Vegetarian Christmas - Spiced Pot au Chocolat with a Spiced Biscuit
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If you are on a tight budget, Christmas food can be very difficult, causing stress, and maybe even debt too. No need to get into debt, when with a bit of extra planning, you can enjoy a delicious vegetarian Christmas festive meal, without spending a fortune. If you don’t know where to start, or would like a few vegetarian christmas recipe ideas, have a look at this detailed, 2 person, 7 day Christmas dinner menu for the entire Christmas week.

If you are single, you might want to enjoy a lovely Christmas lunch with a friend, or if there are more of you, multiply up accordingly.

If you are going to cook for yourself, most of the leftovers will freeze or keep in the fridge or store cupboard, and you can spread them out over more days. I have tried to put in as many festive flavours as I could, using seasonal spices, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sage and mince pies.

You will need to buy or have available in the cupboard the following list which was priced at Asda in November 2018

You will need £25.75 at the checkout, and the cost of the food used over the week is £21.64, so £1.55 per person, per day


Vegetarian Christmas Recipes

23rd Decembermixed spice toastspicy lentil soupstuffed pancakes, mixed veg with cranberries and chestnuts
Xmas Eveclementine pancakesjkt potato with parsnip spreadSavoury vegan walnut and chestnut crumble, served with mash
Xmas Daymincemeat  pancakesChestnut, cranberry and walnut tart, parsnip & sprout dauphinoise, sauteed red cabbage.
Pot au Chocolat, served with a Spice Biscuit
Coronation Christmas sandwich
Boxing Dayclementine pancakesspicy lentil soupparsnip and carrot tatin, candied walnuts.
steamed mincemeat pudding with cream
27th Decembermince meat  porridgesandwich parsnip spreadstuffed pancakes, mixed veg with cranberries and walnuts
28th Decembermixed spice toastjacket potato, roasted veg, butterCranberry and lentil bake, roasties
29th Decembermince meat  porridgescraps soupsprout and carrot gnocchi
cakes and bakes – mince pies 400g, spiced biscuits, lemon curd & cranberry oat barsUse lemon curd instead of jam in the oat bars and a sprinkle of cranberrysUse mixed spice in the biscuits and leave out the raisins
Vegetarian Christmas Plan Shopping ListCost of ingredient used
ItemYou will needLeft at the end of the weekNov-18
walnut pieces, 200g£2.22
clementines, 312g£0.35
bread, smartprice, 800g£0.55
Brilliantly Buttery Spread, 500gabout half£0.45£0.90
potatoes, 2.5kg£1.30
cranberry sauce, Chosen By You, 200g£0.75
packet of value stuffing£0.25
flour, smartprice, self raising, 1.5kg£0.45
cream, 600ml£2.00
rapeseed oil, 1 litreabout half£0.54£1.09
mince meat, 822g Chosen By You £1.88 – OR£1.08
box of 6 mince pies
plain chocolate, 100g£0.30
mixed spice, 33gabout half£0.40£0.79cinnamon is 49p
sugar, 1kg500g£0.32£0.64
tomato puree, 200gabout half£0.18£0.37
dried cranberries, 100g£1.00
puff pastry 375g£0.50£1.00
SP mixed dried herbstwo thirds£0.20£0.30
smartprice mayo, 500gmost of it£0.33£0.41
parsnips, frozen, Chosen By You, 680g£1.15
onions, 1 kg£0.65
carrots, 1 kg£0.65
mushroom, 400g£1.00
brussel sprouts, 500g£1.00
tin lentils 390g£0.55
value oats, 1kg£0.75
lemon curdabout half£0.17£0.35
bag red lentils, 500gabout half£0.50£1.15
medium curry powder, 80gabout half£0.37£0.75
1 lemonhalf£0.15£0.30
Grand Total£4.11£25.75
2000 plus 2666 calories£1.55per day
7% protein, 38% fat, 54% carbs, 36g fibre pp
Govt. recommendations 10-35% protein, 20-35% fat, 45-65% carb, 25g fibre pppd
This plan has, per person, a total of 5 portions of fruit and veg per person


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23rd December

Make a batch of spice biscuits today, you will need one each on Christmas Day with your Pot au Chocolat. Leave out the raisins unless you want to use them and have some in the cupboard. Add about a tblsp of mixed spice. Stir well and smell the mixture, if you can’t smell the spice, add a bit more.

spiced biscuits for vegetarian christmas

Breakfast –  make 2 slices toast each. Lightly oil  or butter them on both sides. Mix a little mixed spice and sugar together and rub on the bread, then toast it

