If you’re looking to introduce more vegan options into your diet or have a family member who has recently gone vegan, here are a few tips, recipes and foodie picks to make this Christmas feast the best one yet.
Shuffle over turkey, there’s a new festive showstopper in town!
Make a vegan Christmas dinner equally spectacular with a nut roast or wellington. Gaz Oakley (Avant Garde Vegan) has a fab recipe for wellington and also a stunning centrepiece nut roast wreath, whilst Jamie Oliver’s alternative nut roast with a pastry base switches up tradition but still packs plenty of flavour.
Not mad on the nut roast idea? Higgidy Sweet Potato and Red Onion Parcels are a great alternative and lighter option for the main course – because we all need more room for roast potatoes.
Sides are just as important as the main course and these trusty recipes by Jamie Oliver never disappoint. Side dishes are typically the same as your standard Christmas dinner, but here’s a few ideas and extras that are a great for vegans:
Gravy & Chutneys
It’s not dinner without gravy and chutney and there are plenty of recipes and ready-made options on the market that all work well – this gravy recipe from Jamie Oliver is really flavourful, whilst Nigella Lawson’s chutney recipe is as extra and festive as you could imagine.
Alternatively, Mary Berry has a simpler yet equally yummy tomato and onion chutney that’s perfect for sandwiches a la Ross Geller’s Moist Maker.
If you’re looking to buy rather than prepare your gravy from scratch, then Bisto Original is vegan-friendly, whilst most supermarket-own chutney is dairy-free.
Sweets & Puddings
When it comes to dessert, you can either go all-out with tradition or keep it simple. Open the vegan Booja Booja Hazelnut Truffles or whip up a Yule log with custard to boot. There’s no such thing as holding back on the desserts at Christmas!
Snacks & Extras
And speaking of treats, vegan snacks have really upped their game over the past few years. From fancy alternatives to classics you didn’t know were vegan, here are a few recommendations of a few of our tried and tested faves:
Booja Booja truffles | Bourbon biscuits | Ginger biscuits | Cheese Garlic and Herb Spread | Livia’s bites | Waitrose Turkey and Stuffing Crisps | Pringles Original | Tyrells Crisps | Divine Chocolate | Mister Free’d Crisps | Violife Cheese | Twiglets
Finally, if you’re also looking for some gifts that are vegan-friendly, these would be great to find in any stocking come Christmas morning: