Top 10 Savoury Vegan Christmas Finds 2018

Are you all stocked up on sweet treats for Christmas but struggling to find savoury vegan options? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a special main course or some fun snacks to serve guests, the list below should have you excited about hitting the supermarkets.

1. Morrison’s Veggies in Blankets

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Missing pigs in blankets? You’re in luck — Morrison’s have released this 100% vegan alternative. The sausages are made from tomato, potato and mushroom and the blankets are aubergine slices.

2. Asda Extra Special Vegan Pate

Looking for a delicious pate to go with all those Christmas crackers? Try this Roasted Parsnip Pate with Chestnuts and Sage from Asda.

3. Iceland No Turkey Christmas Dinner

The vegan No Bull products at Iceland have had rave reviews — and now you can enjoy a ‘No Turkey’ Christmas Dinner from the same range for just £3.

4. ASDA Extra Special Vegan 2 Mushroom & Spinach Puff Pastry Parcels

 

Looking for a filling starter or a Christmas Eve treat? These Spinach and Mushroom Puff Pastry Parcels look perfect.

6. Tesco Finest Butternut and Mushroom Wellington

A nice change from a typical nut roast, this Tesco Butternut Squash Wellington looks like it would make a great main course for Christmas day.

7. Asda Mushroom & Lentil Nut Roasts with Caramelised Onion Melt

How cute are these individual Mushroom and Lentil Nut Roasts? They look really festive and are perfect if only a few members of your family are vegan.

8. Quorn Cracking Cranberry Balls

It isn’t Christmas without cranberries, and these Quorn Cracking Cranberry Balls are now available at Morrison’s.

9. Violife Vegan Platter

This year Violife have released TWO vegan cheese platters especially for Christmas.

The first platter contains Blu Wedge, Cranberry After Dinner and Mature Cheddar Flavour Block — it’s available at Asda, Holland & Barrett’s, Morrison’s and Waitrose. The second features Cranberry After Dinner, Block with Herbs and Smoked Flavour Block and is at Whole Foods and Sainsbury’s.

10.  Tesco Tortilla Trees

These Tortilla Trees from Tesco are a fun festive twist on a classic snack. Perfect for parties!

What’s been your favourite savoury vegan Christmas find so far this year? Let us know below or on social media — and keep an eye out for the sweet version of this post!

 

Top UK Vegan Halloween Treats 2018

Looking for some fun vegan treats to enjoy this Halloween? Look not further! We’ve listed some of our favourite vegan Halloween finds this year, from sweets and toffee apples to spooky crumpets and crisps.

Toffee Apples (Tesco)

These Parrs toffee apples are sold individually in the fresh fruit section of Tesco. We sampled one this week and it was delicious!

Ghost Crumpets (Asda)

Want to make your Halloween breakfast extra spooky? These ghost crumpets from Asda are a really fun idea.

Pumpkin Crumpets (Morrisons)

Can’t get enough of the novelty vegan crumpets? You’ll want to grab these pumpkin shaped ones from Morrisons too!

Fizzy Fangs (Sainsbury’s)

These fizzy fang sweets from Sainsbury’s are accidentally vegan and great for trick-or-treaters.

Monster Claw Crisps (Tesco)

Unlike branded Monster Munch, these Tesco’s own Monster Claw crisps are completely vegan – yum! Great snack to throw in a bowl and serve as part of a Halloween buffet.

Super Scary Fizzy Spiders (M&S)

These super scary fizzy spiders from M&S are another great choice for parties. Lots of M&S veggie sweets are also vegan – take a look at their full vegan list by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

If you’d like more ideas for vegan sweets, check out our list from last year, or visit the sweets section of our database.

Bear Claws Blackcurrant & Beetroot (Waitrose)

Want a healthier Halloween snack? These ‘bear claws’ are made from 100% fruit and veg and are lots of fun for kids.

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Where to Get Vegan Mayo in the UK

Want to enjoy vegan mayo on your sandwiches, salads, and more? You’re in luck – most major UK supermarkets now sell at least one brand of vegan mayo, so you’ll be spoilt for choice! Keep scrolling to get a good look at the options.

Tesco Free From Mayo-Maize

Where is it sold? Tesco

What’s it like? We really like this – it’s tasty and close to the real thing. The only issue is that it can be hard to squeeze out once the bottle isn’t full… we’ve seen a few complaints on social media about this!

