It’s the most delicious day of the year. A day crammed with stocking chocolate, croissants, mimosas, pastries, bagels, Quality Street and sausage sandwiches and that’s even before you’ve got through to midday. With more and more of us choosing to go meat-free, we’ve rounded up some of the best veggie main options for Christmas day 2021.
There’s recipes you can whip up yourself in the kitchen, budget finds from the likes of Aldi, and some decadent wellingtons, nut roasts and pies you can order in advance from your fave supermarkets.
We hope you find something that pairs beautifully with crispy roast potatoes in a Boxing Day leftovers sandwich…
Jamie Oliver’s Incredible Nut Roast
If you fancy cooking from scratch then Jamie’s super saucy nut roast looks set to be an epic and flavoursome concoction. Featuring all the usual dried fruit and nuts plus plenty of cheese and a spicy tomato sauce. Serves eight. Find the recipe here.
Fortnum & Mason Vegetarian Wellington, £40 (serves 4-6)
If money is no object then Fortnum and Mason’s veggie wellington looks absolutely outraegous. It’s crammed with mushrooms and spinach and completed with buttery pastry. Yes please! Shop here.
M&S Plant Kitchen Butternut, Almond & Pecan Nut Roast, £6 (serves two)
Already sold out via Marks & Spencer but still available over on Ocado is this deliciously fruit and hefty nut roast, perfect for pairing with roasties and stuffing. Shop here.
Sainsbury’s Truffled Cauliflower Cheese Pie, £9.50 (serves four)
New for 2021 is this sexy sounding cheese pie which can be ordered online and picked up on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th December. Delicious. Shop here.
Aldi’s Nut Roasts, £2.99 for two portions
New to Aldi’s festive food offering for 2021 is their Camembert and Root Vegetable Nut Roasts. There’s two options to choose from: the veggie one with real deal cheese or the vegan one with plant-based Camembert. Shop here.
BBC Good Food’s Mushroom Wellington
These are delicious for two reasons: one, they contain copious amounts of lovely soft flaky pastry and two, they have a decadent amount of blue cheese in. Heaven. They are easy to cook at home too, so perfect for amateur chefs and have lots of great reviews online if you don’t want to take out word for it… Find the recipe here.
M&S Vegan No Beef Wellington, £15 (serves six)
For a big feeds-six kinda vegan main, let us point you in the direction of this top lad of a creation from Marks & Spencer. Made with a wheat and pea based core, a mushroom duxelle and crisp puff pastry. Shop here.
COOK’s Nut Loaf, £6.50 for portion for two
Say hello to to toasted nuts, Madeira-soaked apricots, mushrooms and herbs, topped with a red onion marmalade. COOK also has two other veggie options on the menu for Christmas Day: Butternut Squash Nut Roast Stacks and Portobello Mushroom Wellington. Shop here.
BBC Good Food’s Nut Roast
Another BBC Good Food recipe we’ve both had the good fortune of sampling is this sublime nut roast. Be warned, it has a lot of ingredients, but is easy to cook despite this. It’s flavoursome and moist too. Find the recipe here.
Waitrose Mushroom and Cavolo Nero Parcels, £15 for four
Little crispy parcels crammed with mushrooms, cavolo nero and plenty of mascarpone and cheese. Sign us up! Shop here.
Clive’s Nut Roast, £5.25 (serves two)
Stocked at both Waitrose and Ocado is Clive’s Nut Roast, which is vegan, gluten-free and jam packed full of goodies like chestnuts, almonds, brazils, walnuts, vegetables, seeds and herbs. Shop here.
Sainsbruy’s Nut Roast With Tangy Spiced Orange And Cranberry Glaze, £5.50 (serves three)
Sainsbury’s have given their nut roast and new recipe makeover this year which is loaded with cashews, mushrooms, spinach and squash and is then topped with pistachios, almonds and tangy whole cranberries. Tt comes with a luscious spiced orange and cranberry glaze to pour over. Order online only.