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3 Plant-Based Side Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner
Wellness
Published Saturday Nov 10, 2018 by Erica Fowler

3 Plant-Based Side Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

Nutrition
Food

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.

 

 

MINDBODY healthy thanksgiving recipes

Candied Pecan Maple Brussels Sprouts

Serves: 4-6   

Ingredients:

- 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
 
Directions: 

- 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!
 
 

MINDBODY healthy thanksgiving recipes

Sage and Parsley Wild Rice

Serves: 4-6  

Ingredients:

- 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
Optional 
- Handful of hemp seeds
 
Directions:

- 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!
 

MINDBODY healthy thanksgiving recipes
Rosemary Cheesy Garlic Baked Potatoes

Serves: 3-4 

Ingredients:

- 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

 

Directions: 

- 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!
 

Erica Fowler
Written by
Erica Fowler
Contributor | Holistic Nutritionist
About the author
With a heart-filled passion for holistic living and people, Erica spends most her time in Southern California along the salty coast when she’s not traveling. Focused on helping her clients find a natural balance, Erica encourages them to thrive through delicious, simple recipes and healthy habits.
healthy halloween recipes DIY
Wellness
Published Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

No Tricks, Just Treats: Healthy Halloween Recipes

Food
Drink
Recipes
Expert Advice

Two things keep people stuck in an eating rut: restrictive dieting and fad dieting. Halloween seems to scream out to both of these.

Those seeking to improve or maintain their health believe they have to restrict and completely refrain from enjoying any festive treats. It’s like a bad spell! It's a mind trick that results in you feeling deprived, unworthy, or worse—binging on the Reeses-filled candy jack-o-lantern by the front door when no one is looking.

Then there are fad diets. The “I’ll start Monday” mentality kicks in, or people desperately search their phone, ordering the nearest juice cleanse to undo all the damage. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work! These tricks not only take us backward; they can cause damage to both our mental and physical health.

It’s all about an anti-deprivation and pro-understanding approach. As nutrition coaches and personal trainers, we value sticking to one track: your track.

So when spooky season comes around, it’s even better when we can integrate festive and gut-friendly treats into Halloween. Each of these recipes is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free with no artificial sweeteners or flavors. Your sweet tooth and tummy will thank you!

Ghoulishly green

Vegan Chocolate Covered Matcha Balls
What’s better than matcha and melted vegan dark chocolate? If you want something a little more seasonal, try using our pumpkin blondie recipe (omit chocolate chips), and rolling into balls after baking. 

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Ghoulishly green

Vegan Chocolate Covered Matcha Balls
What’s better than matcha and melted vegan dark chocolate? If you want something a little more seasonal, try using our pumpkin blondie recipe (omit chocolate chips), and rolling into balls after baking. 

Pumpkin meets protein

Pumpkin Spiked Smoothie
Morning, afternoon, or evening, this is a crowd favorite. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. And heck, if you add in some Bailey’s, Cafe Patron, or Kahlua as a late-night treat, we won’t tell.
 

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Pumpkin meets protein

Pumpkin Spiked Smoothie
Morning, afternoon, or evening, this is a crowd favorite. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. And heck, if you add in some Bailey’s, Cafe Patron, or Kahlua as a late-night treat, we won’t tell.
 

Haunting hydration

Witch’s Water

There is something magical about adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal and a tablespoon of rose water to your H2O. Not only will it reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but the addition also offers a spooky tint to your teeth and tongue.

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Haunting hydration

Witch’s Water

There is something magical about adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal and a tablespoon of rose water to your H2O. Not only will it reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but the addition also offers a spooky tint to your teeth and tongue.

Dressed up dessert

Costumed Candy Bars
Halloween is filled with tricks, treats, and, most of the time, stomach aches. Make your own version of your favorite candy bars with this gluten-free, dairy-free treat! Reese's fan? Top these delicious bars with some almond butter or peanut butter. If you’re more of a Mound's lover, add in more coconut or throw in a little mint extract if Thin Mints is your thing. Whatever kind of candy bar you like, serve it up healthy this Halloween! 

Halloween kicks off months of festivities and there is no point in throwing in the towel on health until 2020 or missing out on all the fun. Whatever your holiday traditions are, steer clear of the on and off-track mentality and stick to the one track that matters—yours.

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Dressed up dessert

Costumed Candy Bars
Halloween is filled with tricks, treats, and, most of the time, stomach aches. Make your own version of your favorite candy bars with this gluten-free, dairy-free treat! Reese's fan? Top these delicious bars with some almond butter or peanut butter. If you’re more of a Mound's lover, add in more coconut or throw in a little mint extract if Thin Mints is your thing. Whatever kind of candy bar you like, serve it up healthy this Halloween! 

Halloween kicks off months of festivities and there is no point in throwing in the towel on health until 2020 or missing out on all the fun. Whatever your holiday traditions are, steer clear of the on and off-track mentality and stick to the one track that matters—yours.

Mooch & Mel - MINDBODY
Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!