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!

 

Free From Italy Vegan Panettone With Chocolate Review

Have you been searching high and low for a vegan panettone? Or are you just looking for a tasty alternative to traditional Christmas cake? You’re in the right place! This week we were sent the Free From Italy Vegan Panettone with Chocolate to review — keep reading to find out what we thought.

Packaging

This panettone comes in this really nice cardboard box. It’s a good size (500g) and definitely looks fancy enough to give as a gift. There’s a nice label tied to the box with ribbon and this lists the ingredients and gives some details about the sourdough method which is used to bake the product.

Appearance

Once out of the box, the panettone looks good — it’s got some nice decorative edging and a good shape, with plenty of chocolate chips visible.

Taste

The smell of chocolate hits you as soon as you take the panettone out of its packaging and cutting into the cake reveals a generous number of chocolate chips.

The bread tastes sweet but not overwhelmingly so, and the chocolate chips are rich and delicious. You can definitely tell that the product is made using sourdough — it has a distinctive ‘tang’. Overall, we’d say the taste and texture are quite similar to a chocolate chip brioche.

We thought the taste was great — just sweet enough, nice and chocolate-y, and a good texture. If you’re not keen on sourdough then it might not be right for you, but otherwise we would highly recommend giving this product a try.

Where to Buy

You can buy the Free From Italy Vegan Panettone With Chocolate at selected branches of Morrisons this Christmas. It’s also available online via Ocado or the Free From Italy website. If you’re not keen on chocolate, there’s also a more traditional version which contains sultanas.

Are you a fan of panettone? Will you be testing one of these this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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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Top Ten UK Vegan Christmas Finds 2016

With Christmas fast approaching, we thought we’d give you a list of our top ten festive vegan finds. If you fancy browsing our entire list, check out the Christmas section here (you can filter by supermarket on the right hand side, or at the bottom of the page on mobile).

1. Favorina Mince Pies (Lidl)

These are delicious warmed in the microwave, and come in a bigger box than most. There’s lots of good stuff in the Favorina range, including jelly fruits and turkish delight – see our Lidl section for more.

2. Penguin Bites (Tesco)

Fun Christmas crisps, perfect if you don’t want to eat too many sugary snacks.

3. Dark Chocolate and Orange Thins (Morrison’s)

These make a fun change from mint thins, and could be used in place of a chocolate orange.

4. Iced Mince Pies (Sainsbury’s)

Most mince pies don’t come with icing, so these are a fun novelty! Also free from gluten.

5. Chocolate and Hazelnut Churros (Tesco)

Warm vegan churros filled with chocolate and topped with glittery cinnamon sugar. What more could you want?

6. Gold Shimmer Hot Chocolate (Waitrose)

Shimmery hot chocolate – just mix with your favourite plant milk.

7. Chocolate Fondant Truffles (Tesco)

These truffles are really tasty with soft, melty centres. Good substitute for Lindt chocolates and nice to display in a bowl.

8. Merry Moos Selection Box (Sainsbury’s)

Lots of different fun flavours of vegan chocolate, all in a cute festive box. Perfect for kids.

9. Meat Free Festive Nut Roast (Tesco)

This festive nut roast comes with a fancy cranberry and port sauce and is clearly marked vegan on the box.

10. Rich Fruit Christmas Pudding (Morrison’s)

Morrison’s have a few vegan-friendly Xmas puds, including this one, an alcohol-free version, and a gluten-free option.

We hope this list has given you a few festive shopping ideas! Let us know your best finds below or on social media.

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