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11 Sinfully Easy Green Bean Casserole Recipes

11 Sinfully Easy Green Bean Casserole Recipes

Among the most popular side dishes for Thanksgiving, green bean casserole is one of my favorites. It’s easy to cook, cost effective, and delicious.

Just to give you a better background about green bean casserole, here is more information: Green bean casserole is a casserole consisting of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions. Some recipes may also include ground black pepper and/or soy sauce. It is a popular Thanksgiving side dish in the United States. – Wikipedia

I assembled seven of my favorite green bean casserole recipes here, and added four more exciting ones with their links. If it’s your fancy, go ahead and try some of them. It would be my pleasure.

1. Classic Green Bean Casserole

green-bean-casserole

    Nobody can imagine a holiday without green bean casserole. This crunchy classic is delectably easy to whip up, so it’s practical to serve it on any given day. I’ll let you in a secret: our green bean casserole tastes so good because of a secret ingredient—cream of mushroom soup.

    Ingredients

    2 cans (14.5 oz each) French-style green beans, drained

    1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup (condensed)

    1/4 cup milk

    1 can (2.8 oz) French-fried onions

    Preparation:

    Heat oven until it reaches 350°F. Pop in green beans, milk, and soup in a 1 and 1/2-quart glass baking dish or casserole. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. To spice it up, top your casserole with onions during the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking. Your dish is good once it’s fizzy.

    2. Cheesy Green bean Casserole

    Cheesy Green bean Casserole

      The green bean casserole just levelled up with this one. You’ll fall in love with this cheese-studded version and turn into a holiday-creating genius; always making excuses to dish out one.

      Ingredients

      1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup

      1 cup shredded American-Cheddar cheese blend (4 oz)

      1 teaspoon soy sauce

      1 bag (12 oz) Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers™ frozen cut green beans, thawed, drained

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      1 small red bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)

      1 1/2 cups Cheddar French-fried onions (from 6-oz can)

      Preparation:

      Using your oven’s control circuit, turn to 350°F. In 1 1/2-quart casserole, stir to mix soup, cheese blend and soy sauce. Stir in green beans, bell pepper and 1 cup of the onions. Bake about 30 minutes or until beans are tender and the mixture is heated through. Top with remaining half cup onions. Bake while uncovered for 5 minutes longer, or until onions are brown and crisp.

      Expert Tips

      Instead of red bell pepper, drain a small jar of pimientos (diced) and add them into the bean mixture and stir.

      3. Golden Green Bean Casserole

      Golden Green Bean Casserole

        There are times when the comfort of old traditional side dishes is just what is needed to have a perfect family meal. This variation can be enjoyed anytime.

        Ingredients:

        A dash of ground black pepper

        1/4 cup chopped red pepper

        4 cups cooked cut green beans

        1 1/3 cups French’s® French Fried Onions

        1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup

        1/2 cup milk

        Preparation:

        1. Stir your soup, milk, black pepper, red pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in 1 and 1/2 – quart casserole. Bake the mixture at 350°F. For 20 – 25 minutes or until your mixture is bubbling. Then stir the bean mixture again. Sprinkle remaining onions. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until onions turn golden brown.

        4. Chicken-Green Bean Casserole

        Chicken-Green Bean Casserole

          You can make a whole meal out of this holiday favorite by adding chunks of chicken.

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          Ingredients:

          1 bag (12 oz) Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers™ frozen cut green beans

          1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup

          2 cans (5 oz each) chunk chicken, drained 1/2 cup milk

          1 bag (6 oz) chow mein noodles

          Sliced almonds (optional)

          Adjust oven’s control nab to 350°F. Cook green beans by following the directions on the bag then drain. In an 8-inch square glass baking dish; or 2-quart casserole, mix chicken, milk and soup. Add in beans. Bake for 40 minutes or until center is hot. Serve over noodles. Toast the almonds and then sprinkle them over the casserole. Heat half cup almonds (sliced) in an un-greased heavy skillet on medium heat for 7 minutes. Do frequent stirrings until almonds turn light brown.

