I am obsessed with Christmas. I love everything about it: the scent, the food, the togetherness, the tree and its sparkling decorations, giving and receiving gifts and even the weather!
This year I’m hosting Christmas for six people (plus another 6 coming and going during Christmas and Boxing Day), out of which four are not vegan. Thankfully they are easy-going and happy to try foods they wouldn’t normally eat as anything non vegan is positively verboten in my household. Sure I’ll make a few things from scratch, but trust me, you won’t find me stressed out and panicking the night before trying to nail Italian panettone. So here’s a selection of foods and drinks that I think are a must have at the Christmas table, and some that perhaps you wouldn’t associate with the holidays, but you know that everybody will enjoy. Bottoms up and merry Christmas!
Toast doesn’t get more Christmassy than this! Everfresh Sprouted Wheat Bread with Stem Ginger
Low in fat, no added sugar, yeast or preservatives, this bread is healthy and delicious. The addition of stem ginger makes it fragrant and packed with Christmas flavours. Add vegan butter and marmalade and enjoy the Yule breakfast of champions! £2 for a loaf
Indulgent yet HealthyVegan Pancakes: Sweetpea Pantry Buckwheat and Flax Pancake Mix
Start Christmas day with a filling, delicious and healthy pancake stack. These by Sweetpea Pantry are easy to make, full of fibre and gluten free. Add jam, vegan butter, vegan honey or go the full hog and smother them in melted chocolate and nuts. £2.75
The perfect Christmas starter with no fuss: Fry’s Artisan Chickpea and Roasted Butternut Balls
It’s good to cook a few things from scratch on Christmas day but when something is as delicious as these balls, buy then pre-made! You can make your own dipping sauce and nobody will know. £2.75
Starter or Side: Quorn Cracking Cranberry Balls
Just launched for Christmas, Quorn’s Vegan Cracking Cranberry Balls are made with quorn, dried cranberry pieces, sage and black pepper and are perfect to serve as a nibble, starter or as a side with your main. £2.50
Black-Eyed Crisps! Bepps Black Bean Puffs
Delicious as a nibble and they come in lots of flavours including vegan cheese. These gluten-free treats are lovely with a glass of bubbly. Get a taster box for £3.60 or a 24 pack box of your favourite flavour for £23.76.
Lunch and Dinner
A Vegan Christmas Classic: Artisan Grains Nut Roast
There are so many good nut roasts on the market, if you don’t have time, you really needn’t make your own. This, with cashews and cranberry, is a perfect main course. Serve with vegetables and all the vegan trimmings. £2.99
An Alternative Roast: Fry’s Country Roast with Soy and Quinoa
If you want to try something different from a nut roast this year, give this soy and quinoa loaf a go. Packed with lots of flavours including rosemary, parsley, tomato and marjoram, this roast will be loved by all. £4.40
All You Need in One Box: Riverford Vegan Christmas Dinner Box
If you are short of time and short of guests this year, this Christmas Dinner Box from Riverford Organic Farmers serves 2-3 and it has everything you need: nut roast, fresh cranberry sauce, savoury gravy with red miso, 6 mince pies, a traditional Christmas pudding, and even clementines. £45.95
Pudding and Sweets
Buon Natale! Vorrei Panettone and Prosecco
Italian panettone is delicious and lighter than Christmas cake and pudding, so it’s no wonder it’s become so popular. Get this box which comes with a bottle of vegan Prosecco - perfect for toasting! £55
You Have to Have Chocolate: Ombar Chocolate Bars
Forget those non vegan, sugary, fatty milk chocolate coins and sink your teeth into these delicious organic, fairtrade and raw Ombar chocolate bars, which come in ‘mylk’, coconut, 72% and 90% cacao. £8.99
Pick and Eat: Doisy & Dam Chocolate Snaps
These packets of chocolate snaps are not only delicious but they are perfect for guests to pick at. Use as a garnish for pudding, serve with a glass of something strong or leave on the coffee table so guests can help themselves. Try the frankly moorish Coconut & Lucuma and the Maple, Toasted Rice & Pink Salt. Those watching their sugar intake will be over the moon too as Doisy & Dam’s dark chocolate has fewer grams of the white stuff compared to most brands. A win win. £2.75 per 100g pack.
Sweets for Guests to pick at: British Library Vegan Vanilla Fudge
Break this block of delicious vegan vanilla fudge into pieces and put them in bowls, so that your guests can help themselves when they feel like something sweet. £3.50
Tis the Season to be Merry: Marqués de Cáceres Wine
This elegant, spicy, full bodied Rioja goes beautifully with a hearty Christmas meal. If you like reds, Spanish winemakers Marqués de Cáceres also do a Gran Reserva; whilst white wine lovers will appreciate their Verdejo or the Blanco. Rose’ lovers are not forgotten either with their Rosado Rose’ Wine. From £8.49
What’s Your Tipple? Proudly Vegan Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Proudly Vegan do a very quaffable selection of vegan wines, such as this Sauvignon Blanc from Chile or for reds, try Proudly Vegan Merlot 2016, from Valle Central, Chile. £6.99
Kombucha is great for your gut health and it’s pretty darn tasty too. Equinox have several flavours, from original to ginger, raspberry and elderflower, wild berry and pink grapefruit and guava. From £9.99 for a pack of 5 bottles.