Being vegetarian doesn’t mean going hungry this Christmas. With The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge by your side, you will never go hungry at Christmas again.
We’ve put together some quick and easy recipes that are healthy and delicious so you can still stay on track the Christmas.
We’ve also got plenty more Christmas-themed recipes in our Christmas Cookbook, take a sneak peek at it here. The full version is jam-packed with more than 150 festive recipes that are easy to prepare.
There are many ingredients in these recipes you can swap the meat out of to ensure you stick to your goals!
Christmas Healthy Meal Planner
Starters and Appetisers
To help you to stick to your goals these Christmas holidays, think light, think tasty and make the most of the seasonal produce that is plentiful at this time of year.
Here are some starter and appetiser ideas.
140 calories per serve (not including veggie sticks or crackers)
Guacamole with Carrot Sticks
118 calories per serve (not including veggie sticks or crackers)
Keep things simple and choose mains that don’t require too much attention. The easiest meals are those that you can prepare the day before and serve cold.
We love these ‘set and forget’ options which you can prepare the day before by prepping the vegetables.
20 Minute Vegetarian Mexican Zucchini Boats
385 calories per serve
Veggie Packed Ginger & Tofu Stir-Fry
For an added Christmas touch, you can sprinkle on some cranberries.
410 calories per serve
Classic Vegetarian Lasagne
395 calories per serve
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
365 calories per serve
Sides and Salads
This is the time when you can awe your guests with good quality, fresh seasonal produce. Salads make the ultimate and delicious side salad and are a vegetarian’s dream!
You can sprinkle on cranberries or chestnuts for that added Christmas feel. Fresh chestnuts must always be cooked before use and should never be eaten raw.
To cook them, you can first remove the chestnuts from their skins by either boiling or roasting them. For both options, you can first make a small incision in the skin.
Once cooked, peel off the tough shell and the papery thin skin underneath. Peel the nuts whilst hot (as it’s impossible to peel a cold chestnut!) to ensure the complete removal of the inner brown furry skin, called the ‘tan’, which is bitter.
Apple, Cheese and Walnut Cheese Salad
302 calories per serve
You can find this recipe in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub
Fresh & zesty lemon, mint and parsley quinoa salad
250 calories per serve
For a lighter take on regular potato mash, try using cauliflower instead. Simply steam four cups of cauliflower florets until very tender, drain, and add ¼ cup milk and 1 tbsp olive oil.
Use a hand masher (or for super tender mash, use a hand blender). Add more milk as needed until you reach the desired consistency.
An option to this dish could be to sprinkle some grated cheese on the top and grill in a moderate oven until the cheese is golden brown.
There are many other healthy side options here.
These desserts could be prepped the day before.
Easy Mango and Passionfruit Christmas Trifle
275 calories per serve
Healthy Christmas Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
201 calories per serve
Spicy Ginger Cookies
166 calories per serve
You can find the recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub
Fun Christmas desserts for kids
Healthy Strawberry Santas
Healthy Ice Blocks
The kids will love this assortment of fun healthy ice blocks.
You can find an array of delicious, healthy and fun ice block recipes here
Read how you can make your Christmas more meat-free with these easy swaps.
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