12 days of Christmas - recipe ideas for leftover food

Time to break with tradition?

Did you know - we produce more food waste at Christmas than at any other time of the year? Isn't this one tradition worth changing?

Christmas shockers!

Did you know:

UK households waste 6.5 million tonnes of food a year, 4.5 million tonnes of which is edible - enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins!

  • An average family wastes £720 of food a year
  • Waste food is a major contributor to climate change, creating an estimated 8-10% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions
  • If food waste were a country, it would have the third largest carbon footprint after USA and China
  • If we all stopped wasting bread at home in the UK for a year, it could do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.3 million trees

Find out more about the climate change implications of food waste and how you can help on the Love Food, Hate Waste website

Use it, don't bin it!

Here are some ideas to help reduce food waste this Christmas. They can help you to save money, reduce waste and do your bit in the fight against climate change.

Turkey curry

Go classic with your turkey leftovers and whip up this healthy spice-filled stew with peppers and tomatoes. Get the recipe for turkey curry from the BBC Good Food website.

Turkey curry

Sweet and spicy nuts

Here's a great idea for using up mixed nuts. Mix roast almonds, cashews and Brazils with spices to make gift bags or jars. Get the recipe for sweet and spicy nuts from the BBC Good Food website.


Pigs in blankets

If you're lucky enough to have some left over, then this must be the best way to use them up. Get the Toad in the Hole recipe from the Jamie Oliver website.

Sausages wrapped in bacon

Leftover speedy mixed crumble

A great way to use up fruit. This classic winter warmer takes just 20 minutes to make. Get the recipe for the crumble from the BBC Good Food website

Slices of orange, apple, lemon and pear

Chocolate, orange and mince pie brownies

Mince pie overload? Don't let them join the 3.5 million binned each year. These delicious brownies will give them new life. Get the recipe for the brownies from the Love Food Hate Waste website

Mince pies

Christmas pudding trifle

Use leftover Christmas pudding to rustle up this speedy and sumptuously creamy trifle with Grand Marnier steeped oranges. Get the recipe for the trifle from the BBC Good Food website


Chunky ham pizza

A quick, tasty option for leftover ham. Resist the urge to phone for a pizza and make it at home instead. Get the pizza recipe from the Tesco Real Food website.

Ham and pineapple pizza

Spicy parsnip soup

Make a spicy soup with your leftover parsnips. Get the soup recipe from the Let's Get website.


Spanish omelette

An alternative to bubble and squeak by adding eggs. Get the omelette recipe from the BBC Good Food website.

Omelette in a frying pan

Refried roasties

Refried roasties with pickled onions and thyme. Ideal for a Boxing Day buffet. Get the roasties recipe from the BBC Good Food website.

Roast potatoes

Leftover vegetable Christmas pie

Use leftover veg to make a tasty pie. Get the pie recipe from the Vegan Food and Living website.


Sprouts bubble and squeak cakes

A reinvented Boxing Day classic. An ideal way to use up Christmas dinner leftovers, especially sprouts! Get the recipe for the cakes from the Easy Peasy Foodie website.

Three brussel sprouts

Contact Recap

Email: Recap@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP) brings together the following local authorities:

  • Cambridge City Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Fenland District Council
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Peterborough City Council