Healthy Green Bean Casserole

With the holidays around the corner, we are on a mission to create a healthier spin on some of our favorite dishes. Try this Healthy Green Bean Casserole for a lightened up version of the classic creamy side dish. Traditional green bean casserole gets a healthier twist. Skip the condensed soup for a creamy, homemade sauce and top with nutrient-rich almonds for a little crunch.

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love a good green bean casserole. What I don’t love is using canned mixes and feeling uncomfortable after eating it. I wanted my family to still be able to enjoy this holiday classic, but feel good about serving it. That is why I worked on this Healthy Green Bean Casserole to create a dish worth bragging about and one that I can feel better about indulging in.

how to make a healthy green bean casserole

Making green bean casserole is such an easy dish. You usually just dump everything, mix and bake. Well we make a homemade sauce here but the recipe is still very simple with items you most likely already have in the kitchen. Make sure to serve them up this upcoming season with our Citrus & Sage Roasted Turkey or even our Slow Cooker Ham!

Key Ingredients for this Healthy Green Bean Casserole

What we love about green beans

Green beans are loaded with some wonderful nutrients for our bodies. They are high in fiber, Vitamin C, and many anti-oxidants. They have properties that protect our heart, aid in healthy digestion, and help to support our bones!

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For more on green beans, how to select them , store them and prepare them check out our Produce Tips Page!

How to make this Healthy Green Bean Casserole

First start by bringing 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepot. Then add the green beans and cook uncovered, for about 4-5 minutes, or until tender.

Next heat the butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Then the add garlic and onion, and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add in the salt, pepper and half-and-half, and simmer for about 7 minutes, or until the half-and-half is reduced slightly.

Then toss the half-and-half mixture with the green beans and top with the sliced almonds. Enjoy with your family and friends.

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How To Make a Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Frequently asked questions:

Can I use frozen green beans in this recipe?

Sure you can! Just either defrost them according to the package and proceed with the recipe. Or you can make the sauce, then toss it with the frozen green beans and bake in the oven at 350 degrees until heated throughout.

Can I make this Healthy Green Bean Casserole ahead of time?

Yes! Go for it. Make as it is, then just heat it up either on the stove or toss it in the oven when you are ready to serve!

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Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Amber Gray
Traditional green bean casserole gets a healthier twist. Skip the condensed soup for a creamy, homemade sauce and top with nutrient-rich almonds for a little crunch.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Sides, Thanksgiving
Servings 4 servings
Calories 179 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 16 oz. package green beans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds toasted until golden

Instructions
 

  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in large saucepot; add green beans and cook uncovered, 4-5 minutes, or until tender.
  • Heat butter in skillet over medium heat; add garlic and onion, and cook 1-2 minutes. Add salt, pepper and half-and-half, and simmer 7 minutes, or until half-and-half is reduced slightly.
  • Toss half-and-half mixture with green beans and top with almonds.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 352IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg
Keyword casserole, green bean, healthy, thanksgiving
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More holiday inspired recipes to try:

Sweet Potato Casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Holiday Stuffed Turkey & Green Bean Casserole