Mr Organic Egg Free and Organic Mayo

Where is it sold? Waitrose, Ocado, Holland & Barrett

What’s it like? This product should appeal to anyone who wants to stick to organic products. We’ve read mixed reviews online, so you’ll have to try it to see what you think.

Sacla Free From Mayonnaise

Where is it sold? Sainsbury’s, Ocado

What’s it like? It’s great to see a big brand like this offering a vegan trademarked product. It’s got great reviews for being thick and creamy, and the jar is handy if you don’t want to deal with a squeezy bottle.

Chippa May-o

Where is it sold? Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda

What’s it like? This has two five star reviews on our product database, and the taste has been likened to salad cream. Yum!

Granovita Mayola

Where is it sold? Holland & Barrett, Ocado

What’s it like? This is our personal favourite, although it’s sadly no longer available at Tesco. It tastes very realistic and comes in a squeezy bottle that’s easy to use, even when you’re running out. Some people think it tastes too much like salad cream, so it’s definitely a matter or taste!

Sriracha Mayo Sauce

Where is it sold? Tesco, Asda (usually in the World Foods aisle)

What’s it like? If you love sriracha or just want an extra kick with your mayo, this is ideal! If you don’t like hot flavours, give this a miss.

As you can see, it’s not hard to find tons of delicious vegan mayo in the UK! Which brand is your favourite? Or do you prefer to make your own? Let us know in the comments.

Where to Buy Vegan Birthday Cakes and Treats in the UK

Vegan birthday cake. It’s still one of the hardest things to shop for without going to a specialist store, and while items like vegan cheese and pizza are becoming more widespread, none of the supermarkets have released a dedicated vegan cake yet.

However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. There are lots of vegan treats which can easily be used in place of a cake, and we’re sharing some of our favourites below. We’ll be keeping this article updated, so be sure to let us know if you spot any new releases.

Morrison’s Sticky Ginger Buns

These Sticky Ginger Buns are about as close to vegan cake as you can get in a supermarket right now – and they’re pretty delicious.

Morrison’s Lazy Day Free From Tiffin Selection

This Tiffin Selection has some nice variety and is a great one to take into the office for sharing.

Tesco Free From Rocky Road Mini Bites

These Rocky Road Mini Bites are small but tasty.

Asda Food Heaven Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake

It’s not exactly a birthday cake, but this Lemon Cheesecake is still a delicious option for your special day.

ASDA Free From Caramel Rice Squares

Who doesn’t love rice crispy squares? These are a fun option for kids’ parties.

Co-op Rocky Road Stackers and Millionaire’s Crispy Stackers

The ‘stackers’ format seems to be popular for vegan treats, and The Co-op does it well!

Sainsbury’s Daiya Chocolate Cheezecake

We’ve not tried this newly-released Chocolate Cheezecake from Daiya yet, but it’s generating tons of buzz on social media.

Nothing that you fancy? For more inspiration, head to our list of vegan baked treats, or check out our list of vegan baking kits to cheat while making your own cake.

What’s your favourite vegan birthday treat to buy when you don’t feel like baking a cake? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

 

 

 

10 Easy Vegan Meals for Beginners

Just gone vegan and stuck for meal ideas? Want vegan meals that are quick, easy, healthy, and don’t cost a fortune? We’ve got you covered! All the ideas below are suitable for people without much time or culinary skill – we’ve shared an ‘easy’ version of each dish, plus links to fancier varieties in case you’re feeling adventurous.

Ready to get excited about your next vegan meal plan? Let’s do this!

1. Mixed Bean Chilli

Fry onion and garlic, add a tin of mixed beans in chilli sauce, then cook according to directions. Serve with nachos and add tomato, salsa, and guacamole. Make your own guac by blending avocado with chilli, lime, salt, pepper, and coriander.

Oh She Glows Vegan Chilli with Homemade Sour Cream

2. Lentil Curry and Vegan Naan

Fry onion and garlic with a few teaspoons of curry powder, add dried red lentils, then cover with vegetable stock. Simmer for around 30 minutes, or until lentils are soft. Serve with vegan naan, which you can find by searching our vegan product database.

