Pigs in Trees

Serves 2

Prep 5 mins

Cook 45 mins

Easy / Minimal Ingredients / Gluten- Free

With broccoli and fennel fumbled together in a fresh lemony marinade this works wonderfully alongside little herby sausage balls nestled amongst them. With it’s subtle mustard undertones I like to serve a side of plain roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes, making this a simple throw together and bung in the oven meal. Just add gravy on the side and you have a twist on the Sunday roast.

Use high quality sausages with no less that 90% sausage meat, the cheaper the sausage the more nasties you’ll find such as a high salt content. You wouldn’t want to counteract the positive influence that both fennel and broccoli have on blood pressure by opting for a low grade banger.

With the other half of the fennel I made a simple low fat slaw as part of my lunch the following day by finely slicing the fennel, half a small onion, a handful of chopped walnuts with a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard, two tablespoons natural yoghurt and one of low fat mayo.

BROCCOLI – Rich in vitamin C, A, folic acid, calcium and fibre. A good source of calcium particularly for those that avoid dairy products. Not only can calcium promote healthy bones but certain research has suggested that it may play a role in controlling high blood pressure, and could help prevent colon cancer. Sulforaphane within broccoli has anti-cancer properties. Broccoli is equal part soluble and insoluble fibre helping you to meet requirements for both types of fibre. (SOURCE; http://home.howstuffworks.com/broccoli3.htm )

FENNEL – Fennel contains a healthy amount of flavanoids that give it strong anti-oxidant properties. When researchers tested the impact of fennel on animals, it has repeatedly shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and help prevent cancer. Fennel is a very good source of fibre too, as fibre helps flush out potential carinogenic toxins, fennel could be useful in treatment of colon cancer. High in potassium this vegetable is another winner for helping lower blood pressure. (SOURCE; http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=23 )



400g pack high grade gluten free sausages with herbs, casings removed and each sausage made into 4 meatballs

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1 head broccoli, split into small florets

½ fennel, sliced.

½ lemon, zested

½ tsp lemon juice

1 tsp wholegrain mustard

1 ½ tbsp olive oil

Black pepper

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Preheat your oven to 220c / 200c (fan) / Gas Mark 7

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, mustard, lemon zest & juice.
  2. Tip the vegetables into a large casserole / baking dish and mix with the mustard lemon marinade to coat them.
  3. Arrange the broccoli florets and fennel slices in a single even layer.
  4. Nestle your sausage balls amongst the vegetables, drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of black pepper before putting in the oven for 45 mins or until the sausages are cooked through and browned. If you like crispy textures then pop the dish under the grill for a few mins before serving.
  5. Serve with vegetables of your choice.


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