The Sunday Roast began as a Christian tradition, of eating after church. Very few roast dinners feature more expensive free-range meats, and there is not enough land in England for everyone to eat this way, so plant-based is the way to go, to avoid factory-farming. Vegan Quorn Pie (The Veg Space) uses any vegan chicken in a red wine gravy, with button mushrooms, baby carrots and shallots. Uses palm-oil-free vegan pastry.
Keep these foods away from pets, due to toxic ingredients like vegan meats, onion, garlic, mushrooms, nutmeg. If feeding real meat, don’t feed cooked bones to pets (choking hazard) nor high-fat salty meat or gravy). Don’t give leftover fatty foods to birds (roasts, buttered sandwiches) as it affects insulation/waterproofing of feathers.
Make Your Own Vegan Roast Dinner
Puff Pastry Pie with Tenderstem Broccoli & Lentils (The Veg Space) uses soy sauce for a glaze on the pastry. You can sub the lentils for vegan chicken, if preferred.
Mushroom Pie with Ale & Lentils (The Veg Space) uses puy lentils and thick-cut chestnut mushrooms, along with any good vegan ale.
Vegetable Pie with Asparagus & Tenderstem Broccoli (The Veg Space) gives you all your veggies in one serving. An ideal spring roast, when asparagus is in season (also contains peas).
Homemade Vegan Roast Accompaniments
Herby Hog Ultimate Roast Dinner Kit includes maple ‘bacon’ seasoning, a smoky bacon cranberry leek stuffing and a traditional sausage sage seasoning, along with 6 recipe cards (4 mains and 2 side dishes).
- Roast potatoes do not have to be cooked in good fat, get the same results with local rapeseed oil.
- Vegan Yorkshire puddings or use sausages for a ‘toad-in-the-hole’
- Stuffing is not just sage & onion!
- Gravy is easy to make vegan.
- Roast Veggies (carrots, Brussels, runner beans, roast parsnips, mashed swede)
- Cranberry, apple, mint or horseradish sauce
Where to Buy Good Vegan Roast Dinners
Artisan Grains Nut Roasts are sold in health shops and farm shops. Easy to make, just add cold water and leave for 5 minutes, then pour into the cardboard tray and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Choose from Country Veg & Cashew, Mediterranean (with sun-dried tomatoes) or Cashew & Cranberry. Extra keep for a couple of days in the fridge, but they are better fresh. Avoid nuts for young children.
Thanks Plants Everyday Roast is made in Ireland, and sold in stores nationwide. This is made from seitan, which is a ‘wheat meat’, alongside cannellini beans and various vegetables, spices and herbs. It’s stuffed with wild rice and dried apricots. Store chilled.
A Homemade Roast Dinner Mix Kit
The Vegan Bakery Company has a mix to make your own vegan roast. Made from seitan ‘wheat-meat) along with herbs and spices, these are full of protein. Just add water and steam into your own roast dinner. Free from soy and palm oil.
A Book of Vegan Roast Dinners
The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Roasts features recipes for pot roasts, wellingtons, and meat loaves. These plant-based dinners feel like a special occasion, whether it’s a holiday or just another weeknight meal. Recipes include German-style Pot Roast and Brandy Peppercorn Gravy.