Tips for Christmas Dinner Leftovers

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Christmas Leftovers | by Joel Bez http://www.flickr.com/photos/lejoe/3137211139/ via Creative Commons

Roast beef, creamy leek mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, fire and spice ham, dinner rolls, homemade applesauce, pudding, pumpkin pie, and the list goes on. Christmas is a time for celebration and what better way to celebrate than by indulging in a feast fit for a king? But after the celebrations, most people either: over-indulge on the Christmas dinner leftovers or just simply toss it aside.

Nobody wants to add to the frustrating statistics of food waste in the US. At the same time, not everyone wants to devour the calories and put on the pounds. So here are some simple tips to consider when faced with piles and piles of unfinished casseroles, pies, and potatoes:

Give some away – Get your food storage containers ready and zip loc some of the dry goods like cookies and whatnot to give to guests before they leave your home.

Zip and chill – Always make sure that all leftover food is stored properly in airtight containers. Let cool and freeze the leftovers for later use. Don’t forget to put dates on the containers to help you identify and ensure that they aren’t in there for too long.

Get creative in the kitchen – It doesn’t always have to be leftover roast beef sandwiches. Research for different leftover recipes. Mix it up. Toss in some vegetables to that leftover soup. Make country ham scalloped potatoes from leftover ham. Or throw in the leftover ham with broccoli florets, tomato paste, parmesan, and other spices for a sumptuous baked pasta dish.

Managing Christmas dinner leftovers is not an easy task to undertake. But with a little preparation and some wicked kitchen prowess aka mad Google-ing skills, you can easily transform your leftovers into different any-day dishes.

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