Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Hi Friends!

You’d think that because green bean is in the title of my blog, that I like them any which way, right? Not so. In fact, I’m crazy picky about green beans. I only like them if they’re still crunchy and most of the time I’d rather eat them cold not warm. And I cannot STAND mushy green beans.

Hubby, on the other hand, prefers them a little more well done. And he’s a huge fan of green bean casserole at Thanksgiving. You know, the traditional Campbell’s recipe?  Well, this year I set out to make a healthier version that hubby would still eat!

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Here’s what I came up with!

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A completely homemade, lightened up version of your favorite Thanksgiving casserole.
Serves: 6
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced and diced
  • 3 Tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cups skim milk
  • ⅔ cups plain greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 - 12 ounce bags frozen green beans
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
  • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan.
  3. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms and saute 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add flour and stir well.
  5. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly to avoid clumping.
  6. Add yogurt and seasonings, reduce heat and let simmer 5-10 minutes until thickened.
  7. Cook green beans according to package directions (in microwave or on the stove. Drain excess water).
  8. Add green beans to sauce and stir to combine.
  9. Pour into a casserole dish. Top with parmesan if desired. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  10. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Give it a try, friends! It’s pretty simple and it passed the hubby test icon smile Healthy Green Bean Casserole

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I actually put some cayenne pepper in hubby’s version because he likes things spicy, but I know that’s a departure from the traditional.

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Let’s chat:
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Looks delicious! I haven’t made green bean casserole in forever but I’m a huge fan of them. My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is usually homemade mash potatoes :)
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  2. My mom and I also only like our green beans crunchy still! But this looks delicious. :)
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  3. Perfect! Just in time for turkey day :)

  4. hmmm it mightcould pass the seven year old test too with enough cheese?!
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  5. love this!! and i might have laughed a little when i saw you posted a green bean recipe…. #easilyamused haha my favorite thanksgiving side is my mom’s stuffing! once a year, itz amazing!!
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  6. I started making a homemade version of this beloved casserole about 6 years ago when we got married. I couldn’t bear one more holiday with the yucky canned stuff!! My recipe involves homemade cream of mushroom soup as the base (lighter version) then blanched haricot verts folded in, and I use the crunchy onion pieces from TJ’s to top with. They have much less junk in them than the traditional brand. One year I made my own onion topping, but decided that in the end, they tasted so similar, it wasn’t worth the extra effort.
    Glad your recipe passed the test!

  7. Yum! This looks so good! My favorite side dish is either cranberry sauce or sweet potatoes! Just talking about it makes me hungry!!
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  8. pinned!!! yum!
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  9. I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a green bean casserole! I’m not sure if it’s an American thing, or what. My uncle steams them, then saute’s with garlic and parmesan – pretty fabulous.
    Favourite Thanksgiving side dish – my mom’s maple-glazed baby carrots!
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  10. Looks good to me – hubby may not go for it but isn’t it me that matters! ;)
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  11. My sister loves Green Bean Casserole, I am going to have to make this for her! My favorite side dish is any form of potato!
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  12. This looks delicious as always!!
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  13. Yum!! Green bean casserole is definitely one of my absolute FAVORITE Thanksgiving dishes!
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  14. I am so excited to try this recipe!!
    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is either baked pineapple or sweet potatoes (both are loaded with sugar, the sweet potatoes is a totally different recipe than most are used to).

  15. this looks great and would totally pass my household’s man food test – the dad test!

  16. I HAVE to convince my parents to let me take over this dish for Thanksgiving. Green bean casserole is one of my holiday faves. Thanks for sharing this with us!!
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  17. Green bean casserole is my favorite Thanksgiving side dish – hands down! I love that you’ve made a healthier version, but one that’s still almost as simple as the regular recipe (you know, pour in a cup of cream of mushroom soup and stir). I am definitely going to have to test this out this Thanksgiving!
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  18. I’ve never had a green bean casserole before..granted Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated here but it sure looks tasty!

    I cannot stand steamed or mushy green beans- they have to be raw or roasted!
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  19. This is awesome. I love green beans and really love green bean casseroles. And ad to this “healthy”. And I love the yogurt addition. This is now my favorite green bean casserole recipe. Thanks!

  20. This is definitely a must-try dish for me! I love the idea of using greek yogurt to make it creamy and so much healthier than the cream of chicken soup version.
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  21. I hate mushy green beans too–bleh!
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  22. I feel the same way about green beans as you (maybe too many canned, salty, mushy ones as a kid0– however this recipe might make me rethink.
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  23. This looks great. I don’t cook with wheat flour, however. Do you know what other type of flour would work?
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