It's the big day, you've shopped, peeled, chopped and roasted - Christmas dinner has so many components, it's easy to misjudge and accidentally make too much.
Instead of bunging leftovers in your compost, make your festive food go further. Look at it as an opportunity for a more relaxed Boxing Day - all the prep's already done.
Alternatively, consider preserving leftover vegetables and fruits - make jams or chutneys, or turn them into freezable soups or stews. Everyone likes to feel prepared as we go into the new year, and having a few easy meals ready to go can certainly help.
On the topic of freezing foods - did you know you can freeze cheese? Neither did we!
Always make sure to check if you can freeze, preserve, or incorporate an ingredient into a tasty meal before letting it go bad.
We've got great leftover ideas:
- Turkey and stilton roll with gravy dip: Turkey sandwiches are an inevitable end for the leftover meat from a Christmas dinner. That doesn't mean they need to be boring - add a bit of excitement to your turkey sarnie, with some slices of stilton and a gravy dip.
- Parsnip and rosemary risotto: Add a little luxury to your leftovers with this delicious risotto recipe.
- Christmas quesadillas: This Boxing Day, ditch the turkey baps and instead, try wraps!
- Smoked salmon pate with homemade oatcakes: Simply delicious and the best way to kick off your Christmas get together.
- Spicy Turkey curry sandwich: The perfect Boxing Day feast in a sandwich, the best way to use up any leftover turkey.
- Christmas pudding ice cream: This unique ice cream is a great way to turn uneaten Christmas pudding into a tipsy treat.
- Sweet and savoury Christmas slices: A tasty treat using leftover Christmas pudding or cake.
- Turkey curry and toad in the hole: The choice of two ways to turn your leftovers into delicious dishes.
- Mac n' cheese sprouts: Celebrate the humble sprout! This is comfort food with a seasonal twist.
You can find more tips for food sustainability here.