One of my favorite holiday dishes? Green bean casserole. I don’t think I have ever had it when made with the condensed soup, but from scratch it is so darn tasty!!!!!!!!
I usually make it with sour cream, but have recently discovered that full fat Greek yogurt is even better with a much healthier nutrition profile. I think I have mentioned before that I have never been a lover of yogurt. I am not one to eat a container of yogurt alone, but I love full fat yogurt, especially when it’s in stuff (I like it better when it’s with something that has some texture to it) like it is here (or à la vegan peach yogurt).
I am on my Christmas music and movie kick. I am such a sucker for reaaaly cheesy ones (made for TV) but also the classics like the Grinch. One of my all time faves is Love Actually. I watch it every year. I think it’s part of the reason I love (and usually wear) red winter coats.. If you haven’t seen it I seriously recommend it. It is not cheesy, it’s amazing and has an incredible sound track.
Another favorite of mine, one I insist on watching on Christmas day every year, is the Muppets Christmas Carol. It is my absolute favorite version of the classic tale. And another movie with an incredible sound track.
What is your favorite Holiday/Christmas movie?
Health highlight of green beans: Green beans are very high in antioxidants, including carotenoids, which have been linked to healthy glowing skin. The antioxidants also support a healthy heart, helping to protect against cardiovascular disease. Green beans contain minerals that are important for bone health. They are anti-inflammatory, very low in calories, and are a good source of protein! They even contain a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids!!
- 1 tablespoon EV Olive Oil
- 3 large Shallots (3 ounces) – sliced
- 1 lb Mushrooms (crimini aka baby bellas) – sliced
- 1 ½ lbs Green Beans
- ¼ cup Water
- ½ cup whole milk Greek Yogurt
- 2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley (chopped then measured)
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- In a large sauté pan add the olive oil and shallots
- Cook until nicely brown and caramelized (see my tip on avoiding burning them here)
- Add the mushrooms and cook until tender and golden
- Remove the shallots and mushrooms from the pan
- In the empty pan add the green beans and water and cover with foil
- Steam for about 5 minutes, or until tender but still firm (not mushy)
- Add the mushrooms back to the pan with the green beans, yogurt, and parsley
- Season with salt and pepper
- Stir well, taste for seasoning (adjust if necessary)
- Serve and enjoy!!!!!!