When the thought of the holidays comes to mind, many people immediately jump to gifts, decorations, and shopping. But what brings most people together is a holiday feast with family and friends. More than 80% of Americans use canned vegetables to help prepare meals around the holiday season. The average number of canned food items used each week is five; just imagine how many are used to make a holiday meal. Eight in 10 Americans don’t go a week without cooking with canned vegetables. In an effort to help Americans eat better, and healthier, the key is to keep a variety of new flavors alive in each dish prepared for your table.
The American consumer is ever changing, and eating healthy is at the top of their shopping list. Especially when a new diet plan is lingering in the minds of consumers fearful of gaining weight. As a result of the calorie-loaded dinner dishes and sugary desserts of the holiday season; it is assumed the average person gains between five and 10 pounds during the holidays. Brands like Allens are leading the way to feeding the world through great-tasting, affordable, and high-quality vegetable recipes like an Italian Green Bean Casserole that never leaves you with a guilty feeling, even after that second helping.
Americans continue to enjoy the endless benefits of canned goods packed at the peak of freshness. But around the holidays, staying true to family traditions is important, especially at the dinner table. One way it to use healthy ingredients like canned vegetables packed with nutritious vitamins, minerals, and fiber needed to promote good health, without substituting the tradition behind the recipes. Being a family-owned business, Allens is committed to providing families with the freshest vegetables and staying true to family traditions for generations to come.
“Maintaining a sense of family, especially around the holidays, is an important asset for everyone at Allens,” said David Brown, Vice President of Retail Sales for Allens. “We all agree that food is one of the things that bring us together. That’s why we make it a priority to provide our consumers with the freshest, best quality vegetables possible.”
It is likely most Americans will keep true to their traditional holiday meals, but they are beginning to think bigger about nutrition and the ingredients they use. Allens Italian Green Bean Casserole is a dish that makes an appearance on most holiday tables, with savory green beans in a creamy casserole that’s topped with crunchy French fried onions. But the traditional recipe is not gluten free, so I’ve adapted Allen’s recipe so everyone at this years holiday meal can enjoy it.
Gluten Free Italian Green Bean Casserole
Preparation and Cooking Time:
1 10.75 oz. can Condensed cream of mushroom soup (low fat or fat free can be used; Pacific Foods and Health Valley are gluten free, or make your own)
1/2 cup Milk
1 1/2 tsp. Gluten Free Soy sauce
Pepper to taste
2 14.5 oz. cans Allens Cut Italian Green Beans
1 1/3 cups fried onions
For the onions
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons white rice flour
1 medium onion, sliced into thin strips
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, combine cornstarch and white rice flour. Add onions and mix to coat evenly. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Fry onions until golden brown and crispy. You may want to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan because you don’t want to crowd the pan while frying. Remove onions from oil using a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain.
In a 1 1/2-quart casserole, mix together soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, Italian green beans and 2/3 cup onions. Bake for 25 minutes, or until heated through. Stir, and then sprinkle remaining onions on top. Bake 5 to 10 minutes, until onions are golden.
A perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dinners!
Allens offers a wide variety of canned vegetables that are fresh and healthy for each consumer, making it possible for there to be something for everyone to enjoy. To learn more about or find holiday recipes for your table, like the ones below, visit Allens.com, Facebook.com/AllensVeggies or Pinterest.com/AllensVeggies.
Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.