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Clean Green Bean Casserole (from scratch!)

We love this recipe from Clean Cuisine!

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup cashews plus ¾ cup water
  • Unrefined sea salt (for boiling water), plus more for seasoning
  • 1½ pounds organic green beans, ends snapped and broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 7 ounces shitake and oyster mushroom mix, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 5 ounces baby portabella mushrooms, brushed clean and stems discarded
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • White pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour (such as King Arthur brand)
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup whole wheat panko crumbs

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the cashews and water in a mini food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Set cashew cream aside. 
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.
  3. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with cold ice water and ice. Set aside. 
  4. Fill a large pot with water and add 1 tablespoon of salt; bring water to a boil. Add green beans to boiling water and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain the beans in a colander and immediately plunge them into an ice bath. Drain the beans again in a colander. Dry the beans with a kitchen towel or paper towels (don’t skip this part!). Set aside.
  5. Break the mushroom tops into pieces using your hands. 
  6. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil; add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Remove skillet from heat. Add the cooked green beans into the skillet with the mushrooms and gently toss. Transfer the green bean-mushroom mixture to the prepared baking dish. Season green beans with salt to taste.
  7. To the same skillet used to cook the mushrooms, add 1 tablespoon oil and 2 tablespoons flour; heat over low heat and whisk constantly for 1 minute. Add the cashew cream very, very slowly and continue whisking until all of the cream is used and the mixture is creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Add this roux to the green bean-mushroom mixture and gently toss to coat.
  8. Add the pumpkin seeds, panko crumbs, and remaining 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil to a food processor; process by pulsing about 10 quick times. Season with salt and pulse again. Top green bean-mushroom mixture with the pulsed pumpkin seed mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Garnish with whole pumpkin seeds before serving.