13 Christmas Dinner Leftover Meals

Christmas Dinner Leftovers: Use What You’ve Bought to Feed the Family for a Week

Meals for under £1 a Head for 4 people

Christmas dinner leftovers can cost you a lot of money if you end up throwing them away.

Here are some ideas to help you use up ALL of your Christmas dinner. These can all be frozen, and used for the rest of Christmas week, meaning minimal amount of cooking and no need to buy any extras for dinners.

You won’t find the normal bubble and squeak here. These are dinners that even the kids will eat and that are mega easy to prepare, using staple ingredients found it your cupboard.

13 Christmas Dinner Leftover Meals

 All these can be frozen if needed, and are quick, plus come in at under £1 a head. That’s almost two weeks of meals for the whole family using staples from your cupboards and leftovers you’ve already brought! Win! (Turkey prices are based on the turkey I had, details can be found here.)

Turkey Egg Fried Rice

Really easy to make and quick to cook, this turkey egg fried rice stir fry is cheap and cheerful. Bung anything in and you have dinner for 4 for under 70p a head.

Handful turkey £1.87

2 Egg 14p

250g Rice 31p

60g Frozen peas 5p

2 tsp Soy sauce 4p

100g Frozen onion 15P

100g Frozen peppers 13p

Total: £2.69 = 67p a head for 4 people

Turkey Carcass Soup

This turkey carcass soup does take 2 hours to cook, but can be left to its own devices in a pan or slow cooked over night.

Turkey carcass

250g Potatoes 31p

125g Carrots 31p

100g Frozen onion 15p

100g Cabbage 31p

400g Tin tomatoes 34p

1 tsp Worchester sauce 2p

Herbs 4p

Total: £1.48 = 37p a head for 4 people

Baked Turkey Pesto Alfredo

This baked turkey pesto alfredo is a really simple dish that my kids love! I normally do a double batch so I can have some for lunch but this is based on the four of us having it for dinner. it takes about 30 minutes in the oven but is well worth the wait.

25g Butter 14p

25g Plain flour 9p

600ml Milk 26p

350g Pasta 24p

Handful turkey £1.87

100g Cheese 95p

400g Tin tomatoes 34p

3 tbs Pesto 5p

Total: £3.94 = 98p per head for 4

Leftover Turkey Casserole

I love this turkey casserole recipe, it’s so easy and everything just gets chucked in.

200g Frozen onions 30p

1 Apple 32p

Herbs 5p

25g Plain flour 9p

300ml Stock 10p

2 tbsp Honey 5p

Handful of turkey £1.87

50g Whole red cabbage 15p

100g Whole roasting potatoes 15p

62g Whole carrots 15p

Total:  £3.63 = 90p a head for 4 people

Red Cabbage, Bacon and Potato Hash

I amended this red cabbage, bacon and potato hash for the kids, but by putting bacon into it really sweetens it up!

50g Whole red cabbage 15p

100g Whole Roasting Potatoes 15p

62g Whole carrots 15p

5 Unsmoked streaky bacon £1.10

25g Butter 14p

Total: £1.69 = 42p for 4 people

Sausage Hot Pot

This sausage hot pot is easy peasy and perfect for those busy days when you’ve had no time to cook.

800g Tin tomatoes 68p

Baked beans 30p

10 Chipolata Sausages £1.90

25g Brown sugar 5p

Total: £2.93 = 73p a head

Sausage Plaits

I’ve amended this sausage plait recipe as I don’t think it needs anything else. It’s huge as well so perfect for lunch boxes.

227g Pork sausage meat £1.75

320g Puff pastry £1.50

Total: £3.25 = 81p a head for 4 people

Egg and Bacon Muffins

These are mega easy. Just crack 4 eggs in a bowl, whisk, cut some bacon and grate some cheese. Pour into a muffin tray and bake for 10 minutes. Perfect for bite size snacks.

4 Eggs 28p

2 Breakfast bacon medallions 78p

50g Cheese 47p

Total: £1.53 = 38p a head for 4 people

if you have loads of Christmas leftovers but unsure what to do with them, then have a look at these 13 recipes that come in at under £1 a head for 4. Perfect for the family and all can be frozen for another time by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. #ChristmasDinnerLefovers #FamiliesFood #BudgetFoodIdeas

Turkey Korma

There’s loads of recipes out there. I like this turkey korma because the kids will actually eat it, but I amend when goes in depending on what I have in the cupboards.

Turkey £1.87

25g Natural yogurt 4p

100g Frozen onion 15p

2 Garlic cloves 2p

Herbs 5p

25g Plain flour 9p

50ml Double cream 16p

10g Caster sugar 6p

20g Ginger 10p

Total: £2.54 = 63p a head for 4 people

Sausage and Maple Swede Traybake

This is really colourful and a “bung in the oven” jobby. I use this sausage and maple swede traybake but chuck anything in. it all works!

6 Chipolata sausages £1.08

2 tbsp maple syrup 6p

Herbs 5p

2 tbsp wine vinegar 5p

Swede 50p

Red onion 24p

3 Apples 96p

Total: £2.94 = 73p head for 4 people

Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs come in at 1p over, but they are so lush. They go with anything. My kids eat them by themselves!

Handful turkey £1.87

50g Frozen onion 7p

227g Pork sausage meat £1.75

Bread crumbs 20p

Egg 7p

tsp Worcestershire sauce 5p

2 tsp Flour 4p

Total: £4.05 = £1.01 per head for 4

Turkey Smothered Sweet Potatoes

Really simple to make. My kids cover theirs in cheese like this turkey smothered sweet potato recipe but I don’t, as I think they’re sweet enough.

4x Sweet potato 44p

Handful turkey £1.87

50g Frozen onion 7p

5 tsp Tomato sauce 5p

Can of kidney Beans 30p

Total: £2.73 =68p a person for 4

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Turkey Sandwich’s

Exactly what it says on the tin. I make my own bread, which is mega cheap, but you can use a bread maker as well and set it overnight.

Handful turkey £1.87

Homemade bread 37p

Total: £2.24 = 56p per person for 4

These are all mega easy, kid friendly and can be defrosted. I freeze my turkey in handfuls so I can just grab a bag when I need it. The same goes for any batch meals I cook. All get frozen in portion size so if my husband has to work late, I can just pull enough out for me and the kids without any waste.

What are your go to turkey recipes?


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