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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

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    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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                12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                1. Nuts

                The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                2. Blueberries

                Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                3. Tomatoes

                Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                4. Broccoli

                While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                6. Soy

                Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                7. Dark chocolate

                When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                10. Gingko biloba

                This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                11. Green and black tea

                Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                Find out more about green tea here:

                11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                12. Sage and Rosemary

                Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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