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Christmas simply is not complete without classics we either love

or hate. We tackle two here, the chestnut and Brussells sprouts

Sanjay Davda is the Head of Grocery at Merchant


Gourmet, a brand that supplies some super food

ith songs

trilling about

stuffs, such as Puy Lentils, as well as Chestnuts and

chestnuts Chestnut Puree. He says, “The popularity for traditional

over an open

fire, as a

ingredients is on the rise, and last year we saw an 8%

diabetic you might wonder how many growth year on year in the volume sales of our whole

carbs are in 1 ounce of roasted Chestnuts.

chestnuts. Available from supermarkets, chestnuts

Their carbohydrate content compares

with that of wheat and rice; chestnuts can be used to pep up many seasonal dishes.”

have twice as much starch as the potato.

That ounce of hot rocks contains about

15 grams of carbohydrate. Alex Mackay’s Brussels Sprouts, Chestnuts & Pancetta

In addition, chestnuts contain about

8% of various sugars. As chestnuts ripen, • 400g Brussels sprouts

the starch is slowly converted into sugars • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

and moisture content starts to decrease. • 70g-100g pancetta, smoked or unsmoked

They are the only ‘nuts’ that contain • 100g cooked chestnuts, cut in half

vitamin C, with about 40mg per 100 g of • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

raw product, which is 100% of the UK’s

recommended daily intake, although the Trim the sprouts as little as you possibly can. Cut them in half. Boil in

amount of vitamin C decreases by about salted water for 3 minutes until tender. Drain then return them to the

40% after heating. empty pan; put it back on the heat and sauté for 20-30 seconds to

Fresh chestnuts have about 180 evaporate the excess water. Turn off the heat. In a large frying pan, add

calories per 100 grams, which is much the vegetable oil and heat to medium. Add the pancetta and sauté for 1

lower than walnuts, almonds, other minute to cook through. Add the chestnuts, sauté for 1 minute. Add the

nuts and dried fruits. Chestnuts, as with sprouts. Toss everything together, season with salt and freshly ground

all plant foods, contain no cholesterol black pepper and serve.

and contain very little fat, what there is

is mostly unsaturated, and there’s no


Another seasonal favourite (for some

of us!) is the humble brussells sprout.

There are 10g of carbs, 4.5g of fat and 4g

of protein, 88 calories as well as a big hit

of Vitamin C in 1 cup of Cooked Brussels


By total comparison to the above,

your average mince pie is likely to be

around 40g of carbohydrate, so fill your

self up with veggies in an attempt to

prevent picking one of those up after the

main course is over and one with!


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