Fuel your festive riding with these meat-free Christmas dinner ideas
You might be facing a meat-free Christmas for various reasons. Perhaps you’ve been inspired by Reuben’s improved power-to-weight ratio during the Hill Climbing Diaries series — following his adoption of a vegan diet. Maybe you’re hosting a vegetarian or vegan over the festive season and need some help. Or perhaps you’re a veggie veteran and just want some fresh ideas.
Whatever the case may be, it can be daunting to come up with tasty meat-free alternatives while everyone else is tucking into turkey. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Olive Magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you some great meat-free food swaps and recipes to help you along.
We’ll start with the recipes, but if you’re not a confident cook, skip straight to the food swaps for some hassle-free suggestions.
Chestnuts are the ultimate Christmas food and they make this loaf look dee-lishOlive Magazine / Immediate Media
Before you think ‘not another nut loaf’, feast your eyes on the ingredients list. This is no ordinary nut loaf, it’s a chestnut loaf, and we all know that chestnuts are small parcels of Christmassy deliciousness.
Not only does this look great, but it’s pretty convenient as well, because you can make it the day before and heat up before serving.
If you’re not a confident cook, or simply don’t have the time to construct a wellington or Christmas loaf, fear not. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian Christmas mains that you can buy straight from the shelf and pop into the oven with little or no prep.
Tofurky plant-based roast
The Tofurky roast is probably the closest you can get to an off-the-shelf meat-free turkey with stuffingTofurky
Probably one of the most popular ready-made roasts for vegetarians and vegans, the Tofurky plant-based roast is a mock-turkey roast complete with stuffing in the centre.
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