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Alternatives for Vegan Christmas Dinner

Vegan Christmas Dinner

The number of people who are embracing the vegan lifestyle or opting for vegan dishes is growing at a pace like never before. Whether this is because of ethical reasons, environmental reasons, health reasons, or good old-fashioned curiosity, the vegan lifestyle has never been more popular.

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At Vintage Roots, we’re proud to offer our customers a variety of vegan friendly wines. After all, why should people miss out on great tasting wine? Especially at Christmas! With the number of vegans growing rapidly, we’ve decided to make the ultimate guide to alternatives for a Vegan Christmas dinner. With great vegan wine should come great vegan food. So, look no further than here for some delicious recipes and our own hand-selected complimentary wine choices for the ultimate vegan Christmas dinner.

If you are new to vegan organic wine, or want to give veganism a try this Christmas and are unsure if it’s for you, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. We’ll answer any questions you might have below. If you’re still unsure, feel free to contact us! We’re experts in vegan wine and have been for years and will be happy to help you.

 

What do vegans eat at Christmas?

So, the first important question! What do vegans eat at Christmas? Many people might think that veganism is restricting when it comes to their diet, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! No matter how skilled you are in the kitchen, no matter your budget and the time you have, whipping up tasty, healthy vegan dishes the whole family can enjoy is simple.

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Generally, vegan Christmas dinner alternatives stick to traditional Christmas recipes, replacing meat with vegetables, or take on a new challenge and come up with something entirely different. Some of the most popular vegan Christmas dinner ideas stem from ingredients like pastry, nuts, potato, pasta or rice.

Why more people are going vegan?

Research shows that the reasons people are going vegan include:

  • Health reasons
  • Weight management
  • Animal welfare
  • Environment concerns
  • Taste

Around half of those interested were so due to health reasons. It stands to reason, then, that many are after healthy vegan recipes that also pack a punch flavour wise.

The Vintage Roots approach

Here at vintage roots, for years now we have established great relationships with our wine suppliers. We know that great quality, delicious wine doesn’t come easy. A lot of time, care and attention to detail goes into the process. We work with suppliers around the country,and  many of whom have adapted to vegan techniques. We always try and persuade our suppliers to go vegan, and 9 times out of 10 we are successful. Currently 90% of our suppliers do this! This is because it actually isn’t that difficult to make sure that wine is 100% vegan friendly.

Vegan wine at Christmas

Vintage Roots have found a selection of healthy but delicious recipes below. Need help with your wine choices? Look no further! We’ve made some great recommendations for each and every dish so you don’t have to do the leg work. Lovely.

What are the best vegan dishes for Christmas?

The best vegan dishes will not only compliment your vegan wine choices but will be easy to cook. You’ll also want to cater for those doubtful meat-eaters looking to try something different, so every dish should be delicious too.

So, what usually makes up a vegan dish?

This may include:

  • Roasted vegetables
  • Baked vegetables
  • Wellington dishes
  • Curries
  • Risottos
  • Tarts
  • Casseroles

Sound good? Read on for the best vegan alternatives this Christmas!

What are good vegan alternatives for Christmas?

We’ve gone through the Christmas family favourites and have provided some scrumptious vegan alternatives everyone will love. Find our ultimate list of the best vegan alternative dishes for Christmas below.

TRADITIONAL OPTION – Roasted Turkey

For years, turkey has been the traditional meal eaten at Christmas time. This forms the main part of Christmas dinner, with trimmings and extras added.

If you want to recreate this classic but make it 100% vegan, why not try…

 

VEGAN ALTERNATIVE

Beetroot & squash wellington with kale pesto
Beetroot

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This pastry and vegetable-based dish is a delicious alternative that pushes the boundaries and the taste buds. It’s easy to make, will feed the whole family and it isn’t too difficult either.

Prep time: 40 mins

Cook time: 1 hour 20

1 hour for pastry to chill

You will need:

1 red onion

250g beetroot

½ butternut squash

4 cloves of garlic

180g chestnuts

100g kale

½ lemon

2 packs of vegan puff pastry

2 tbsp almond milk

Thyme leaves

Sumac (spice)

250g lentils

 

Find the complete recipe here.

