Christmas Leftovers: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
‘Tis the season for indulging. As the festive day ends, our fridges are often filled with tasty treasures from Christmas Day. In this article, we are going to be exploring how you can add a sprinkle of Christmas cheer to your leftovers, turning yesterday’s food into today’s flavour-packed delights.
So, grab your apron and let’s dive into a world where creativity meets the kitchen, ensuring that the festive spirit lasts well beyond December 25th.
Let the leftover reinvention begin!
When thinking about how you could use your leftovers, making a salad may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, this recipe for a walnut & cranberry turkey salad may be just what you need to balance out the rich food we will be consuming over the course of Christmas Day. Please note that this recipe is located on an American website and therefore the instructions include temperatures measured in Fahrenheit.
Not only is this a delicious idea to ensure as little food is wasted as possible, it is also very quick and can be made in 3 easy steps! As explained in our previous blog, walnuts have a range of health benefits including their inclusion of antioxidants which protect your body from free-radical damage and helps to prevent chronic illnesses!
The dried cranberries in this recipe are rich in prebiotic fibre, which provides energy to your body’s probiotics (the beneficial bacteria found in your gut microbiome). In turn, strengthening your immune system and helping your body to metabolise essential nutrients such as vitamins.
Nut Roast With A Twist
Are you looking for a vegan recipe which is perfect for using up those fridge-filling leftovers?
Why not have a go at this recipe for a chestnut roast, wrapped in red cabbage! This dish would go perfectly with any roast potatoes or vegetables which are remaining from your Christmas dinner. This recipe will take you approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes to prepare and cook, serving up to 6 people for a boxing day feast! It can also be kept in the fridge for up to five days, or frozen to be consumed at a later date.
The sunflower seeds in this recipe also offer a plethora of health benefits you may not be aware of. They are a good source of thiamine (Vitamin B1). This helps with the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats present in our food, offering a steady and slow-releasing source of energy.
The ground almonds also present are a rich source of magnesium which may help regulate blood pressure. There have been links found between magnesium deficiency and high blood pressure. People with a deficiency are more likely to experience hypertension in their blood vessels which can lead to cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks or even strokes.
If you are like me, you’ll always end up with leftover turkey which either ends up in the bin or becoming the bane of your life whilst you try and figure out what to do with it. Well you should take a look at this recipe for a turkey curry which takes 20 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook, serving 4 people!
This recipe also contains almonds which are rich in Vitamin E, an antioxidant which is associated with the strengthening of your body’s cell membranes, protecting them from oxidative damage.
Why not add some chopped dried apricots to your curry? They are dense in soluble fibres which are key in maintaining healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Hopefully this article has offered some useful ideas and tips on how you can use your Christmas leftovers to create some delicious culinary experiences worth sharing on boxing day.