Lunch –  make spicy lentil soup using as much curry powder as you like

Dinner –  make crepe style pancakes using just flour and water.  Make 2 or 3 pancakes each. Sauté a carrot, a sliced onion, 1 or 2 shredded sprouts, until  cooked through. Add a tblsp of tomato puree and a splash of water to moisten and make a little sauce. Not too much, we don’t want it watery. Add a tblsp of dried cranberries, 2 tblsp cranberry sauce and 2 tblsps of chopped chestnuts . Lay out the filling on your pancakes and roll them up.  Brush with a little melted Buttery and cranberry sauce mixed together and heat through in the oven


Christmas Eve

Breakfast – Peel 2 clementines, add a tbsp sugar and a tblsp of alcohol if you have any – anything from the back of the cupboard. If you don’t have any, doesn’t matter at all. Leave to macerate and create a lovey juice for a couple of hours. So this step is best done the night before.

Mix 100g flour with a tblsp of sugar and a good pinch of salt, add enough cold water to make a batter. Make fat American style pancakes with the batter.  Serve sprinkled with a tiny bit of sugar and the clementines on the side or piled on top.

Lunch – bake a nice sized jacket potato each. Make parsnip sandwich paste. Cut your jkt, squeeze together and mash in a knob of Buttery. Top with half the parsnip paste between you. Keep the remaining half for the 27th

Parsnip sandwich paste

150g parsnip
a big pinch salt
a big pinch of pepper
Juice and zest of half a lemon, 4 for £1, 25p
a crushed clove garlic

Peel if they need it and chop the parsnips. Cook them and drain well. Or pop them in the oven when its on for something else to give them a roast, they’ll get an extra bit of flavour.

Add everything else and whizz with a hand blender or similar until smooth. Leave some bits unblended if you would like that. If you don’t have a blender, cook the veg until very soft and mash with a fork.

DinnerVegan Walnut & Chestnut Crumble, serve with a little Buttery mashed potato

vegan crumble

Christmas Day

Breakfast – Mincemeat pancakes. Mix 100g flour with a tblsp of sugar and a good pinch of salt, add enough cold water to make a batter, mix in 50g mincemeat and make fat American type pancakes. Serve sprinkled with sugar

Lunch – using oil pastry and 150g of flour and 75ml oil, make your tart pastry and line 2 X 4” pastry tart tins or a small tart tin, big enough for two. Fry 4 medium sliced mushrooms until they have given off their water. Take off the heat and add 50g chestnuts, 20g dried cranberries, 2 tblsps cranberry sauce.  Add a tsp of flour to the pan and a splash of water, about 50ml, enough to make a sauce. Pile into the tart case.

Parsnip & Sprout Dauphinoise

Slice 4 parsnips from the packet, shred 6 sprouts.  Cook through by steaming in a tiny bit of water. Season 150ml cream with salt, pepper and a crushed garlic clove. Put the veg in an oven proof dish and pour over the cream. Bake in a medium oven for about 20 minutes, until the cream has been absorbed.

Sauteed Red Cabbage

Shred 150g red cabbage. Saute gently in a pan with some Buttery until very soft. This will take at least 15 minutes. Can be done in advance, then reheated

When ready to eat, cook your tartlets and dauphinoise in the oven at the same time and reheat the cabbage

Spiced Pot au Chocolat

Break up the 100g bar of chocolate and melt in a bowl over a pan of very gently simmering water. Don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. Leave to cool. Add a 2 tsps of mixed spice and 100ml of whipped cream. If you have any liquers in the cupboard, add 2 tblsps.  Mix thoroughly and put into small pretty glasses, tea cups or tiny bowls. Leave to set. Serve with one of the spice biscuits that you made yesterday.

spiced pot au chocolat

my husband has had his spoon in this one!


Tea –  Drain the can of lentils. Mix a tsp curry powder (not paste, that needs to be cooked), 2 tblsps mincemeat, half the tin of lentils, or 140g cooked lentils, and a tbslp mayo.  Stir well together and make 2 sandwiches with the mix, no need for butter. If you have any salad leaves available, they go well.


Boxing Day

Breakfast – Clementines and pancakes

Lunch –  Spicy lentil soup

Dinner Vegetable Tarte Tatin with caramelised walnuts

Mix 30g walnuts with 2 tsps of sugar dissolved in half a tsp of water. Roast the walnuts in the oven for about  10 minutes. Watch them closely, they’ll burn in a flash.

Vegetable Tarte Tatin

Slice 200g carrots and 200g parsnips into thick medallions. Slice 1 onion. Melt 1 tblsps Buttery in a saucepan and add 1 tblsp sugar, cook the onion long and slow, stirring frequently, until the onion is caramel coloured. Set aside. Melt another tblsp Buttery, add the carrots and parsnip, 50ml water and cook gently until the vegetables are cooked through and all the water has evaporated.

