22 December 2017 |

How to make the most of Christmas leftovers

Come Boxing Day, many of us will gaze into the over-stuffed fridge, kicking ourselves for panic-buying that extra pack of chipolatas. Seriously, how many people did we think were coming?!


With a little creativity, you can make the most of all those tasty leftovers. Here are our favourite tips for avoiding unnecessary waste and stretching out that festive feeling for longer. 

Posh roasted vegetable crumble

Oh, you thought we’d start with the cold turkey sandwiches?! Let’s be honest, for the non-vegetarians among us, Christmas dinner tends to be a bit of a meat-fest. Switch things up with a warming winter veggie crumble. Cook your leftover roasted root veg in a tomato sauce, then top with a mix of oats and breadcrumbs. Get that cheeseboard back in action and sprinkle some leftover stilton over the top. Bake for about 30 mins. Done!

Nourishing next-day carrot and orange juice

If you have leftover veg that didn’t even make it into the Christmas spread, put it to good use with a health-boosting raw juice. Throw any raw parsnips and carrots in a juicer with some ginger and orange, and you’ll have a delicious drink packed with nutrients for when you want something a little less indulgent.  

Festive turkey and veggie lasagne

There are so many options for leftover turkey. How about turkey and leek pie, or Asian-style turkey and cranberry salad? Curries, stews and stir-fries are tasty alternatives, and turkey stock is great for soups and risottos. Freeze in portions and you’ll have easy dinners for weeks to come.

But our favourite is a festive twist on turkey lasagne. Heat the leftover meat and roasted Christmas veg in a little Pura oil, and simmer with a few spoonfuls of homemade turkey stock. Alternate layers of the turkey and veg mixture with a classic white sauce and lasagne sheets. Grate some cheddar over the top and BAKE! 

Important safety side note! Remember to store your leftover meat in an airtight container in the fridge as soon as it’s cooled, and consume within 2 days. If you’re reheating leftovers, always make sure they’re piping hot.[1]

Christmas pudding sundae

If you actually have any leftover Christmas pudding, you’ll thank us for this one. Mix and match with whatever other desserty remnants you have. Stew some orange segments, cranberries and raspberries in honey (and a splash of brandy or whisky, if you like) until you have a wonderful sticky sauce. Allow to cool. In a tall glass, drizzle the sauce over layers of leftover pud and vanilla custard or yoghurt. Top with chopped nuts or biscotti for extra crunch. Aaahh.

Get creative with Christmas decorations

But it’s not just leftover food that can be revived – how about using discarded wrapping paper to line drawers, turning cards into gift tags for next year, or using your Christmas tree lights to create a cool fireplace feature?

Christmas leftovers don’t have to mean endless turkey sandwiches. With a little creativity you can minimise waste and keep your visitors satisfied.

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[1] NHS Choices. Cooking Turkey