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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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!

 

The Happy Pear Shepherdless Pie Review

Waitrose now have a dedicated vegan fridge in many of their stores, and they’ve added some great new products to their range – including this vegan shepherd’s pie from The Happy Pear. Curious about whether or not it’s worth buying? We’ve put together a quick review to help you out.

The Shepherdless Pie is a good size for a single person, and could probably serve two if you cooked extra veg to go on the side. It looks really appealing in the box and the packaging is attractive.

Cooking

We chose to cook it in the oven, but there was also a microwave option which is nice and convenient. The cooking directions were easy to follow and didn’t need any adjustment.

Taste

The shepherdless pie tasted great – there was a nice mix of lentils, tomatoes, and vegetables for the filling, and a good amount of mashed potato on top. The seasoning looked like it might be a bit too much, but the flavour was actually perfect.

The meal is really tasty, but it’s also mild enough to be ideal for children or those who don’t like intense spice/seasoning. It’s a lovely twist on a warm, comforting classic, and would be especially nice on chilly winter evenings.

Price

The price at the time of writing was £3.60, which we think is pretty decent, and a makes it a little cheaper than the Wicked Kitchen vegan ready meals at Tesco.

Our Verdict

We give this ready meal a solid 5/5 and will definitely purchase it again. Great option when you’re in a hurry but still want something that’s tasty, healthy, and similar to a homecooked meal.

Have you tried The Happy Pear Shepherdless Pie, or any of the other new vegan products at Waitrose? Get in touch and let us know what you thought!

Where to Get Vegan Pizza in the UK

“But what about pizza?!” This is one of the most common questions you might hear after telling someone that you’re vegan. Luckily, the number of vegan pizza options available is increasing all the time, so you won’t have to go without – whether you’re cooking at home, eating out, or ordering a takeaway.

We’ve split this post into three sections: supermarket, takeaway, and high street restaurant, so keep scrolling to find exactly what you’re looking for. Bon appetit!

Supermarket Vegan Pizza in the UK

Tesco Free From Margherita Pizza

Tesco released this own-brand vegan Margherita pizza in 2018 – it’s also free from gluten.

Cheezly and Tomato Pizza

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This vegan frozen pizza is available from Ocado, Holland and Barrett, or direct from VBites website. It’s quite small, but has reasonable reviews and is a great quick and easy option. This pizza could easily be topped with vegetables for a healthier, more filling meal.

Valsoia Dairy Free Pizza with Vegetables

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This dairy-free veggie pizza from Valsoia is available through Ocado here. Check out the rest of the range for items like chocolate spread and ice cream sandwiches.

The White Rabbit Pizza Co. 

The ‘Smokin Vegan’ from The White Rabbit Pizza Co is available in select branches of Sainsbury’s.

Wicked Kitchen

In 2018, Tesco released two sourdough pizzas as part of their plant-based Wicked Kitchen range – Caponata, and BBQ Mushroom. We’ve heard great reviews of both!

Goodfella’s Vegan Stonebaked Falafel Pizza

This frozen vegan pizza from Goodfella’s was released in March 2018. It’s frozen and costs £2.50, making it a cheaper option than many other vegan pizzas.

No Dough Pizza Co.

This vegan pizza has a cauliflower base and is available at Sainsbury’s – find it in the chilled aisle.

Takeaway Vegan Pizza in the UK

Papa John’s

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All of Papa John’s bases are vegan – just ask them to remove the cheese. We recommend the Garden Party with no cheese and extra mushrooms. Their garlic dipping sauce is also vegan, as are the potato wedges and corn on the cob.

Pizza Hut Delivery

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The pan base is vegan friendly – just add all the veggies you like. The garlic bread and potato wedges are also vegan – yay! You can check the full allergen and nutrition info here.

Independent

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There are lots of independent takeaways offering excellent vegan options. This helpful article from PetaUK lists them according to location. Pictured is a pizza from Basilico in London.

Vegan Pizza at UK Restaurants

Pizza Express

 

Vegan Giardiniera from Pizza Express

 

In March 2017, Pizza Express released the delicious vegan Giardiniera. You can ask for their vegan mozzarella to be added to any other pizza, and they now have a dedicated ‘vegan choices‘ page on their website.

 Zizzi

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The first high street restaurant to offer a vegan cheese on their pizzas, Zizzi is a great choice for vegans. The vMargheritaerita is topped with tomato, Mozzarisella cheese (made from rice milk), and basil. You can add extra veggie toppings and there are quite a few vegan starters and sides (the bruschetta looks delicious), plus gelato for dessert.

Ask Italian

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The bases here are vegan, so just ask for the cheese to be removed and add a few extra toppings. You can also enjoy Rosemary and Sea Salt bread as a starter, and sorbet for dessert.

***Update: As of March 2017, Ask Italian now offer a full vegan menu, including vegan mozzarella, vegan dough balls and a vegan chocolate torte. Check it out here.

Vegan pizza with cheese from Ask Italian!

Pizza Hut

In January 2018, Pizza Hut began offering Violife cheese as a topping for their pizzas – yay. You can see all the details on what’s vegan on this page. 

Vegan Pizza in the UK

As you can see, there are tons of places to get vegan pizza in the UK, with more options popping up all the time. If you know about a vegan pizza we haven’t listed, let us know and we’ll update this post!

To stay updated on the vegan pizza available in supermarkets, head over to the pizza category of our UK vegan product database.

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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

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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!

Tesco Meat Free Fishless Fishcakes Review (Vegan Fishcakes!)

Seen the new fishless fishcakes from Tesco and wondering if they’re worth a try? Check out the review below to find out what we thought of their appearance, taste, and texture. The fishcakes are available in the frozen section, come in a pack of four, and currently cost £1.75.
The fishcakes certainly look the part and we were excited to see if they lived up to their appearance.
The breadcrumb exterior both looks authentic and is pleasantly crunchy and well-seasoned. The innards once again look the part – however, this is where the similarity ends. Our disappointment was that there seems to have been little attempt to replicate the fishy flavour of the real thing. One imagines this might have been achieved with a dash of dried kelp, perhaps?

The potato content was fine, albeit quite ‘heavy’ in texture and we missed the smattering of herbs we would have expected, which, along with the slight scent of the sea, define the taste of real fishcakes. It reminded us of the core of a chip shop potato scallop except with a more glutinous quality and no sense of a flaky fish texture.

Overall, these are an adequate carbohydrate hit, with the crunchy exterior being their best feature. Smothered in salt and vinegar and tomato sauce, they would make an acceptable quick snack but don’t really match what we hoped for from a vegan fishcake. For comparison try Quorn Fishless Fingers – a much better simulation in our opinion.

Have you tried the Tesco fishless fishcakes? Let us know what you thought in the comments or on social media!