Plant-powered Christmas: 10 vegan alternatives to all your favourite festive food
Want to have a plant powered Christmas? Never fear, it’s never been easier to stick to a vegan diet over the festive season.
We take a look at some amazing plant-based alternatives to the Christmas classics and some essential cupboard staples that will make catering for vegans easy peasy.
Fri 30 Nov 2018
it's never been easier to make your Christmas dinner vegan this year. Here are our 10 easy ready-made swaps that are delicious so you can put your feet up and enjoy the festivities.
It's Christmas, so you're going to need snacks. Liberation Nuts is the UK’s only fair Trade, farmer-owned nut company. Pep up your aperitif time with the Chilli & Lime Cashew Nuts with Peanuts and Roasted Corn option, which is vegan-friendly, palm oil free and has just the right amount of kick.
St Peter's Without Beer
Christmas doesn't have to be the booze fest we all love and fear. Suffolk brewery St Peter's have an organic, vegan-friendly,alcohol-free beer which can be bought as an eight-pack or 24 bottle crate.
Gosh! Lentil Bites
It's always useful to have a few plant-powered snacks in the fridge over the festive season. These Moroccan Spiced Falafel with Red Pepper and Apricot from Gosh! are endlessly versatile - from throwing in salads and wraps to making the basis of finger-lickin' canapes.
Rubies in the Rubble Vegan Mayo
Surplus food condiment brand Rubies in the Rubble has stepped things up a notch this Christmas with a vegan-friendly mayonnaise that's made from water enriched with protein after cooking chickpeas - otherwise known as aquafaba. It's egg and gluten free but is still a creamy, tangy addition to any sandwich or salad.
Riverford Vegan Christmas Dinner Box
For those who don't want to tackle a vegan Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (we're not judging!), Riverford have it all. The box includes a nut roast, vegan-friendly gravy, Christmas pudding, mince pies, cranberry sauce, organic veggies and clementines - and it feeds two-three people. Order in and put your feet up.
Violife Cheese Board
Ah vegan cheese, often the downfall of transitioning vegans. While once it was resolutely rubbish, nut-based 'cheese' has come on leaps and bounds. Holland & Barrett might not be your first thought for cheese, but the Violife Cheese Board has three delicious, creamy and indulgent cheeses for just over a fiver.
Jude's Ice Cream
Award-winning British ice cream brand Jude's has launched a vegan-friendly chocolate ice cream, exclusively with Sainsbury's. There's no added sugar, it uses coconut milk rather than dairy and weighs in at only 320 calories a tub. Hello Boxing Day sofa-thon.
No one wants to whizz up multiple meals from scratch on Boxing Day so Bol's range of vegan-friendly soups are soup-urb things to have in the fridge. We know soup is easy to make and easy to keep vegan but sometimes having it ready made makes all the difference. We're loving this Carrot, Butternut & Ginger one for an extra immune boost.
That bit between Christmas and New Year needs easy meals that can accommodate last minute guests. Packs of sausages are endlessly useful but don't panic there's no animal in sight here. We've fallen for Heck's new plant-based range and these Bollywood Bangers are vegan-friendly. Packed with cauliflower, green lentils, seeds, chilli, ginger and turmeric, these sausages are proper winners.