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Our Favourite Christmas Leftover Recipes

by Fabian Jackson

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Just like that, the festive period is upon us again – filled with reconnecting and indulgent eating. There’s nothing better to look forward to than a veritable feast of plant-based, roasted goodies; but what should you do to make the most of your inevitable leftovers? Keep reading to discover our favourite vegan recipes to give your surplus food a second lease of life.

It’s very easy to give in to the eyes-bigger-than-stomach habit that happens in supermarkets at this time of year. But it’s also a time when food waste is at its highest. With that in mind, here are the recipes we turn to when we’ve got festive leftovers:

Planted vegan recipes

Here are a few of our favourite recipes that are guaranteed to turn any leftover produce into something special that everyone will be sure to make space for – no matter how full they still are

Boxing Day brunch 

savoury vegan brunch

What’s one of the biggest culprits for over buying – potatoes. We could buy fewer, yes, but we’d be distraught if there was the slightest chance that there wouldn’t be enough roasties on the big day. 

We love Val’s savoury vegan brunch recipe that will happily turn any extra spuds into irresistible potato rostis; the hearty foundation to a nourishing, lazy brunch idea.

Sauerkraut 

sauerkraut in a jar and macro

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, someone is sure to demand that cabbage makes an appearance at Christmas dinner. What to do with the inevitable leftovers? Make Joey’s sauerkraut recipe, of course.  

Creamy cauliflower soup with crispy sage and hazelnuts

cauliflower soup on a marble background

This warming winter recipe from Val tackles three regular leftovers in one. This is one of our favourite go-to’s every time we have these ingredients in our kitchen. 

More great vegan leftover recipes 

Vegetable spiral tart

vegetable spiral tart

Photo credits: Bake To The Roots

If you’re looking for a recipe that’ll turn your surplus vegetables into an  Insta-worthy dish, this is the one for you. Why not try this spiral vegetable tart recipe from Bake To The Roots? Granted, it's a little bit of effort to cut all the veggies, but trust us when we say that it’s worth it – and if you can enlist housemates, partners or little ones to help, all the better. We know that many hands make light work!

Baklava

vegan baklave on a plate

Photo credits: Yup, It's Vegan

Who isn’t guilty of stockpiling nuts in the run-up to Christmas? It seems like having a constantly topped up bowl of them will help keep everyone festive and nibbling away – but what to do with all the leftovers? It’s not as if nuts go ‘off’ quickly, but why not turn them into the special, sticky treat they deserve with this vegan baklava recipe from Yup, It’s Vegan? 

Wondering what to read next? Check out our post on the most effective ways to reduce food waste at Christmas and beyond. 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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