January 10, 2014
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!
Yield: 6 Servings, Total Time: Approximately 1 hour
Grammatical cooking jokes. (Shrug) ↩
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. ↩