A cruelty free Christmas
With Christmas less than two weeks away, it’s important to know where you can find your festive vegan Christmas day essentials.
Everyone wants an easy life over the festive period, leaving more time for fun with your friends and family. So if you can find vegan substitutes that not only taste delicious but are super simple then it’s a win-win, right? I've put together some alternative vegan options, suiting various budgets to help you with your Christmas preperations.
Vegan Christmas Nut Roast
Whilst shopping, I came across a vegan friendly ‘Meat Free Festive Nut Roast’ from Tesco! My partner and I decided to give it a pre-christmas test, and we thought it was delicious. It comes in a tray so all you have to do it stick it in the oven and let it do its thing! It also includes a port sauce which is a tasty addition. It is clearly labelled ‘Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans’ and the roast itself would serve 3-4 adults. The perfect simple Vegan Christmas Lunch addition!
I was pleased to find that a variety of stuffing mixes on the market are suitable for vegans. They’re perfect for Christmas day and they’re simple to prepare. Just add boiling water, shape it into balls and then put them in the oven! Marks and Spencer stock Sage & Onion and Cranberry & Orange Stuffing mixes. I have listed the various vegan stuffing options from Tesco and Aldi below.
Tesco vegan friendly stuffing
- Tesco Sage & Onion Stuffing
- Tesco Value Sage & Onion Stuffing
- Tesco Apple & Herb Stuffing
- Tesco Finest Sage & Red Onion Stuffing
- Tesco Finest Porcini Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Stuffing
- Tesco Finest Pink Lady Apple, Leek & Herb Stuffing
- Tesco Finest Cranberry & Apple Stuffing
Aldi vegan friendly stuffing
- Specially Selected Mushroom & Garlic Stuffing
- Specially Selected Orange, Cranberry & Apricot Stuffing
- Quiox Sage & Onion Stuffing
- Specially Selected Sage & Onion Stuffing
Vegan ‘Pigs in Blankets’
This is one of my favorite additions to our festive family feast! All you need are some vegan sausages and vegan bacon. I love the Linda McCartney Sausages, and they’re available in most UK supermarkets. Holland and Barrett and Ocado usually stock the VBites Cheatin’ Bacon Rashers. All you need to do is take the sausages out of the freezer in the morning to defrost, and when you are ready just wrap each one in a piece of vegan bacon. It can be tricky to get the bacon to stick to the sausages, but fear not there is a simple trick help you out: Soak a couple of cocktail sticks in some water and stick them through the bacon and sausage while you cook them and you’re done!
All you need now is lots of gravy to top it all off. The good news is most supermarkets stock a vegetable gravy that is suitable for vegans. Aldi list the ‘Quixo Onion Gravy Granules’ on their vegan product list which is available on their website. The ‘Tesco Vegetable Gravy Granules’ and ‘Tesco Onion Gravy Granules’ are both vegan friendly; and if you are looking for something gluten and wheat free, the ‘Tesco Free From Gravy Granules’ are also vegan.
Why not give some of these vegan alternatives ago this Christmas, and enjoy a cruelty free Christmas Dinner! Have a very Merry Christmas!
*Please note: the information listed above has been taken from the supermarkets vegan friendly product lists. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below.
For tips on surviving Christmas day as a vegan, check out Karley's 'Guide To A Vegan Christmas' post