Green beans are a Thanksgiving essential. These bright, beautiful, healthy beans are abundant this time of year. Put them in a casserole, on a pizza, or turn them into fries. From oil-free to more rich recipes, whatever you decide to try, any of these recipes will surely please everyone at the table!
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1. Green Bean Mushroom Casserole
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Beginning with a classic Thanksgiving dish, this Green Bean Mushroom Casserole by Mitra Shirmohammadi is an awesome dish if prepared correctly! The most important thing when preparing this dish is not to overcook the beans. They tend to lose their beautiful green color and get brown and mushy when overcooked. To add more texture, try topping the casserole with caramelized onions mixed with sesame seeds and chopped cashews.
2. Green Bean Casserole (Oil-Free!)
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Another version of the classic, festive dish, this Green Bean Casserole by Molly Patrick is made oil-free for the holidays! Enjoy it with your loved ones for an awesome entree or side that you’ll be going back for seconds for.
3. Super Flax Green Bean Fries
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Serve these beans for a new twist on a holiday meal. Perhaps one of the easiest and tastiest recipes, these Super Flax Green Bean Fries by Renee Press are off the charts. They are baked until crispy in a simple and healthy coating made of flax meal, salt, avocado oil, and pepper. Eat them as a snack or on the side of veggie burger, rice bowl, or anything else you’d like.
4. Cranberry Almond Green Beans
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Usually, a green bean recipe is not a fancy one, but these Cranberry Almond Green Beans by Gina Hoskins might be an exception. This recipe is a healthy take on the traditional green bean casserole. It will be a perfect, modern side dish this holiday season. The added almonds give the classic ingredients an extra nice crunch.
5. Green Bean Casserole Pizza
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This Green Bean Casserole Pizza by Natalie Slater is a delicious and unique dish to surprise family with this holiday season! You can prepare the topping and crust ahead of time – but wait to assemble them until guests arrive, or until you’re at your final cooking destination.
6. Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole
This Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole by Florian Nouh is definitely a dish for everyone — even the pickiest of eaters. Fresh green beans are tossed with coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and onion, all topped with a creamy layer of cauliflower mash plus a crunchy, garlicky bread crumb topping. It’s comforting, warming, creamy, and cheesy. In short, it’s comfort food approved and since it’s prepared with minimal ingredients in just 35 minutes, you just can’t go wrong.
7. Balsamic Mushroom and Green Beans with Coconut Bacon
Who says side dishes can’t steal the show? Serve these Balsamic Mushroom and Green Beans with Coconut Bacon by Molly Patrick and chances are, you’ll want to devour an entire plate of them on a bed of rice. Mushrooms of any kind and fresh green beans are stir-fried with a generous amount of fresh garlic, a splash of soy sauce, and just a bit of balsamic vinegar — just a small amount is enough. Coconut bacon brings some crunch and a burst of smokiness to the tangy, vinegar-y flavor of this side.
8. Dilly Green Bean Sauté
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This Dilly Green Bean Saute by Molly Patrick is a wonderful side to accompany any main dish! It’s going to be a staple recipe you come back to time and time again – one bite and you’ll want it with every meal.
9. Green Bean, Corn, and Squash Salad with Basil Dressing
This Green Bean, Corn, and Squash Casserole with Basil Dressing by Jodi Kay is the perfect recipe for when you’re craving greens and you’re up to your knees in squash. The green beans and corn are given a quick blanch using a kettle of boiling water just to brighten the colors but keep the crunch. The garlicky, lemony basil dressing can act as a marinade if you have time to let the salad rest before serving. The toasted pine nuts add those creamy and rich notes, along with more crunch. Use whatever you have one hand or in the garden.
10. Orange Dijon Green Beans with Crispy Shallots
This elegant Orange Dijon Green Beans with Crispy Shallots by Lisa Lotts is the perfect complement to any dinner. Green beans are dressed up with fresh herbs and a citrusy glaze made from orange juice, whole grain mustard, and a hint of agave syrup. It also includes beautiful pearled onions and some crispy shallots.
11. Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole
There’s nothing like a dish of thick, creamy, and rich sauce hugging crunchy, tender-crisp green beans. You’ll never believe this rich Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole by Taylor Kiser is dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly! Perfect for any Thanksgiving dinner! A mishmash of non-dairy milks simmers together with tender, golden brown sautéed onions and meaty mushrooms to create a velvety-smooth, creamy base that gets slathered on fresh green beans and topped with deep-fried onion rings. You’re welcome.
12. Poblano and Veggie Bacon Green Bean Skillet Casserole
This Poblano and Veggie Bacon Green Bean Skillet Casserole by Hannah Teson is the perfect side to any holiday meal. The aspect of this dish that makes it so stellar and so perfect is the homemade Japanese-inspired vegan cream of mushroom soup. It may sound a little strange, but the Asian ingredients give the bulk of this dish a depth that is absolutely delicious. This is a truly comforting casserole that people will love to eat. It’s deep and rich, and creamy yet crunchy. It’s incredible. No one is going to be able to pull out those Japanese ingredients, but they will be able to tell that this dish is well-rounded in flavor.
13. Turkish-Style Green Beans
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Though several Turkish dishes traditionally are prepared with meat, fish, or cheese, you can also easily make equally delicious vegan versions of them. These Turkish-Style Green Beans by Deniz Kilic are based on a Turkish dish but have less fat and more spices! This recipe adds turmeric and dried mint to the mix, which add more layers of flavor and depth to the meal.
14. Green Bean and Wild Rice Salad
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When served warm, this Green Bean and Wild Rice Salad by Lisa Lotts is hearty enough to eat during even the coldest winter months – but it’s equally as nice served chilled at a picnic or other warm-weather gathering! Crunchy almonds, chewy cranberries and sun-dried tomatoes, tangy olives, and hearty wild rice provide an interesting mix of textures that will have you craving more!
15. Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions
You can never have too many casseroles! Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions by Laine Rudolfa is much healthier yet more delicious that the original recipe. You can serve it on Thanksgiving or any other holiday (or any random day). This vegan green bean casserole is absolutely delicious and super creamy. The baked onions…Well, don’t be surprised if you eat them alone and they don’t even make to the top of casserole.
If you love these green bean recipes, check out more seasonal recipes like these 15 Autumnal Vegan Ravioli Recipes or 15 Seasonal Vegan Entrees with No Pumpkin, Squash or Sweet Potato!
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