What are the vegan Christmas dinner options from UK supermarkets in 2018?
What are you all doing for Christmas this year? I’m lucky enough to be heading to my mum’s for dinner, which means I don’t have to cook! I do have to bring a vegan main though, unless I want to just have a gigantic plate of vegetables.
With that in mind I’ve been scouring the interwebs in search of a vegan main I can just bring cooked and reheat in the microwave. Here’s my roundup of the vegan supermarket mains for 2018 – if I missed any, let me know in the comments!
The vegan supermarket offerings for Christmas 2018
Tesco Finest Cauliflower Wellington – ok, I admit it. I struggle to see why everyone loves cauliflower so much. I mean, sure, this looks impressive. However, it will probably be soggy, mushy, and one of those dishes you only really want to eat with your eyes.
Tesco Finest Stuffed Half Butternut Squash – this looks like the winner to me. It’s not a nut roast, it’s not a wellington, there is clearly a little bit of imagination sprinkled in there. High five, Tesco. Winner, winner, chicken-less dinner.
ASDA Mushroom & Spinach Puff Pastry Parcels – eh. Well, look. ASDA obviously tried, which is more than we can say for several supermarkets. But it just doesn’t seem special enough. Where’s the indulgence? This is the supermarket that brought us the legendary chocolate torte!
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Three Nut & Mushroom Roast – this doesn’t look at all different to the vegan main they had last year. I tried their nut roast last year and didn’t like it. Maybe some vegans like having that nutty crunch in their food. I don’t.
Vegan Beetroot Wellington from Waitrose – I love beetroot and this does look very good, but the rest of my weirdo family do not like beetroot, so I’d be forced to eat all four to myself. Beetroot is quite a wet vegetable (which is why it does so well in cake) so I would be worried about sogginess, but I’m open to them at least?
The Best Cranberry and Pistachio Nut Roast from Morrisons – I mean, this sounds pleasant enough, if nut roasts are actually your thing. Again, it looks like there’ll be random crunchy bits in there which is a no from me – I’d much prefer a lentil loaf like my vegan haggis.
There are no vegan mains from Lidl, Iceland, Aldi, or Co-op at the time of writing. I’m particularly surprised at Iceland, who have been making an effort to put themselves at the forefront of the vegan/green movement. They’ve dropped the ball this time – somehow I doubt I’ll be eating a No Bull Burger for dinner on Christmas Day!
Ultimately there’s a lack of imagination from supermarkets this year. 2018 has been great for vegans, and with such an explosion in meat-like food and vegan food in general, how is it that our supermarkets can only think of nut roasts and pastry for Christmas? C’mon, guys. You can do better than that. If you fancy doing better next year, hit me up, yeah?
What are you eating for Christmas dinner?