17 ways to meal prep Christmas leftovers

Clever recipes and meal ideas to use up Christmas leftovers.

It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time of family, presents, relaxation and food. Allllllll of the food. No matter how hard you try to not overbuy, there’s always a tonne of Christmas leftovers to deal with on Boxing day. But of course, you don’t want to let it go to waste!

The best place to start is to freeze everything you can. Many cakes and desserts freeze extremely well. Plus, getting them out of the fridge will make it easier not to give into temptation for the following week. Shredded chicken and turkey can be frozen to be put into a dish at a later date. Mash potato and sweet potato can also be portioned and put in the freezer. 

Luckily for kitchen creatives like ourselves, many elements of Christmas lunch can actually be used in healthy meal prep recipes. From roast vegetables to lean meats to leftover salad greens, there are endless ways to reuse Christmas leftovers. 

Read on to learn 17 different ways to use Christmas leftovers for meal prep. 

1. Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche

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via Amelia Freer

2. Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

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via Savoury Nothings

3. Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas

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via Little Dairy on the Prairie

4. White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies 

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via Here Comes the Sun

5. Leftover Ham Mac and Cheese

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via The Brooklyn Cook

6. Turkey Thai Curry 

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via Simply Stacie

7. Cheese and Turkey Enchiladas 

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via Aunt Bee’s Recipes

8. Ham and Cheese Quiche 

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via Spicy Southern Kitchen

9. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

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via Ahead of Thyme

10. Turkey Chili

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via Simply Recipes

11. Sweet Potato Scones

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via Home Cooking Memories

12. Leftover Vegetable Shakshuka 

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via Amelia Freer

13. Turkey Casserole 

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via The Seasoned Mom

14. Creamy Cranberry Oatmeal

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via Veggie Inspired Journey

15. Leftover Turkey Ramen

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via The Woks of Life

16. Cauliflower Fried Rice with Ham

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via Julie’s Jazz

17. Roast Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

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via Eazy Peazy Mealz

Let’s chat below! What’s your favourite Christmas food? How do you handle holiday leftovers?

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