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Vegan Christmas Cooking Tips

Vegan Christmas

We’ve assembled some scrumptious vegan Christmas recipe tips to help you get through the festive season and turn a few heads while you’re at it!

Following a plant-based vegan diet is tasty, exciting and fantastic for your body, but sometimes Christmas can be a little stressful, even for the most dedicated and practiced vegans among us. There are tons of Christmas lunches, work dos and obviously the traditional family gatherings filled with countless offerings that we’d never normally consider. 

With these tips you won’t even want to look at anything else, dive into the beautiful festive flavours below!

Cooking tips and tricks

  • Double up on your veg box order and embrace the seasonal produce that is around at this time of year. Stock up with a wide variety of vegetables such as beetroot, cabbage, onion, courgettes, squashes, pumpkin, carrots, brocolli, cauliflower, swede, parsnips, and of course… Brussels sprouts!
  • Savour the nutrients in food during cooking - avoid boiling vegetables and instead lightly steam, lightly roast, or lightly stir-fry.
  • Cook with a variety of herbs and spices such as thyme, rosemary, ginger, fennel, cumin, cardamom, or coriander. This adds flavour, aids digestion, and even adds healing and therapeutic properties to the food!
  • Consider a large mixed salad for starters, or as a “help yourself” dish on the table. You’ll be amazed at how many people enjoy tucking into a colourful and delicious salad. I love grating raw winter vegetables such as squash, beetroot, pumpkin, celeriac or turnip. I always “ground” these raw salads with a tasty oil and vinegar-based dressing, or Tamari. Hemp oil is a great oil to use cold, and adds some essential omega-3 fats to the dish. Adding cider vinegar or lemon juice to salads also helps to stimulate digestion!
  • Make a hearty homemade vegetable soup on a regular basis. Homemade soups using root vegetables, beans and leafy greens, are cleansing, filling, and perfect for times when we want to eat “lightly”, but want something warm and nourishing too.
  • Keep a good supply a fresh fruits available to snack on, and to begin the day with. Fresh fruit is the ideal start to any day. Choose clementines, oranges, grapefruits, apples, kiwis, pears, grapes, or plums. You can also leave freshly cracked nuts in bowls for people to enjoy, such as pecans, almonds, or walnuts.

And there you have it! Follow the above tips to help make your vegan Christmas a roaring success. If you're after some festive vegan snacks then look no further than the Nakd Christmas Pud Bar.

For brilliant desserts, try out this orange chocolate vegan cheesecake or have a go at making a delicious dairy free yoghurt !

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