Minimalist Baker Spicy Red Lentil Curry

Vegan Richa Sri Lankan Red Lentil Curry

3. Vegan Full English Breakfast

Lots of elements of a traditional full English are accidentally vegan, so all you’ll need to do is replace egg with tofu scramble, and swap sausages and bacon for vegan versions. Check out our How to Make a Vegan Full English Breakfast post for lots of ideas.

BBC GoodFood Vegan Fry-Up

Veganuary Vegan Fry Up

4. Tofu and Vegetable Tacos

Grab a taco kit with shells, seasoning, and salsa from the supermarket. Fry tofu and vegetables along with the seasoning, heat the shells in the oven, and then put it all together. Top with salsa and lettuce, and serve with cherry tomatoes. If you’re not a fan of tofu, try using beans, lentils, or a vegan meat-alternative.

My Vegan Supermarket Easy Lazy Vegan Tacos

It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken Vegan Tofu Taco Crumbles

5. Couscous with Tofu and Mixed Vegetables

This is a really easy option if you don’t have much time or many cooking facilities. Simply soak couscous in boiling water, adding half a stock cube for flavour. Then chop your choice of veggies and tofu, throw into a microwave pan and cook for a few minutes, until soft. Use to top the couscous, which should be done by now. Add sriracha, salt and pepper for flavour.

Lazy Cat Kitchen Vegan Couscous Salad with Roasted Parsnips

The Spruce Eats Easy Vegan Couscous Salad with Salsa

6. Vegan Pizza

Grab a vegan-friendly pizza base from the supermarket, top with tomato sauce, throw on some chopped veggies and vegan cheese, and you’ve got yourself a delicious pizza! Serve with salad, chips, garlic bread, or anything else that takes your fancy.

Vegan Heaven Hummus Pizza with Veggies

The Stingy Vegan Vegan Nacho Pizza

7. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Boil carrot and potato together in a pan, then mash with vegan butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Fry onion, celery and garlic in olive oil, then add a tin of green lentils, vegetable stock, some frozen peas, and some broccoli. Add meaty gravy granules, marmite, salt, black pepper, mixed herbs and tomato puree for flavour, then simmer for 15 minutes. Assemble and pop in the oven to crisp for about 20 minutes.

Jamie Oliver Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Tesco Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

8. Roast Vegetables and Vegan Main

This one isn’t tricky! Simply chop your favourite vegetables, pop in a tray and roast with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Pick a vegan meat alternative to have as a main – we used a Vegan Quorn Fillet in this picture, but you could choose sausages, a nut roast, a pie, or anything else you fancy. Most supermarket stuffing is accidentally vegan and can be made into balls or slices.

Vegan Roast Wellington with Lentils, Mushrooms & Chestnuts

Veganuary Vegan Roast Dinner

9. Tofu Scramble on Toast

Crumble tofu, then fry in oil, seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic, turmeric, mustard, and mixed herbs. Throw in spinach, mushrooms, and other veggies to make the meal a little more filling. Serve on toast and top with ketchup and black pepper.

The Vegan Society Tofu Scramble

Greatist 10-Minute Scrambled Tofu

10. Jacket Potato with Beans and Cheese

Nothing beats a jacket potato, especially when you don’t feel like cooking. Simply stab a few holes in your spud, then cook in the oven for at least an hour, until soft. Top with baked beans and vegan cheese, or check our 10 Vegan Jacket Potato Filling Ideas for more inspiration.

Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to spend hours cooking complex dishes. These easy vegan meals don’t take long to cook, taste delicious, won’t cost a fortune, and should go down well with non-vegan family members or housemates.

What are your go-to vegan meals? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Best UK Vegan Snacks for Long Journeys

Who doesn’t need a snack during a long journey? Travelling as a vegan can feel difficult, and you might worry that you won’t find anything to eat – whether you’re going by car, train, or plane.

Luckily, with just a tiny bit of planning, you can enjoy something much more exciting than a pack of plain crisps from the service station.

Keep reading for a handy list of some of our favourite sweet and savoury vegan snacks for long journeys.

Savoury

Carrot sticks and humous – great for kids and grown-ups and just fun to eat! Available in a range of supermarkets and high street stores, or easy to pack yourself.

To add variety, try other raw vegetables like celery, different coloured peppers, sugar snap peas, mini sweetcorn or button mushrooms.

In a similar vein, falafel and houmous is easy and tasty – here’s an easy option from Tesco.

