I know most of us have found ourselves still drowning in food and extra ingredients at home after the Christmas and New Years festivities are over.
And you certainly should try to use them up rather than buying in new groceries and eventually binning the previous ones you spent a pretty penny on.
Here are some of the extra ingredients we had after the festivities and what we did with them. You might want to share your ideas with us too.
Cheese: grated, bagged and frozen for later use in cheese sauces
Cranberry sauce: a great accompaniment to crackers
Crisps: these, when crushed, make a delicious coating for oven cooked chicken
Chocolate: we haven’t done this yet but there are lots of recipes out there to use the leftover chocolate bars to make cakes. Check out this one from our friendly rival, Kelly. The excess chocolate can also be used in chocolate sauces and even to flavour custard.
Red wine: Perfect for soaking your dried fruits and mixed peel for Christmas puddings and cakes (yes!)
In general, we tried to make sure that leftover foods were used up in a timely manner or were properly cooled down, packaged and frozen for later use.
Here are some of the meals we planned for the weeks after Christmas
Chicken curry with rice
Jacket potatoes with cheese and coleslaw
leftover New Year’s dinner
Roast beef butty with Cheese, tomato slices and cranberry sauce
All in all, we have plans to reign in the spending after Christmas so, outside of vital necessities, we will not be spending any money over January. Wish us luck.
Aldi is doing a great job with its Super Six fruit and vegetables and if you are creative enough, you can plan and execute some super frugal recipes.
We are sharing our meal planning ideas weekly with Katy Kicker and other friends. We hope you can join in too.