It smelled good, looked good, but tasted bad #foodfail #gomakethings

If you have been following along with Massapqua Family, you’ll know that we have been incorporating a healthier lifestyle into our daily life. We’ve drastically changed our eating habits to reflect low sodium/low carb meals, and are limiting our sugar intake as well. I’ve been sharing some of our “healthified” recipes, and they have been amazing.

But not everything goes along as planned. What do you do when you spend hours creating a dish, making sure the recipe is nutritionally healthy and follows our plan, working on being able to share it with you, my readers, only to sit down at dinner and realize it is NOT appealing at all? Well, I’ve decided I’m not only going to share my wins, I am also going to share my #foodfail!

Last week, Stew Leonard’s had a great deal on green beans. We LOVE green beans in our house, so I got four pounds. I spent a while cutting and cleaning the green beans, and I was planning on making our family favorite, a simple recipe with green beans marinated in balsamic vinegar and garlic. I wanted to also try something different. So I split up the beans, and with half I made my trusty favorite. YUM! It was delicious!

With the other half of the beans, I wanted to try a green bean casserole. I remember seeing Campbell’s commercials with their recipe, and although I never tried green bean casserole, my husband did and he said he liked it. When I looked on the Campbell’s site, I was not happy with the nutrition facts, especially the sodium. But then again, the one thing I’ve learned is that some of the highest sodium counts in groceries come from canned soups, so we ALWAYS avoid them.

cambells soup nutrition

I decided, as I always do, to create my own recipe!  I found what seemed to be a pretty good recipe online, and changed it up to make it low carb and low sodium.  While preparing, even  my husband commented on how good it smelled.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup roasted no salt cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 medium onions (thinly slice two of them and dice the third)
  • 1/4 cup sodium free cracker meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp “mock” soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Prepare the cashew cream in advance by soaking in water for four hours.  Then blend drained cashews with almond milk in blender until creamy.  Set aside.
  2. Mix 2 of the onions (sliced) with cracker meal and coconut flour in a bowl.  Toss until combined.  Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and spread onion mixture evenly.  Back for 25 minutes on 475 degrees, turning once.  Set aside.
  3. Boil green beans for 5 minutes, or until tender.  Drain and cool.
  4. Heat olive oil in large skillet.  Add onion, cooking until translucent.  Add garlic and mushrooms on medium heat for ten minutes, stirring frequently.  Add nutmeg, mock soy sauce, cooking sherry, pepper.  Simmer five minutes.
  5. Stir in cashew cream from step 1 and 1/4 of onions from step 2.  Stir in green beans from step 3.
  6. Spread mixture into casserole dish, top with remaining onions.  Bake for 20-25 minutes on 350 degrees.

green bean casserole nutrition

It REALLY is so much healthier!  Look at the sodium!  And the carbs!  And the protein!  And it looks pretty good, too!

green bean casserole

When we sat down to eat it, none of us really liked it.  I mean it wasn’t TERRIBLE, just not my cup of tea. Since I never before had green bean casserole, I am going to say that maybe I truly don’t like green bean casserole!  I was able to create this recipe with much less sodium, less calories and fat and more protein.  But it didn’t really tickle my palate.

If you want to give it a try, go ahead!  And if you change it up a little or find it to be tasty, let me know!  Maybe it isn’t a #foodfail after all!  Okay, okay, regardless of how much we did NOT like this meal, I must say we really are enjoying making these videos with the Sprout by HP!  The collection of our videos and other fun stuff we are doing with this machine can be seen here.

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