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Pork Meatballs with Spicy Tomato SauceThis easy to make family supper is ideal for those busy winter week days. For a less spicy sauce omit the harissa from the tomato sauce. As an alternative try serving with potato wedges with lots of sour cream and grated cheese.
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Vegetable LasagneThis recipe can be doubled up and prepared in advance or frozen in individual portions. If you have trouble getting your children to eat vegetables, cut them into smaller dice and they often won’t know they are there. You could use most vegetables that need using up from the fridge such as broccoli, carrot, butternut squash, cabbage, cauliflower, marrow, leeks, babycorn, sweetcorn, peas… the list goes on.
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Vegetable Rosti CakesThis recipe is great for kids! You can make these delicious rostis any size that you like but children love little mini ones spread with cream cheese, ricotta cheese or for a more healthy variation top with cottage cheese. Serve as a snack or as a vegetable accompaniment. These are great for using up root vegetables such as swede, parsnip, carrot and potato.
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Nasi GorengThis recipe is brilliant for using up left over chicken.
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Oven Baked Vegetable PilaffThis is a great recipe for using any leftover vegetables that you have in the fridge. If they have been cooked before they won’t need roasting in the oven, simply add them with the rice at step 3. The pilaff can be moulded into little balls, coated in egg and bread crumbs, shallow fried until golden brown and served with a crisp salad. You can make this a meat recipe by adding 8 boned chicken thighs. Pop them onto the rice, season, drizzle with a little olive oil, cover and cook in the oven at stage 2.
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Stir-Fried Seafood with NoodlesHaving bags of frozen seafood and vegetables in the freezer is always a great standby for an emergency instant supper. Whether they are mixed with spicy rice, added to pasta or soups or simply served in a stir-fry, as with this recipe, it will always promise to be a fast and tasty supper.
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Roast Vegetable LunchServe this warm with houmous in pitta bread, or add black olives and feta cheese for a lovely salad. Any vegetables in your fridge that are getting a bit soft would work well in this recipe. Especially good are tomatoes, peppers, onions and mushrooms.
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Fruit Bowl Buns
Fruit Bowl BunsThese will make use of any slightly soft fruits from the fruit bowl, experiment with fruits such as apricots, rhubarb, gooseberries, plums, nectarines, bananas or blackberries, raspberries or strawberries.
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Mixed Citrus SaladThis is a delicious fruit salad that can be enjoyed for breakfast or served as a refreshing pudding. Use a serrated knife to cut away the pith from the fruit.
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Baked Citrus Pears and ApplesThis recipe is good for children! This is a healthy pudding ideal for using up pears, apples, oranges and lemons that may be left in the fruit bowl. Serve warm as a light pudding with Greek yoghurt, or eat chilled with a bowl of muesli for a healthy start to the day.
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Broccoli Stalk SoupThis is a great recipe for using up broccoli stalks, which are often thrown away. You can use any other left over leafy vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach or Kale to create a lovely wholesome soup.
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Braised ChickenThe mulled wine flavors the chicken is cooked in is delicious around Christmas time served with a creamy leek mashed potato or baked potato or couscous. Accompany with seasonal vegetables or braised red cabbage.
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Cranberry BrowniesAdd other leftover festive ingredients such as nuts or dried fruits. They can be cut into mini squares for nibbles or for dinner parties, top with ice cream and berries.
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Le PuddingA delicious French version of bread and butter pudding, although more dense and very more-ish. You need a good mix of leftover bread and patisserie. Leave to cool and eat as a snack or serve as a pudding with this Christmassy sticky toffee sauce.
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Olive Tapenade ToastsIt’s so much cheaper and simpler to make your own tapenade and great for making leftover bread something more interesting. You need a food processor or if you don’t have that, you could use a pestle and mortar or the end of a rolling pin and bowl for the crushing of the olives. Other tapenade combinations such as sundried tomato and goat’s cheese would also work well. This will keep in the fridge and can be added to pasta or used to enrich casseroles.
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Pear and Stilton ToastsThis is a great way for using up leftover Stilton at Christmas. A good nibble for New Years Eve too.
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Mixed Vegetable CurryThis is a light and very healthy curry. Add some Greek yogurt at the end if you like a richer tasting curry. Most vegetables that need rescuing in the bottom of the fridge can be used in this curry. Serve with basmati rice.
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Curried Turkey Cucumber CroutesThe curried sauce makes a lovely sandwich filling or potato topping. You could also use other roasted meats such as chicken, ham, lamb, beef and pork.
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Christmas Panettone and Mincemeat PuddingPanettone makes a wicked bread and butter pudding with added generous quantities of alcohol that is hanging around after the festivities such as Baileys, brandy, whisky or rum for extra warmth and deliciousness! This recipe also works well with other leftover bread or croissants.
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Celery, Broccoli and Stilton SoupStilton can often hang around for a bit too long in the fridge so try making this lovely thick soup, which would work well as a starter for a New Years Eve Party.
