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11 December 2019, 13:50
Here's how to have a vegetarian feast over the festive period.
Like it or not, the Christmas countdown is officially on and it won’t be long until we’re ripping into presents and tucking into endless amounts of mince pies.
And while turkey is traditionally found at the centre of the table, more and more families are opting for meat-free options this Christmas for ethical and environmental reasons.
But by ditching pigs in blankets this December 25th, it doesn’t mean you have to put up with brussel sprouts and soggy parsnips for your dinner, as there are some amazing plant-based alternatives on the market now.
So, here’s how to have an incredible vegetarian Christmas dinner this year.
This stress-free option will rival any turkey centre piece.
Packed with flavours and made specifically to complement the traditional Christmas trimmings, it can be cooked straight from the freezer.
Price: £16 for four
These pastry parcels are filled with mushroom, cavolo nero and mascarpone layered with a creamy, luxurious cheese and madeira filling.
Whether you want a luxurious starter, or something to go alongside your roasties, these are a tasty option.
Brussels sprouts don't have to be boring, as Aldi has proved with this breadcrumb-topped gratin complete with festive additions - chestnut, cranberries and mascarpone.
Another perfect starter for December 25th, these little pastries are stuffed full of a caramelised onion mix, carrots and topped with a sherry vinegar glaze.
You can make sure no one misses out this Christmas with Sainsbury's selection of 10 peppery vegan mushroom sausages wrapped in vegan bacon.
You'll also get 12 mushroom stuffing balls with sage in the packet too.
This centre-piece is dusted with sweet cranberries, pomegranate seeds and crunchy pumpkin seeds on a wreath of butternut squash, sweet potato and chestnut.
Finish with a delicious drizzle of the sweet berry glaze and even your meat-eating friends will want a slice.
If you're bored of nut roasts and mushroom wellingtons, this festive pearl barley risotto could be the answer.
With vegetables slowly cooked in mascarpone, red wine and cheese, the winter warmer is topped with kale, butternut squash, chestnuts and cranberry sauce.
Impress your friends with these butternut squash and sweet potato rostis.
The pack also includes roasted squash and red onion confit, with feta cheese and a basil pesto dressing.
M&S's baked ricotta stacks have been hailed a 'vegetarian delight' by shoppers.
Topped with mushrooms, leeks and kale, and a creamy white wine sauce, it makes a tasty starter or roast dinner accompaniment.