About the Recipe

It was only a few weeks ago that our local community celebrated the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival and that brought out the true Canadian in us. I mean, can you really go wrong with anything maple? Pour it on pancakes, make ice cream with it, or as a marinade on locally sourced meats from Vibrant Farms or your favourite root vegetables.

Maple syrup isn’t solely rich in Canadian history, but in nutrients as well! A few minerals you’ll find in this sweet treat include calcium for bone support, zinc to support immune function, and potassium to support muscle function. These 3 minerals are also known as electrolytes to help keep us hydrated.

When it comes to sweet tasting foods, nothing makes a better pair than savoury herbs.

Maple syrup is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, but add basil into the mix and you will further increase those benefits. Oregano contains anti-microbial properties which makes it a perfect go-to herb if you’re fighting off a cold or flu. Thyme helps to increase red blood cell production, supports mood due to its B6 content and reduces mucus/phlegm in the respiratory tract. Plus, Rosemary is known to boost mental function.

To make this an even more local dish — you could use herbs from your kitchen! What’s more local than your own kitchen window? Just triple the herb quantities in the recipe if you’re using fresh herbs.

What food comes to mind when you think of maple syrup?

Citations

  1. Babcock, J. (2017, October 06). Maple Syrup Extract Causes Mega Boost to Our Most Important Antibiotics, Scientists Discover. Retrieved April 14, 2018, from https://draxe.com/maple-syrup-nutrition/
  2. 7 Amazing Thyme Benefits. (2018, April 11). Retrieved April 14, 2018, from https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/thyme.html
  3. Nordqvist, J. (2018, January 03). Basil: Uses, benefits and nutrition. Retrieved April 14, 2018, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266425.php
ABOUT THE EXPERT
Shadi Said

Shadi’s goal is to aid individuals in realizing optimal health through dietary changes, lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements.

The Recipe

Herbed Maple Marinade

Prep Time:
2 mins
Serves:
4-6
Cook Time:
0 mins
Author:
Shadi Said
Total Time:
2 mins
Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp pure, local, maple syrup
  • ½ Tsp Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
Instructions:
  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Whisk mixture (or shake in a liquid-tight jar) for about 10-15 seconds to evenly distribute herbs before pouring on meat or root vegetables.

Tip: Add lemon or orange juice for a delicious salad dressing.

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