With an estimated four million vegetarians and vegans in the UK it is a huge growing trend and us non meat eaters all just want to enjoy our Christmas like anyone else – minus the bird. Nowadays you can get anything and everything vegan friendly.

These include meat free meats, fish free fish, dairy free ice-creams, chocolate, marshmallows – you name it and there will be a plant based version! According to the Vegetarian Society’s cookery school, there are some fun ways to have a wonderful vegetarian Christmas. Here are their top five tips for a top vegetarian Christmas meal:

• Rosemary Roasties

These are roast potatoes in olive oil, with a sprig of rosemary, a twist of rock salt and a squeeze of lemon for a deliciously delicate roastie with a light, fluffy centre. Make lots though as everyone loves them!

• Tasty Trimmings

Vegetarian sausages are widely available, you can roast these until they are nearly cooked then wrap in veggie bacon or sundried tomatoes. Secure with a cocktail stick and continue to cook for five minutes.

• Noël Nut Roast

As a vegetarian alternative, the nut roast has become a popular choice. These are delicious hot or cold, and even good in a butty. Making your own is straightforward, easier still with a food processor. Simply take nuts, a few mushrooms, breadcrumbs, herbs, grated vegetarian cheese, a couple of free range eggs, a stock cube and a splash of soy sauce. Blend these together and place in a lined loaf tin and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

• Gallons of gravy and a sack full of stuffing!

Gravy and stuffing can really make a roast dinner, especially at Christmas. Instant vegetarian gravy and stuffing is readily available in supermarkets.

If you’re having guests over for dinner who are vegetarian then check out your local health food stores and talk to the managers – see what they suggest for your guests. There are many great products available, which you may not even be aware of.  When out shopping do read the labels just to be on the safe side! Finally, non meat eaters will appreciate their potatoes not cooked in animal fat and don’t use the same utensils too J