Green Bean Casserole

Every so often I get a hankering for something less-than-good for me. A few days ago, that meal was green bean casserole and I thought I would (finally) share a recipe on this site like I promised I would.

Before I go any further, however, I think I should clarify something first: I don’t generally follow recipes. I may look up information on a specific preparation method or save a recipe to Basil for future meal ideas, but I am not the type of person who follows a recipe to a Tsp.1 In addition, if there is taste I am going for, I will taste my specific product until it is exactly where I want it, not where a website or book suggests it should be. I felt like clarifying this about my cooking methods because when I share a link or recipe here, I want it to be clear that it is inevitable that I made something slightly or even completely different when I actually made the dish myself. Also, I work in approximates; my serving sizes and total times are rarely the same for myself and are variable based on a person’s specific kitchen. I will list these in my recipes, but another cook’s mileage may vary.

In preparation for green bean casserole, I grabbed out of my pantry a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup and a bag of green beans, but that seemed uninspired, especially given just how little nutritional value there is in these types of recipes. My wife and I have been on a Quinoa kick recently, so I thought I would look something up that included Quinoa.2 Not only was I pleasantly surprised by the recipe I found, but my minor changes made the final product healthy and made me childishly nostalgic for the comfort food for which I was originally looking.

As I discussed in the afore-linked post, titled Nesting”, I have posted my recipe below as well as a link to put the recipe into the Basil Recipe App. Enjoy!

Quinoa, Tomato, Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings, Total Time: Approximately 1 hour

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook Quinoa according to package instructions.
  3. Mix Quinoa with can of soup in large mixing bowl. Lightly oil a large casserole dish and press quinoa mix into the bottom of the dish.
  4. Meanwhile, boil a large pot of water. Put green beans in this boiling water and cook for 10 minutes, or until desired tenderness. Strain and set aside.
  5. Sauté the tomatoes in olive oil for 3-4 minutes, or until desired consistency. Add garlic, cayenne, and salt to pan and sauté for a minute or so more. Put the tomato mix over the quinoa.
  6. Add desired salt to green beans and put green beans over the tomatoes.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese. Put in the oven and cook for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.

~Recipe Notes~


  1. Grammatical cooking jokes. (Shrug

  2. For those who have seen (and have laughed at) the commercial about a tailgating husband whose wife has packed a Quinoa burger and he pronounces it QUEE-NO, it is funny but terribly undereducated, especially given the fact that Quinoa is a fantastic source of protein and fiber for vegetarians such as myself. 


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The Challenges of 2020

TL;DR: Follow this link.

One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.