One of my favourite parts of Christmas is getting creative with the leftovers and stretching the Christmas flavours on for days. This year, with many plans being changed last minute, households are even more likely to end up with more food than they can consume on Christmas day. However, you can balance out the environmental cost by using your extra food in new and exciting ways, providing food for days - or even weeks! In this post, I suggest a few different options for your leftover creations, catering for different ingredients and levels of difficulty.
Making soup is one of my favourite ways to repurpose leftovers. Not only is soup super easy and delicious, but it is also really good to freeze, providing meals for weeks ahead of Christmas.
When it comes to soup, I am very flexible, adding whatever is in the cupboard in whatever measures I have them. You do not need to hold back - make the most of all the ingredients you have!
Maya’s Root Vegetable Soup
Add whatever quantities of the following ingredients you have available!
- Roast potatoes
- Roast sweet potatoes
- Roast parsnips
- Roast cauliflower
- Roast carrots
- About a cup of red lentils
- Enough vegetable stock to cover all of the vegetables in a pot
- Tbsp of tomato paste
- Olive oil
- Add a splash of olive oil in a large pot and heat until bubbling
- Add the tomato paste, spices, garlic, and onions, and saute until brown
- Add the roast vegetables leftover from your Christmas dinner and stir until covered with the oil and spices
- Pour in enough vegetable stock to well cover all of the vegetables
- Leave to simmer at a medium heat for approximately half an hour
- Add the red lentils to the pot and let them cook until they are soft, approximately 20 minutes.
- Once the lentils are soft, place all of the mix into a blender and blitz until your desired texture.
- Enjoy straight away, or freeze.
Homemade Turkey Soup
If you’ve eaten turkey at Christmas, then this soup by Mantitlement is for you! Find the recipe here.
For a light meal following a hearty Christmas dinner, leftover sandwiches are perfect. Here are a few sandwich suggestions:
- This Ultimate Christmas Leftover Sandwich by Delicious Magazine is to die for!
- The Food Network’s Christmas Leftovers Bagel is a great twist and completely re-envisions turkey repurposing!
- For a vegetarian sandwich Tinned Tomatoes’ recipe is amazing. Switch out their stuffing for any leftover nut roast, if you followed our recipe!
Bubble & Squeak
For a hearty breakfast or lunch to fuel the whole family after Christmas, bubble & squeak is a great option!
- Daylesford’s bubble & squeak repurposes Christmas vegetables and herbs beautifully.
- Jamie Oliver shares a delicious vegetarian bubble & squeak.
Making stew is a classic way to repurpose leftovers - and it is so easy! You can adapt your stew to whatever leftovers you have, but here are a few suggestions:
- Good To’s turkey stew.
- GoodFood’s Spicy Root & Lentil Casserole repurposes many Christmas leftover veg in a new flavour palette!
Repurposing leftovers into pies is a slightly more time-consuming option - but what a better way to spend your time off! Make your leftovers into a beautiful showstopper with these suggestions:
- Turkey Pot Pie from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs is a great inspiration for meaty leftovers
- Vegan Food and Living’s Leftover Vegetable Christmas Pie looks amazing!
Here are some less traditional, but totally delicious, approaches to Christmas leftovers.
- Christmas Pasta Bake
- Butternut Squash and Turkey Lasagne
- Christmas Leftovers Veggie Burgers
- Leftover Christmas Crumble
Have fun being creative with your leftovers and leading a more sustainable and economic lifestyle!