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Pork and chestnut brussels  

• Level: Easy
• Time: 20 minutes 
• Makes: 4 servings 

Combined with herbs, chestnuts, onion and seasoned pork, these Brussels sprouts are the best you’ll have! This easy meal can be made in 20 minutes and is also great heated up the next day for breakfast or lunch. 


• 500g pork mince  
• 500g Brussels sprouts 
• 2 medium onion chopped
• 200g pre-cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped 
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 tablespoon dried) 
• Himalayan pink salt/sea salt 
• Coconut oil (or ghee)


1. Shred/finely slice the Brussels. The quickest way by far is to use the slicer attachment on a food processor.  

2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and fry the onion on a low heat for 5 minutes.  

3. Add the mince, sage and a pinch of salt and cook on a low - medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.  

4. At the same time, in a separate pan heat 2 tablespoons oil and cook the Brussels with the thyme and a pinch of salt on a low heat for 5 minutes.  

5. Add the meat mix to the Brussels. Then add the chestnuts and cook for a further 2 minutes.