Christmas First - Cooking For Fewer

You might be used to cooking for what seems like hundreds of hungry mouths at Christmas, but this year things might be a little, well, littler!
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You might be used to cooking for what seems like hundreds of hungry mouths at Christmas, but this year things might be a little, well, littler! It’s still easy to overbuy - especially at Christmas - in fact, 84% of Scottish households end up with leftover food on Christmas day as a result of overbuying, but we’re here to help you downsize without sacrificing the celebration!  

Stick to the list  

As with everything, preparation is key! That’s why we’ve pulled together Christmas Dinner Shopping Lists for 2, 4 or 6 people. The lists have everything you need for a fabulous 3 course meal, and provide helpful tips about what to do with any excess! 

Make sensible centrepiece decisions 

While a whole turkey is traditional, if there’s only 2 of you it can be too much meat! Choose a Christmas meal that fits your needs, you could opt for a turkey joint or even a small roast chicken. Another great idea is to half your turkey and store half in the freezer. That way you can have Christmas dinner all over again in the future, maybe even with loved ones that you missed on the day.  

Get creative  

Love those leftovers! Whatever you end up cooking on Christmas day, if you have leftovers then give them a new lease of life. Whether that’s a classic turkey sandwich, a tasty pad thai, a brussels sprout pizza or even transforming leftover prawn cocktail into a pasta dish: it’s all good! Looking for inspiration? Check out our leftovers recipes for more inspiration. 

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