14 days of Christmas, Day 6: vegetarian options

Vegetarians, you may believe that for Christmas is only for meat lovers but nut roasts are tasty and diverse, plus you can kind of put whatever you want in it. 

 I have never experienced a vegetarian Christmas, but with my mother having turned vegetarian this year it is something I am going to endure, so I wanted to find out what exactly a nut roast is and make my own. 

A nut roast is a traditional Christmas dish and below is my take on the meal. Like most nut roasts it does require a lot of ingredients but the are well worth buying to enjoy this delicious vegetarian tradition. It’s easy to make once all ingredients are there.

1 medium aubergine Serves 6

Preheat oven to 190°C/170°C Fan/Gas Mark 5, line a loaf tin with baking paper.

Thinly slice aubergine and place on the bottom of the loaf tin in brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes until soft and brown, the tin from the oven and leave on the side.

In a pan melt butter and add oil, cook the onion, celery, garlic and mushrooms in the pan then remove from the heat.

Add all other ingredients to the pan and mix well.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil and cook for another 10 minutes.

Due to the large amount of ingredients this dish comes to:

ASDA: £6.76

Tesco: £6.49

Sainsbury’s: £7.25

Average price per person


1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, pinch
40g, butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 tbsp garlic
175g mixed nuts finely chopped
200g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
100g breadcrumbs
Grated rind and juice of half a lemon
100g mature Cheddar, grated
100g chestnuts, roughly chopped
3 eggs, beaten
4 tbsp parsley
1 large carrot, grated
2 tbsp tomato puree



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