Nuts and seeds are a great mess-free snack, but do remember fellow travellers who may have allergies.  These Thai sweet chilli nuts are scrumptious!

Most supermarkets have packs of mixed seeds and nuts in the fresh fruit and veg aisle.

Crisps are always a great standby option and many are accidentally vegan, including prawn cocktail Skips and Wasabi and Ginger Sensations.

Lots of the supermarket ‘budget’ lines include vegan crisps, like these salt and vinegar twirls from Waitrose, or Bacon Rashers from Tesco.

Pringles are another fun option, especially if you’re sharing.

Twiglets are also delicious – if you like Marmite!

Good vegan sandwiches are getting easier to find in most supermarkets, so try to shop in advance, or find a service station with a mini-supermarket.  We have a wide range of suggestions in our ‘On the Go’ category.

Sweet

We know it’s a bit obvious, but fruit is tasty and portable! If you are feeling very prepared you can chop it in advance. If you feeling lazy, buy it ready chopped from the supermarket – usually near the sandwiches.

Breakfast bars are another good option and very widely available – try Alpen Jaffa Cake Bars for a treat!

Biscuits may be a bit less healthy, but they’re so easy and comforting! Check out our favourites below.

Easy to find, accidentally vegan sweets include Starburst, Jelly Tots, Drumstick Choos, and Skittles. Yum.

 

Don’t go without snacks next time you’re on a long journey – there are tons of great options once you know where to look.

What’s your favourite vegan snack for long trips? Tell us in the comments.

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8 Easy Vegan Christmas Dinner Mains

Scratching your head over what to eat for Christmas dinner this year? Don’t fancy making another nut roast from scratch? Luckily, there are plenty of tasty vegan mains available to purchase in the UK, and we’re sharing some of the best.

Tesco Festive Nut Roast With Mulled Wine And Cranberry Sauce

This Festive Nut Roast from Tesco even comes with mulled wine and cranberry sauce! Clearly marked vegan on the front.

Morrisons 2 Wholefood Roasts with Thyme Gravy

This two pack of Wholefood Roasts with Thyme Gravy could be ideal for a smaller Christmas lunch – you can always keep one in the freezer.

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Beef Roast

We’ve heard good things about this new Vegetarian Beef Roast with Red Wine and Shallot Glaze. Ideal if you’re after a ‘meatier’ option. Sold at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s.

The Co-op Butternut Squash and Quinoa Roast

The Co-op are getting in on the act with this Butternut Squash and Quinoa Roast – we think the apple and plum sauce sounds tasty.

Tofurky Roast With Herb Gravy 765g

Available from Ocado and some branches of Holland and Barrett, this Tofurkey Roast with Herb Gravy is a popular Christmas choice.

VBites Cheatin’ Meat-Free Turkey Roast

VBites offer a huge range of vegan meat alternatives, including this turkey style roast. Check out their website for details and to purchase.

Quorn Meat Free Vegan Fillets

These Quorn fillets are a nice easy option, perfect if you’re looking for a chicken substitute. We recommend topping with cranberry sauce and stuffing, then baking in the oven. Available at Asda.

Fry’s Soy & Quinoa Country Roast

This Fry’s Soy and Quinoa Country Roast is available from Ocado and gets pretty good reviews.

What are you planning on eating with your vegan Christmas dinner this year? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Don’t forget to check out our newly-updated Christmas section – complete with mince pies, Christmas puddings, chocolates, and more – you can also filter by shop to see what’s available near you.

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Best Vegan Advent Calendars 2017 (All Available in Supermarkets/On the High Street)

 

Worried that you’ll have to go without an advent calendar this year? Luckily there are plenty of vegan options available, and you don’t have to visit fancy health food stores or order online to find them!

Check out our list of the best UK vegan advent calendars, all available in supermarkets or on the high street.

Moo Free Advent Calendar

Sold at Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, and Asda, between £3 and £5.

Chocologic Free From Advent Calendar

Sold at Tesco, £2.50.

Holland and Barrett

Available in two different designs, £3.99 each.

Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

Contains dark chocolate reindeer, snowmen, and penguins, costs £12.50.

Divine Chocolate 70% Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

Available at Oxfam, £4.99.

Montezuma’s Organic & Vegan Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

£9.99 from Montezuma’s.

Which advent calendar will you be buying this year? Let us know in the comments!

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