December meal plan 4 – What to do with Christmas leftovers

Christmas leftovers meal plan

I hope you all have a delicious Christmas week. If you follow my Christmas Meal Plan,there shouldn’t be too much fresh food left over. But there is ample opportunity to use up any Christmas leftovers in the next few days.

The recipes below can be made from scratch – or you can substitute some of the ingredients for what you already have

Check out this week’s shopping list (below) and cross off all the ingredients you already have as leftovers from Christmas. The recipes below can be made from scratch – or you can substitute some of the ingredients for what you already have, for example use leftover turkey instead of chicken.

About our family meal planner
This week’s family meal planner
Shopping list

About our family meal planner

All the meals included in our weekly meal planners are child friendly, form part of a daily balanced diet, and will provide nutrients from each of the food groups (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals), says Sian.

They include plant and animal protein such as red meat, white meat, fish, and eggs along with cheese, chickpeas, nuts and seeds for meatless days. Sian says the secret to stress-free, low-cost healthy meals is to plan what you’re cooking to make sure you have the right ingredients in the right amount in your kitchen ready cook.

Every week, Sian puts together five easy recipes for the week’s family meal planner. You can choose to make them on whichever day of the week suits you best. She also puts together a shopping list (below) that you can print out and take with you to the supermarket.

This week’s meal planner

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Shopping list

Baked products

Sponge cake – 1 
Bread crumbs – 250 g     


Cider – 300 mls  
Sherry – 2 tblsp   

Cereal grains and pasta

Cornflour – 1 tblsp           
Plain flour – 170 g           
Noodles – 150 g           
Basmati Rice – 200 g    

Dairy and egg products

Egg – 4, medium           
Cheese – 100 g           
Butter – 215 g 
Ice Cream (Block) – 1      
Milk – 200 mls      

Fats and oils

Olive oil – 5 tblsp  

Fish products

Tuna canned in water – 150 g           
Prawns – 200 g    

Fruits and fruit juices

Orange zest – 1           
Lemons – 1-2           
Apples (cooking) – 4           
Fruit cocktail (canned) – 400 g    

Nut and seed products

Coconut milk – 1 tin 

Pork products

Pork tenderloin – 2 kg           
Bacon (rashers) – 2-3 slices     

Poultry products

Chicken fillets – 5

Soups, sauces, and gravies

Vegetable stock cube – 2           
Chicken stock cube – 1     

Spices and Herbs

Fresh thyme – 1 bunch           
Dijon mustard – 2 tsp           
Rosemary (dried) – 2 tsp           
Thyme – 2 tsp                  
Coriander (leaves) – 1 bunch  
Green Thai paste – ½ tsp           
Nutmeg – 1 pinch           
Tarragon (optional) (or dried ) – small bunch    


Caster sugar – 175 g           

Vegetables and vegetable products

Leeks – 1           
Onion – 13           
Red pepper – 2           
Yellow pepper – 1  
Turnips – 2           
Potatos – 10           
Tomatoes – 2           
Cabbage – 1          
Carrots – 13       
Sweet corn (canned) – 50 g           
Parsnips – 8           
Frozen green peas – 50 g   

Sian is a home economist with over 25 years’ experience as a secondary school teacher and now running her own private cookery school with a focus on meal planning. After years of seeing people struggling to provide healthy meals everyday for their families, she created her own meal planning system at