When it comes to the best Christmas food, it can be hard to know what's really worth your money - especially as there is so much choice.
And if you're vegan it can be even more difficult, because the Christmas lunch often revolves around a show-stopping piece of meat.
Whilst you might turn to the best vegan cookbooks, a growing selection fantastic of Christmas vegan and vegetarian options in UK supermarkets is making the task of preparing a mouthwatering festive feast all the more easy - and delicious.
But still, the question remains: how do you know what's worth putting on your Christmas table? Enter our Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards.
Made up of a group of expert food and drink writers, stylists and chefs, the Tried & Tasted team have tasted their way through hundreds of festive food products to select their favourites.
Whether you're looking for a vegan or vegetarian Christmas main (plant-based beef wellington, anyone?) or vegan mince pies, read on to discover their best vegan and vegetarian Christmas eats. We've also listed some additional standout winners that the Tried & Tasted team loved, including the traditional turkey (our winner is slow grown and free range) if you take a more flexitarian approach.
And for more of the best essential Christmas food buys - from puds and party food to smoked salmon and cranberry sauce - head over to our sister site woman&home (opens in new tab).
Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards Vegan & Vegetarian Winners
M&S Plant Kitchen Vegan Beef Wellington
The Tried & Tasted judges said: An excellent meat-free alternative for vegans. Whether you're a vegan yourself or serving up to a guest, there will be no disappointment at the table and it feels just as special. Easy to prepare and perfect accompanied with the Christmas trimmings.
Waitrose Mushroom, Cavolo Nero & Mascarpone Parcels
The Tried & Tasted judges said: Delightful pastry parcels stuffed with a tasty vegetarian filling of mushroom, cavolo nero and creamy mascarpone. The judges thought this was an excellent option for a veggie main or could be served as a starter before the big Christmas main course.
Riverford Vegan Mince Pies
The Tried & Tasted judges said: These vegan mince pies have a wonderful crumbly pastry and a delicious filling that feels generous and is perfectly spiced. Keep these in the cupboard for any guests as they are unlikely to be able to tell the difference!
More stand-out winners from the Tried & Tasted Christmas Awards
Twelve Below Elderflower & Lemon Sparkling Drink
The Tried & Tasted judges said: It's rare for soft drinks to taste so delicious without being full of sugars. Twelve Below have nailed it with their elderflower & lemon sparkling drink (their other flavours are also lovely) which is why it has been awarded Fit & Well's healthy pick.
Parson's Nose Free Range Bronze Turkey
The Tried & Tasted judges said: The perfect centrepiece for any Christmas table. Forget dry turkey, this was incredibly succulent and delicious - you will not be disappointed!
Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon
The Tried & Tasted judges said: This was completely delicious! Delicate flavour that felt really natural. The salmon had a great bite to it and didn't feel greasy. This is clearly a quality product smoked by experts.
Launched in 2020, Fit&Well.com is all about helping you meet your health and fitness goals in ways that are fun and achievable. With news and features on fitness, weight loss, running, nutrition, yoga, wellness and more, we're committed to helping you wherever you are on your fitness journey. We break down the best fitness tech, with reviews, buying guides and the latest deals on fitness and wellness kit, from dumbbells to diffusers.
We cater for all difficulty levels here. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner in the world of fitness or you're gearing up for your tenth marathon: we're all moving towards the same goal – creating a healthier, happier you. From guides on getting started doing walks around the block, to creating the perfect work-from-home space, to eating to fuel your first triathlon. It's all here.
Best resistance bands 2022 for building strength
Buying guide We tested the best resistance bands to improve your strength and flexibility
By Meg Walters • Published
It only takes 20 minutes to build upper body strength and muscle with this workout
Workout This upper body circuit is quick to complete and effective for developing muscle and improving strength
By Jessica Downey • Published