 

Recommended vegan wines with this dish

Vegan Chardonnay is the perfect accompaniment to squash and nut, as the acidity in the wine cuts through the richness of the dish.

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Pineapple fruit flavours and fresh to the finish.

Alcohol: 13.5%
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£8.99

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Vire-Clesse ‘Harmonie’ Domaine de la Verpaille (75cl)

France

Superb Chardonnay from a top village in the Macon

Alcohol: 13.5%
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£16.75 £15.50

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Our vegan Syrah compliments beetroot-based dishes perfectly due to the full-bodied taste that complements the rich, earthy and sweet flavour the beetroot brings.

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Adobe Syrah Reserva (75cl)

Chile

Tremendous value; abundant fruit in a stylish package

Alcohol: 13.5%
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£8.99

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Maison Plantevin Séguret Cotes du Rhone Villages (75cl)

France

Rich, full-bodied Syrah and Grenache blend

Alcohol: 15%
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£14.50 £12.99

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TRADITIONAL OPTION -Cauliflower Cheese

Everybody loves a good cauliflower cheese with a roast. However, as it is largely dairy-based, vegans may have to miss out on this firm favourite. Never fear, as we’ve found the perfect vegan alternative here.

VEGAN ALTERNATIVE

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower
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This delicious alternative means you don’t miss out on a Christmas favourite, as it cuts out the dairy but is still packed full of flavour.

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 2 hours

 

You will need:

4 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Thyme

Olive oil

1 lemon

1 large cauliflower, with outer leaves (1kg)

4 tablespoons dry sherry

1 x 400 g tin of quality plum tomatoes

40 g flaked almonds

½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley (15g)

Extra virgin olive oil

 

Find the complete recipe here.

TOP TIP: If you fancy it, you can add some vegan cheese to this dish for the ultimate cauliflower cheese flavour. You can find out more about vegan cheeses later on in this post.

 

Recommended vegan wines with this dish

Vintage Roots recommends this vegan Malvasia. It pairs well with paprika,  as the dry sweet white wine complements the smokiness of the spice.

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Elementa Malvasia (75cl)

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Lush and aromatic biodynamic Malvasia from Italy

Alcohol: 13.5%
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£12.95

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Complimenting the tomato taste, this organic vegan chianti hits all the right notes, and you can find a variety on our website.

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San Vito Chianti (75cl)

Italy

Superb Chianti that drinks so well with or without food.

Alcohol: 14%
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£10.99

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When We Dance Chianti (75cl)

Italy

Wonderful Chianti from the Tuscan estate of Sting and Trudie Styler.

Alcohol: 13%
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£12.99

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TRADITIONAL OPTION – Christmas Stuffing

Stuffing is a popular addition to the table at Christmas, as it’s often added to a roast as a great side dish. It won’t be first on your list if you are vegan, though. We’ve scoured around and found a tasty vegan option.

VEGAN ALTERNATIVE

Easy vegan stuffing

Mushroom
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Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

 

You will need:

2 chopped onions

Mushrooms (1 cup)

Breadcrumbs (4 cups)

Vegan butter, melted, ¼ cup

½ cup vegetable broth

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp basil

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp marjoram

Salt and pepper

 

Find the full recipe here.

 

Recommended vegan wines with this dish

This vegan organic shiraz from Vintage Roots will nicely bring out the mushroom flavour in this vegan stuffing.

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Yalumba Organic Shiraz (75cl)

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Complex, rich and spicy

Alcohol: 14%
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£11.50

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Cuvée Secrete No Added Sulphur (75cl)

France

A great wine in its purest unadulterated form.

Alcohol: 14%
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£10.50 £9.75

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We also recommend the earthy option from Vintage Roots of a vegan pinot noir that blend well with the mushroom flavour. Lovely stuff.

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Stefano Lubiana Estate Pinot Noir (75cl)

Australia

Flagship wine from the biodynamic Lubiana estate.

Alcohol: 13.5%
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£36.00

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Adobe Pinot Noir Reserva (75cl)

Chile

A great value Pinot from this great Chilean estate

Alcohol: 14%
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£8.99 £8.25

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TRADITIONAL OPTION: Pigs in blankets

Fondly nicknamed ‘pigs in blankets’, this meat-heavy side dish of mini sausages wrapped in bacon is a favourite at the Christmas dinner table. Vegan’s don’t have to miss out, though, as we’ve found a tasty recipe that’s completely meat-free.

