Preparing a big Sunday roast for lots of people can be difficult. So it's always good to have a plan to deal with all those leftovers, to ensure that food waste is kept to a minimum.
From leftover meats to veggies galore, there always seems to something leftover from this delicious meal as hard as we might try to eat it all. Naturally, we want to avoid food waste wherever possible, so what are we supposed to do with all our Sunday roast leftovers?
Look no further than here. We’re here to help you make the most out of your Sunday roast leftovers and turn Sunday’s lunch into Monday’s meals. You can even stretch your Sunday leftovers until Tuesday, showing that you really don’t have to bin as much as you might think!
Remember that if you’re not in the mood for using up those leftovers the next day or have other plans, you could always freeze them and use them the following week for another delicious roast instead.
So come and have a browse through some of our top roast dinner leftovers and find out exactly what you can make with them and how to store them for another time too!
First up, what to do with all that meat leftover! There’s always some meat leftover from a hearty roast dinner – whether it’s a couple of chicken wings or half a joint of lamb, browse through our ideas for how to us them up below.
And if you’re just here looking in advance, preparing for those inevitable leftovers, why not have check out some of the great ways to cook a roast dinner from scratch. By effectively planning meals with the right portion sizes for every person, you can anticipate some of the wastage for things like lamb, chicken, pork or beef, as people’s preference can always be found out in advance.
But don’t worry too much, as there are plenty of ways to use up all the leftovers from your Sunday lunch.
Click through to see more ways to use up those roast dinner leftovers…
One of the nation's most popular choices for Sunday lunch. We've got plenty of recipes for you to indulge in for using up chicken from Sunday lunch.
For more choice, check out our huge selection of leftover chicken recipes.
Beef is the nation's favourite meat to have in their roast, according to a YouGov.co.uk survey. So in anticipation of many people around the table eating it, we can sometimes make a little too much.
In fact there are so many different things you can do with leftover roast beef that we've compiled loads of leftover roast beef recipes right here.
Another hugely popular choice! Lamb is actually the second most popular choice of meat for a Sunday roast in the UK, second only to beef. But maybe because not everyone chooses it, there's often a lot of lamb leftover from a big Sunday lunch. Luckily, it's so easy to use up in curry and tagine dishes, as well as great for putting a unique twist on a classic pasta bake.
For more inventive way to use up roast lamb, check out our leftover lamb recipes.
While it might be one of the less popular choices for Sunday lunch, there always seems to be plenty of this roast meat leftover. Why not make sure it doesn't go to waste by incorporating it into a pork enchilada? Or perhaps something a little more classic like a potato salad.
Find out more about what you can do with all your leftover pork with our set of recipes.
Everyone loves a roast potato
- they seem to be top on the roast dinner list which can often mean we
get carried away with the chopping and peeling and end up with one too
many on our plates.
How to use up roast potatoes
- Using a masher or strong fork, mash your roasties into a thick potato mash and make a delicious topping finished with cheese.
Add in some egg and any leftover veggies and make a potato pattie. Fry
with a little oil on both sides and have for lunch the next day.
Store in the fridge for up to 2 days and then when you're ready to use
them again re-heat in the microwave until piping hot - simple!
Yorkshire puddings are an absolute must for a British Sunday roast but what to do when you make too many?
How to use up leftover Yorkshire puddings
Yorkshire puddings can be filled with a variety of different things to
turn them into a fun meal the next day. Chilli, cheese and bacon or even
mashed potato would give them a new lease of live.
puddings can replace the bread in a leftover roast sandwich. Wrap the
meat and veggies in them and dunk in any leftover gravy.
Yorkshire puddings are made with a batter similar to pancakes so they
also work well with a sweet twist. You can fill them with cream and
fruits to make a unusual dessert the next day.
- If you are making your Yorkshire puddings from scratch you can reserve the mixture and make pancakes! The batters are very similar - a little sugar will turn it into a sweet mix.
Brussels sprouts may not be the most popular thing on the roast menu but they're a classic. No doubt there will be some leftovers but they're not getting away with it that easily. A few tasty twists and they'll be finishing their serving of sprouts one way or another!
- You can blend down your sprouts to make a healthy Brussels sprouts soup.
- Sprouts can be the centre of your meal too. Combine with a cheese sauce and top with breadcrumbs to make a winter garden gratin or team with mashed potatoes and breadcrumbs and fry to make croquettes. You can also unravel the sprouts to make the basis of a healthy salad too.
You can't beat a parsnip
or two at your Sunday banquet. Lightly tossed in honey and oil, these
delicious roasted treats are not to be chucked once you've finished
How to use up leftover roast parsnips
Warm your parsnips in the microwave, add in a knob of butter and mash
like crazy. You've made yourself a delicious side dish ready for
- In a food processor or with a strong arm,
blend your leftover parsnips. Add a little stock, any other leftover
veggies and you've got some delicious parsnip soup!
Don't you just hate it when you make way too much gravy - don't worry, it can be saved and used again.
Turn it into tomorrow's dinner; fry some mince along with onions,
carrots and swede (these can be leftovers too), pour in your gravy and
simmer. Add in some more water if your mix is too thick. Once cooked top
with mash and serve as a Shepherd's pie!
Carrots - the one veggie the kids don't complain about! Maybe it's because they help them to see in the dark or maybe it's because they're bright orange - either way, we should embrace the carrot and use up every last piece!
How to use up roast carrots
- Using a fork, mash your carrots - with your leftover parsnips or potatoes if you have them - and a knob of butter for a delicious side dish. Top with cheese and grill.
- Cut into chunks and boil in a broth to make a vegetable soup, stew or casserole. Remember to add already carrots last though. You can also blend down your carrots with a little stock to make a carrot soup.
- Add your cooked carrots to a carrot cake mix and bake! Blitz in the food processor for a smooth finish or chop/grate finely - the choice is up to you!
- If you're trying to be healthy, what better way to get 1 of your 5 a day into your diet than blending in a smoothie? Mix with apple and wheat grass for a delicious combo.
If you've got vegetarians in the family, nut roast
is often the main of choice for a Sunday lunch. There's plenty you can
do with your leftover nut roast, so think before you bin it!
How to use up leftover nut roast
- Blitz your nut roast leftovers in a blender and use as a crumble topping for a bake or pie.
- Roll your nut roast into balls and fry in a light oil. Serve with fresh salad leaves and pitta, similar to falafel.
- Thin slices of nut roast would make a delicious sandwich filler the next day. Sandwich in a crusty brown roll or white loaf - the perfect packed lunch treat!
- If you've got any ready made pastry in the fridge that's waiting to be used you could make veggie pasties using your nut roast leftovers.
Broccoli is packed full of vitamins so any leftovers should definitely not get the boot. If you've cooked too many greens, never fear, they don't have to go to waste (can you hear the kids groaning!)
How to use up leftover broccoli
- Boil you broccoli with a little stock to make a broccoli soup. The classic combination is with Stilton but you can team it with other cheeses or have it on it's own.
- Cold, cooked broccoli can be blended with other veggies such as spinach and kale to make a vitamin-packed smoothie.
- Cut your broccoli pieces up into fine chunks or mash. Add in some other leftover veggies like potatoes and carrot, an egg and mix. Lightly fry and you've made a tasty frittata.
Nothing beats a delicious crumble for dessert after your hearty roast (how we make room for it, we will never know!) If you've got some delicious crumble leftovers make sure you save them.
- The crumble mix can be frozen and used the following Sunday. You can also add the crumble mix to muffins or cupcakes and make crumble cakes instead.
Now, you can't serve crumble without a warm homemade custard but don't worry if you've made too much.