WASTE-FREE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LISTS

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Every year in Scotland, a shocking 60 million meals will go to waste in December.

In our fight against festive food waste, we’ve teamed up with Scotland’s National Chef and Masterchef: The Professionals winner, Gary Maclean.

The father of five has done all the hard work for you this year by offering the perfect waste-free shopping list for a traditional Christmas dinner that includes just the right quantities for your number of guests.

Gary’s top tips, tricks and stress-free shopping list mean we can all do our bit to tackle unnecessary food waste while enjoying time with our friends and family over the festive season.

Alongside the shopping list, Gary has provided practical advice on managing food waste, including:

  • Buy a turkey that’s smaller than you think you’ll need and cook it upside down to avoid the meat drying out and going to waste.
  • Serve larger parties ‘buffet-style’ in the middle of the table allowing fussy eaters and those with a smaller appetite to choose what they please.
  • Use zipper sandwich bags, containers or a home vacuum-packer to store leftovers in your freezer to enjoy at a later date.
  • Make the most of delicious leftover recipes available on the Love Food Hate Waste website including turkey and cranberry spring rolls and chocolate fondant that uses up excess Christmas pudding.

View our handy shopping lists below to ensure you buy just the right amount of food for a traditional three-course Christmas dinner for two, four or eight guests plus a vegan-friendly version.

 

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR 2

Smoked salmon starter

Perfect as a light starter before a rich Christmas dinner, smoked salmon is readily available in small packets meaning you can ensure you don’t buy more than you need.

Ingredients:

  • 100g smoked salmon
  • Small pot of cream cheese
  • Small loaf of soda bread
  • 1 lemon
  • 60g side salad leaves

Top tips:

  • If you do have any leftover smoked salmon, use it up by making an indulgent smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast on Boxing Day.
  • Whizz up leftover bread into breadcrumbs and use to make the stuffing for your main course.
  • Any remaining salad leaves will make a fantastic addition to a turkey sandwich after Christmas day.

Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings

The following list includes ingredients to make roast turkey with honey roast potatoes and root vegetables, brussels sprouts, stuffing, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce and gravy for two people.

Ingredients:

  • 2 kg turkey crown
  • 75g x unsalted butter (to baste the turkey and dress the vegetables)
  • 250g potatoes
  • 1 x onion
  • 2 x carrots
  • 2 x parsnips
  • 160g brussels sprouts
  • 8 chipolatas (split across the pigs in blankets and a homemade stuffing)
  • 6 slices of smoked pancetta
  • 1 bag of frozen cranberries
  • 100g muscovado sugar
  • 200ml orange juice (buy a small ‘picnic-sized’ carton if you won’t use up a larger one)

Top tips:

  • Cook your turkey upside down to stop the breast meat drying out and being unpalatable.
  • Cooking on too high a temperature can also dry out the meat so ‘turn down for turkey’ this Christmas and cook the bird slowly.
  • Pick up vegetables like carrots and parsnips individually to avoid buying more than you need.
  • Save the turkey carcass, any leftover vegetables and gravy to whip up a rich Boxing Day broth.

Festive trifle

What better way to round off your Christmas dinner than with a traditional festive trifle? Berries are a great addition and can be used straight from the freezer, which avoids any fresh fruit going off.

Ingredients:

  • 100g frozen berries or fruit of your choice
  • 2 x 55g pots of custard
  • 100ml double or whipping cream
  • 4 trifle sponge fingers
  • 50ml sherry

Top tips:

  • If there’s just two of you, don’t make a huge dessert. Making little desserts like trifles and cheesecakes in glasses avoids wastage of larger dishes.

 

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR 4

Smoked salmon starter

Perfect as a light starter before a rich Christmas dinner, smoked salmon is readily available in small packets meaning you can ensure you don’t buy more than you need.

