Creamy Mushroom Green Beans
Prepare crispy shallots by placing sliced shallots in a small saucepan with butter or olive oil. Butter seems to work better for this but olive oil will work.
Cook shallots on low heat for about 40 minutes until they have caramelized and begin to crisp.
While shallots are cooking, sauté the mushroom and garlic in a small saucepan with olive oil until the garlic is fragrant and mushrooms have given up most of their moisture.
Add white wine and sauté for a few minutes.
In a small dish, make a slurry of coconut milk and flour.
Add broth and coconut milk slurry with salt and pepper to the saucepan and cook on high until the sauce has thickened to a gravy consistency about 5 minutes.
When shallots are mostly crisped, remove from the pan and let drain on a paper towel.
To prepare beans, boil enough water to cover beans.
Place beans in boiling water and simmer for 4 minutes.
Drain beans and place them in a serving dish. Top with creamy mushroom mixture and toss to combine.
Place crispy shallots on top and serve hot.
Traditions. I personally think that no matter your athletic aspirations or health inclinations, you shouldn’t forgo traditions. That being said, I also think you shouldn’t forgo your health. It’s a sticky dilemma. This dilemma can be solved with a few simple updates to traditional foods that bring back so many memories. Food experiences are often so intertwined with memories and experiences with loved ones that it’s hard to untangle them from emotional comfort and nostalgia.
I, too, cherish food traditions. I love a big golden turkey coming out of the oven for Thanksgiving just as much as I love that slice of pie. The tastes and smells of these particular foods put me in my grandparent’s kitchen, talking amongst my aunts and uncles, feeling loved. Just because you’ve adopted a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean it needs to be a different experience. Holidays are one of the occasions that I abide by an 80/20 rule, especially if I’m not in charge of the menu planning. I eat clean most of the time so my aunt’s signature holiday dessert can count for that 20% where I allow myself to not worry as much about what I’m eating. If you’re in charge of the menu, you can easily substitute a few healthier ingredients for traditional holiday foods or change up the menu a bit to accommodate your clean eating goals.
The following recipes are a full holiday meal spread of traditional fall foods made with clean ingredients. This meal accommodates serving about 6 to 8 but can easily be scaled up for a larger group. The full meal will take you about 2 to 2 ½ hours to prepare if only one person is cooking. I’ve included a few sequential notes to help with timing each dish at the end. On the menu: Roasted Cornish Game Hens, Marbled Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Kale and Quinoa Stuffed Squash, and Creamy Mushroom Green Beans with Crispy Shallots. For dessert, try a dairy-free pumpkin pie! I’m thankful to experience these traditions and share healthier foods with my family both near and far. The time spent bonding around the table with family is truly a time to be cherished.
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