I'm dreaming of a kind Christmas: handy hacks for a plant-based holiday meal

Considering leaving animals off the dinner table this Christmas? Check out some of our favourite holiday staples that will keep your bellies full and your family happy!

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LAST UPDATED: 23 December 2019

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...

Roasts

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:

Coles Plant-based Roast & Chutney
Woolworths Plant Based Loaf with Cranberry & Orange Glaze
Gardein Roast with Cranberry & Wild Rice Stuffing
Field Roast Whole Celebration Roast with Bread Stuffing & Mushroom Gravy
Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute
Field Roast Half Celebration Roast
Field Roast Classic Meatloaf
Made with Plants Meat-free Meatloaf
Vegie Delights Vegie Roast (available at select Coles locations)
AVS Meatless Roast Gluten Free

Gravy

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
Essential Organic Onion Gravy Powder
Orgran Vegetable Gravy Mix
Gravox Traditional Boxed Gravy Mix

Seafood

Fancy a sea-inspired dish for your holiday menu? No animals required! Check out one of these deliciously easy ingredients:

Sophie's Kitchen Lightly Battered Prawns
Sophie's Kitchen Lightly Crumbed Scallops
Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Smoked Salmon
Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Fish Fillet
Gardein Golden Fishless Filets
Fry's Battered Prawn Style Pieces
Lamyong Prawns
Lamyong Whole Fish
Lamyong Vegan Calamari
Lamyong Frozen Chunky Fish

Cheese

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.

Miyoko's Creamery organic cashew-based cheese wheels
Artisa plant-based cheese
The Vegan Dairy cheeses
All The Things cheeses
Sprout & Kernel cashew-based cheese

Desserts

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!

Gold Vegan Christmas Pudding
Gold Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Mud Cake
Coles Gluten-free Fruit Mince Pies
Ancient Grains Spelt Fruit Mince Pies
Woolworths Chocolate Rum Balls
Leda Chocolate Rum Balls
Gingerbread Folk cookies and house-making kits
Constant Craving Truffle Gift Box
Coles Peppermint Candy Canes
Cruelty Free Pantry Date & Butterscotch Christmas Pudding
Cruelty Free Pantry Traditional Christmas Pudding
Pud For All Seasons Gluten-free Christmas Pudding
Moo Free Hammy's Christmas Selection chocolate box
Moo Free Chocolate Santas
Moo Free Advent Calendar
Foster Clark's Custard Powder (for baking)

Sauces and extras!

But wait, there's more! These products could be just what you need to bring your Christmas spread to life:

Follow Your Heart Original Vegenaise (Their roasted garlic variety is available at many specialty shops and is well worth a search!)
Nakula Thickened Cream
Woolworths Free from Gluten Bake at Home Rolls
Massel Stock Powders (pro tip: even the chicken & beef flavours are animal-free!)
Australia's Own Organic Beef Stock (yep, also animal-free!)

Christmas recipes

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.

Spiced Chilli Maple Nuts — excellent for pre-dinner snacking
Christmas Peppermint Slice, a lovely gift if you can manage to part with it!
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies (Santa-approved)

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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.

Order your free Veg Starter Kit!

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