Ten food swaps for a Merry Vegan Christmas
Preparing Vegan dishes for Christmas can be tricky as traditionally the focus is on meat, so Spoon Guru nutritionist Marianna Ragoussi have provided some tips and easy food swap ideas to help! Let’s not stress and make vegan dishes to impress…
Mulled wine… When making your mulled wine you can still use the same fruits and spices as when making non-vegan mulled wine, but instead of using honey to sweeten it use maple syrup or organic brown sugar.
Eggnog for all! This festive drink can be quickly made from scratch using any non-dairy milk. Try the following recipe.
A classic nut roast is a common roast meat-alternative. So why not try make one yourself using this easy nut roast recipe.
In place of a roast turkey, try a roasted stuffed cauliflower, which can also be an alternative to a nut roast.
Crispy roast potatoes… Instead of using turkey or duck fat for your roasted potatoes, use olive oil and add some rosemary and salt. Or when making potato mash for both vegan and non-vegan guests, set aside some boiled potatoes before adding the butter or milk, or use a dairy-free butter or a milk alternative so everyone can enjoy the same dish!
Vegan pigs in blankets… Pick up some vegan sausages available in the supermarket and wrap with sundried tomatoes.
Roasted parsnips in maple syrup instead of honey!
Christmas gravy… Trying to find vegan ready-prepared gravy or gravy granules can be difficult, so whip up your own using this quick and easy vegan gravy recipe, which is also gluten, wheat and nut free!
Vegan Christmas pudding… Bake up a festive pudding simply by replacing the butter with non-dairy butter and the eggs with figs which adds extra fruitiness. Check out this recipe here.
Vegan gingerbread people… What’s more fun than making gingerbread people? Decorating them! It’s easy to make them vegan, just switch the butter for coconut oil, eggs for chia and use chickpea water in the icing and voila!
With these 10 tips there’s no way your guests will be leaving hungry. Merry Christmas and happy cooking!