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Portobello Green Bean Casserole

What you need: 

4 to 6 cups fresh green beans, ends trimmed and chopped in 1/2
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 cups cremini mushrooms, chopped
1 cup vegan chicken flavored broth (I use Celifibr brand)
1 (8 ounce) container cream cheese substitute (I use Tofutti "Better Than Cream Cheese")
2 cups vegan creamy mushroom soup (I use Imagine "Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup")
2 tablespoons vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
garlic powder, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
1 (6 ounce) container French fried onions

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Cook green beans for 6 minutes. Strain and set aside. In a pan, heat olive oil. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are semi soft and the onions are translucent.
2. In medium saucepan, bring vegan chicken-flavored broth to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add cream cheese substitute, creamy mushroom soup, vegan margarine, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. (You should make it just a little on the salty side because the green beans and onions end up deflecting the saltiness.)
3. Stir until all the ingredients are blended together. In large bowl, mix sauce with onions and mushroom mixture. Add in green beans and toss until evenly mixed. Layer evenly in 9” x 13” pan.
4. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, take tinfoil off and top with French fried onions. Place back in oven and bake until the onions are browned and the casserole is bubbly, 15 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool for a bit, and enjoy!!!
Source of recipe: I skimmed a few green bean casserole recipes on the web and this is what I came up with.

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10
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This casserole was SOOOOOO delightfully delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe! It was so full of flavor. I didn't change a thing on this recipe. Only thing I will change the next time is to add some thickener to the soup mixture because it came out really runny, but we didn't care! My meat eating, chef of a girlfriend said it was way better than hers! Yes! Only trouble is that now I have been designated as the green bean casserole girl for the holidays. Now I get to make that AND my famous shepard's pie (which can be found here: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7450.0). Lucky me? LOL.

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