Being vegan at Christmas can mean getting by on sprouts and potatoes.
As long as they’re not cooked in butter or duck fat.
But as 2017 has pretty much been the year of the vegan, we should expect less slicing of turkeys and more carving of roasted butternut squash.
Marks & Spencer are allegedly due to bring out vegan Christmas options but, sadly, I’ve not come across any yet.
Rumoured foods include butternut squash and beetroot filo parcels, which would be pretty tasty.
But plenty of other big brands, including fail-safe Linda McCartney, Fry’s – my fave – and VBites have fantastic options to up the vegan game on your Christmas table.
Here’s my ranking of the best of what’s out there this Christmas.
These are just mini versions of the range’s chorizo sausages, which I wasn’t that impressed with during my meat-free taste test.
They aren’t similar to actual cocktail sausages, which will disappoint those after that chewy chipolata taste and texture.
Sundried tomatoes do not belong on any festive dinner table – unless you’re maybe in the Mediterranean.
This is a tasty, slightly rich roast, but it’s more suited to autumnal afternoons than Christmas Day.
From what I remember, I’m pretty sure this isn’t what turkey tastes like.
The slabs of speckly ‘meat’ remind me of many a dodgy Christmas gone by.
Which makes it wrong, but also oh, so right.
A crunchy, crumbly traditional vegan option for Christmas Day.
This is the people-pleaser of the table.
Not even your mean Aunt Jane can say anything nasty about this roast.
Almost haggis-like in texture and taste, this lovely roast is made from sunflower and pumpkin seeds with a blend of chickpeas, mushrooms and leeks, which puts it ahead of the Artisan Grains dish.
According to my boyfriend, who’s eaten meat more recently, this does actually taste like beef.
I have no idea, but I think it’s absolutely delicious.
A succulent ‘meaty’ option for the centrepiece that will show your distrustful family you’re missing nothing with a vegan option.
Similar to stuffing, with a crunchy exterior and soft interior, I’m a big fan of this roast.
The subtle fruitiness gives it bonus Christmas points.
Another dish that could be served to everyone.
Tofurk me, this is damn fine.
A combination of tofu and wheat with a wild rice and breadcrumb stuffing delights the palate and makes you wonder why anyone ever opts for dead bird/pig/sheep (delete as per your family traditions).
This totally trumps the VBites Meat-free Turkey Roast.
Maybe because nobody is sure what it’s meant to be.
Doesn’t matter, as it contains no dead animals and is totally delicious.
Anyone who remembers being six years old and gobbling down as many sausage rolls as you could fit into your mouth will appreciate these li’l fellas.
A perfect flaky, crispy casing with a soft, ‘sausage’ filling.
Basically, a saintly version of Greggs.
Now this is what I call a vegan cocktail sausage.
I could mainline a plate of these in minutes.
That could be a new Christmas Day game.
With the perfect balance of meatiness and nutty goodness, this is my stellar Christmas roast.
Served up with all the sides, it’s an absolute dream.
These are a real game-changer.
More like sausage rolls than beef, but still absolutely delicious.
Bring these to the Christmas table and even meat-eaters will be delighted.
Although you probably won’t want to share them.