This post is in collaboration with Woolworths
It’s possible to feed the family a delicious lunch and stay within budget this Christmas, and this meal plan will show you how. It includes 3 courses and will easily feed 6 people with leftovers.
To help make your Christmas that bit easier, I have put together a complete meal, along with a shopping list ready to either take to your local Woolworths, or use when you place your online Woolworths order.
If there was ever a year to keep Christmas simple, this is it. My aim when I created this festive feast was to keep everything as fuss-free as possible, with minimal time spent in the kitchen.
I tested this 3 course meal on my family, and I can happily say they absolutely loved it. Every plate was clean at the end of the meal which is always a great sign. I hope your family enjoy this Christmas lunch or dinner as much as mine have.
The Christmas meal plan
As I mentioned above, this is a 3 course meal plan. It features a starter, the main and of course a delicious yet quick and easy dessert:
- Woolworths Zucchini and Feta Fritters
- Woolworths Chicken Arancini Balls
- Cucumber, carrot sticks and Solanto tomatoes
- Honey mustard dipping sauce (reserve a little sauce to use as dressing for the grilled peach salad)
- Woolworths easy carve shoulder ham
- Woolworths Chicken Roast
- Best ever roast potatoes
- Grilled peach salad
- Pavlova topped with fresh berries
- Woolworths Zucchini Fetta Fritters
- Woolworths Chicken and Mushroom Arancini
- Woolworths Solonato Tomatoes
- Woolworths Qukes Baby Cucumbers
- Woolworths Reindeer Carrots
- Woolworths Semi Boneless Easy Carve Shoulder Ham
- Woolworths Boneless Chicken Roast with Cheese and Garlic Stuffing
- 1kg potatoes
- 2 large peaches
- 100g feta cheese
- Bunch of mint leaves
- 120g rocket leaves
- Woolworths Pavlova Base
- 300ml thickened cream
- 250g strawberries
- 125g blackberries
These are ingredients you will need for your Christmas lunch, but should probably already have in your pantry. If you don’t already have an ingredient, just add it to your shopping list.
- White vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Icing sugar
Christmas lunch recipes
Honey mustard dipping sauce recipe
This honey mustard dipping sauce is used for both the starter and the grilled peach salad. Before serving the starter, reserve a few tablespoons of the sauce to use as a salad dressing.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Whisk all ingredients together and serve. This dipping sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Grilled Peach Salad
100g feta cheese
2 Peaches, sliced into wedges and grilled
Handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped
Reserved honey mustard dipping sauce
In a salad bowl combine the rocket, feta, grilled peaches and chopped mint leaves. Drizzle over the reserved honey mustard dipping sauce.
Best ever roast potatoes
1 tablespoon plain flour
Peel the potatoes and cut each potato in half, then cut each half into thirds. Add the cut potatoes to a saucepan of cold water, and bring to the boil. Simmer until just softened.
Meanwhile, pour some olive oil into a large roasting dish and preheat in the oven. Once the potatoes have softened, drain the water and add a little olive oil along with the flour. Place the lid on the saucepan and shake the potatoes gently to coat in the flour and roughen up the edges.
Place the potatoes in a single layer in the preheated roasting dish. Roast for 45 minutes or until golden and crunchy.
Fresh berry pavlova
300ml thickened cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar
250g strawberries, quartered
Mint leaves, for garnishing
Whip the cream with the icing sugar until soft peaks form. Spread over the pavlova base, and top with the strawberries and blackberries. Garnish with the mint leaves.
Tips for keeping Christmas lunch under budget
It’s possible to have an amazing Christmas lunch while still sticking to a budget. Most of us tend to over-cater when it comes to entertaining at Christmas. While it is nice to have a special meal, buying so much food that half of it ends up not getting eaten.
Buying smaller portions of meat is a great way to save money. Sure, the per kg price might be more than a larger portion of meat, but it’s not a saving when it’s more food than you actually need.
Keeping the menu simple is one of the best ways to keep under budget. Choose a simple menu with only a few options, and stick to seasonal ingredients. In season fresh produce is always the cheaper option.
Lastly, plan your menu in advance. Leaving the menu planning to the last minute is sure to leave you filling your trolley with anything and everything. Heading to the supermarket with a plan is the easiest way to stick to your budget.