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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

What you need: 

1-1/2 cups nondairy milk
1 (2.5-ounce) cube veggie bouillon
1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
3/4 cup chopped mushrooms (button, crimini, portabella, whatever)
1 carrot, diced
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 or 3 tablespoons cornstarch or potato starch
2 or 3 tablespoons cold water
1 (14.5-ounce) can French cut green beans
1-1/2 (24-ounce) canisters vegan French fried onions

What you do: 

1. In a saucepan, heat the nondairy milk and veggie bouillon; stir until bouillon cube disintegrates. Just heat the milk, do not boil or scald it.
2. In a skillet, heat the oil. Add the onions, mushrooms, and carrots; saute until the onions are translucent. Add the herbs and spices (basil, garlic, marjoram, oregano, pepper, sage, salt, and thyme - and whatever other hearty herbs make you happy).
3. Make a thickener by combining cornstarch and cold water; mix well. Pour into the nondairy milk-bouillon mixture. Stir well, because this will coagulate pretty quickly.
4. Quickly add the can of green beans, the sautéed veggies, and about half of the French fried onions; stir well. Pour that mixture into a casserole dish or pan and top with remaining French fried onions.
5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the French fried onions begin to brown. Remove. Eat. Enjoy.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Servings: 
4 to 6
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

We doubled the amount of green beans (almost) and only used 1/3 of the fried onions only on top of the dish... simply because they're fried... personal preference.  Next time I'm going to use half a bag of julienne carrots, instead of slicing my own into little discs.  I think it'll make the dish look prettier.  The flavor of the sauce is AMAZING!!!  And it's even good three days later.  Yes, I'm still enjoying leftovers. 

Re-heat in the oven - and toast once they're warm enough so that it becomes crispy again.  YUM!  What a great recipe.  I really missed this dish.  Thank you so much~

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I used this recipe for Thanksgiving too.

I was a little confused about the amount in one "can" of fried onions. I seem to recall there are two sizes of the standard brand, but I got a version from a health food store (only sold the larger size), and only used one can for the recipe. Even so, it was *really* onion-y (and don't get me wrong; I love fried onions, but I was concerned about my guests...). Tasting this before the onslaught of onions, it's still pretty good without. I might use less onions next time, or keep it the way it is if I'm by myself =)

I used frozen green beans, and a mix of soymilk/vegetable broth (no boullion). I think it would be good with more mushrooms, too.

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i used fresh green beans and added a little extra carrot and mushroom and i made my own french fried onions as suggested in previous reviews. BEST GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE EVER. A+

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A can is usually 14-15 oz, but a bag of frozen green beans should be about the same.  Honestly, I find this is best when I don't obsess about the measurements and just go with what I have and what tastes/looks right.  BTW, I made this for my non-vegan family for Thanksgiving and they LOVED it.  I'm printing the recipe off for my mom right now.

Also, I don't know if anyone else encountered this, but I had to use way more corn starch and less soy milk to make it come out right.

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I tried to make this one today. It came out like chunky soup. It does have a good flavor though. It inspired me to make vegan cream of ______ soup. I may try to make it again. :D

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I too was wondering what is the amount of green beans used. I bought a huge bag of frozen green beans planning to attempt this then realized I don't know the proper proportion  :-[ Suggestions anyone please?

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Question... Anyone know the equivalent if i were to use fresh green beans rather than the canned ones?

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This was SOOOOOOO delicious!! It puts non-vegan green bean casserole recipes to shame!! Thankyou so much for recipe!  :)

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Just a question...the recipe says one can of green beans.  What size can?  I can't imagine that one regular size of green beans is the correct amount.  I was thinking 3-4 cans.  Can anyone clarify?  Thanks in advance.

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BalboaLust--

Thanks so much for the French fried onions idea.  I hate the chemicals that are in the only canned variety I can buy out here in the sticks.  This is a great alternative!

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