You will need a thick 20cm pan, oven proof frying pan or cake tin. Grease the bottom, layer the vegetables. Lay the carrots and parsnips attractively, spread the onions over the top.  Roll out your puff pastry if necessary and cut to just over the size of your pan. Place the pastry on top of the vegetables, tucking the pastry down the sides.

Bake in a hot oven for about half an hour until the pastry is puffed and golden.

Very carefully, tip the pan upside down so that the vegetables are on the top. Scatter the caramelised walnuts over the top and serve immediately.


Mincemeat steamed sponge, served with cream.  Replace mixed dried fruit with about 4 tblsps mincemeat.

27th December

Breakfast – Mix 100g porridge with 300ml milk, and top up with water. Serve topped with 25g mincemeat each.

Lunch – make a sandwich each using the remaining half of the parsnip paste

Dinner – stuffed pancakes as 23rd replacing the chestnuts with 15g walnuts

28th December

Breakfast – mixed spice toast

Lunch – bake a nice sized jkt potato each. What veg have you got left?  Oil and season and roast a carrot, a few sprouts, a couple of parsnips, a mushroom or two whatever you have. Once the veg are cooked mash them together, butter your spud and pile on the roasted veg.

Dinner – Cranberry and lentil bake, serve with roasties

Cranberry and Lentil Bake

Oil and line the base of 2 x 200ml ovenproof ramekins or similar with a circle of greaseproof paper. If you don’t have anything this size, see if anyone you know buys Gu: puddings, they are great fr individual servings of all kinds of things.

Put 50g dried cranberries in a small saucepan with 2 tblsps cranberry sauce and warm through until the dried cranberries are plumped up. Put into the base of your dishes.

Slice an onion and fry gently until cooked through.

Put the 2nd half of your drained tin of lentils in a bowl and add the onions. Add 25g chopped chestnuts, 2 tblsps of stuffing mix, 2 tblsps water, 2 tblsps tomato puree, a crushed clove of garlic, 2 tsps flour and 2 tsps curry powder or 1 tsp mixed dried herbs. Mix everything together well, taste and season. Pile on top of the cranberries and press down well.

Peel and par boil 400g potatoes. Toss in oil, season and roast at 200c for 30 minutes. Add the ramekins and cook for a further 15 minutes.

Serve immediately with any other veg you have left

29th December

Breakfast – mincemeat porridge

Lunch –  Scraps soup. Saute a good mixture of whatever veg you have left , until cooked through. Add 100g red lentils, a good squirt of tomato puree and about 750ml water. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Blitz smooth, taste and season.

Dinner – Sprout and carrot gnocchi

Sprout & Carrot Gnocchi

Cook 100g sprouts until soft. Roast a clove of garlic, 100g sliced carrots and 300g potatoes which have been peeled and cut into chunks until completely soft. Leave to cool. Tip into a food processor. Squeeze the garlic out of the skin. Add 50g flour, and half a tsp of pepper, a good pinch of dried mixed herbs and a squeeze of tomato puree. Now pulse the food processor until holding together as a dough. If you don’t have a food processor, mash the vegetables well in a bowl, making sure there are no lumps left before adding the flour.

While the vegetables are cooking, melt a little Buttery, coat 30g walnuts

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Tip the dough onto a worktop and halve it. Roll one half into a sausage shape about 35cm long and 2.5cm wide. Using a tea spoon, cut the sausage into small pillow shaped gnocchi, each around 2cm long. Repeat for the remaining dough. Cook the gnocchi in the boiling water, a few at a time, for 1 min or until they float to the surface. Remove and drain well. Set aside until ready to eat.

When ready to eat, in a frying pan, melt a good knob of Buttery and add the gnocchi. Saute gently until golden, about 3 or 4 minutes. Divide between 2 bowls or plates. Sprinkle over black pepper, 30g toasted walnuts and the pan juices. Serve with any of the root veg you have, roasted


Cakes, bakes and extras

Use these items whenever you like

Make a batch of jammy oat bars using lemon curd instead of jam. Sprinkle 30g of dried cranberries onto the lemon curd before topping with the oat mixture.

Make a batch of spiced biscuits using this recipe. Add a heaped tsp of mixed spice. Stir well and smell the mixture, add more spice if it needs it

If you aren’t buying a pack of mince pies, make a batch using half the jar of mincemeat and oil pastry using about 200g flour and 100g melted Buttery

A Vegetarian Christmas week meal plan

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