By Brendon Bale (@GreenGazellesRugby)
This vegan Wellington is slam-packed with veggies and is sure to satisfy all tastes. It’s one of my favorite dishes – in fact, I served it as the centerpiece dish at our recent London Training Camp. All the players devoured it, and many wanted more to take back home for later!
Beef Wellington is a traditional English dish that sparks nostalgia for many Brits, including myself. Mindful of this, I set out to create a recipe that still inspired the same positive memories, but that my partner and I could eat with our lifestyle choice of diet. Switching out meat and dairy butter for vegetables and plant-based alternatives was easy. The taste and visual appeal are a 10/10, and the dish is now one of several go-to dishes for when the Green Gazelles all get together. Even by meat-eater standards, the dish is enjoyable to eat. It is also healthier, more affordable and far better for the environment. Many are stunned that such a delicious dish could be fully plant-based!
In just an hour’s time, anyone can make this Wellington. Personally, each time I make it, I love to slice the pastry on top into some creative artwork. However, I think I’ll stick to rugby because I’m a terrible artist!
Whatever your occasion for giving this dish a try – Christmas, New Year’s or a weekly date night – I like to serve it alongside some seasonal veggies and roasted potatoes. Regardless, your rendition of my Vegan Wellington is guaranteed to be a showstopper in any household!
DID YOU KNOW? Brendon’s Vegan Wellington is filled with veggies and nuts instead of 1kg of beef, which is typically required for the traditional Beef Wellington recipe. This simple swap to go plant-based saves 235 kg-CO2-eq, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 4 seedling trees grown for 10 years!
*Based on published research
Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers, by J. Poore & T. Nemecek. 2018.
US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator
For more information see https://upfield.com/purpose/environmental-footprint/