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Using up leftovers

New Year Recipe

After the excess of spending, eating and shopping over Christmas, now is the perfect time to start the new year with a healthy diet that won’t cost the earth.

After the excess of spending, eating and shopping over Christmas, now is the perfect time to start the new year with a healthy diet that won’t cost the earth.

Use up your leftovers from Christmas to feed you well into the new year and cut your grocery bills at the same time. Before you dash out to the shops and spend more money, take a look in the fridge and see what you can make from your leftovers.

Try mixing leftover turkey and vegetables with a stock cube and then blending into a warming soup, or put everything into a wok with some cooked rice or noodles for a tasty stir fry.

Diane, a tenant from Weston has shared her recipe to transform leftover turkey into a delicious and tasty curry. It’s tasty, easy to make and low-budget.

“When I was growing up, my family used to make lots of meals out of the leftover turkey – from curry to vol-au-vents – it saved going shopping and spending more money and we really enjoyed it. The curry recipe is one of my favourites.” - Diane, from Weston

Diane’s Indian Curried Turkey with Rice Ingredients:

  • 25g butter
  • 3 turkey portions
  • 225g onion – peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 pint turkey, chicken or vegetable stock (boil up the turkey carcass with an onion and a carrot and water to make your own stock)
  • 1 apple – peeled, cored and chopped
  • Handful of sultanas
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 175g rice
  • Garnish: cranberry sauce, pineapple rings

Method:

Melt the butter in a wok or a large frying pan and fry the turkey pieces until lightly brown all over. Remove from heat and keep hot.

Fry the chopped onion and garlic until golden brown then stir in the curry powder.

Cook gently for one minute and then add the chopped apple, sultanas and seasoning. Add stock and stir well. Add the turkey portions, bring to the boil. Cover the pan and let it simmer for one hour. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to the pan.

Cook the rice and serve with the curry.

Garnish each portion with a little cranberry sauce in the centre of a pineapple ring.

Have you got a favourite recipe to make in January? Please get in touch or share your ideas on our Facebook page.

There are lots of other money saving tips to remember at this time of year.

  • Cut out the front of Christmas cards to use as gift tags next year
  • Take back any unwanted gifts or donate to charity
  • Take up the Dry January challenge and cut out booze for the next month; you’ll feel better and save money too
  • Start the new year as you mean to go on: cancel subscriptions and memberships you don’t use and ask yourself if you really need to make each purchase when you’re out shopping
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