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Turkey Ham and Leek Pie
Turkey Ham and Leek PieA traditional turkey or chicken pie contains lots of vegetables and is the perfect ‘use up’ dish. You can add almost anything to your pie, such as mushrooms, potatoes, sweetcorn, peas, spinach, parsnips, carrots and broad beans. This recipe makes use of the turkey stock from Christmas dinner, but you can make it richer if you prefer by adding cream or crème fraiche to the sauce.
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Turkey Noodle SoupThis is a really quick and easy soup. Chicken can be used instead of turkey and other leftover vegetables can be added if wished.
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Turkey Mango and Lime saladThis is a delicious way to use up leftover turkey and ham after the Christmas festivities. It works really well on Boxing day along with other salads and baked potatoes.
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Loaded Baby Potato BitesNew potatoes make the perfect base for any number of delectable savoury nibbles. Here are three great topping ideas but use up any leftover ready cooked potatoes that you have. Each filling recipe makes enough for 24 tiny new potatoes. They can be made ahead of time and cooked from frozen.
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Nutty Veggie CouscousThis is a great dinner accompaniment, or simply serve as a main course with some grilled halloumi cheese.
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Quick Pizza Tortilla ChipsA delicious and super simple idea for party food snacks! You could top the corn chips with leftover cooked sausage and use up any leftover cheese.
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Quick Use-Up PizzaMake this right now, throw onto a halved baguette anything that you’ve got in the fridge to make a wicked ‘pizza addict’ munchie.
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Hot and Sour Vegetable and Noodle BrothThis is a great meal in a bowl soup that takes only minutes to put together and is a great base for using up veggie odds and ends. This recipe uses a great store cupboard staple, Tom Yum paste, which is a Thai ready-made spicy paste. To make it a more substantial meaty main meal try adding some leftover pork or chicken.
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Spanish Potato TortillaYou can be as creative as you like with this resourceful 'rescue recipe.' Whatever you've got in the fridge that needs using up can be added to this substantial dish. Leftover cheese, cooked vegetables, spicy sausages and cooked meats such as ham all work well. Cut into wedges and serve as a light snack or light lunch with a green salad.
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Loaded Potato WedgesAll the hard work is done for you here, just scatter the wedges with leftover cheese and strips of bacon, salami or ham. Try a drizzle of pesto or chilli sauce and serve them with a platter of cold meats, salad and any pickles from the cupboard.
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Mini Seafood CocktailsThis is a budget version of prawn cocktail for some delicious party food, using crab sticks as an alternative to prawns. The sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cover and chill until needed.
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Mini Falafel with Yoghurt and Cucumber DipA delicious vegetarian party snack; for a more substantial meal they can also be served in a warmed pitta pocket with chilli sauce and salad. Serve the mini falafel with a shop bought Tzatziki yoghurt dip or make your own.
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Jamaican Vegetables, Beans and RiceThis is a well known Jamaican family dish that was traditionally served on Mondays for using up the salty ham left over from the previous Sunday dinner. There are many variations of this recipe; this Jamaican version uses coconut milk, but you could use stock if you prefer. This recipe is an ideal base for adding any vegetables that you have lurking in the back of the fridge.
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Leek and Broccoli Mini MuffinsServe these delicious savoury muffins as part of a cooked breakfast, or pop some into your lunch box. This recipe is great for using up any cooked green vegetables such as leeks, broccoli, courgettes and spinach left over from another main meal.
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Butternut Squash Mince BakeTraditionally in South Africa a pot of this spicy warming sweet and sour fruit mince would get started and then be kept on the stove all winter, adding more meats, vegetables and fruits as it got used up. Here it has been transformed into this unusual minced pie recipe topped with a grated cheese.
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Italian Mixed BrushettaBrushetta is a great way of using up items from your fridge, use a variety of leftover cheese, cooked meats, tomatoes and beans, basically anything goes! Serve as a light lunch or before a main meal.
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Tuna Pasta BakeThis recipe is the ideal super easy supper for families. Use any pasta that you have in the storecupboard but bows, penne or macaroni work best.
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Sticky Mini SausagesIf you ever find yourself with a few cooked cocktail sausages lurking in your fridge, give them a makeover with this sticky sauce. Your party guests will love you for them!
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Tofu and Miso SoupThis is a very simple clear soup that can be altered depending on what veggies need using up in the fridge, peppers, mushrooms, spring onions, mange tout, baby corn and French beans are good in this soup. You can find the instant miso soup mix in most supermarkets and it’s worth keeping in the cupboard for creating instant healthy soups.
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Grilled Fish with Herby Tomato SalsaThis recipe uses up all those half eaten jars pesto, cheese and dressings from the fridge and cupboards. Serve with a green salad or green beans and new potatoes or chips.
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Classic Homemade PizzaA delicious classic homemade pizza recipe. For an instant ‘woodfired’ type pizza; Roll out the dough thinly and cook on a smoking hot griddle one side, flip and smear with tomato sauce and toppings and grill until bubbling.
