Asda is encouraging its shoppers to use Christmas leftovers as its research shows that 90 million plates of festive food are thrown away each year.
In a bid to reduce food waste, the Big 4 grocer has partnered with TV presenter and Celebrity MasterChef finalist, Sam Nixon to create three recipes that households can use to transform their Christmas leftovers.
Each recipe which includes parsnip and chestnut risotto, a ham, cauliflower, brussels sprout and brie bake and dark chocolate cinnamon sugar ‘yorkie doughnuts’, include ingredients most likely to be diposed off after the big day.
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According to Asda’s research, 20% of households have brussels sprouts leftover, 15% are left with broccoli and cabbage, with cauliflower remaining for 14%.
While almost two thirds of the nation say they enjoy Christmas leftovers more than the main dinner itself, more than one in ten also find it hard to use leftovers such as yorkshire puddings, cranberry sauce and stuffing.
“We know food waste can be an issue at Christmas and with the rising cost of living people will be looking for ways to make their food go further,” an Asda spokesperson said.
“We hope these exciting leftover recipes will give people inspiration on what to do with their surplus food which may have otherwise been thrown away and help them enjoy their delicious leftovers all the way to New Year.”
Nixon added: “Christmas is a time for enjoying great food with family and friends, however we’re all guilty of having eyes bigger than our stomachs at this time of year.
“That’s why I’ve partnered with Asda to help people get the most out of their leftovers this Christmas and avoid throwing out any perfectly good portions. It’s been so much fun developing these recipes and trying to do something different than the usual turkey curry.”