LAST UPDATED: 21 December 2020
The festive season is upon us, which for many people, means one very important thing — food! (Togetherness was a given.) And if you're one of the 8 million Aussies who are eating less meat (or even cutting it out altogether) then you may be planning to incorporate more plant-based dishes into your Christmas spread. Whether you're here for the animals, your personal health, or simply to put a twist on the old holiday classics, we've got you covered. Here are some of our favourite festive plant-based goodies in Australia...
If you're keen on a roast for the Christmas meal centrepiece, there are plenty of delicious plant-based options available that fit the bill! Try one of these:
Made with Plants Plant-based Meatloaf with Glaze
Vegie Delights Vegie Roast
Gardein Holiday Roast with Cranberry & Wild Rice Stuffing (before purchasing online, check your local health food shop for this one!)
Field Roast Whole Celebration Roast with Bread Stuffing & Mushroom Gravy
Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute
Field Roast Half Celebration Roast
AVS Meatless Roast stuffed with Leek, Mushroom, and Cranberry (gluten-free)
AVS Festive Chick'n Roast (gluten-free)
Fry's Soy & Quinoa Country Roast
Need some extra gravy for your roast, stuffing, or those potatoes that might've hung around in the oven a tad too long? Keep one of these on hand to drizzle over anything. Or better yet, everything.
Celebrate Health Vegan Gravy
Massel Supreme Demi-Glace Instant Gravy (also available at select IGA stores!)
Massel Chicken Gravy
Essential Organic Onion Gravy Powder
Orgran Vegetable Gravy Mix
Gravox Traditional Boxed Gravy Mix
Fancy a sea-inspired dish for your holiday menu? No animals required! Check out one of these deliciously easy ingredients:
Fry's Meat Free Tempura Battered Prawn-style Pieces
Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Smoked Salmon
Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Fish Fillet
Gardein Golden Fishless Filets
Lamyong Prawns (two packet sizes available at the Vegan Grocery store)
Lamyong Whole Fish
Lamyong Vegan Calamari
Lamyong Frozen Chunky Fish
If you're a cheese board kind of family — we've got you covered. Gather 'round to sample a few of these incredible cracker-toppers and cast votes for your favourites.
If you're only here for the sweets, you'd better come prepared in your comfiest trackies. The only trouble you'll have this Christmas is choosing just one!
Puddings & Pies
Woolworths Plantitude Egg-free Meringue Nests
Coles Vegan Meringue Kisses, available at select stores
Peter's Plant-based Vanilla Ice cream — this is one option, but there are heaps of wonderful dairy-free ice creams readily available at the supermarkets now :)
Nakula Dairy-free products: keep an eye out for the seasonal custards in Vanilla & Brandy flavours!
Soyatoo Whipped Creams in soy, coconut, or rice-based varieties
Coles Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
Foster Clark's Custard Powder (for baking — just use soy or almond milk for mixing!)
As Christmas approaches, be sure to check your local Coles and Woolies for their seasonal treats — their festive plant-based range grows every year!
But wait, there's more! These products could be just what you need to bring your Christmas spread to life:
Praise Vegan Aioli
Coles Vegan Garlic Aioli
Chris' Plant Based Spicy Capsicum Dip
Chris' Sweet Potato & Cashew Dip
Obela Roasted Pine Nut Hommus
Obela Zesty Jalapeno Hommus
Obela Caramelised Onion Hommus
Woolworths Free from Gluten Bake at Home Rolls
Massel Stock Powders (pro tip: even the chicken & beef flavours are animal-free!)
Finally, if you're keen to bring a little extra Christmas magic into the kitchen, here are a few of our favourite holiday recipes that are sure to impress your friends and family.
Keep it up!
If all this talk about animal-friendly feasts has you feeling inspired to eat more plant-based foods in the new year, check out VegKit.com for even more ideas! You'll find over 100 delicious recipes, plus all the support you need: the latest products, best places for eating out, nutrition tips, lifestyle advice and more. And while you're at it, grab a copy of our FREE Veg Starter Kit — a handy resource no matter where you are in your journey with plant-based food.