Looking for a healthy Green Bean Casserole option? This recipe for Sauteed Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots is an amazing option! No cream of anything soup, and you can actually TASTE the beans, mushrooms and onions. The flavor is amazing and makes for the perfect holiday dinner side!
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Healthy Green Bean Casserole that actually tastes amazing! I’ll show you the easy steps to creating these delicious Sauteed Green Beans with Mushrooms.
Step 1: Steam the Green Beans
In a large skillet, add the fresh, cleaned green beans to a large skillet. Add approximately 3 cups of water, and bring to a simmer. Simmer and steam for about 5 minutes over medium-heat until the green beans become a vibrant green color. The beans will be softened but still slightly firm.
How do I steam fresh green beans?
You can do it in a large skillet with water and bring to a simmer for approximately 5 minutes over medium heat. You can also use a steaming basket in a saucepan and steam the green beans until bright green, approximately 5 minutes.
Step 2: Sauté the beans, mushrooms and shallots
Drain off the water from steaming the green beans. Transfer the beans to a bowl to keep warm
In the same large skillet, add butter and sauté the mushrooms for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
Add the shallots and sauté for 2 more minutes, or until slightly translucent and caramelized.
How do you sauté green beans?
- Sauté simply means to sear food in a small amount of fat. In this instance we are searing the green beans, mushrooms and onions in butter. This give the vegetables an amazing, caramelized flavor!
Can I substitute the butter for another option to sauté?
- Yes, definitely! You can use ghee, olive oil or avocado oil. All three of these are great, healthier alternatives.
Step 3: Add sherry to the mushrooms and shallots
To the mushrooms and shallots add the sherry and cook 2 more minutes. This will give the Sauteed Green Beans a great flavor and slight richness!
What kind of mushrooms should I use in this healthy green bean casserole?
- You can use simple white mushrooms, baby bella, shiitake or a blend of multiple mushrooms. Feel free to choose whatever you have access to at your local grocery store or market.
Can I use red onions for these sauteed green beans? I cannot find shallots.
- Yes! Red onions are a great alternative to shallots. It will provide a similar flavor to the shallots. Slice the red onion as thin as possible.
If I add sherry, will it taste like alcohol?
- No. You will not taste any burn of alcohol. In fact, when cooked all of the alcohol burns off, leaving a wonderful flavor that is complimentary to the green beans, mushrooms and shallots.
Can I leave out the sherry?
- Yes, you can omit the sherry if you prefer to not use any alcohol in this recipe.
Step 4: Add back the steamed green beans and sauté with the mushroom mixture
The last step is to add the green beans back to the skillet with the mushrooms, shallots and sherry. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to give the beans a nice final sear.
To season, add the thyme, salt and pepper before plating.
FAQ’s About Healthy Green Bean Casserole:
Is green bean casserole bad for you?
Because the traditional green been casserole is made with cream of mushroom soup and fried onions, it is rather unhealthy. Because both of these products are highly processed and contain large amounts of bad fats, I would recommend making this Healthy Green Bean Casserole as a healthy, more flavorful alternative.
What makes these sauteed green beans healthy?
- It doesn’t contain canned cream of mushroom soup.
- It doesn’t contain canned, fried onions – very processed and unhealthy.
- The primary ingredients in this recipe are all fresh vegetables.
If you loved these delicious Sauteed Green Beans, then be sure to check out some of my other side dish recipes perfect for a holiday meal:
- Everything Thanksgiving Stuffing with Apples and Pecans
- Roasted Rainbow Carrots
- Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
- Cranberry Citrus Salad
- Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates
- Roasted Butternut Squash Medley
- Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
- Sauteed Carrots
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Here’s the recipe for my delicious Healthy Green Bean Casserole:
- 1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
- 10 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- 1/3 c. shallots, thinly sliced
- 1/4 c. cooking sherry
- 3 Tbsp. butter, divided
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- In a large skillet, add the trimmed green beans with approximately 3 cups of water. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer and steam the beans for 5 minutes. They will be bright green and slightly tender. Remove beans from skillet and transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Drain water from skillet.
- In same large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter and saute the mushrooms for approximately 5 minutes, Add the shallots and saute for 2 more minutes. Add sherry and saute for 2 more minutes, until evaporated.
- Add the last tablespoon of butter. Add back the steamed green beans and saute for two more minutes. Season with thyme, salt and pepper.
- Transfer to a serving plate and enjoy right away while warm.
You can use white, baby bella, shitakke, or a mushroom medley for your mushroom options.
If you cannot find shallots, you can use thinly sliced red onions.
You can substitute the butter for ghee, olive oil or avocado oil for healthier options.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 6 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 12gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g