We’ve all been there, we get someone’s house for dinner, and the host realises that no-one’s told them you’re a (whisper it!) VEGAN!! However, there’s no need to panic because now that veganism is becoming more mainstream there are a wealth of choices available in supermarkets to cater for vegans. I had a scout around the local Sainsbury’s and found a whole host of vegan treats. I’ve also listed some of my favourite food blogs below for vegan recipe inspiration.
Everyone can now enjoy classic buffet staples with these vegan sausage rolls and vegan prawn pieces.
And if, like me, you’ve ever wondered what a ‘schnitzel’ is, you can now enjoy one. (Apparently it’s usually a thin slice of white meat coated in breadcrumbs and fried)
There are lots of tasty and imaginative options for mains. Something like this ‘pulled veggie’ could be teamed with rice, guacamole and salsa for a Mexican style dinner. The picture on the package made me smile.
These rather realistic looking beef style strips could be fried with onions and peppers and served tin tortillas to create fajitas.
These smoked hotdog sausages could either be a guilty pleasure served in a finger rolls with copious amounts of yellow mustard and ketchup, or they would make a great sausage casserole.
This ‘mincey’ looking mince is so versatile it could be used to make a spaghetti bolognaise, shepherd’s pie or combined with vegetables and used to stuff peppers.
These Chickpea and Butternut Balls are an unusual alternative to the ‘meat’ and two veg meal.
I quite liked the sound of this falafel pizza and it looks lovely and full of vegetables too.
No post on vegan food would be complete without a mention of a popular staple: sausages. I imagine that the sausages above would be an easy way to adapt the usual roast dinner, with the addition of mashed or roast potatoes and veg. We are spoiled for choice for vegan sausages, with the smokey bean sausages and Cauldron vegetable sausages in the freezer section. If you like your sausage more ‘sausagey’, these tofu ‘Tofurky’ sausages from the fridge section look like they might fit the bill.
There’s quite an impressive array of ‘ice-cream’ in the freezer section. I’ve heard that vegan ice-cream – or ‘iced dessert’ as its sometimes labelled – is even better than normal ice-cream. I’m not quite sure so I try to give myself as many opportunities to try the vegan ice cream as possible. I’m so selfless. I many never discover the answer but I’ll keep trying.
I even found a dairy free chocolate cheesecake which I think I need to test out next.
So fear not, should an unexpected vegan make an appearance at your festive meal, there are lots of quick and easy fixes in the supermarket.
Written by Verity Payne at wowitsvegan.com