Vegan Christmas Hacks
We all know that feeling, the terror, the dread. There’s a vegan coming to Christmas Dinner...
What will you serve them? What do they even eat? Maybe it’s your daughter's new hipster boyfriend, your Aunt, fresh off the plane from Eat-Pray-Loving in India, or your sister, who turned her whole family veg after watching that new Netflix documentary. Whoever it is, you’re in luck, vegetarian food has come a long way since the days of tempeh roasts and tofu “turkey”. As Jessica from The Vegan Grocery Store says “there’s never been a better time to be vegan” (or shopping for a vegan, in your case).
We’ve broken down the top five vegan Christmas life hacks that will ensure the event is as painless as possible.
1. Accidentally Vegan
You may not have realised, but many of the things already on the table are already vegan, that cous-cous salad you always make? Vegan. That fruit salad you have with dessert? Guess what? It’s vegan. So much of your pantry or fridge is already vegan, so lean into that when preparing your Christmas feast.
2. Vegan booze.
What you may not have known is that not all booze is vegan, and no, I don’t mean that Bailey’s Irish Cream has cream in it. Many wines and other liquors are commonly clarified with egg white, fish bits, gelatine, and even seashells, rendering them non-vegan. Luckily, you’ve got barnivore.com to break down what is, and what isn’t vegan friendly.
3. Get a vegan roast.
Woah woah woah I know what you’re thinking, “that fake meat stuff is gross, cardboard tasting garbage”. Look, if it was 1964 you’d be totally right, but meat alternatives have come a long way in the past few years. Try the Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast, we’re talking rich, meaty goodness with spiced cranberry stuffing all wrapped up in delicate puff pastry. The meat eaters are going to be reaching right past the vegan for a taste of this.
Substituting animal products in recipes for the plant based alternatives is the easiest way to bulk up your offering for your animal friendly friends. Instead of milk and butter, use soy milk and margarine in the mashed potatoes, no one will notice. Make those fried brussels sprouts you saw on telly, but use olive oil instead of butter, and for the love of god please leave out the bacon.
5. Order online.
Best, and probably easiest of all, vegangrocerystore.com.au will ship their entire range to any east coast city. We’re taking cheese platters, vegan roasts, Christmas puddings, gifts (you probably forgot you had to get your vegan guest a present, didn't ya?), creams, cookies, and even things like advent calendars, if you really wanna earn those vegan brownie points.
- Jessica Bailey