by | Nov 22, 2013 | 15 comments

Wow – can you believe that this is the last Foodie Friday before Thanksgiving?!?  Where does time go?  Today, I’ll share a healthy and delicious version of a classic Thanksgiving staple … Green Bean Casserole.  Then, I’ll do a round-up of some Lyons’ Share Recipes that might make a great addition to your Thanksgiving Dinner table!  foodie friday

Before I get to the recipe, let me tell you a little story about green bean casserole.  Kevin and I started dating at the beginning of our freshman year in college, but we didn’t spend Thanksgiving together until 4 or so years into our relationship.  The very first time he came to my family’s Thanksgiving in Dallas, I was in charge of making the green bean casserole (probably because it was easy and I wasn’t a great cook!).  If there is one thing in this world that Kevin hates, it is mushrooms, but I knew he wouldn’t be able to taste them if I used the “regular” recipe (with cream of mushroom soup), so I told him there were no mushrooms in the dish.  Once everyone had finished eating, and he had commented several times on how good the green beans were, I told him that I did actually use mushrooms … and his face went WHITE.  He was embarrassed in front of my family, disgusted by the mushrooms, and mad that I lied … in over 10 years, we’ve honestly gotten in very few fights, and that is probably the maddest I’ve ever seen him!  I still thought it was a little funny (oops) but I learned my lesson and will never serve him mushrooms again without telling him!  I couldn’t find a picture of that Thanksgiving, but here’s one from my second visit to Tampa, in 2006… it seems so long ago! megan and kevin second visit to tampa

OK, back to the recipe.  A serving of “regular” green bean casserole surely isn’t going to kill you, and I’m all about enjoying what you love on special occasions.  Plus, I really can’t complain if you’re including something green in your meal!  So if green bean casserole is your favorite dish and you need the real thing … by all means, go for it!

However, if you love the flavor but want to make it healthier, keep reading!  Most green bean casseroles are made with canned green beans (which are very high in sodium, and far lower in fiber than fresh green beans).  Then you add in cream of mushroom soup, which adds fat and more sodium to the dish (the average can of cream of mushroom soup contains 81% of your recommended daily intake of sodium!).  And you top it all off with fried onions, which Huffington Post says “is akin to crumbling a bulging handful of potato chips and dumping them on your veggies” (OK, that sounds kind of good, but pretend I didn’t say that!).

Anyway, in an effort to preserve all the flavor of the “regular” dish but make it a whole lot healthier, I came up with this recipe last year at Thanksgiving, and no one even knew it was the healthy version!  It’s really delicious – you still get the creamy flavor, a bit of crunch, and the warm and hearty feeling that’s perfect for Thanksgiving!  I hope you enjoy this recipe with your loved ones on Thanksgiving, or any other day of the year!

Healthier Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole from The Lyons Share

Healthier Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole

Adapted from this recipe

Serves 6, but can be easily multiplied for a big group!


  • 3-4 cups green beans, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup baby Portobello mushrooms, chopped (optional!)
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray baking dish with nonstick spray.  Chop your green beans, mushrooms, onion, and zucchini. chopped green beans
  2. Boil the green beans in the chicken broth + 2 cups of water for about 20 minutes. boiling green beans and sauteing veggies
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and oil in a small bowl. Set aside. parmesan panko mixture
  4. Heat a large skillet (sprayed with cooking spray) over medium heat. Saute the onions until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes, and then add the mushrooms and zucchini, and continue to cook for 5 to 7 minutes longer.  veggies sauteed
  5. Drain the green beans, but reserve 1 cup of the chicken broth and water mixture.  Add the green beans to the skillet with the other vegetables.  Pour the reserved chicken broth back into the pot that the green beans boiled in, and bring to a boil.
  6. While broth is coming to a boil, combine the cornstarch and 2 Tbsp water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Slowly pour the slurry into the boiling broth, whisking constantly as it thickens, about 2 minutes.  (I tried to get a picture of the pouring … photography classes are on my New Year to-do list!) cornstarch slurrypouring cornstarch slurry
  7. Pour the thickened mixture over the green beans, mushrooms, and onions. Add the sour cream and seasonings. Stir well. veggies with sauce
  8. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle with the panko-and-cheese mixture. Bake until the casserole is hot, about 10 minutes, and then broil until the breadcrumb topping is slightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Healthier Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole 3
  9. Dig in and enjoy!  Healthier Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole 4 Healthier Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole 6

If made according to these instructions, each serving will have 96 calories, 4g fat, 11g carbs, and 6g protein.

