It’s no secret that your average non-vegan Christmas day menu is traditionally packed with animal products. From the milk chocolate selection box in your stocking, to the turkey dinner, to the eggnog you enjoy (does anyone actually enjoy eggnog??), it’s not a particularly animal-friendly affair.
So what if you or someone you are cooking for wants their Christmas dinner to be fully vegan? It’s going to be difficult, right? Wrong! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
If I’m honest, I don’t generally go in for starters on Christmas Day. The main event is usually HUGE, after all, so I prefer to have some party food/picky bits lined up to tide everyone over. I absolutely LOVE the range of party food both Marks & Spencer and Tesco have to offer this year. I definitely haven’t stockpiled the Tesco bubble & squeak bites so when they discontinue them after Christmas I’ll still have a load to tide me over. Nope, not me.
Anyway, if you are a starter kind of person, I think this amazing vegan version of baked camembert from Kind State Of Mind would be perfect with crusty bread. Or if that doesn’t float your boat how about this warming carrot and sweet potato soup from one of my faves, Veggie Desserts (yep, she does a LOT more than just desserts).
Now, onto the important bit. What to make in place of the turkey/other meat for your vegan Christmas dinner? There is a clear winner here. Every time this question is asked in every vegan group I’m a member of, the Bosh! Portobello Mushroom Wellington wins hands down. A lot of Christmassy flavours and textures all wrapped up in pastry. What’s not to love?
Or, if mushrooms aren’t your thing, how about making an alternative wellington using vegan sausage “meat” and stuffing? I did this last year and it went down well, even with the meat eaters. OR if you don’t want to cook and you live anywhere near Surrey, my new favourite place ever Coughlans Bakery are selling homemade vegan sausagemeat wellingtons this Christmas and they look INCREDIBLE.
Generally speaking, most of the rest of the main elements of a traditional Christmas dinner are either already vegan, or easily veganised.
Here are some of my favourite sides and accompaniments for a plant based Christmas feast:
First up, potatoes! These next level garlic, lemon and herb roast potatoes from Crazy Vegan Kitchen are bursting with flavour and perfect for your Christmas feast.
What about veg? I love roasted root vegetables alongside some fresh greens and of course the obligatory sprouts. So how about going for these maple thyme roasted carrots and parsnips from One Green Planet, some creamed spinach (this recipe is from Love and Lemons) and this ridiculously moreish crispy kale from Sainsbury’s.
Well, if you’re into a Yorkshire pudding, I’ve heard very good things about this recipe from Tesco food. I also LOVE the idea of this cruelty-free alternative to pigs in blankets – vegan sausages in sun dried tomato blankets from Viva! Vegan Recipe Club.
Another confession….I don’t really like Christmas pudding. I know, I know. I know it’s a bit later than is traditional, but I reckon you probably still have time to make this vegan Christmas pudding from The Veg Space.
What if you’re like me and prefer something a little less Christmas pudding-y? How about a vegan trifle (yep, you heard right – thanks Loving It Vegan) or this AMAZiNG vegan yule log. I can fully vouch for this one as I made and ate it last year and it’s as good as any non-vegan yule log I’ve ever had. Thanks again to the wonderful Kate at The Veg Space for the recipe.
So there you have it! The easiest, tastiest, kindest Christmas you ever did see. Please send me your photos as I always love to see your creations.
Oh and if you fancy taking the plant-based pledge in the New Year, head to Veganuary to check out all the support and info they give when you sign up – go on, #tryvegan for 2019.
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