Probably like you I am staring at a fridge-full of edible leftovers from yesterday’s feast. I have plans to make my Christmas Newsletter recipe of Cranberry Turkey Burgers (see here) but beyond that will ‘wing it’ with what our agenda dictates. Some will doubtless have to be portable; some spruced up to take as buffet dishes to ‘pot-luck’ type gatherings; and some re-purposed for the freezer to emerge again in January and February when we won’t mind another turkey or ham meal! If you’re looking for inspiration then some of the simple ideas below might fit your bill ….
TURKEY, HAM OR OTHER ROAST
HELP YOURSELF SALAD: Mix shredded turkey, ham or other roast meats with salad leaves, crispy bacon and sliced or segmented citrus fruit. Add nuts and pomegranate seeds for a touch of festivity and crunch, then drizzle with a yogurt or other low-fat dressing.
THAI STYLE NOODLES: Stir fry shredded turkey or other roast meats with red onion, green beans,mange tout/snow peas, chilli and garlic. A few dwarf corn will also add interest and colour. Add lime juice and Thai fish sauce (also called nam pla), then cooked rice noodles (follow the packet instructions). Top with chopped fresh mint and coriander/cilantro. A packet of fresh chopped stir-fry vegetables in the refrigerator will make this a very speedy dish to prepare.
TURKEY BURRITOS: Pile hot shredded turkey, ham or other roasted meats with sweetcorn, spring onions/scallions, drained canned black beans, chilli sauce and cooked rice in whole wheat wraps with sliced avocado and grated cheese.
MAC AND CHEESE EXTRA: Make your usual or our bariatric mac and cheese (see here). Add a little crumbled Stilton into the sauce to give this comfort food dish a classic tangy twist.
CHEESE ON TOAST WITH AN ‘EDGE’: Spread soft goat’s cheese or a mellow blue fat-reduced cheese onto toasted baguette slices or some wholemeal bread slices and toasted until golden and melted (add some bacon if liked). Lovely when served with soup.
CREAMY SALAD DRESSING: Combine low-fat mayonnaise with thick Greek yogurt or Quark, then mash in a handful of blue cheese with a dash of lemon juice to make a thick creamy dressing. This will perks up the dullest of lingering plain green salad leaves.
SPECIAL SUNDAES OR A TRIFLE: Top a scoop of low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt with just a little warmed pudding, chopped nuts and a drizzle of low-sugar chocolate dessert sauce (such as Choc Shot) to make some sundaes. Use a little pudding instead of sponges or brownies in a trifle recipe (like the one in our Return 2 Slender … Second Helpings Book).
TRUFFLES: Blitz slices of pudding in a food processor until crumbed then stir in a little melted low-sugar chocolate or low-sugar jam/jelly. Divide and roll into small balls. Roll again in chopped nuts, coconut, chocolate vermicelli or powdered chocolate if liked.