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Veggie Christmas ready-made! 

Our taste testers perfect Christmas shopping list

 

 

13 December 2016

 

Main Christmas dinner

 

Whether you’re having your first veggie Christmas or your fortieth, the Vegetarian Society has been finding out what’s in the shops to help make the festive season easy, tasty and veggie. There are lots of ready-made meat-free options out there, so everyone can be full of Christmas cheer. 

To help you discover what’s on the shelves for the festive season, the Vegetarian Society invited some of its members along to a taste-testing panel to give their thoughts on a few of the ready-made options available. So to help you keep everyone happy, welcome and well fed, here’s a selection of what’s available this year… 

Here’s the panel’s perfect Christmas shopping list: 

Soup

Organic Hearty French Country Vegetable Soup by Amy’s Kitchen* 

 

Amys soup small

 

Our panel said:

“Thick and lots of ingredients.” “Filled with a nice mixture of veg and beans.” “Excellent for the boxing day walk – perfect in a thermos.” “Very wholesome.”

Available from:  Ocado  Price: £2.00  Vegan  

 

Party food

V-Bites 48 Piece Party Pack*

 

v bites

 

Our panel said:

“A great looking party platter! I don’t know where to start.” “A clear favourite for me – I’d buy this for a party.” “Good selection.” “Would be good at a party.”

Available from: www.vbitesfoods.com   Price: £12.99 Vegan

 

Liberation Nuts

•Fairtrade Chilli and Lime Cashews with Peanuts and Corn

•Nuts, Pear, Dark Chocolate and Ginger. 

 

Liberty nuts

Our panel said:

“Salty and spicy too!” “Lots of variety.” “A burst of textures.” “Love it!” “A good selection of fruits, nut and chocolate.” “Nice textures and contrast.” “Liked the very strong ginger.”

Available from: www.liberation.traidcraftshop.co.uk   Price: £0.90  Vegan




Main courses


Rich flavour - Fry’s Soy and Quinoa Country Roast* 

 

frys roast

 

Our panel said:

“Has the look of a meatloaf, would make a strong side or centre dish.” “Smells herby and is very tasty.”

Available from: Morrisons, Ocado, Holland and Barrett    Price: £4.99  Vegan

 


Christmas made easy - Linda McCartney Foods – Vegetarian Roast* 

linda mccartney roast

Our panel said:

“A lovely blend of flavours, savoury with a hint of sweetness, a nice glaze.” “Good texture easy to slice and has a great topping.” 

Available from: Tesco, Waitrose    Price: £4

 
Side Dishes 

Carrot and Parsnip Mash by Mash Direct* 

Mash Direct

Our panel said:

“Would serve on the day and save the hassle.” “ Great vibrant colour.” “Would have as an addition to Christmas dinner for sure.” “Just like freshly made.”

Available from: Sainsburys or check mashdirect.com   Price: £1.40   

 

Drinks

Cranberry Norfolk Punch* 

Norfolk Punch

 

Our panel said:

“Fruity and Christmassy.” “Nice and festive and very enjoyable.” “I would buy it at Christmas for parties. Tasty non-alcoholic drink.”

Available from: Norfolkpunch.com  Price: £41.94 for a case of six

 

Sweet treats

Jealous Sweets – Christmas Cracker Mixed Sweets *

Jealous sweets

Our panel said:

“Looks very attractive and fun. Glad to see this sort of sweet without gelatine.” “Great range of flavours. Sweet, sour and delicious.” “Very exciting!”

Available from: www.thejealouslife.com   Price: £8.99  Vegan

 

Divine Fairtrade 

•Chocolate with Spiced Cookies

divine

 

Our panel said:

“Wow! Great chocolate with a fantastic crunch.” “Very good, smooth with crispy bits.” “Creamy chocolatey taste.” “ Nice with a bit of a kick.” 

Available from: www.divinechocolate.com  Price: £2.19 

 

Desserts

Mince Pie Dairy Ice Cream by Sainsbury’s 

Sainsbury

 

Our panel said:“Very smooth and creamy.” “A unique flavour.” “Really indulgent.Perfect for Christmas.” “Light, fresh, lovely tang would serve this at home.” 

Available from: Sainsbury’s Price: £2.85

 

Cheese

Wensleydale Style with Cranberries Sheese by Bute Island*

 Sheese


Our panel said:

“Beautiful.” “This cheese epitomises the taste of Christmas for me.” “Even when I’m full I’d still find some space for this.”

 Available from: Check buteisland.com or available at Holland and Barrett   Price: RRP £2.50  Vegan


 (*Indicates that these products carry the Vegetarian Society Approved Trademark) 


If you are looking for more ready-made product ideas, tips, recipes and lots of info about a veggie Christmas  then visit www.vegsoc.org/christmas The Vegetarian Society is a national charity that influences, inspires and supports people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian is a choice that is kinder to animals, to people and to our planet.Visit www.vegsoc.org for more information. 

Ends

Notes to editors 

•For pictures of the products or the vegan nut roast recipe and image, or for alternative Christmas menu please contact Su on su@vegsoc.org 0161 925 2000.

•Recipes and images also available via this dropbox folder https://www.dropbox.com/sh/995aqsy9gfizgv2/AADU4aNmHqC31RVmrI_WJtApa?dl=0 

•A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or slaughter by-products. Visit the website for lots more information www.vegsoc.org

 

 

 

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