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Homestyle Green Bean Casserole

Servings: 8
Here's a great recipe for those of you (or maybe your guest's) that are watching their carbohydrate intake, a very tasty Green Bean Casserole from the South Beach Diet Cookbook that will be thoroughly enjoyed at your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup ground walnuts
1 onion cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices and separated into rings
1/2 pound baby bella or cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 onion chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups 1% milk
1 bag (16 ounces) frozen french-cut green beans, thawed and drained

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 C). Coat a medium baking sheet and a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Place the buttermilk in a shallow bowl. Place the bread crumbs and walnuts in another shallow bowl; stir to combine. Dip the onion rings into the buttermilk, then dredge in the bread crumbs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Coat the onion rings lightly with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until tender and golden brown.

Meanwhile, heat a medium saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, chopped onion, thyme and salt. Coat with cooking spray. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes, or until the mushrooms release their liquid. Sprinkle with the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the milk and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes, or until thickened. Add the green beans and stir to combine.

Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 C). Pour the bean mixture into the prepared baking dish. Scatter the onion rings over the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Makes 8 servings.

Source: South Beach Diet
Date: November 10, 2005