Christmas 2020 is set to be greener than it ever has before!
A survey carried out by Applewood which comprised of over 2000 participants revealed that 20% of Brits will be serving a completely vegan Christmas dinner this year. Tesco has also stated that veggie mains are set to be more popular compared to beef and lamb this Christmas. Stats like these really do highlight the clearly changing landscape when it comes to the UK’s food choices. A report by Satsuma Loans indicated that a meat-based Christmas dinner for a family of six emits 23.5kg of CO2. In contrast, a vegan Christmas dinner only emits 9.5kg of C02 into the atmosphere. Happy days for our planet as well as the animals!
Deciding what the ‘star of the show’ will be for Christmas dinner is always a tricky feat. This handy guide of Christmas main ideas will be sure to inspire you whether this is your first or fifth vegan Christmas. From wellingtons to roast ‘chicken’, we have put together our favourites when it comes to impressive centrepieces.
Recipe by Vegan Huggs
Filled with mushrooms and chickpeas, the filling of this vegan wellington has a hearty and meaty texture. When wrapped around puff pastry, it makes for an indulgent and delicious Christmas main (anything wrapped in puff pastry is dreamy in our opinion). Vegan Huggs recommends serving this alongside either some roasted veggies, sourdough stuffing, a festive salad, apple cranberry sauce and of course some mushroom gravy.
Vegan Christmas Wreath
Recipe by BBC Good Food
A show-stopping vegan Christmas centrepiece made with spinach, pine nuts and tofu. Topped with cranberries and dill. This recipe uses vegan Jus-Rol shortcrust pastry to make the cooking process easier. The dish requires relatively little preparation and is ready in the oven within 45 minutes.
Vegan Holiday Roast
Recipe by Vegan Huggs
Another Vegan Huggs recipe which was simply too good to leave out of the mix. This seitan based roast is stuffed with the vegan sourdough stuffing mentioned above, and is then topped with a subtly sweet glaze. Seitan’s popularity has been growing hugely as a meat substitute, and it is also relatively easy to make at home using vital wheat gluten.
Lentil Roast With Balsamic Onion Gravy
Recipe by Wallflower Kitchen
This is an excellent option for those looking for a gluten-free and nut-free option this Christmas. The combination of oats, beans, lentils and vegetables gives a meaty texture without using any type of meat substitute. Served along with a delicious onion balsamic gravy filled with body and flavour.
Vegan Roast Chicken
Recipe by School Night Vegan
Made from succulent seitan, this meat-free roast ‘chicken’ is a versatile and show stopping Christmas main option. It also mimics the convention of having slices of roast turkey, in a sustainable and cruelty free way of course! The balsamic cranberry marinade included in this recipe makes this a perfect festive option. Serve alongside roasted veggies for a true roast experience.
Festive Butternut Roast
Recipe by The Veg Space
An inventive vegan Christmas centrepiece which can be made ahead of time and reheated to make life easier on the day. Festive flavours such as cranberry, nutmeg and rosemary make this a deliciously Christmassy dish. It is also an excellent option if you are not a huge fan of pastry and looking for something lighter.
And there we have it. Our selection of 6 vegan Christmas dinner options for a delicious and sustainable meal. We hope you find this useful and if you give any of the recipes a try we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!