BCBSKS employees try a healthier green bean casserole

{Video} We tried a healthier green bean casserole

We know it just isn’t Thanksgiving without those classic dishes, but is it possible to enjoy a healthier version of them by switching out a few ingredients? To find out, we made a green bean casserole with a few ingredient swaps and asked employees if they could taste a difference.


Here’s the recipe from WebMD:


  • 1 tablespoon butter or canola margarine
  • 1 cup fat-free or light sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons quick-mixing flour (regular flour can also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 16 ounce bag frozen French-style green beans (if you want to use canned, use 3 cans, 14.5-ounce each, drained)
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced fat crackers (buttery, not soda crackers), about 10 crackers
  • canola cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×9-inch baking dish with canola cooking spray.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in 2 cup glass measure in microwave. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the sour cream and the flour. Add remaining sour cream, salt, and sugar, and stir until well blended.
  3. In large bowl, blend the sour cream mixture with the green beans and half of the cheddar cheese and spread mixture into prepared baking dish.
  4. Spread remaining cheese over the top and top with the cracker crumbs. Spray the cracker topping lightly with canola cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden and sauce is bubbly.

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Editor’s note: ½ cup of chopped onion is included in the ingredient list, but it’s missing from the directions. We added it in step three.

2 thoughts on “{Video} We tried a healthier green bean casserole

  1. Is there a carb/sugar count located somewhere to peruse? I’m diabetic and have to watch carbs and sugar especially. This might be a better option for me. Thanks!

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