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How to have a Food Waste Free Christmas

It is now Boxing Day and many of us woke up to fridges still packed full of Christmas leftovers, from turkey, ham and pigs-in-blankets to carrots, parsnips, sprouts and roast tatties. And that’s even before we get to the sweet treats!

There are many websites out there that can help you make the most of your festive foods such as or as even the most frugal shopper might end up with an extra helping or two left over!

If you are done with cooking extravagant meals, however, below are some simple ideas of what to do to make yourself a food-waste free Christmas.

The Leftovers Sandwich

The leftovers sandwich is a staple in many a household up and down the country. Pile the turkey, chipolatas, veg, and cranberry sauce high in a sandwich and experience a whole Christmas dinner in one bite!


Whether that’s turkey soup (don’t forget to utilise the leftover juices from cooking the turkey), or a simple vegetable soup, this dish is a nice light meal for Boxing Day after the feasting the day before.


Any cheese you have left can be turned into a delicious mac and cheese, or for something a little healthier you can make a cauliflower/broccoli cheese.

Turkey Curry

A turkey curry can definitely help use up any leftover turkey, and can be easily bulked out with veggies, rice and naans. And if making it from scratch, you can make it as spicy (or not) as you like!

Burritos or fajitas

The fun thing about making turkey burritos or fajitas is that you can make this dish as Christmassy, or not, as you like. Swap the usual meat for turkey and have a regular burrito or fajita dish or, similar to the leftovers sandwich, just bung it all in a wrap! It’s up to you!


And finally, if in doubt, make a buffet! Buffets are easy to put together and make everyone happy as they can choose what they want to eat and how much.

Still not sure what to make? Websites such as Big Oven and Super Chef allow you to find recipes based upon what you already have in the house. Choose from thousands of recipes and find something that will suit the whole family.

Happy eating!



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