          Expert Tips:

          Use 6 ounces of chow mein noodles (wide-style) for this recipe.

          5. Creamy Garlic-Green Bean Casserole

          Green Bean Casserole

            Here’s a neat twist to an old favorite. This green bean casserole features a creamy, garlicky sauce and a topping of buttery crushed wheat crackers.

            Ingredients

            1 cup BREAKSTONE’S Sour Cream

            1 cup KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

            1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

            1/2 cup KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise

            1/2 tsp. garlic powder

            2 pkg. (16 oz. each) frozen green beans, thawed, drained

            26 WHEAT THINS Original Snacks, crushed (about 1 cup)

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            1 Tbsp. butter, melted

            Preparation:

            Heat oven to 350ºF. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add in beans then mix lightly. Spoon into 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Mix cracker crumbs and butter then sprinkle on your bean mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.

            6. Classic Green Bean Casserole with Baguette Chips

            Classic Green Bean Casserole with Baguette Chips

              You can enjoy this hearty casserole dinner that is made using Progresso® mushroom soup, Green Giant® green beans and Pillsbury® baguette chips.

              Ingredients

              1 can (18 oz) Progresso® Vegetable Classics creamy mushroom soup

              1 teaspoon soy sauce

              1 Dash ground black pepper

              2 tablespoons Progresso® plain bread crumbs

              3 cans (14.5 oz each) Green Giant® cut green beans, drained

              1 cup Pillsbury® Italian cheese & herb baguette chips (from 7-oz bag), crushed

              Preparation

              Preheat oven to 350°F. In an un-greased 1 1/2-quart casserole, mix soy sauce, pepper, bread crumbs, green beans and soup. Bake uncovered about 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly. Stir mildly, sprinkle with crushed baguette chips. Continue baking for 10 minutes more or until you chips are golden brown.

              Expert Tips

              Use your favorite cut of green beans in this casserole.

              You can make this casserole ahead, kept covered, refrigerated until ready to bake. Remember to add a few extra minutes to the baking time knowing it will be cold when it goes in the oven.

              7. Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole

              Grandma Green Bean Casserole

                According to many cooks, this recipe is much, much better than the standard mushroom soup and French fried onion variety.

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                Ingredients

                (Original recipe makes 10 servings)

                2 tablespoons butter

                2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

                1 teaspoon salt

                1 teaspoon white sugar

                1/4 cup onion, diced

                1 cup sour cream

                3 (14.5 ounce) cans French style green beans, drained

                2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

                1/2 cup crumbled buttery round crackers

                1 tablespoon butter, melted

                Preparation

                Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Then melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat using a large skillet. Stir in flour until smooth and cook for approximately a minute. Add in the sugar, salt, onion, and lastly, sour cream. Pour in green beans, and stir to coat. Transfer mixture to a 2 and 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top. Toss together cracker crumbs and remaining butter in a bowl, and sprinkle mixture over the cheese. Bake for 27-30 minutes in the oven, or until the top turns golden and cheese is fizzy.

                8. Best Ever Green Bean Casserole Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2007. This recipe was featured on the show, Good Eats, Episode: Bean Stalker.

                9. Rockin’ Lean Bean Casserole Anyone who touches this casserole, rocks!

                10. Easy Green Bean Casserole I bet, you’ll be hard up in looking for anyone who doesn’t love a veggie casserole  like this. It’s so easy make and delicious too!

                11. Suppreme Green Bean Casserole When you want to impress your guests, you need a dish that has a special touch.  Jump-start a delectable but easy dinner with a can of Progresso® soup!

                Do you have a green bean casserole recipe that you have tucked away from everyone else? Maybe for a change, you can share it with us.

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                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                Listen carefully:

                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                1. Pray Daily

                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                3. Smile Often

                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                8. Go Exercise

                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                The Bottom Line

                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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