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Whether you’re vegan or looking to try more veggie alternatives, going plant-based for Christmas Day has never been easier. From inspiring recipes to easy shortcuts, we’re answering some of your questions on going vegan this Christmas.
Q. I’ve got my side dishes sorted, but what can I make for an impressive vegan centrepiece?
Look no further than this Portobello Wellington. It’s a great alternative to roast turkey or beef Wellington, and using ready-made vegan puff pastry means it’s so easy to make. Serve with cranberry sauce and all the trimmings, including these super-crispy paper potatoes. If you want to spend less time in the kitchen on Christmas Day, pick up a Co-op Vegan Roasting Joint – the first of its kind from Co-op this Christmas. Available in selected stores from 19th December.
Q. Even without hours spent roasting a turkey, I’m still worried about getting my timings right on Christmas Day. What can I prep ahead?
The best thing about hosting a vegan Christmas Day is the amount of prep you can do, as most vegetable-based mains and sides can be made in advance and reheated before serving. There are plenty of vegan-friendly soups you can make beforehand and stash in the freezer, ready to defrost and garnish for a decadent starter on the big day.
For dessert, try making this impressive spiced Christmas Yule log a couple of days before, then store chilled in an airtight container until ready to serve. Even better, stock up on plenty of Co-op vegan mince pies to eat warm with dairy free ice cream. Sorted!
Q. We don’t want a traditional Christmas dinner. How can I make a delicious buffet spread that’s vegan?
Variety is key in any tasty buffet, but don’t make too much work for yourself – it is a party after all. Serve up a range of plant-based dips, like houmous and muhammara, with warm flatbreads, tortilla chips and crudités. And don’t forget to check out Co-op’s range of party food, from bubble & squeak bites to an Indian-style sharing selection – there are loads of vegan options to make cooking at Christmas time even easier, so you can spend more time celebrating.
Q. I’ve heard some wine isn’t suitable for vegans. How can I ensure my vegan guests are catered for?
Some alcoholic drinks aren’t suitable for vegans due to processing methods that involve animal products. To keep things plant-based this Christmas, check out Co-op’s range of vegan wines, from Irresistible Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc to Irresistible Shiraz. Or for something even more special, Co-op’s award-winning Les Pionniers Champagne is vegan – cheers to that!
Your plant-based Christmas menu
Starter: Co-op Irresistible sweet potato, coconut and Roquito pepper soup
Main course: Co-op vegan roasting joint with all the trimmings
Dessert: Spiced Christmas Yule log
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