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Basic Chicken or Turkey StockMaking stock from the leftover bones from a roast will ensure you always have a good base for soups, risottos and gravies. Even if you don’t have time to make stock, freeze the bones from the roast bird and make the stock when you have more time.
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My Big Fat MoussakaA delicious potato or eggplant-based dish, including minced Lamb. Serve with a tomato and crisp green salad.
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Beef and Bean SaladThis is a lovely Italian salad that can be served with other cooked meats such as chicken or lamb.
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Garlic Veggies on ToastDelicious Garlic Veggies on Toast for a simple snack or a dinner party starter. Instead of being seduced by a new recipe and then rushing out to get the ingredients, look at what you have at hand and use your imagination. Most veggies can be given a second life as in this recipe which is a great for a light lunch or supper.
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Spicy Pepper and Sausage Pasta SauceThis is an easy and quick recipe, delicious with Italian sausages that have been taken out of the casing. You could bulk it out with more veggies such as carrots, baked beans, broccoli florets, chopped green beans or peas, depending on what you have in the house.
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Vegetable Thai CurryYou don’t need to make the curry paste from scratch; use a quick green or red Thai curry paste that can be found in supermarkets, it contains fish paste so is not ideal for the true vegetarian. This recipe however, is suitable for vegetarians.
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Cheese, Spinach and Ham Greek PieFor a vegetarian alternative replace the cooked ham with 225g sliced brown cap mushrooms which have been fried in butter until golden. Allow to cool before mixing with the cheese. This pie is also delicious served with a homemade tomato sauce.
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Banana and Yogurt Pancakes with Apple and Berry CompoteThis recipe is great for using up any leftover yogurt and over-ripe bananas. You can also experiment by adding a few sultanas, flaked almonds or a few soft berries to the batter. Adding the yogurt to the batter makes them healthier however you could make the batter with just milk if you prefer.
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Indian Sausage ParcelSamosa is one of the most popular Indian savoury snacks. Although easy, they are rather fiddly to make individually so in this recipe you still get the flavour but it is made a whole lot easier by cooking it in one long sausage roll. Pile in any leftover cooked vegetables that you have in the fridge. This is lovely served with minty yoghurt dip.
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Toad in the HoleExperiment with adding other leftovers such as cheese, herbs, bacon and mustard into the batter. Allow 2 sausages per adult and 1 sausage per child. This is delicious served with onion gravy.
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Beef, Guinness and Mushroom Stew with DumplingsThis is a good old fashioned basic ‘stew’ recipe and can be varied according to what you have got in the fridge. Add root vegetables like swede, potatoes, celeriac, carrots and parsnips. The dumplings are optional, but I think you'll find everyone will love them.
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Lemon Chicken and Pea RisottoA creamy, comforting chicken and pea risotto. Other vegetables like courgette, green beans or broccoli would also work well. You can use long grain rice if you don’t have risotto rice, but the consistency will be less creamy.
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Bubble and Squeek
Bubble and SqueakThis is a great leftover recipe that can be made with any vegetable leftovers from the Sunday lunch. Serve with a poached, fried or scrambled egg and crispy bacon or with poached smoked haddock fillets or grilled trout.
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Baked Apple CrispIf you’ve got apples, or indeed pears, that are slightly bruised and past their peak they can be made into this delicious quick pudding in no time. This recipe also works well with an addition of blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.
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Bacon and Onion Flaky Pastry RollsThese are flat flaky, palm-shaped little bites that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Even if the pastry is ready- rolled make sure you roll it out a bit thinner.
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Quesadilla
Anything Goes QuesadillaKeep a pack of flour tortillas handy with leftover veggies like sweet potato, butternut squash or carrots. Then hunt through the fridge and pull out all those scraps of leftover cheese – the wedge of stilton, the finger of gruyere, the wedge of cheddar, and put the lot together in minutes.
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Healthy Pizza
2 Ingredient Healthy Pizza DoughWhat if I told you there's an option to have Pizza, but without the guilt? Most calories, fats, salts and sugars come from the base of the pizza itself. This recipe replaces the dough with a healthier base, made from just plain Greek yogurt and flour - you’ll be surprised when you hardly taste the difference!
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Chai Smoothie
Warm Winter Chai SmoothieWho said smoothies have to be cold? Warm up with a warming festive smoothie to get you through those icy days.
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Festive Mulled WineKeep warm this autumn/winter with this simple festive mulled wine recipe. Don’t worry about purchasing a super luxury wine, a cheap red wine will work perfectly for this!
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Baked Eggs in Peppers
Baked Eggs In PeppersThis Baked Eggs in Peppers recipe is super quick to prepare and make. It’s healthy and can be enjoyed on it’s own as breakfast, lunch, or cooked with a side dish (such as potatoes and vegetables) to become a delicious and healthy dinner. Due to living an extremely busy lifestyle, I go for the quickest option and if I’m eating this tasty dish as a main, simply double the serving.
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