It’s maple syrup season in Vermont. So, catch the spirit of the season with this delicious and easy recipe for maple glazed Brussels sprouts, a perfect side dish for a healthy dinner.
Maple Syrup: A Superfood?
Maple syrup is a “superfood.”
Tests on the syrup found that it contains compounds which could help manage Type 2 diabetes, as well as acting as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents. It does contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals than white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Researchers also found that many of the antioxidant compounds, which prevent the oxidation and aging of the body’s cells, aren’t found in other natural sweeteners.
If you are looking for sugar alternatives, maple syrup is a good one. But, of course, us it sparingly to maintain a healthy diet!
Go Local When You Buy Maple Syrup
Maple syrup and maple syrup products are the pride and joy of the Vermont economy. So, when you add maple to your grocery cart, choose a local option. You can learn all about your choices by visiting the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers website.
Brussels Sprouts Glazed With Maple Syrup: Recipe for Health
Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts
- 2lbBrussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
- 4Tbspolive oil
- 1/4cupmaple syrup
- 2Tbspunsalted butter
- 2Tbspchopped fresh parsley
- 1 1/2Tbspfresh chives, thinly sliced
- 1Tbspfresh sage leaves, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in 2 batches, and adding 2 more Tbsp oil between batches, cook sprouts until deep golden brown (4-5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper and continue cooking until tender (3-4 more minutes). Transfer sprouts to a bowl.
- Remove pan from heat and add maple syrup, butter, and herbs. Once butter has melted, return sprouts to pan and toss to coat.