Monday, November 4, 2013

Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Mushrooms

I made the World's Best Thanksgiving appetizer last night. There are always a bunch of things on your plate at a Thanksgiving dinner that the famous American traditional Green Bean Casserole (one of my favorites) gets lost in the mix. This portion controlled (and healthier) appetizer version makes the famous dish the star of the show...

Shelly's Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Mushrooms (aka World's Best Thanksgiving Appetizer)

10 Large Stuffing Mushrooms, divided use
1 (14.5 oz.) can Cut Green Beans, drained
1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Tablespoons Real Bacon Bits, not imitation
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Spelt Flour
1/4 cup Milk
Optional: 2 Tablespoons Durkee Onions, crushed

Dust mushrooms, remove stems and gills, set aside 8 and dice up 2. Drain beans and chop (I use kitchen shears) into smaller pieces. Make each bean about 3 pieces. Saute onion and the diced mushroom till golden. Add bacon bits (you can use a couple of slices of extra crispy bacon crumbled), butter and flour. Cook for a minute. Add milk. When mixture thickens and bubbles add drained chopped beans and stir to coat. Fill 8 mushrooms, pile it nice and high and place them on a Pyrex baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Top with a sprinkle of Durkee Onions. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

These were so good and will be making another appearance in a few weeks on Thanksgiving. Last night I served them as a side dish to a rotisserie chicken from the market.

I had a crappy week last week. Really crappy. I had to say goodbye to the sweetest kitty ever Charlie RIP. She showed up on our doorstep 2 years ago starving and weak, a result of foreclosures in the area I believe. A bunch of vet visits, special food and lots of love helped but she had lots of issues. I was lucky to have her as long as I did. She truly was the sweetest kitty ever.

When I get upset I don't want to eat and I didn't really feel like cooking. I basically had protein shakes and soup for a couple of days. Yesterday was the first day I got back into the kitchen. Pretty yummy result and getting back to the routine of cooking was good for me I think. This not eating when I'm upset is a post-op thing for me, pre-op I would have eaten a pile of pasta and bag of Sausalito cookies.

How do you give yourself a boost when you’re feeling sad or upset?

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Anonymous said...

Shelly I'm so sorry about your kitty. I have 4 and don't know what I would do without them. Here is hoping that you feel better real soon. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes they help me every day.


Anonymous said...

Shelly I'm so sorry about your kitty. I have 4 and don't know what I would do without them. Here is hoping that you feel better real soon. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes they help me every day.


Denise H. said...

Aw Shel. I'm so very sorry. {HUGS} I know how hard it is. I lost my sweet Ben dog after 16 years. He was the love of my life. Haven't had a husband stay that long yet. He passed when I was on leave from RnY five years ago. And now my Callie cat is sick. She has been with my kids and me for 11 years and has cancer. We're just keeping her comfortable on narcotics now. It's heart breaking.

A year ago, after being forced to downsize to a tiny little house (divorce #2), God sent a little crazy yellow tabby to our door. He's hyper, noisy as heck, full of energy and wants nothing but love. Same situation...the house next door was foreclosed. So we took him in. All we can do is love our fur babies and give them a good life. You gave your Charlie a loving two years. I know my Ben is waiting for her over Rainbow Bridge. XO

Connie said...

This appetizer is awesome - thanks for sharing your great recipes.

So sorry to hear about your kitty. When I feel down I snuggle with my dog, a Lhasa Apso named Girlie, so I know how much I would miss her if she were gone! I also like to get a pedicure - I am trying to find ways to pick myself up that don't involve food like I would have turned to in the past. (I am a pre-op person who is looking forward to weight loss surgery sometime early next year.)

Drew said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! Wishing you much comfort and strength.

MaryLou said...

Oh dear heart breaks for you. I'm still hurting from the loss of my 13 year old "kitten" who developed pancreatic cancer this summer. I understand the many ups and downs. It's a hard decision to make;how lucky and special you were to have each other.
My eating habits sound similar to yours; I do try to find comfort in things/places I enjoy: cafes, drives, watching old movies, etc.
Hugs to you.

Kim Miles said...

So sorry for your loss. Amazing how they sneak into your life and steal your heart. I had a kitty in my life for 17 years and she was the best. I have two kitties now but my sweet Whitley will always have a place in my heart.

Heide said...

So Sorry to hear of your loss. These pets become such a big part of our lives and it is so hard when they are no longer with us. ((((HUGS))))

Tina Filler said...

Shelly sorry for your loss...feeling down I am trying to take walks or read favorite blogs :-) love you girl!

Alexa D said...

Shelly, so sorry for your loss. RIP Charlie.

I lost my cat Tiger a year and I have many fond memories of her, as I'm sure you have with Charlie :)

Jordan Wise said...

Hey shelly sorry to hear about you kitty I have a cat I would be lost without her. Awsome recipe totally stealing it to make for the wife will let you know what she thinks.

Anonymous said...

First holiday since my VSG 3 months ago. Trying to get healthy...your site helps tremendously!


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Monique said...

Hi Michelle, This is not related to this recipe but could you share how big your scoop is for your protein powder? I love all your muffin recipes but mine are always dry and I'm thinking its the volume of protein powder..Im curretnly using Jay Robb and the scoop looks fairly big. Thanks!!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

My scoops are between 30 g - 35 g I make no adjustments to the recipe if it's slightly smaller or larger though. My cooking is never that technical ;)

Juliet said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but I can't help but feel a little jolt of hope when I hear a pet in need was given a loving home for as long as they needed it here on earth. People have different ideas about grieving a pet, but I hope you bestow the gift of your ownership on a furball that needs rescue when you are ready. Sending you virtual hugs and healing vibes!