November 19, 2012

The Thanksgiving Potluck was great, but the best part of it all was Barbie's Green Bean Casserole. I had to share this! EASY RAW VEGAN GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE, www.addictedtoveggies.com Green Beans In a mixing bowl combine the following: 1 lb (2 1/2 to 3 cups) fresh Green Beans – sliced on the bias, or chopped however you like 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tsp Coconut Nectar //or// 1 tsp Date Sweetener 1/2 tsp Garlic Granules //or// Garlic powder 1/2 tsp Onion Powder Mix all of the above ingredients into a bowl and let marinade for at least a couple of hours. I let mine marinade overnight. Caramelized Onions 1/2 Large White Onion – thinly sliced. Toss Onion in a pinch of salt and 1/2 tsp of Canola oil Dehydrator: Place sliced Onion onto Parchment paper and Dehydrate for 2 hours or until “wilted” looking. Remove and refrigerate until ready to assemble Casserole. Conventional Oven: Place sliced Onion onto a sheet of Parchment paper, place parchment paper onto a cooling rack, place cooling rack onto a cooking sheet/pan. Set oven to lowest heat possible, leaving the oven door cracked open place your Onions in oven and “dry” them for roughly 1 hour, or until “wilted” looking. Almond-Onion Topping Into a zip-lock baggy combine: 1/2 c Almonds 1 tsp Onion powder pinch of Salt and Pepper Get out your rolling pin or heavy flat skillet and pound those Almonds into a crumble! Creamy Mushroom Sauce You can make this sauce in either a Food Processor or by hand. Please read carefully for *directions to successfully make this by hand. *By Hand: 1/2 c raw unsalted Cashew Butter Food Processor: 3/4 c raw Cashews 1 tsp Lemon juice 1 tsp Onion powder 1 tsp Nutritional yeast 1/4 tsp ground Celery Seed (celery salt will work, just be careful with any additional salt) 2 pinches of dried/ground Thyme *1 or 2 Handfuls of dehydrated Crimini Mushroom – crumbled (you can usually find these pre-dried at any grocery store, just ask!) Salt & Pepper to taste *1 c Water *By Hand: In a large mixing bowl combine all of the sauce ingredients. Crumble your Mushroom into the bowl. Proceed to slowly add your water, whisking as you go. You may not end up needing the entire cup of water, so be careful to not add it all at the same time! Once all of the ingredients have been mixed together move on to assembling your Casserole! In Food Processor/Highspeed Blender: Combine all of the sauce ingredients including Mushrooms and Water. Puree until smooth – for roughly 3 to 5 minutes. Now get ready to make that casserole! Assemble & Heating your Green Bean Casserole Heating with a Conventional Oven: Set your Oven to its very lowest heat, leaving the door closed until your Casserole has been Assembled — Add your Caramelized Onions and Green Beans together in a Shallow Casserole dish, spreading them out evenly. Pour your Sauce over/on-top of your Green Beans. Top it off with the Onion Almond Crumble. Place your Casserole dish into the warm oven – leaving the door cracked open – for up to 1 hour. Remove when warmed through and ready to eat! Heating with a Dehydrator: Assemble Casserole as noted above in a very shallow Casserole dish. Warm in dehydrator for 2 to 4 hours. When Beans are warmed through remove from Dehydrator and serve immediately!

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