6 Festive ideas to use your left overs

6 Festive ideas to use your left overs

Author -  Good Health

Whether you are looking forward to summer cherries, a Christmas ham or a slice of pavlova, the end of year brings with it, a plethora of foods we associate with the holiday season. Many of us spend weeks planning our Christmas meals, and the days prior in the kitchen preparing. With all this effort and excitement, it is such a shame that a lot of food goes to waste during the festive season. This year take time to think about what you are doing with your left overs. Can you use your ‘scraps’ in another way? Here are some of the ways we like to use our leftovers, to make dinner the gift that keeps on giving.

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1. Vegetable off-cuts

Any vegetable peels or stalks can be frozen and used later to make a vegetable broth. Simply boil vegetable off-cuts in water with peppercorns and onion, then simmer partially covered for 45 minutes. Many of the nutrients from the vegetables will leach into the water, transferring nutrients into your broth. Use this as a base for soup and curries, or drink alone first thing in the morning to assist your gut health. 

2. Roast vegetables 

Roast vegetables can be mixed in with a light dressing or humus to make a potato-like salad. Add fresh greens and red onion and you will have a whole new meal! 

3. Stale bread

Wait until bread has become stale then place in a food processor and make breadcrumbs. Dip fish, schnitzel or mushrooms in whisked eggs, then cover in bread crumbs, cook and enjoy. Breadcrumbs can be used fresh or blended and stored in a ziplock bag in the fridge for future use. 

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4. Lemon skins

Lemon juice is part of so many dessert recipes but it’s really difficult to find one that calls for the whole lemon, juice, rind and skin! Remember to take out the seeds and then place the whole lemon, or pieces in the food processer. You may need a little more sugar to counteract the bitter taste, but you will be getting more nutrients and fibre from the whole lemon. Whole lemons can also be placed into water when cooking rice, potatoes or pastas for a citrus kick.

5. Fruit and nuts

Fruit and nuts make a great base for any bliss ball recipe or can be used in smoothies. The fruit will provide extra sweetness, and the nuts extra protein. Chop up left over fruit and nuts, and stir into precooked cous cous with lemon, salt, cumin and olive oil. Eat alone or serve with lamb and hummus for a middle eastern roast. 

6. Freeze your food

When all else fails, don’t forget to utilise your freezer. The fresher the food that goes in, the fresher it will be when it comes out, so if you don’t think you are going to get through the Christmas ham, make sure to freeze it early on. Freeze your foods in small portions, as once thawed you shouldn’t refreeze it. And don’t forget to wrap your food well to avoid freezer burn. Biscuits or fruit mince pies make delicious treats throughout the year. Freeze berries to use in smoothies and wine can be frozen to use in cooking and even egg yolks can be frozen. Just add in a little salt or sugar (and label this) for any future recipes requiring the yolks. 

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They key to reducing your left-overs, is to try not to have any left overs in the first place! This doesn’t mean you should eat everything and anything on Christmas day, but that you should be careful to not over-cater in the first place. Anything not cooked on the day, can be a meal on boxing day. Focus on enjoying beautiful food and remember that sometimes less is more.

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6 Festive ideas to use your left overs

Whether you are looking forward to summer cherries, a Christmas ham or a slice of pavlova, the end of year brings with it, a plethora of foods we associate with the holiday season. Many of us spend weeks planning our Christmas meals, and the days prior in the kitchen preparing. With all this effort and excitement, it is such a shame that a lot of food goes to waste during the festive season. This year take time to think about what you are doing with your left overs. Can you use your ‘scraps’ in another way? Here are some of the ways we like to use our leftovers, to make dinner the gift that keeps on giving.

Vegetable off-cuts.jpg

1. Vegetable off-cuts

Any vegetable peels or stalks can be frozen and used later to make a vegetable broth. Simply boil vegetable off-cuts in water with peppercorns and onion, then simmer partially covered for 45 minutes. Many of the nutrients from the vegetables will leach into the water, transferring nutrients into your broth. Use this as a base for soup and curries, or drink alone first thing in the morning to assist your gut health. 

2. Roast vegetables 

Roast vegetables can be mixed in with a light dressing or humus to make a potato-like salad. Add fresh greens and red onion and you will have a whole new meal! 

3. Stale bread

Wait until bread has become stale then place in a food processor and make breadcrumbs. Dip fish, schnitzel or mushrooms in whisked eggs, then cover in bread crumbs, cook and enjoy. Breadcrumbs can be used fresh or blended and stored in a ziplock bag in the fridge for future use. 

Lemon skins.jpg

4. Lemon skins

Lemon juice is part of so many dessert recipes but it’s really difficult to find one that calls for the whole lemon, juice, rind and skin! Remember to take out the seeds and then place the whole lemon, or pieces in the food processer. You may need a little more sugar to counteract the bitter taste, but you will be getting more nutrients and fibre from the whole lemon. Whole lemons can also be placed into water when cooking rice, potatoes or pastas for a citrus kick.

5. Fruit and nuts

Fruit and nuts make a great base for any bliss ball recipe or can be used in smoothies. The fruit will provide extra sweetness, and the nuts extra protein. Chop up left over fruit and nuts, and stir into precooked cous cous with lemon, salt, cumin and olive oil. Eat alone or serve with lamb and hummus for a middle eastern roast. 

6. Freeze your food

When all else fails, don’t forget to utilise your freezer. The fresher the food that goes in, the fresher it will be when it comes out, so if you don’t think you are going to get through the Christmas ham, make sure to freeze it early on. Freeze your foods in small portions, as once thawed you shouldn’t refreeze it. And don’t forget to wrap your food well to avoid freezer burn. Biscuits or fruit mince pies make delicious treats throughout the year. Freeze berries to use in smoothies and wine can be frozen to use in cooking and even egg yolks can be frozen. Just add in a little salt or sugar (and label this) for any future recipes requiring the yolks. 

reducing your left-overs this christmas.jpg

They key to reducing your left-overs, is to try not to have any left overs in the first place! This doesn’t mean you should eat everything and anything on Christmas day, but that you should be careful to not over-cater in the first place. Anything not cooked on the day, can be a meal on boxing day. Focus on enjoying beautiful food and remember that sometimes less is more.

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