Green Bean Casserole Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

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Chef Ryan’s chemo-friendly holiday green bean casserole.



Green Bean Casserole Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Ease of Preparation: Easy Recipe

Dish Description:
What would a holiday meal be without a green bean casserole? As a kid, you tend to stick up your nose and this goopy, unappetizingly colored dish. But as an adult, you realize that green beans drenched in bechamel sauce is a beautiful and tasty combination.

Tasting Guidelines:
Taste is savory.
Weight is medium but can be balanced with red wine vinegar and sugar.
Texture is soft.
Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
Emotional response of a warm home cooked holiday meal.
Best categorized as traditional American.

1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cans french style green beans, drain water from can
½ c. Parmesan or mozzarella cheese

Flavor Balancers:
½ tsp. Kosher salt or sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper, finely ground

½ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

Recipe Directions:
Combine green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and seasonings into a 2 quart sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in cheese. Remove from heat and transfer to baking dish. Cover with French’s fried onions. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Chef Tips:
I recommend starting this recipe on the stove because it is easier to adjust your flavors on the stove as opposed to baking everything together at once and hoping for the best. Casseroles that contain cream of mushroom soup tend to be heavy. But by taking control of the flavor and weight in advance, we have a recipe for success.

Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimine. All of our recipes can be made with organic ingredients if you choose. Our holistic approach to cooking will help you not only be able to eat but to also enjoy the taste of your food again during and after cancer and chemotherapy treatments. We have many healthy recipes, crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, dinner recipes, shrimp recipes, pasta recipes, soup recipes, vegan recipes, salad recipes, vegetarian recipes, breakfast recipes, and even a great chili recipe. Talk with your oncologist and dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

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About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.