Surely I can’t be the only one who cooks way too much for Christmas day.


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My theory is “it’s always better to have too much than not enough”. But being the frugal gal I am, I cannot bring myself to throw out the leftovers and certainly cannot serve up Christmas lunch again the next day.

So here are my thoughts on transforming those leftovers into fresh, delicious meals that no one will guess are making an encore.

First rule is to make sure you use any leftover prawns on Boxing Day. They won’t keep any longer.


Cooked chicken can last for 3 days in the fridge. Store it in an airtight container or zip-lock bag. Then try:


If you are a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas lunch and have the cooked roast feast, then here are some ideas for your leftover vegies:

  • Pumpkin and Feta Salad
  • Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata
  • Potato Salad (sprinkle with leftover Christmas Ham)
  • Green Bean Salad
  • Quinoa Salad



Do you struggle with what to do with the leftover pork? It can be tricky but no one will see these coming:


And there are only so many ham sandwiches you can face day-after-day. So when you have eaten all the ham you can eat, and you can’t face one more morsel, try:

  • Ham, Carrot and Zucchini Frittata
  • Potato Salad with Crispy Ham
  • Ham, Tomato and Onion Frittata


Or, what about making Pea and Ham Soup – yes I know it is summer and it may seem crazy to talk about soup but the leftover ham and bone make a wonderful base for Pea and Ham Soup. Freeze the soup and have a nice surprise waiting for you when winter rolls around.

Last but not least, what to do with the leftover champagne (does that really exist?). Now I am sure you are thinking, ‘this girl is bonkers’, but if you just so happen to have 1/3 of a cup of leftover champagne, don’t toss it, make a decadent dessert of Strawberry Shortcakes.

For all these recipes and many more fast, delicious and healthy ideas, click here.

Do you have any great leftover tips to share? Please SHARE in the comments below.

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  • I love these Christmas ham salad bowls – still festive but fresh and light after a day of feasting


  • I love using Christmas ham for a salad Buddha bowl. The perfect balance between eating light after a big Christmas feast and still feeling festive


  • What brilliant ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!


  • Great ideas for your leftovers – I’m going to make ham san chow bow tomorrow, drizzled in hoi sin sauce.

    • Wow! Sounds interesting. Let us know how it goes and post a photo too. :)


  • Great ideas. We always cook too much for Christmas and New Year’s Eve party every year. We generally take plates to neighbors after cooking and do lots of salads and stirfrys the next day.


  • This year we had to make fruit salad, so I am always careful not to over purchase as these are perishable foods especially items like strawberries, grapes and don’t want any waste. My guess work has been good and enough to make enough without too much wastage.


  • Love these! Thanks!


  • yeah a lot of fab ideas. these are really creative and use up the food staples of alot of people’s christmases

    • i used my leftover salad and some meat to make pizzas! it was fantastic! i felt really genius too!


  • I always make fried rice and throw in the left overs.


  • So many interesting ideas. I like making savory muffins with what’s left.

    • Muffins sounds good – savoury and sweet?


  • Thanks for this list and the ideas for leftovers. LOL! Leftover champagne! I love the idea of Pea and Ham Soup. This is my favourite recipe for leftover ham – perfect for my freezer as I love this soup all year long!


  • Much more creative than my left overs meals. Great ideas thanks!!


  • We always have left-over’s and you can use them in so many recipes,l like frittata’s and healthy sandwiches and wraps!


  • I try and send leftovers home with guests where possible because our tiny family generally can’t get get through them all. What we are left with becomes lunches and dinners for a couple of days. I will try and be more creative when we do use leftovers and there are some great ideas here.


  • Leftovers are never wasted every year because we either have it for lunch or dinner the next couple of days . With anything that is perishable such as fruits/vegies eat it quickly because it goes off easily and I enjoy making vegetatian omelettes or noodles which is easy . Also you can also boil a batch of fresh rice and it looks like you just cooked a new meal !


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