The Christmas meal is probably one of the most anticipated meals of the year. With friends and family sitting around the table, we dread the thought of not having enough food to feed everyone.
Because of this, we see hundreds of Brits buying more food than needed during the Christmas period. Every year, 86 million people in the UK throw away uneaten birds and with the ongoing worry of waste, we look at ways in which you can make the most of your Christmas leftovers.
Make a soup or smoothie
If you have a lot of vegetables that have gone unused and are worried it will go to waste, utilise these by making a hearty vegetable soup. If you have any meat left over pop this in to add an extra bit of flavour. For ideas check out this leftover turkey soup recipe!
Or if you have lots of fruit in the fridge, blast them in a blender to make a tasty smoothie for yourself and the family – a perfect way to detox after eating all of that Christmas food!
If you have over prepared veg and meat from the Christmas meal itself, grab some freezeable containers and divide the food out equally. Put these into the freezer and you will have lunches and dinners ready-made for months to come.
And this doesn’t just include cooked meat – if you have raw meat that hasn’t been used, freeze this to use on another occasion.
Make bubble and squeak
If you have some vegetables, potatoes and stuffing leftover, these will all combine together to make a bubble and squeak – ideal for a Boxing day brunch.
Make a Pie
Pies are perfect to make when you have lots of leftovers as you can literally add anything to them. You can either choose to make the pastry yourself or buy a pre-made pastry. Follow this leftover pie recipe here for ideas on what food you can include.
Chocolate is one of those things that sit around for months after Christmas without being eaten. To get rid of it all in one go, try this tasty leftover chocolate brownies.