Chestnut Roast

  • 20MINS
  • 45MINS
  • 189KCAL

A delicious veggie nut roast, packed with Christmassy chestnuts and filling mushrooms, ideal for slimming plans like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories189
  • Carbs32g
  • Protein6.7g
  • Fat2.4g
  • Saturates0.6g
  • Sugars11g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Chestnuts are a staple part of Christmas, with the rustic aroma filling the kitchen when they’re roasting away. Did you know they’re lower in fat than many other nuts too?

For a veggie friendly main, this Chestnut Roast is the ideal choice. Packed with filling mushrooms and nutritious veggies, it’s a Christmas Day treat that won’t stray too far from slimming plans!

We’ve used ready cooked chestnuts as we’re all about minimising fuss and hassle, especially on an occasion like Christmas where it feels like there’s so much to do and so little time! You can make it even quicker by using a mini food processor to chop your nuts and mushrooms.

If you have any leftover chestnuts, transform them into Chestnut Stuffing for another day:

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We love that you can prepare this roast in advance and reheat it from defrosted in only 20 minutes, so you’ve got a vegetarian alternative to the traditional Turkey in next to no time. You can even add a couple of Halloumi in Blankets for a finishing touch!

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Take a look at our Christmas category for even more delicious festive recipes!

What diets is this Chestnut Roast suitable for?

Chestnut Roast can be enjoyed on vegetarian and dairy free diets.

It can be made suitable for gluten free diets, as long as you substitute the soy sauce and wholemeal breadcrumbs for suitable gluten free alternatives.

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chestnut Roast recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green you need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chestnut Roast recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue you need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chestnut Roast recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple you need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chestnut Roast recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chestnut Roast?

The clue is in the name: you need chestnuts to make this dish! In the run up to Christmas, chestnuts are widely available at supermarkets, and the rest of the ingredients are easy to find too.

We’ve used a 2lb loaf tin for the perfect size and shape, and if you have a mini food processor you can make light work of the veggie chopping. As long as you chop the mushrooms fine enough, a small sharp knife would also do the job though!

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A 2lb loaf tin is the perfect size for this recipe, and you can find them on Amazon.

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A mini food processor will help save time when prepping your veggies for this one, and can be used for salsa, hummous and so much more!

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How many calories are in this Chestnut Roast?

This Chestnut Roast is included in our Everyday Light category because it contains just 189 calories per portion. For more delicious dishes all under 400 calories, take a look at other Everyday Light recipes!

This Chestnut Roast recipe is ideal when following any of the larger diet plans such as Weight Watchers or counting calories.

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Spray the loaf tin with low calorie cooking spray and line with baking parchment.

Step 2

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onions, carrots and mushrooms over a medium heat for around 10 minutes. The vegetables will release some liquid. Keep sautéing until this has evaporated and you have a drier mix.

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Step 3

Add the garlic granules, thyme and soy sauce and stir over the heat for another minute.

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Step 4

Stir in the tomato puree and white wine vinegar.

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Step 5

Place the cooked vegetables in a mixing bowl, along with the breadcrumbs and chestnuts and mix until well combined.

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Step 6

Taste the mix and add some salt and pepper according to taste.

Step 7

When you are happy with the seasoning, stir in the egg, and press the mix into the prepared loaf tin.

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Step 8

Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden and firm to touch.

Step 9

Allow to rest in the tin for 10 minutes, before turning out and cutting into 6 slices.

Step 10

Serve with traditional Christmas accompaniments.

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What could I serve with this Chestnut Roast?

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How do you know when Chestnut Roast is cooked?

You should cook this Chestnut Roast until it is golden and firm to touch. This will take around 35 minutes in the oven.

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep Chestnut Roast in the fridge?

Ideally you should eat this recipe within 4 hours of serving it.

If you have any leftovers, then make sure that you allow them to cool before popping them in a container with a lid and refrigerating. Leftovers of this Chestnut Roast can be kept in the fridge for around 3 days.

Can I freeze Chestnut Roast?

YES you can freeze this recipe! If you do, then remember to do the following:

  • Allow it to cool and then freeze as soon as it is cold enough, in individual portions.
  • Wrap well and place in a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Add a label with the recipe name and what date you froze it

How do I reheat Chestnut Roast?

From chilled: Reheat in a moderate oven, loosely covered in foil, for 20 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Defrost overnight and follow instructions from chilled.

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Chestnut Roast

A delicious veggie nut roast, packed with Christmassy chestnuts and filling mushrooms, ideal for slimming plans like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    45 MINS
  • KCals 189
  • Carbs 32G
  • WW Points:
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 bags ready cooked chestnuts (180g bags) roughly chopped
  • 150 g mushrooms finely chopped (a food processor is good for this)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 60 g wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Spray the loaf tin with low calorie cooking spray and line with baking parchment.
  2. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onions, carrots and mushrooms over a medium heat for around 10 minutes. The vegetables will release some liquid. Keep sautéing until this has evaporated and you have a drier mix.
  3. Add the garlic granules, thyme and soy sauce, and stir over the heat for another minute.
  4. Stir in the tomato puree and white wine vinegar.
  5. Place the cooked vegetables in a mixing bowl, along with the breadcrumbs and chestnuts and mix until well combined.
  6. Taste the mix and add some salt and pepper according to taste.
  7. When you are happy with the seasoning, stir in the egg, and press the mix into the prepared loaf tin.
  8. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden and firm to touch.
  9. Allow to rest in the tin for 10 minutes, before turning out and cutting into 6 slices.
  10. Serve with traditional Christmas accompaniments.

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