Following the big Christmas day feast, leftovers are inevitable, but after 3 days of eating the same turkey sandwich with all the trimmings it can soon get a bit dull. Before you know it, those 'scraps of food' end up in the bin.
Here at Mindful Chef we are passionate about reducing food waste. Each year 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away from our homes in the UK, of which more than half could have been eaten! That's why we call for you to stop the waste and get creative with our top 5 Christmas leftover ideas, fit for boxing day and beyond.
1) Huevos Rancheros. Add a little Mexican flavour to your leftovers with our Huevos Rancheros recipe. Simply swap the usual pulled chicken for leftover shredded turkey. Top Tip: While you're at it, you may as well use up leftover roast potatoes for the hash instead of cooking additional sweet potato.
2) Bone Broth. Did you know that bone broth (also known as stock) is a nourishing all rounder, packed with vitamins, minerals, collagen and keratin, which makes it amazing for skin! We particularly love this recipe from Hemsley and Hemsley; it makes the perfect base for veg-packed soups and is great for cooking quinoa. Top Tip: Patience is key as it takes at least 6 hours to make.
3) Vegan Leftover Wrap. We love this gluten-free, vegan wrap from Natasha Corrett, it's sure to use up all of your leftovers as it's jam packed with sprouts, chestnuts and cranberry sauce. Top Tip: You can buy pre-made gluten-free wraps from most supermarkets.
4) Curry. Turkey meat, especially the darker leg meat, is delicious in curries! Fire up your metabolism by replacing the chicken in our Red Thai Curry, served with courgetti noodles as a great lighter alternative to noodles; or opt for a rich Thai Green curry with red pepper and baby sweetcorn. Top Tip: Throw in any leftover carrots or broccoli.
5) Bubble and squeak is the classic way of using up leftovers from a roast. There's no real rules here, just roughy mix up mashed potato with any leftover veg - brussels sprouts, parsnips, carrots, peas, the list goes on - and fry in a pan for 20-30 minutes until golden and crispy. You can even throw in leftover sausages and stuffing! This Waitrose video for a bubble and squeak frittata may come in handy if you want a little more guidance. Top Tip: We love using Lucy Bee coconut oil to crisp up our bubble and squeak.