushroom soup and crispy onions is it’s not exactly the healthiest. Whether you are on a fitness journey, have a strict diet, or just cooking for a finicky Friendsgiving this is a great vegan, gluten-free alternative and one of my favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes.
Thanksgiving is a time when everyone will indulge and have their favorite treats. But what if you simply cannot eat this anymore? We all love the memories that flood back when we have our holiday favorites. But this doesn’t mean that we have to break our dietary restrictions. After all, not everyone in the family can have rich foods or heavy meals. This delicious gluten-free green bean casserole has all the notes of the original with a healthier twist.
After Culinary school, I learned, the hard way, that I could no longer eat dairy. My sister, Elena, has Celiacs. Her gluten intolerance was also hard on the family. We’re Chinese, so many of our meals are full of gluten. But when we make dishes from the heart the most important ingredient is TLC: tender loving care. And it’s with that TLC that I set out to find healthier alternatives to Thanksgiving favorites.
This dish is perfect! It’s a green bean casserole you can make ahead, it tastes so close to the original you may question if it’s still vegan. Plus, it is perfect for any relatives with dairy or gluten intolerance or who may need to switch to healthier diets.
So much of eating is memory, sensory, and connection. There’s no reason you should suffer on Thanksgiving just because you’re more health-conscious or your diet has to change. With the same healthy green beans, unctuous mushroom flavor, and with the sub of crispy fried leeks this is sure to become your new favorite holiday recipe.
At my family’s Thanksgiving, it’s a big mish-mash of food. We have Chinese classics, American favorites, and even Hungarian food. What can I say? I just love cooking Hungarian food. But all of our side dishes at family gatherings and holiday meals are gluten-free and vegan. This way, everyone gets a chance to have a taste. After all, Thanksgiving is about sharing.
This dish is perfect if you have to bring a side or you just don’t have the time to make an elaborate meal. You can even make it ahead of time and everything! Plus, all of your bases are covered, as this dish can be dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan and still remind you of your family favorite.
VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE a.k.a.
FRENCH GREEN BEANS WITH MUSHROOM WINE SAUCE & CRISPY LEEKSPrint
I hope you enjoy this recipe and also take the time to have gratitude for all of the amazing things you and your family are thankful for this Thanksgiving!