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Plant-Based Christmas: Alternatives To A Nut Roast

by Fabian Jackson

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With this year’s festivities well and truly upon us, it’s time to start thinking about the important stuff – what we’re having for our vegan Christmas dinner.

Whilst a nut roast is an option we can fully get behind, we understand it might not be everyone’s centrepiece of choice. We’ve compiled a list of the best plant-based alternatives to the nut roast to start in your Christmas dinner.

Plant-based recipes to make at home for Christmas dinner

Here are a couple of recipe ideas to make instead of a nut roast this year.

Vegan mushroom Wellingtons 

mushroom wellington

You’re in for a treat with this Planted recipe from Val. These tried and (very well) tested mushroom wellingtons are one of our favourite Sunday roast recipes. It’s rich, satisfying and makes individual portions, so you don’t have to worry about who gets the biggest slice. We recommend this dish with plenty of Val’s crispy roast potatoes and lashings of Iona’s vegan gravy.

Vegan beetroot Tarte Tatin 

vegan beetroot tart

Photo credits: Nadia Lim

This recipe from Nadia Lim for a plant-based beetroot and cashew cream tart will make a colourful and flavoursome alternative to a nut roast that everyone will remember for years to come. It’s a maple roast beetroot, caramelised onion and cashew cream vegan tart made with olive oil pastry. The perfect combination of sweet, tart, crisp and juicy. 

Vegan centrepieces to buy for this years’ Christmas dinner

If you feel like you’ve already got enough to be dealing with, why not buy one of these ready-made nut roast alternatives?

Plant-based turkey 

aldi vegan roast

Photo credits: Aldi

This year, impress your guests with the star of Aldi’s Christmas range. We’re talking about their succulent looking vegan soy-based turkey filled with a cranberry, red pepper, apricot and pumpkin seed stuffing. It looks like it’s set to satisfy many hungry families across the UK this year. 

Festive vegan wreath 

vegan festive wreath

Photo credits: M&S

It’s true when people say you eat with your eyes first. Good job, because Marks and Spencer’s Plant Kitchen is offering an utterly mouth-watering vegan festive wreath as a centrepiece to brighten up your Christmas table. It’s made with roasted mushrooms, chestnuts, pumpkin seeds and cranberries topped with an orange glaze.  

All that’s left to do now is take care of the trimmings. For everything from maple and ginger roasted carrots to mushroom, walnut and leek stuffing, take a look at our guide to the best vegan Sunday roast essentials here

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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