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Melissa’s post-Christmas recipes for wasting less


Hi everyone, Melissa here.

As a complete and utter lover of leftovers, I genuinely look forward to Boxing day food even more than Christmas food! I love not having to leave the house to shop and having my pick of all the leftover veg and cold cuts. It’s often when I get my most creative in the kitchen, when there’s so much to use up! So if you’ve got bits and bobs hanging around and need some inspiration to minimise your food waste, try these sweet and savoury recipes below and bring a new lease of life into loving your leftovers.

For more waste-free recipes head here. And my favourite ways to use up veggies, herbs & any leftover rice or beans is to make soothing comfortable soups, check out my favourites here.

SAVOURY: HAVE YOU GOT…

Leftover carrots or potatoes? Try this delicious Carrot Frittata or if you need a bit of fresh crunchiness, try this Roasted Maple Carrot & Za’atar Salad.

Leftover veg? Try this Festive Cabbage and Quinoa Salad which is one of my favs ever. Or a scrumptious Potato & Kale Traybake for a lazy brunch or lunch. If you’ve got my cookbook Eat Green then make my Bubble & Squeak fritters.

Leftover cheese? Add crumblings of your leftover cheese board to salads or egg dishes. This warm Squash, Parmesan & Apple Salad is a delicious mix or light & hearty. The Cheese Gratin in Eat Green is a big crowd pleaser too.

Leftover turkey? Make a classic Christmas Turkey Curry here or if you are over turkey curry, make My Mum’s soothing noodle broth – use leftover turkey or chicken or just have with veggies

Leftover sprouts or greens? Make your lazy breakfast a real occasion with these Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Fritters. Or make the most of Sprout season and convert any haters with these delicious Fried Sprouts with Garlic, Lemon, Anchovy & Honey. My Miso Roasted Sprouts are also a massive hit. 

SWEET: HAVE YOU GOT…

Leftover apples and pears? Try the easy peasy Fruit Bowl Bake from Eat Green. Or make a big batch of Stewed Apples to top on porridge, pancakes or yoghurt. And keep the festive spirit alive by making your own Chutney.

Leftover chocolate and nuts? Make these Choc Nut Clusters which are great fun to do with kids too – some dried fruit would be delicious in there too. Combine your apples and chocolate with these Choc Dipped Pistachio Apples, a simple but delicious snack.

Leftover satsumas? When you want something fresh & delicious, dip them in chocolate and sprinkle with some chopped nuts if you like.

For more ways to save money and waste less, keep up to date with me on instagram @melissa.hemsley

Or head over to my website www.melissahemsley.com

Have a lovely restful Christmas everyone, 

Melissa xx

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