This year, nearly 10% of the nation is looking to ditch traditional Christmas dishes in favour of plant based options so it’s unsurprising that searches for ‘vegan christmas dish ideas’ have increased by 64%, as home cooks look for dish inspiration for their festive spreads.
To deliver on taste, here’s a meaty plant based dish that’s quick, easy and delicious for any festive meal. It’s rich in Christmas flavours with a touch of festive elegance from the clean label plant-based meat brand, Planted.
Festive Orange & Cranberry Plant-Based Feast with Couscous and Pomegranate
3 tablespoons orange marmalade
3 tablespoons cranberry sauce
Pinch Chinese 5 spice powder
100ml orange juice
1 star anise
Planted Kebab Original (available at Tesco)
500g long stemmed broccoli, trimmed
Extra fresh pomegranate seeds, to garnish
Add the marmalade, cranberry sauce and 5 spice powder with the Kebab in a large bowl to marinate overnight. Transfer the marinated meat to a baking dish and cover with orange juice and star anise, cover with foil and cook in the oven for 40 minutes. For the last 5 minutes, add the tenderstem broccoli to the baking dish and cook until tender.
Meanwhile, make the jeweled couscous:
150g wholewheat couscous
150ml hot vegetable stock
2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint
2 tablespoons toasted flaked almonds
100g fresh pomegranate seeds
In a bowl, add the couscous and hot stock, cover for 10 minutes until absorbed. Gently stir in the remaining ingredients and make a light balsamic glaze for couscous.