Top tips for a vegan Christmas dinner

Top tips for a vegan Christmas dinner

It’s Christmas time and because we’re feeling festive, we’ve been giving away a host of prizes through competitions on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

One of our most popular prizes was an amazing organic vegan hamper from Abel and Cole.

To enter, we asked you to tag someone who makes a great Christmas dinner and share a top tip for making a vegan-friendly version.

We loved hearing your ideas and thought some of them were so good, we wanted to share them here on our blog.

So, here’s a round-up of delicious ways to enjoy a meat-free Merry Christmas this year as suggested by you.

 

  1. Pigs in Blankets

 

Ellie Sutch recommended a quick and easy way to make vegan pigs in blankets. Just take some mini vegan sausages and wrap in a little vegan pastry blanket then simply pop in the oven.

 

  1. Yorkshire Puddings

 

As an East Yorkshire-based company, we’re totally on-board with the addition of Yorkshire puddings to the Christmas dinner table and Fran Jacobs shared a tasty-sounding recipe for a vegan version. Just take 60ml of vegetable oil for the tin and mix 115g of plain flour, 1 heaped tsp of gram flour and 285ml of soya milk.

 

  1. Desserts

 

Who can resist something sweet after a festive feast? Not us and we love Kimberley Smith’s suggestion to use coconut oil and coconut milk when making vegan desserts.

 

  1. Lasagne

 

Looking for inspiration for a Christmas Eve dinner or a New Year celebration? Giovana Abruzza enjoys a vegan lasagne with tofu, baby bell mushrooms, spinach and almond milk which we think sounds perfect for a special occasion.

 

  1. Trimmings

 

If you’re welcoming vegans to your table this year, Joanne Pepper has a brilliant way to ensure you can make entertaining easy. Just make sure trimmings like gravy, veg and roast potatoes are vegan – so that means avoiding things like goose fat, butter and meat stock – that way everyone can tuck-in without worrying.

 

  1. Christmas pie

 

What could be more wholesome and satisfying than a Christmas pie? Janette Pryor’s favourite filling is roast chestnuts, mushrooms and Quorn which is sure to be a hit for those who love something hearty to eat at this time of year.

 

  1. Yule Log

 

It’s a staple of the season and Liz Denial has a fabulous way of making a vegan version of a savoury Christmas Yule Log. It’s filo pastry filled with sweet potato, beetroot, parsnips and carrots served with roasted Brussels sprouts, red cabbage and pine nuts. Can we have seconds, please?

 

  1. Spice is nice

 

A nut roast is always on the menu in Victoria Rockcliffe’s house and her top tip is to add a little Christmas spice like cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Guaranteed to create a festive scent that will get taste buds going.

 

  1. Butternut Squash

 

For a glorious vegan feast, why not make a vegetable centrepiece as Alyson Chapman does? Take a butternut squash, halve and hollow out the seeds, stuff with mushrooms, rice, tomato and spices – fabulous.

 

  1. Melon medley

 

As much as we love to indulge over Christmas, it’s nice to enjoy something a little lighter sometimes and Janet Ashenden’s melon medley with a port sauce fits the bill exactly. Brilliant to serve as a first course to get your vegan dinner off to a great start.

Whether you’ve been lucky to scoop a prize in our Christmas competitions or not, these ideas are sure to make your dinner a winner.

And if you haven’t been picked so far, we’re running more competitions throughout December so keep an eye on our social channels to take part.