Balsamic Brussels and Giving Tuesday with Made In Cookware

Adulting is…using quality cookware.

That’s what I’ve learned since starting my “adulting” journey and making my apartment into my first REAL home. Pretty proud of each adult addition I make, including new fluffy towels, quality pots and pans, and bed sheets that don’t look like they belong in a college dorm. It makes such a difference, and really brings a sense of pride when you start to invest in yourself and your home. I’ve been using pans from Made In Cookware, a US based cookware company –  and they are top notch. I swear my dishes TASTE better when I use their pans, and I’m excited to be partnering up with them to share this recipe!

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Give the gift of great food (and great cookware).

My current gift giving philosophy is totally quality of “coolness”. With the holidays around the corner, EVERYONE is thinking about the perfect gifts for loved ones.

I truly appreciate thoughtful and purposeful gifts that I will use often. New pans and other kitchen appliances may not be the most romantic, fun, or spontaneous gift… but they sure are useful. Learning to cook from home, meal prep for busy weeks, and gain confidence in the kitchen is a skill everyone will use for a lifetime. So if you’re looking for a gift for a first time home owner, or recent graduate, I’d seriously consider some quality cookware that will last them through recipe experiments.

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In addition to being high quality, non-stick (without harmful chemicals!) cookware, Made In Cookware is dedicated to giving back today in honor of Giving Tuesday. I love this initiative, as a home cooked meal is not something that everyone has access to, something we too often take for granted.

Starting today, and running through the end of the year, Made In will be giving back to American families in need. Made In has created an exclusive pan with a dark green nonstick coating  – and for every pan sold, Made In will donate 25 meals to children in our communities who need them most.

Pretty awesome, right?

You can shop this pan here. 

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Now, a little about the recipe using Made In!

This recipe is also perfect for anyone who’s starting to get invited to a lot of holiday parties, but doesn’t want to show up to the host’s house empty handed. And really, who needs yet another bottle of wine?? These balsamic brussel sprouts are DELICIOUS, made with only a few simple ingredients plus 1 pan. No crazy clean up, just simple, wholesome food.

The brussels fried up perfectly in this Made In Cookware pan, and the crunchy toasted pecans and dried cranberries were delicious additions suited for the winter months. It was obvious that the pan distributed heat very evenly, making the brussels evenly cooked and browned. This dish could be served as a vegan main course option, or as a side dish to bring to the holiday table. I brought it to my Friendsgiving celebration last week!

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Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Brown Rice, Pecans and Cranberries

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  • Prep Time: 10h
  • Cook Time: 10h
  • Total Time: 25h
  • Serves: 2


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, halved
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic glaze/ reduction
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup brown rice, prepared
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. First prepare brown rice and set aside. Heat oil over medium-high. Add brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until caramelized, 8 to 10 minutes. Add balsamic glaze and 1/4 cup water to pan and cook until evaporated, about 2 minutes, stirring to coat the brussels sprouts. Remove from heat, and add to a bowl. Add brown rice, pecans and cranberries to bowl and toss all ingredients well to combine. Add additional salt, pepper, or balsamic glaze to your liking.

Be sure to check out Made in on Instagram – and shop their site this holiday season!

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This post was sponsored by Made In Cookware, however all opinions are my own.


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