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Five alternatives to turkey for Christmas dinner

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Are you getting tired of eating turkey every Christmas? Trying to save some money? Or maybe you want to start eating a plant-based diet? With over 600,000 birds killed off this year by bird flu, there is likely to be a significant turkey shortage. Here are a few alternatives to try out on the big day instead.

5. Chicken

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Chicken is the obvious cheaper alternative to turkey – they’re less intimidating to cook too due to their smaller size, whilst still having a similar flavour. But they are likely to be affected by avian flu too, so not the top choice for this year.

4. Salmon

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Salmon is one of my favourite types of fish and I think it would make a great addition to a classic Christmas dinner. You can chose a bigger or smaller cut depending on how many people you’re feeding and it can be seasoned however you want. It’s a great Scottish product, but can be a bit pricey especially if you’re buying a big fillet.

3. No-turkey crown

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Various supermarkets are offering vegan turkey alternatives this year, including Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen No-Turkey Roast Crown, Sainsbury’s No Turkey Crown with Sage & Onion and M&S’s Stuffed Vegan Turkey Joint. Prices and reviews are mixed, so it might be trial and error to find the best option.

2. Glazed tofu

I saw this dish on TikTok a few days ago and I am dying to try it. I’ve seen a few iterations of the recipe and it seems pretty simple: season the tofu, bake for an hour and add the glaze. The texture looks so tasty and super meaty. Definitely a great option for vegans and vegetarians.

1. No main, just trimmings

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Let’s be honest, the best thing about Christmas dinner is all the trimmings, not the main dish. So why not just load up on veggies, potatoes, stuffing and pigs in blankets? Less stress and a great way to save a bit of extra cash.

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