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Recipes to make your Christmas leftovers into delicious, nutritious meals

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Christmas and indulgence go hand in hand. What with several huge meals to cook, it's inevitable that there will be a few things left over when everybody's finished eating. 

But leftovers are one of the delights of the season - being able to sneak down after a big meal and pick at food from the fridge in the middle of the night is part of the indulgence of Christmas.

And with so much food around, from the turkey to the vegetables, it's possible to start over and delicious new dishes using leftovers so that you aren't just making turkey sandwiches and bubble and squeak over and over again.

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Words: Victoria Gray

  • Turkey pizza with cranberry sauce

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    You might have an idea of what to do with leftover turkey, but how about the cranberry sauce? This ingenious pizza recipe uses cranberry sauce as part of the base to make a festive treat that's easy to share.

    Find a recipe here

  • Cheesey mashed potato cakes

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    It's almost worth making too many mashed potatoes to be able to serve up these potato cakes the next day. Just add cheese into the mash and fry!

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  • Turkey and chorizo hash

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    The morning after the Christmas night before, a rich breakfast can clear even the foggiest of heads. Adding chorizo and tomato to leftover turkey pieces and frying with an egg will make a wonderful Boxing Day brunch.

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  • Cheesy ham and potato bake

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    One of the simplest things to do with any leftover roast potatoes - bake them with cheese and any other vegetables. It couldn't be easier, and it couldn't be tastier. Perfect for vegetarian guests as well as meat eating as you can substitute meat in or out. 

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  • Turkey chilli

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    Substituting turkey for mince in a chilli recipe makes it feel less heavy, but still as indulgent and warming for a cold post-Christmas evening.

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  • Brussel Sprout stir fry

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    It's inevitable that you'll have some Brussel sprouts left over after Christmas - no one likes them, right? But if you mix them in with the other vegetables and some bacon it creates a delicious vegetable stir fry, that will even work for breakfast.

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  • Pearl barley broth

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    This resourceful recipe uses stock made from the bones of a roast chicken or turkey to make a pearl barley broth, cooked with any leftover vegetables you have.

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  • Chicken enchilada casserole

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    This recipe uses chicken to make a spicy enchilada casserole, but turkey can be easily substituted for a delicious no-fuss Boxing Day dish.

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  • Crustless quiche

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    Quiche can be made with any ingredients you have left over - sprouts, cabbage, turkey, or any other meat - just add eggs and bake. This recipe is for a crustless quiche for a lighter option, but a pastry crust will make it easier to eat cold.

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  • Broccoli and cranberry salad

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    If you don't want something too heavy the day after a huge day of eating, this salad, using spare broccoli and cranberry sauce mixed with pasta gives a fresh-tasting alternative to all things roasted.

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Victoria Gray

Victoria is a contributor for Stylist.co.uk. She covers lifestyle and food pieces for the site. When on the internet she can be found tweeting feverishly about Great British Bake Off, and offline she is never happier than when in the company of some wine and cheese.

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