Whether you're vegetarian, vegan or just catering to your guests' dietary requirements, finding the perfect turkey replacement can make or break a Christmas dinner. These are our top festive meal picks for 2019..
For vegetarians and vegans, 'but what do you eat for Christmas dinner?' ranks up there with the most frequently asked questions by meat-eating acquaintances. However, with news that this year Ikea is only offering a 100% meat-free Christmas menu in stores, better options for those following plant-based diets appear to be growing and growing.
If you've not yet settled on what you (or your vegetarian and vegan guests) are going to have for the main event as a turkey substitute, we've rounded up our top festive centrepieces that definitely deliver that special sprinkle of Christmas magic. Once you've picked your favourite, don't forget to check out the latest supermarket food order deals to stretch your festive funds to their full potential!
Vegan lentil, cranberry and almond melt in the middle pudding, £8, Sainsbury's
A lot of vegetarian and vegan options for Christmas meals involve pastry, but if this doesn't float your festive boat, this savoury pudding makes for a satisfying showstopper. A vegan cheese sauce oozes from the pudding when cut, giving you that richness and decadent touch you want from your Christmas dinner. Serves 4.
Vegan festive wreath, £5.99, Waitrose
This ring of plaited bangers includes both apple and cranberry and mushroom and leek sausages, giving you the perfect mix of savoury and sweet flavours for a Christmas meal. Fruity stuffing with a parsley crumb makes a delicious addition to the centre of this mouth-watering centrepiece. Serves 4.
Vegan festive roast, £12, M&S
For veggies and vegans that actually miss their annual turkey dinner, this festive roast from M&S is the closest we've found to the real thing. With cranberry and chesnut stuffing, and accompanied by vegan gravy and no-pork cocktail 'sausoyges', this is a savvy meat-free alternative that we think the whole family would enjoy. Serves 4.
Vegan carrot and thyme tarte tatin, £2.60, Tesco
For something a little out of the ordinary, Tesco has opted for this unusual carrot tarte tatin. Carmelised carrots offers a festive sweetness to proceedings, while vegan pastry ensures it's something that those following strict plant-based diets can get on board with. Serves 1.
Vegan The Best layered vegetable tart, £4, Morrisons
Filled with spiced beetroot, butternut squash, spinach, cranberry and onion chutney and topped with roasted chestnuts, dairy-free pastry ensures this colourful tart is vegan-friendly. Plus, it's available in the freezer aisle, so you can stock up now for Christmas. Serves 1.
Vegan chickpea and cranberry Wellington, £4, Asda
This frozen Wellington is filled with chickpeas and festive cranberries, all encased in vegan puff pastry. Serves 3.
Vegetarian roasted beetroot, feta and pine nut tart, £7.50, Booths
With feta and pastry, this tart's only suitable for veegtarians, but the mix of red, golden and candy beetroots makes for a truly special festive treat. Serves 2.
Vegan Specially Selected centrepiece wreath, £3.99, Aldi
Bringing some real 'wow-factor' to your Christmas table, this vegan pastry wreath is filled with chestnut mushroom, butternut squash and fruit stuffing. You can only pick this up in your local Aldi store from December 21st. Serves 4.
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