What to do with leftovers

what to do with christmas day leftovers..

You’ve had your Christmas day fill yet still have a mountain of cold meat, salad and roast veg leftover?

Rather than throwing out that surplus of food and contributing to landfill and greenhouse gases, you can whip up some gourmet taste sensations without a single mention of turkey sandwiches…

Build yourself a nourish bowl…

Nourish bowls are all the rage and rightly so. With endless possibilities, you can’t go wrong as long as you have a mixture of colours and textures. Try cooking up some brown rice or quinoa, arranging in a bowl then adding a section of shredded leftover turkey, ham or chicken, some cold roast veggies and some leftover salad. If you have some chutney leftover, put a dollop on top of your meat, sprinkle over some nuts or seeds and drizzle with your favourite dressing. Olive oil, balsamic and honey is delicious!

Fry up a frittata…

As long as you have eggs and leftovers, you can whip up the most amazing frittata in less than 15 minutes. Beat together a few eggs then mix with whatever meat and veg is left in the fridge. Season with salt and pepper and your favourite herbs and any cheese, such as fetta, haloumi or cashew, leftover from your Christmas day cheese board.

Go Italian with homemade pizza (cauliflower bases work well for a paleo style pizza)

Who doesn’t love pizza? And what goes on pizza? Meat, veggies and cheese! All typical leftover ingredients that can be chopped or shredded and sprinkled over your choice of base and tomato paste topping. Cauliflower rice mixed with spices, egg and grated cheese, is a popular base for those looking to lighten their digestive load after Christmas Day indulgences.

Cook up some fritters…

Fritters can be paired with salad or burger buns and are an excellent way to use up odds and ends. Mix together some eggs, your milk of choice, flour or almond meal and an array of cold meat and veggies shredded or chopped very finely. If you have some fresh herbs on hand, add these in for extra flavour and nutrition. Use ghee or oil to fry them up and serve hot or cold with leftover chutney or cranberry sauce.

Whizz up a smoothie…

Finally, what’s one to do with all that leftover tropical summer fruit? It may be browning or going slightly mushy but once you freeze it, you’ll have the perfect addition to your morning smoothie. Frozen mango, berries, pineapple and banana are excellent smoothie bases that will hydrate, provide essential vitamins and are gentle on digestion after the heavy Christmas day load.  Check out smoothies…..the perfect summer breakfast  for  some inspiring combinations.

Freeze for later…

If you simply can’t face any more time in the kitchen, freezing is a great way to safely store leftovers for use in the future. Fruit, cooked meat and roasted veg will all freeze extremely well in storage containers or eco friendly plastic wrap.

written by Emma H for go natural foods

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