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Wondering what to whip up for Thanksgiving? Whether you’re hosting your very own feast or want to bring a healthy, no-meat option on the big day, here are three tasty, plant-based side dishes all of your friends and family will be grateful for.
- 20 to 30 Brussels sprouts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Pinch of salt and ground pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
For candied pecans:
- ½ cup raw pecans, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Dash of salt
- Preheat large saucepan on stovetop over medium heat.
- Place Brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Rinse with cold water.
- Cut bottom stems off and discard. Slice Brussels sprouts in half, vertically.
- In small bowl, combine olive oil, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and garlic powder.
- Place sliced Brussels sprouts back in a large bowl and add olive oil dressing, coating evenly.
- Add Brussels sprouts into heated saucepan, face down. Pour any leftover dressing over the Brussels sprouts and let cook until tender, roughly 4-5 minutes. When they begin turning brown on the face-down side, drizzle a tablespoon or so of water over the top to steam.
- While the Brussels sprouts are cooking, create the candied pecan mixture by placing pecans in a small bowl, mixing in maple syrup, coconut sugar, and salt.
- Once Brussels sprouts are crispy, use a fork to flip.
- Place the candied pecans on top of the Brussels sprouts and continue to cook for about 3-4 minutes, until tender and crispy.
- Remove from heat. Scoop into a serving dish and enjoy!
- 3 cups uncooked wild rice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
- Dash of salt and ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Handful of hemp seeds
- Cook wild rice according to the directions on the package.
- In the meantime, warm a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add olive oil and minced garlic to heated pan and let it cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
- Add sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper, sage, parsley (save a pinch for serving), thyme, and almonds to olive oil and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Once rice is done, add to pan and let cook on low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Taste and adjust, adding more salt or seasoning as needed.
- Top with a pinch of fresh parsley and hemp seeds and enjoy!
- 3-4 Yukon Gold potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon of pink salt, plus more for seasoning
-¼ teaspoon of pepper, plus more for seasoning
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast or homemade vegan parmesan
- Coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
- Peel and thinly slice potatoes. Set aside.
- Warm a large skillet on medium heat, adding olive oil and minced garlic. Stir for a minute or so until the garlic is fragrant.
- Add rosemary, thyme, nutritional yeast (or homemade parmesan), salt and pepper and stir.
- Mix in the gluten-free flour and continue to stir through, letting simmer for about 1 minute while continually mixing. Pour in almond milk.
- Whisk slowly until ingredients become a thick broth consistency. Add 2 tablespoons of water and continue mixing.
- Transfer mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
- Grease an 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil. Evenly line the bottom of the pan with sliced potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Pour the blended mixture over the potatoes until fully coated. Top with paprika.
- Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes on the middle rack until the potatoes are tender and the top is crispy.
- Serve and enjoy!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!