13 Dec 25 DAYS OF DECEMBER – DAY 13 THE MEAT FREE CENTERPIECE
If you’re looking to switch your turkey for a cruelty free alternative this christmas, then what are your options?
There are two ways you can go on this (as someone speaking from the experience of 2 vegan christmasses!)
The first option: a mock meat, as in something plant based that is made to look and taste like meat. For this I’d recommend a Tofurky Roast, or Vbites Celebration Roast – or you could try a fake gammon or beef roasting joint which in my opinion also tastes nice warmed up the next day.
But if mock meats are not you thing and you want something that is less processed, or maybe you’re entertaining non vegan or veggie relatives who simply dont like the idea of a meat alternative, then I would suggest going for a nuts and veggies based dish.
This could be a tart, a friend of mine last year made a delicious roast chestnut and mushroom tart for a party.
Or you could go down the nut roast or mushroom wellington route.
Arjuna makes both nut roasts and wellingtons for your vegan main.
These are homemade in our kitchen. I can tell you they are amazing and even my meat eating family thought the mushroom wellington was delicious.
You can order these in advance over the phone (01223 364845) or at the till.
We always tend to run out so please order early to avoid disappointment. You can pick them up before Christmas, either fresh or frozen, whatever’s better for you.
The Mushroom Wellington is made with hazelnuts, cashews, brazils, walnuts, mushrooms, spices and tamari, amongst other delicious ingredients, and covered with our homemade pastry.
Nuts are so nutritious and these mains are real crowd pleasers. We know there are tonnes of jokes about nutroast being dry etc. but a few of our regulars have ordered these every year and said that even the non-veggies want to try them because they smell so good…and then they disappear 🙂
Far from being an ‘alternative’ for Christmas we think this is the best part!