Healthy Green Bean Casserole + A Bonus Offer

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I was in search of a Healthy Green Bean Casserole mostly because I do not like the traditional version.

The Green beans in this delicious Healthy Green Bean Casserole recipe offer so many wonderful nutrients and it is delicious too.  

First, we have Vitamin K which helps with blood clotting and calcium absorption. Second is immune boosting Vitamin C. We also have manganese which assists with nutrient absorption, PMS, and osteoarthritis. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that assists with aging and cancer prevention. Finally, green bean casserole offers plenty of dietary fiber which helps with sugar regulation, cholesterol, and constipation.

Let us not forget the wonderful mushrooms which are loaded with nutrients such as B vitamins, protein, Vitamin D2, and digestive enzymes. Of specific interest is that white mushrooms are high in selenium. Recent research has even shown them to aid in weight loss as well as enhance prostate health.

45 mins, 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 lbs green beans
  • 1 lb white mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 ¼ cups unsweetened rice milk
  •  ½ lemon, juiced
  •  Salt to taste
  •  Pepper to taste
  •  1 tablespoon parsley, chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Clean and prepare the green beans for cooking. Using your favorite steamer method, cook the green beans until al dente and set aside.
  3. Place a frying pan on medium heat, add olive oil, and cook onions until crispy and golden brown. Set the onions aside on a paper towel to help draw out the excess oil.
  4. Thinly slice the mushrooms, then add them along with garlic to the pan and cook until mushrooms are softened. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Melt coconut oil in the pan, add flour and cook for one minute. Gradually stir in the rice milk and stir until smooth, then combine mushrooms, lemon juice, salt, and pepper with the sauce.
  6. In a casserole dish, layer the green beans followed by the mushroom sauce and top with onions.
  7. Bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  8. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.


Using brown mushrooms may alter the color of the sauce.
Almond milk may be used in place of rice milk.
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32 thoughts on “Healthy Green Bean Casserole + A Bonus Offer”

  1. Thank you for this alternative for green beans. I just had a conversation about it the day before Thanksgiving with my daughter. We never made it because I didn’t like it either. She swears I had a recipe (it was always someone else who made it) and now I do. Thanks. 🙂

  2. I’m a big green bean eater! In my family, we cook them low and slow, with smoked turkey meat. Lately, I’ve been adding a touch of butter and lots of tarragon to the beans and they taste even better! Lovely receipe, Elise; thanks!

  3. Although I love all vegetables, I never thought that string beans added so much nutrition. Will need to re think that one. Your recipe sounds like a wonderful healthy side for Thanksgiving. Thanks

  4. wow! this sounds and looks awesome, I am a health conscious person and would go for anything with green, fresh and organic. Loved your recipe will save it for later use

  5. I love green bean casserole, but I don’t eat dairy anymore. So instead of the traditional cream of mushroom soup version, I was just going to do green beans with sauteed mushrooms. I might have to give this a try instead!

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  8. Deborah A. Ten Brink

    Hello Elise:

    This sounds great! I’m always looking for healthier versions of family favorites and comfort food. From your post, it also appears that there are more health benefits to green beans than I realized!

    Thank you for sharing, and best of health to you and yours!


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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.