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Whether you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, or have a family member or friend joining you for Christmas, we’ve got a few suggestions to help you pull together the perfect Christmas dinner.


Vegan

For the main centre piece we’ve got a delicious frozen butternut squash and quinoa roast with an apple and plum sauce. It serves 4 and is low in sat fat, high in protein and a source of fibre.

You could also try making something like a wellington, en croute, tart, nut roast, pie or stroganoff for the main centre piece using seasonal flavours such as chestnuts or cranberry. You can find lots more vegan recipe ideas at http://www.dinner4tonight.com/ and in our latest Co-op Food Magazine.

The rest of the dinner plate can be the same as the rest of your guests; cook your roast potatoes in vegetable oil, our Co-op cranberry sauce is suitable for vegans, use our Co-op sage and onion stuffing mix or you could even make your own stuffing and just leave out the sausage meat, make a vegan gravy for everyone and we’ve got plenty of vegetables in store for you to fill your plate. Look out for our prep veg to make Christmas Day a little easier.

Andrew Hollingworth from our format, range spacing team told us about his vegan Christmas dinner.

Christmas at our house is all about food, on our menu this Christmas we’ll be having a classic meat-free dish, the Nut Roast, but made incredible. Stuffed with quinoa, chestnuts, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts and brazil nuts and made Christmassy with Apricots, Cranberries & Spices. We’ll also be exploring more extravagant vegetarian side dishes with the likes of rainbow carrots and Purple Stem Broccoli, but we won’t forget the classics like Honey Roast Chantenay Carrots& Parsnips and the star of the season….sprouts!

You can also view the full list of Vegan products availablie in the Co-op. Please note however that our 2500+ stores are all different shapes and sizes, therefore stock is not always identical.


Vegetarian

When it comes to vegetarians, there’s a couple of options for you. Have you considered a frozen butternut squash and quinoa roast with an apple and plum sauce? (Serves 4 and is low in sat fat, high in protein and a source of fibre). Alternatively, there’s a delicious ‘Irresistible’ mushroom, pine nut and cranberry wellington, a chestnut mushrooms, pine nuts and port layered with an orange and rosemary butter and cranberry jelly hand wrapped in puff pastry (serves 2).

You could also try making something like a vegetarian wellington, en croute, tart, nut roast, pie or stroganoff for the main centre piece using Christmassy ingredients/flavours such as chestnuts, cranberry for example. Have a look for a recipe on our website to see if anything takes your fancy or there’s also some meat free recipes in our Co-op food magazine. Why not make the halloumi salad or mushroom gratin for starter.

The rest of the dinner plate can be the same as the rest of your guests; cook your roast potatoes in vegetable oil, our Co-op cranberry sauce is suitable for vegetarians, use our Co-op sage and onion stuffing mix or you could even make your own stuffing and just leave out the sausage meat, make a vegetable gravy for everyone and we’ve got plenty of vegetables in store for you to fill your plate. Look out for our prep veg to make Christmas Day a little easier.

Laurel Gilbert our Bakery and ISB Product Developer has shared her veggie Christmas Dinner.

I would make a nut roast or a Mushroom & Chestnut Wellington. Or this year I would buy the Coop Chilled Vegetarian Wellington. The roast of the plate is the usual roast potatoes (roasted in vegetable oil so they are nice and crisp), roasted carrots and parsnips, peas red cabbage, Yorkshire pudding, homemade red onion gravy and a veggie sausage.

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You can find lots of vegetarian recipe ideas at http://www.dinner4tonight.com/ and in our latest Co-op Food Magazine.


Let us know what you think about the new products or tell us what your favourite vegan and vegetarian recipes are by tweeting us @coopukfood or tagging us on Instagram @coopukfood

Aoife McKernan
Assistant Diet and Health Manager

Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. I have tried three times to purchase your Vegetarian Wellington in your Old Street store in London, without success.

    I have asked four members of staff about its availability and none could give me an answer.

    Can you please advise?

    Many thanks

    Gil

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  2. Hi Howard, the Customer Care team will be able to look into this for you. You can contact them on customer.careline@coop.co.uk. ^Catherine

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  3. I’d like to know the list of ingredients in your Vegetarian Wellington which was advertised in your magazine please (or any others). If it’s ok for us because of food allergies we’d like to be able to collect it next week from either your coop in Lossiemouth or Forres – in Moray. Thanks, Lynne.

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  4. I’ve previously received an email from you that refers to the vegetarian chilli (with beans), but haven’t found it in the Gatley or Heald Green stores; is it available in a store nearby, or will it be in stock there soon?

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