News that will make meat-eating militants, Twitter trolls, and obnoxious ego-maniac television personalities’ ears bleed, 2019 is only one month in but it’s already shaping up to be a wonderful step forward for vegans across the country. As thousands of people around the UK take part in Veganuary, a month of meat-free main courses and dairy-free desserts, adopting a vegan diet has never been more accepted or easy, with a number of supermarkets, eateries, and food and drink companies introducing new dishes and products that would liven up any vegan’s fridge.

Whether you’re planning to go back to meat come February, give up the stuff entirely for as long as you can, or dipping your toe into the world of veganism has convinced you to eat a little less meat and a little more veg than you used to, these new vegan food launches are sure to make everyone’s life this year a little easier. After all, just because you’re a meat eater, Greggs’ new vegan sausage roll is not an attack on you, it’s just one product that will bring a smile to the faces of the many vegans who it was introduced for.

Tesco introduces vegan haggis

If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-eater that is simply put off by the idea of eating the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep all boiled up in a sheep’s stomach, but you’ve always been curious to try haggis, now you can.

Having been introduced just in time for Burns Night on January 25th, the vegan haggis, which is supplied by Edinburgh-based company Macsween, swaps out the innards of a sheep for much more vegan-friendly nuts, beans, oats and veg. This vegan haggis is also available in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Co-op, and Waitrose, but until now has never been available in Tesco.

Greggs’ vegan sausage roll

Causing quite the manufactured drama across the darker sides of Twitter, Greggs’ vegan sausage roll, which only costs a pound, is made with a bespoke Quorn filling and vegetable-oil-based pastry and, according to the team here at Food & Drink Guides, tastes just like the real thing. Famous for its meat-filled pasties, rolls, and sandwiches, this new vegan sausage roll may make Piers Morgan’s giant head spin, but it is already making thousands of people across the UK grin… and that’s surely a good thing!?

Ben and Jerry’s’ new vegan ice cream, Coconutterly Caramel’d

Having first launched a range of non-dairy ice creams in 2017, this month saw the introduction of a new flavour which will have you swooning, Coconutterly Caramel’d. Combining vegan Fairtrade ice cream with indulgent chocolate chunks, cookies, and caramel, this coconut-based ice cream is the first coconut-based flavour to have been introduced to Europe by Ben and Jerry’s since 2012. After all, as this delicious dessert proves and which vegans have known for a long time, the vegan diet is so much more than a bowl of vegetables.

McDonald’s’ vegetarian Happy Meals

Long gone are the days when Happy Meals meant chicken nuggets, fries, and not much else, McDonald’s has done a lot over the years to convince modern diners back through its doors. Recently launching its first ever Happy Meal suitable for vegetarians and vegans, these boxed up treats, with contents chosen by children and mothers around the country, contain a tasty choice of dairy-free and meat-free ingredients. Although the dairy-free tortilla passes through the same toaster as McDonald’s’ buns (which contain milk), so therefore can’t technically be considered vegan, nothing on the menu is made with non-vegan ingredients.

M&S Food’s Plant Kitchen

Containing more than 50 flavoursome plant-based choices, whether you’re hungry for vegan green Thai curry, Margherita pizza, mushroom stroganoff, or a “no beef burger”, these exciting vegan options will convince even the most dedicated meat-eater that a vegan diet consists of so much more than crunching down on lettuce and forcing down scary green looking smoothies.

Other enticing and exciting eats on Marks & Spencer’s new vegan range include their take on the classic hot dog made with soya that’s seasoned with sea salt and cracked black pepper, rainbow veg sushi wraps with avocado, sweet potato, pickled turmeric mooli and red cabbage with a Japanese dressing, and cauliflower popcorn bites made with mini cauliflower florets coated in a fluffy and crispy batter and served with a sweet-and-spicy Buffalo dip.

If you’re looking to eat out this year, to keep up with this growing demand, many fantastic pubs and restaurants across the country have recently introduced fantastic vegan selections to their menus (such as Bristol’s Three Brothers Burgers) or already have an incredible selection of vegan dishes available (see our blog post on Thornbury’s The Wheatsheaf, chosen as one of the top 10 vegan-friendly pubs in the UK by PETA UK).

There are also many fantastic vegetarian and vegan restaurants that feature in our regional food and drink guides you should check out too (see our blog post on the country’s best vegan and vegetarian restaurants or pick up a FREE copy of one of our regional Food & Drink Guides by clicking on this link).

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