The frantic present buying has passed and the dinners been eaten but now what to do with all that leftover food.
There’s always turkey leftover and the inevitable pile of brussels sprouts left and it’s such a waste to throw them away but don’t be too hasty as there’s plenty of things you can do.
You can use any leftover brussels, cabbage and roasties to make a very delicious bubble and squeak or why not add some corned beef and a couple of fried eggs and you have yourself a great corned beef hash.
One of the biggest leftovers we had was the turkey. We ended up with a very large whole turkey that my mum’s friend who doesn’t eat turkey very kindly gave to us. She gets one every year from work.
So, what to do with the leftovers?
The first meal I made was a turkey and veg stew made in the slow cooker, this is one of my favourites as you don’t need many extra ingredients at all.
I used the leftover veg and threw in a few carrots and potatoes out of the cupboard that I hadn’t used the day before, made up some stock using the bones from the turkey and then let it cook slowly for a few hours. It goes great with some bread and butter.
The second meal I made was a turkey and spinach curry. We had brought a Christmas fruit and veg box from one of my husbands customers that owns a greengrocer and he had thrown in a bag of spinach for free as it needed using so it worked great in the curry.
Spices are something I always have so I didn’t need to purchase any, my only spend was on a tin of coconut milk, some rice, and a pack of naan breads which I found reduced to just 35p in B&M Bargains. So, for less that £1.50 I was able to make four portions of turkey and spinach curry with rice and naan breads and managed to use up the rest of the leftover turkey so none of it was wasted.
You can also make use of any leftover cakes and crackers that you may have. Cheese crackers can go stale and dry but they make great replacement for breadcrumbs in recipes so give them a whizz in a food processor and store in a cool, dry place.
Leftover cake is great to use for cake pops, they are so easy to make and kids love them. Break up cake mix with some cake filling formed into balls around plastic or wooden sticks and freeze them for a little while until they hold their shape then just decorate however you like.
Of course, using up leftovers isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but if it’s something you do then get creative and see what you can come up with.