What to Do with Your Christmas Leftovers

Instead of wasting food during the festive season, here are 5 great ideas for using your leftovers in creative ways for a delicious and thrifty Christmas.

What to Do with Your Christmas Leftovers

with a table full of dishes comes a table full of leftovers

Christmas is a time for amazing food. Almost every household will have a table full of dishes. But with a table full of dishes comes a table full of leftovers. What do you do with all that leftover food?

The best way to save money and avoid wasting food is to make good use of these leftovers when you’re scrimping post-Christmas.

DESIblitz has found the best ways for you to get the extra mile out of those festive scraps.

Make your own stock

Leftover Vegetable Stock

Stock is something we hardly think about because most of us crumble a cube into our cooking and call it a day.

However, if you make your own stock you’ll find it’s packed with more flavour and it’s more nutritious.

Make sure to save your vegetable scraps and the bones from joints of meat, and you can use your leftovers to make a delicious stock which can even be frozen for later.

Try this frugal vegetable stock here

Turn Roast Potatoes into Bubble and Squeak

Leftovers Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and squeak is a traditional dish for using up leftovers. It’s a delicious and simple way to use up roast potatoes, cabbage and carrots.

It can be a little difficult to use up cold roast potatoes the day after, but bubble and squeak provides a solution so simple that even the kids can help.

It’s a customisable dish as well, so even if your ratio of ingredients is off, you can still make a tasty dinner.

Here’s a simple and adjustable dish to get you started. 

Make a Spicy Leftovers Soup

Leftover Spicy Soup

For a way to use up leftovers and warm you up at the same time, try turning your leftover vegetables into a spicy soup.

Save all of the vegetables left over from Christmas to make a flavoursome and nutritious soup and simply add your favourite spices for that something extra.

Because soup can be tailored to anyone’s taste buds, you can turn the leftovers of Christmas dinner into a new family favourite.

So give this simple, spicy soup a try here

Turn your Christmas Pudding into Ice Cream

Leftovers Ice Cream

Christmas pudding is a festive tradition. However, it’s not for everyone so more often than not you’ll have some to spare.

It can be a little more tricky to use up leftover desserts. You can’t just throw them into the blender and make a soup like you can with savoury foods.

Making ice cream from your leftover pudding is a great way to create something that everybody likes and that will last.

Try this recipe for leftover Christmas pudding ice cream here

Try a Leftover Turkey Curry

Leftover Turkey Curry

Turkey is a staple of Christmas time. If you want something a bit more exciting than just a leftover turkey sandwich, a turkey curry is the way to go.

If you don’t have turkey, you can substitute chicken. You can even use homemade stock in this healthy recipe too, so you get the most out of your meat.

Don’t worry too much about the measurements; just make sure your meat is roughly equal to your potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 400g leftover turkey or chicken, roughly chopped.
  • 400g potatoes, chopped to the same thickness as the meat.
  • 2 white onions, finely diced.
  • 1 tsp ground cumin.
  • 1 tsp ground coriander.
  • 1 tsp paprika.
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon.
  • ½ tsp turmeric.
  • 1 tbsp hot curry powder.
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger.
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes.
  • 250ml chicken or vegetable stock.

Method:

  1. Fry the onions until they begin to sweat.
  2. Add the spices, garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Then add the potatoes, tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil.
  4. Next, add the cooked meat and turn the heat right down.
  5. Simmer until the potatoes are cooked through.
  6. Serve with basmati rice and fresh natural yoghurt.

Get the most out of your food in the festive season by using up all of your Christmas leftovers. It’s a great way to save money and you also don’t have to compromise on taste.

The recipes included to help you get started are so customisable, it doesn’t matter what you have left. So when it’s time to clear up after dinner, make sure to save those scraps.

Aimee is an International Politics graduate and a foodie who loves being daring and trying new things. Passionate about reading and writing with aspirations to be a novelist, she keeps herself inspired by the saying: “I am, therefore I write.”

Images courtesy of Oh My Veggies, Practically Perfect Planner and Love Potatoes



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