Dinner #1: Green Bean Casserole

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BOOM BOOM POW!

Shouldn’t every Monday be like this? :)

Eric got home from work and I handed him a beer. Not to shabby, eh? He goes, “Whoa…it’s a party up in here!” lol. Then I poured myself a glass of wine in one of our fun wedding champagne glasses and he says, “Let’s do some shots!”

I had better things in mind…Dinner #1!

He had Alexander Keith’s beer and I had Yellow Tail Chardonnay.

Green Bean Casserole (The modified version)

Full recipe here (plus directions!)

My ingredients:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1.5 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1 can mushrooms, drained (next time I would use more)
  • 1 heaping tsp minced garlic
  • half salt to taste
  • fresh pepper
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 2 T whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 veggie broth (I made from stock + boiling H2O)
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze
  • 1.5 sliced whole wheat bread, toasted (next time I would use double this)
  • 1 T Becel Olive Oil margarine

Total prep time for me: 50 minutes

Some things to note:

  • Prepping the green beans was my least favourite part and also the most time consuming! For some reason I despise trimming green beans. As in I’d rather scoop cat litter.
  • BIGGEST SURPRISE: My sauce was still very thick and luxurious despite not using soy creamer. I used Unsweetened Almond Breeze and it still turned out very thick! I was shocked!
  • I Simmered the sauce for a good 5 minutes and stirred it until it got thick
  • I didn’t want to dirty more dishes (I was also baking today) so instead of using the food processor I just toasted the bread and then mixed in the margarine with a fork in a bowl. Much easier.

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I baked it slow at 325F for about 35-40 minutes because Eric was late getting home from work.

Voila:

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My plate:

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I cut up a whole wheat wrap and toasted it in the oven for 5 mins at 325F:

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The taste?

This casserole was divine. I couldn’t get over how creamy it was!

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Second helping:

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After dinner I had two more cake balls. They put me over my limit and now I am stuffed!! All the food was just too good.

fun

The grass has gotten so much greener just since our gardening over the weekend. I just had to take this picture so my mom would see that all their hard work went to good use!

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Daffodils everywhere!

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A bird feeding on some new food I put out:

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Then I planted these herbs:

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Such tiny seeds! I admit, I didn’t plant these one by one!

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Anyone good at reading palms? lol

Blue Basil + Green Mint

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April 27, 2009: It’s your favourite time again- PUSH-UPS! I know how much you all hate them so that must mean they work! Do 3 sets of push-ups for as many reps as you can stand!

I was hoping to comment on today’s topics, but my computer is really slow. Apparently I only have 50 MB of space left so Eric needs to work on it. Must be all the food pictures I have been uploading! LOL.

See you tomorrow morning for another fun conversation about social comparison. Your comments from this morning were so thought provoking!

Have a great night!

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Sally April 27, 2009

Mmm… Nice looking casserole! I hope your plants grow nicely :)

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Michelle Gay April 27, 2009

I love green bean casserole. Man I am going to have to try that! Look fabulous.

Michelle

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Run Sarah April 27, 2009

Your version looks great! I just used up my green beans but I suppose I could always used canned.

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Christina April 27, 2009

Lovely flowers! Nothing says Springtime like daffodils :)

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Heather April 27, 2009

I love your casserole! You make it look so easy, but it sure sounds involved! When you toast your whole wheat wrap, what kind of plate/pan do you put it on?

It’s great to see all the signs of spring-summer finally appearing. I can’t wait to hear how your herbs turn out! I’ve been wanting to plant a few myself this year.

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Kara April 27, 2009

Ooooh the casserole looks pretty legit! That’s one of my favorite holiday dishes.

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Susan April 27, 2009

I hope you’re making mojitos with that mint! :P

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Bec April 27, 2009

Mmm that casserole looks great!

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Danica April 28, 2009

Fun dinner and fun planting!

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janetha April 28, 2009

the casserole looks super good, thanks for the recipe!

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Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now April 28, 2009

I LOVE basil & mint.. they are my two fav to have fresh in the house! As you know, I grow them as well and I use at least one of them each and every day!

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Shelby April 28, 2009

I am so making that casserole! How delicious!

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e April 28, 2009

Is Eric content to eat only the green bean cassarole for dinner or do you add something else for him? My husband will eat healthy but w/in an hour or so he would be snacking.

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brandi April 28, 2009

I made Monday a bit more fun with some beer last night, too. The unexpected things are great :)

That casserole sounds really good.

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BethAnn April 28, 2009

That casserole looks super delicious! I am so jealous of your yard…in AZ we don’t have any grass but it’s natural beautiful everywhere…on Long Island (where I go to school) a good sized yard is about ten feet wide. I need to start a little indoor garden or something to keep myself sane lol. Thanks for sharing the pics

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Krista April 28, 2009

Your dinner looks fab! I bet you could use from already cut beans (thawed, of course) to cut back on the prep time.

I noticed alst night how green everything is getting! AWESOME!

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Rose April 28, 2009

That casserole looks delicious!

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ttfn300 April 28, 2009

this looks like a green bean casserole i’d actually eat :)

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amy (veganissexy) April 28, 2009

Yes! That is the best casserole ever! I believe I used almond breeze too when I made it for Thanksgiving. It is a very time consuming recipe, but soooo worth it! Especially with leftovers…it gets even better the next day :) Good job!

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