VEGAN ALTERNATIVE

Vegan pigs in blankets
Carrot

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These vegan pigs in a blanket are made from baby carrots and puff pastry. Plant-based and delicious, add them to your vegan Christmas dinner menu this year and prove to friends and family that meat isn’t essential!

500g baby carrots

2 tsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Dijon mustard to serve

 

Find the full recipe here.

Recommended vegan wines with this dish

Looking for the perfect wine to accompany this dish? We recommend a more robust wines from our collection, such as this vegan pecorino suit carrot-based dishes.

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Elementa Pecorino (75cl)

Italy

Excellent biodynamic example of the fruity Pecorino grape variety.

Alcohol: 13%
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£12.95 £11.75

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Our Rioja Crianza is the perfect vegan red wine that will compliment slower roasted carrot dishes that have a more pronounced sweetness.

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Vina Ijalba Rioja Crianza (75cl)

Spain

Crianza from Viña Ijalba, the first Organic Estate in Rioja.

Alcohol: 14%
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£12.75

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TRADITIONAL OPTION: Bubble and squeak

A traditional Boxing day treat, bubble and squeak packs in all the leftovers into a lovely dish to enjoy the days following Christmas day. If you don’t want to miss out on this Christmas classic, you don’t have to! We’ve found a tasty chickpea curry that’ll satisfy the taste buds of everyone around the table.

VEGAN ALTERNATIVE

Chickpea curry
Chickpea curry

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If you’re looking for a vegan Christmas alternative that doesn’t include meat or dairy, why not whip up a curry? This will not only give more flavour to your Boxing day but more importantly cuts out all the meat. This curry is not only vegan but vegetarian and gluten-free. What more could you want?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

You will need:

½ cup basmati rice

1 cup water

2 pinches of salt

2 medium onions

2 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

½ lime

1-2 tsp curry paste of your choice

Coconut milk (1 tin)

Chickpeas (1 tin)

1-2 tbsp soy sauce

2-3 medium tomatoes

1 cup of fresh basil

1 tsp sugar

 

Find the full recipe here.

Recommended vegan wines with this dish

We think curries that are creamy in flavour pair really well with wines such as Sauvignon Blanc.

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Bodegas Piqueras Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc (75cl)

Spain

Aged on its lees for 4-6 months.

Alcohol: 12.5%
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Not your thing? Well, you can’t go wrong with a red Chilean Carménère either. These fruity options have enough body to complement the curry well. Yum!

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Adobe Carmenere Reserva (75cl)

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Chile has made Carmenère its own. A lot of wine for your money here. Gold Medal – International Organic Wine Awards

Alcohol: 14%
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Don’t forget the cheese board!

 

Vegan cheese board

Vintage Roots know that cheese and wine go hand in hand. For all the wine aficionados out there, who want to go vegan this Christmas, it’ll be music to your ears that you don’t have to miss out on cheese.

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Tasty, great quality vegan cheese that complements your wine choice used to be hard to find. Fortunately, however, there are now more vegan cheese options than ever before. Food companies and big brands are realising there is a market for avid cheese lovers who want to reduce their impact on the environment and avoid animal by-products.

Vintage Roots have found some of the best vegan cheese around. Some of the alternatives might surprise you! Yet again, it proves that being vegan isn’t hard, and you don’t miss out on flavour either.

  • Free-from Mature Cheddar Alternative
  • Mediterranean Style Vegan Cheese
  • Vegan soft cheese (garlic and herb)
  • Coconut- based cheeses
  • Nut and seed-based cheeses

Check out this handy guide to vegan cheese for more inspiration, and this rundown of the best vegan cheeses around.

Hungry for more?

Specialising in vegan wine options as well as organic wine, you’ll find all you need at Vintage Roots. Whether you’re looking to shake things up this Christmas with a vegan Christmas dinner, or are just looking for the perfect vegan wine to give as a gift, check out our complete range to find something you’re bound to love.

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