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up!

All of these recipes have Fall flavors and might fit in well to your Thanksgiving Dinner!  Let me know if you enjoy any of them!  (Click on each picture for a link to the recipe)

For the Thanksgiving Dinner table…

Healthier Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole - The Lyons ShareCranberry Maple Delicata Salad The Lyons' ShareWarm Fall Brussels Sprout Apple Hash

For the night before or the weekend after…Autumn Harvest Soup from The Lyons Share

Creamy parsnip and apple soup2 The Lyons' ShareFall Chicken and Kabocha Casserole from The Lyons Share

For football-watching or pre-dinner appetizers…Creamy Kale Artichoke Dip The Lyons Share Balsamic Tofu Mushroom Bites

For Thanksgiving-weekend breakfast… Zucchini Apple Breakfast Muffins from The Lyons' Sharecinnamon roll pumpkin protein pancakes The Lyons Share

So tell me in the comments … What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?  If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what is your favorite “Fall-ish” dish?  What’s the best way to incorporate fresh vegetables into a holiday meal?


  1. Caitlin

    this sounds very similar to the green bean casserole my mom makes. very healthy indeed! i would much rather eat more of a healthier version than a tiny serving of the “real stuff”…as long as the healthier version also uses whole/real foods and tastes good!

    • Megan Lyons

      I’m with you, Caitlin … as a volume eater, the “French method” of taking a few small bites of something and calling it a meal just doesn’t work for me, which is why I prefer “healthified ” versions of a lot of things. I hope you enjoy whatever you do today! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries

    Green Bean Casserole is my favorite dish from Thanksgiving! I am sooo looking forward to trying out this recipe!

    • Megan Lyons

      I hope you like it, Jillienne! We’re making it tomorrow for Thanksgiving :).

  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I am in charge of the Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash!!! 😀 I cannot wait. Oh and the chestnuts are phenomenal! I have been talking about them so much that watch the grocery stores are ALL OUT of them when I want to buy them! 🙁

    • Megan Lyons

      YUM – I want to come to your Thanksgiving! Brussels sprouts and butternut squash are two of my all time favorites! I have to admit, I’ve never had chestnuts … how do you prepare them? (I’m guessing roasted, but that might just be because of the song!)

      • GiGi Eats Celebrities

        Ha Ha Ha! The song is TRUE – you can certainly roast them on an OPEN fire… However, we just roast them in the oven! 🙂 Got to chop an X in the shell… And then you can roast them in the oven @ 350 (with olive oil) for about an hour or so… If you want to expedite the cooking process though, you can boil them first!

  4. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I’ve never had green bean casserole before (although here if you said green bean casserole they wouldn’t picture that- think green beans with beef in a stew maybe?) but that looks AMAZING! I honestly think I will make it as part of food prep lol! Pinning it now!

    I’m surprised Kevin couldn’t taste the mushrooms! I find their texture to be moreso identifiable than others!

    • Megan Lyons

      I hope you enjoy it if you make it, Arman! I just had my last portion of leftovers today :). Kevin couldn’t taste the mushrooms because I had made the “regular” version, which uses cream of mushroom soup – and the mushrooms in the soup are either in super, super tiny chunks, or pureed throughout. So the texture slipped by him. But I won’t do it again!!!

  5. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun

    I’ve been in such a soup and chili kick now that the cold weather is here and your Harvest Soup looks DELICIOUS! I might just have to make some of that 🙂

    • Megan Lyons

      The Harvest Soup is a good one, Sara! I have your pumpkin chili bookmarked as well, because I love soups and chilis, too!

  6. Christine @ Gotta Eat Green

    Everything looks so good! I’m especially drawn to those zucchini apple muffins and cinnamon roll pancakes. I love breakfast foods.. I could eat them all day long!

    • Megan Lyons

      I love breakfast, too, Christine! I do egg scrambles for dinner all the time! Hope you enjoy the muffins or pancakes if you make them!

  7. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    Remind me if I ever meet Kevin not to bring up mushrooms! They are probably in my top 10 fav foods eeeek. We’ll find a way to move past this!

    • Megan Lyons

      Haha, I couldn’t agree more! I love mushrooms – great addition to so many dishes! I think you and him will find a way to get around your disagreement, though :).



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