The beloved thanksgiving side dish, green bean casserole, gets a healthy Asian makeover with this creamy vegan miso sauce made with white miso paste and cashews.
Being Korean, soy runs in my DNA. From all things tofu, fermented soybean paste, to soy chips, our cuisine depends heavily on the nutrient-packed legume. On the other hand, it’s not something that comes to mind when you think Thanksgiving food. Until now that is! The Soyfoods Council challenged some of us from the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network to help everyone get #SoyInspired this Thanksgiving, and boy, did everyone rise up to the occasion and debut their creative and delicious recipes (scroll to the bottom for the links). Looks like it’s my turn to join the party ;).
The two soy products I incorporated into this Asian Miso Green Bean Casserole are white miso paste and edamame. They sure are an excellent way to add more lean and healthy protein into a dish that vegetarians and non-vegetarians can enjoy.
I love green bean casseroles, but not ones drenched in that infamous can of mushroom soup. So instead, I made a super easy vegan cream sauce with an Asian twist that you can make in a food processor. Along with miso paste, I threw in some cashews to make the sauce even creamier.
Once you’ve boiled the green beans and sautéed the garlic, shallots, and mushrooms, add the edamame and cranberries, pour the sauce over, and toss. That’s it guys! How easy is that?
Although the cashews were included to help make a “creamy” sauce, their flavor profile worked in synergy with the miso paste to create something beyond even what I had imagined. The nuts mellowed out the brininess of the miso without overwhelming it. The tart, sweet dried cranberries also played off of the salty paste in a most pleasant way. And possibly the highlight for me was the textural addition of the edamame. Not only did they soak up flavor from the sauce, but they retained a bite even after baking.
Additionally, in celebrating the #SoyInspired Thanksgiving, The Soyfoods Council is giving away a $200 Williams-Sonoma Gift card to help make holiday entertaining easier ;). To enter, head on over to their Facebook page.
- Cream Sauce
- 2 tablespoons white miso paste
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 3/4 in. ginger cut into small pieces
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup water or more depending on desired consistency
- 1 Ib. fresh green beans trimmed
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 3-4 medium shallots diced
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms sliced
- 1 cup edamame
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- season with salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook green beans in a large pot of boiling water for about 4-6 minutes, or until tender and crisp. Drain immediately and rinse in cold water.
- In the meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Add all the ingredients except water into a food processor and pulse until cashews are chopped. With the machine running, slowly add in water.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until they give up some of their liquid, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cooked green beans, edamame, and cranberries.
- Gently toss the green bean mixture with cream sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a 9x13 in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.
Be sure to follow our #SoyInspired Blogs for healthy holiday inspiration
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