Festive vegan foods at UK supermarkets
By Helena Rosam
Cutting down on meat and dairy this Christmas? Here we've listed some delicious plant-based festive foods available in UK supermarkets that your friends and family are sure to love.
Are you cutting down on meat and dairy this festive season? Well, you’re in luck, as there have never been more tasty plant-based foods to choose from at the supermarket.
Whether you are already vegan, looking to go plant-based this Christmas or just want to switch out some parts of your Christmas dinner to meat and dairy free options, there’s a real variety of products available.
Here, we've rounded up the top plant-based festive foods that can be found in your local big brand supermarkets so you can plan your compassionate Christmas feast with ease.
For the main event, Waitrose has the No 1 Ultimate Plant-Based Festive Sharing Wellington - a mushroom duxelle with plant based beef braised in a fragrant shallot, garlic and thyme vegetable stock, and Plantliving Chestnut & Thyme Plant Based Turkey Roast, Gravy and Festive Sides, which comes with Party Plant Pigs in Blankets as an extra treat. There are also a wide variety of vegan-friendly starters and party foods including a 22 Piece PlantLiving Festive Cocktail Sausage Selection, PlantLiving: No Duck Spring Rolls and Vegan Pie Selection.
When it comes to desserts and sweet treats there's the Free From Milk & Gluten Free Christmas Pudding and Free From Milk & Gluten Free Sour Cherry, Chocolate & Ginger Tiffin Slices.
Sainsbury’s have a range of plant-based Christmas food on offer this year, for the main they have a mushroom and soya protein based No Turkey Crown with Sage & Onion Melts, a Three Nut Roast served with a spiced orange and cranberry glaze and a Maple Parsnip & Chestnut Wreath, and from their Plant Pioneers range, a Festive Chestnut Roast and Meat Free Wellington. Their festive snacks and sides include Pups in Blankets, Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls, Bao's of Holly (steamed bao buns filled with mixed vegetables and decorated with coloured dough pieces) and Vegetable Spring Roll Selection.
For an extra indulgence, try their Free From Iced Mince Pies and Taste the Difference Freefrom Salted Caramel Chocs, and don't forget the all-important Christmas pudding - a vegan option is available from their Plant Pioneers range.
Tesco's plant-powered Christmas range contains lots of tasty delights, including the Wicked Kitchen No Turkey Roast Crown, Tesco Plant Chef Mushroom & Chestnut Festive Wreath and Tesco Finest Roasted Butternut Squash, Spinach & Sage Galette. For puddings and sweets why not try the Stem Ginger Tiffin Cracker, Free From 12 Tiffin Selection Box and Chocolate Christmas Trees. They also have some delicious party snack options, such as the Olive & Antipasti Party Platter, Sesame Coated Vegetable Spring Rolls, Tesco Finest Mushroom Steamed Buns, Spiced Vegetable Samosas and Samosa Platter.
MARKS AND SPENCER
For this year's main course from M&S you have the choice of the Vegan Turkey Roast or the Butternut, Almond & Pecan Nut Roast, not forgetting Vegan Pigs in Blankets, Plant Kitchen Vegan Gravy and Triple Cooked Roast Potatoes as the perfect accompaniments!
For festive snacks try their Snowmen Steamed Bao Buns which will add even more festive cheer to your dinner table, other options include Vegan Chicken Kievs, Vegan Pigs in Duvets Selection Pack, Vegetable Spring Roll Selection, Cauliflower Popcorn and Crispy Oriental Selection Pack. There’s also a Vegan Mushroom Parfait with a Port Glaze.
For dessert serve up the delectable Collection Chocolate Torte and plant-based Christmas Pudding.
At Lidl, this Christmas you can choose from their Deluxe Showstopper Wreath with vegan sausage and cranberry, Deluxe Nut Roast and Deluxe Vegan Festive Nut & Veggie Roast with Gravy. For snacks they have snowman and reindeer filled bao buns, Deluxe Vegan Mini Crumble Top Vegetable Pies and Mini Vegetable Spring Rolls.
Aldi have a wide selection of plant-based mains this year, so you're spoilt for choice. These are their options: Vegan Festive Wreath, No Beef Wellington, Melting Centre Nut Roasts, Festive Vegetable Wellington, No Turkey Crown With A Cranberry & Chestnut Stuffing, No Gammon Joint and Vegan Camembert Nut Roasts.
They also have a great range of festive snacks – such as the Let's Party Garlic Doughball Christmas Tree, Ultimate No Pigs In Blankets, Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Rostis, The Deli Snacking Platter, Southern Fried No Chicken Stars, No Duck Spring Rolls and No Pork BBQ Bon Bons.
For dessert there's a classic 6 month matured Christmas pudding, Let's Party Chocolate Churros, Vegan Belgian Dark Chocolate Workshop Elves, and new for this Christmas is their Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cookie Pot.
At Asda you can get yourself a variety of different mains from their Deliciously Vegan range, including a Parsnip & Porcini Mushroom Wreath, Merrily Vegan No Turkey Joint with Umami Gravy and a Roast Fillet of No Beef, which you can serve with their Vegan Christmas Trimming Selection, Mushroom No Pigs in Blankets and Meat-Free Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls.
For party appetisers, they have lots of choice this year, with Extra Special Vegan Crabless Croquettes with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Vegan No Duck Spring Rolls Mini Naan Bites, Deliciously Vegan No Pork & Caramelised Onion Dinky Rolls, Vegan Southern Fried No Chicken Bucket and Oriental Money Bags which are all vegan-friendly. For sweet treats, try their Free From Luxury Chocolate Fudge Yule Log, Vegan Chocolate Torte and Luxury Christmas Cake. The Extra Special Belgian Chocolate & Seville Orange Cake also wouldn't look out of place on your Christmas table.
You can go meat-free with Morrisons’ Plant Revolution Roast Turkey Crown or Plant Revolution Gammon Joint With Maple & Orange Glaze, and of course they have the all-important Vegan Veggies In Blankets
For party nibbles, you can serve up their Vegan Tempura Nests With Sweet Chilli Dip, No Duck Vegan Spring Rolls and Mini Vegetable Pies.
Have a very merry festive season!
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