Want a more plant-based noche buena? Check out these delicious dishes

Published December 16, 2020, 9:41 AM

by John Legaspi

Trust us, you won’t even miss lechon

If there is one event when we can all strip away our dining inhibitions, it is during Christmas. We just can’t help but have a good feasting time during the holidays. We throw calorie counting in the air and devour everything on the table because that’s what holiday reunions are all about, creating lasting memories with shared food, especially in the Philippines. 

But after a week or two of joyous eating in every get-together, we all start to think of what exactly went down. Now, don’t get us wrong, we too also enjoy feasting. The key here is what here is to examine what we serve on the table.

Too much fat, carbohydrates, and sugar lead to many health issues. So, instead of guilt-tripping yourself this Yuletide season, why not have more beneficial dishes that will do you good? 

Listed below are some online stores you might want to check out for plant-based alternatives to your holiday menu. Trust us, you won’t even miss lechon.

Meatless Holiday Ham  by The Vegetarian Kitchen, P670 (half tray) and P1,200 (full tray)

Cured sweet ham is the perfect centerpiece to any holiday table. The Vegetarian Kitchen version of the glazed dish is all-vegan and comes with caramelized pineapples.

Vellychon by Elpi, P595

Unlike its sinful version, no pigs were harmed in the making of Elpi’s Vellychon. The main components of this plant-based lechon are cassava, corn, soy beans, and wheat.

Harmless Overload Pizza, Dip ‘n Bites, P350 (regular) and P330 (thin)

It’s hard to pass on a slice of pizza this holiday. This dairy- and cruelty-free pizza is made of vegan mozzarella and loaded with OmniPork, mushroom, and tofu. And we agree, you wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference.

Vegan barbecue by Theejay Barbecue, P1,800 (50 pcs.)

What’s a holiday party without barbecue? A more guilt-free version, Theejay Barbecue’s version promises to give the same grilled skewers without meat and artificial flavoring.

Chocolate ganache-filled doughnuts by Vegan Bakes for the Animals and the Planet, P399 (a dozen)

Everyone needs a sweet fix after a heavy, scrumptious meal. These vegan chocolate doughnuts are the rich, decadent treats sure to be the dark stars of your holiday banquet.

Indeed, ’tis the season to eat up! Enjoy and have a wonderful feast, you guys.