Create a delicious Christmas menu on a budget!

November 2, 2012

Christmas mealHave you noticed the Christmas Decorations in stores already?  A friend of mine posted a photo on facebook the moment he saw them – in SEPTEMBER!  Strange isn’t it?!

Christmas for me is all about the food (ie the FEASTive Season) and being with the people I love.  Last week I was interviewed by a Journalist for my top tips on how to create a delicious Christmas Menu on a budget.

When I was being interviewed even I was astounded at just how much you can SAVE at Christmas by being organised with your Christmas Menu.  So I thought I’d share two tips to help you  get ahead.

Start growing some of your vegetables now for Christmas!

If you get in early you’ll be able to harvest some of your vegetables for your Christmas dinner.  Easy growers include Lebanese cucumbers and eggplant.  I remember one year for Christmas I gave everyone a beautiful home grown eggplant because I grew so many!  They were so beautiful wrapped simply with a red ribbon.  Yes rather random but grown with love!

Introduce more vegetarian dishes

Our Christmas menus can often be heavy on the meat with ham, turkey, chicken, roasts!  Look for ways to prepare vegetables in season before the day so it saves you heaps of time and money too!

Zucchini and asparagus are both in season so why not make a Zucchini Slice as well as an Asparagus Quiche.  My favourite Asparagus Quiche recipe has no pastry!  The best thing is you can make these the day or night before and serve them cold – so easy and delicious!

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