Ingredients:

  • 200g smoked salmon
  • Small pot of cream cheese
  • Small loaf of soda bread
  • 1 lemon
  • 120g side salad leaves

Top tips:

  • If you do have any leftover smoked salmon, use it up by making an indulgent smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast on Boxing Day.
  • Whizz up leftover bread into breadcrumbs and use to make the stuffing for your main course.
  • Any remaining salad leaves will make a fantastic addition to a turkey sandwich after Christmas day.

Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings

The following list includes ingredients to make roast turkey with honey roast potatoes and root vegetables, brussels sprouts, stuffing, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce and gravy for four people.

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 3.5kg whole turkey
  • 150g unsalted butter (to baste the turkey and dress the vegetables)
  • 500g potatoes
  • 2 x onions
  • 4 x carrots
  • 4 x parsnips
  • 320g brussels sprouts
  • 16 chipolatas (split across the pigs in blankets and a homemade stuffing)
  • 12 slices of smoked pancetta
  • 1 bag of frozen cranberries
  • 100g muscovado sugar
  • 200ml orange juice (buy a small ‘picnic-sized’ carton if you won’t use up a larger one)

Top tips:

  • Cook your turkey upside down to stop the breast meat drying out and being unpalatable.
  • Cooking on too high a temperature can also dry out the meat so ‘turn down for turkey’ this Christmas and cook the bird slowly.
  • Pick up vegetables like carrots and parsnips individually to avoid buying more than you need.
  • Save the turkey carcass, any leftover vegetables and gravy to whip up a rich Boxing Day broth.

Festive trifle

What better way to round off your Christmas dinner than with a traditional festive trifle? Berries are a great addition and can be used straight from the freezer, which avoids any fresh fruit going off.

Ingredients:

  • 200g frozen berries or fruit of your choice
  • 1 x 400g pot of custard
  • 200ml double or whipping cream
  • 8 trifle sponge fingers
  • 100ml sherry

Top tips:

  • Serve your trifle in a large bowl on the table and let your guests serve themselves to avoid contaminating leftovers by serving it onto individual plates.

 

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR 8

Smoked salmon starter

Perfect as a light starter before a rich Christmas dinner, smoked salmon is readily available in small packets meaning you can ensure you don’t buy more than you need.

Ingredients:

  • 400g smoked salmon
  • Large pot of cream cheese
  • Large loaf of soda bread
  • 2 lemons
  • 200g side salad leaves

Top tips:

  • If you do have any leftover smoked salmon, use it up by making an indulgent smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast on Boxing Day.
  • Whizz up leftover bread into breadcrumbs and use to make the stuffing for your main course.
  • Any remaining salad leaves will make a fantastic addition to a turkey sandwich after Christmas day.

Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings

The following list includes ingredients to make roast turkey with roast potatoes and root vegetables, brussels sprouts, stuffing, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce and gravy for eight people.

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 to 4kg whole turkey
  • 200g unsalted butter (to baste the turkey and dress the vegetables)
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 4 x onions
  • 8 x carrots
  • 8 x parsnips
  • 600g brussels sprouts
  • 32 chipolatas (split across the pigs in blankets and a homemade stuffing)
  • 24 slices of smoked pancetta
  • 2 bags of frozen cranberries
  • 200g muscovado sugar
  • 400ml orange juice

Top tips:

  • Cook your turkey upside down to stop the breast meat drying out and being unpalatable.
  • Cooking on too high a temperature can also dry out the meat so ‘turn down for turkey’ this Christmas and cook the bird slowly.
  • Pick up vegetables like carrots and parsnips individually to avoid buying more than you need.
  • Save the turkey carcass, any leftover vegetables and gravy to whip up a rich Boxing Day broth.

Festive trifle

What better way to round off your Christmas dinner than with a traditional festive trifle? Berries are a great addition and can be used straight from the freezer, which avoids any fresh fruit going off.

Ingredients:

  • 400g frozen berries or fruit of your choice
  • 2 x 400g pots of custard
  • 400ml double or whipping cream
  • 16 trifle sponge fingers
  • 200ml sherry

Top tips:

  • Serve your trifle in a large bowl on the table and let your guests serve themselves to avoid contaminating leftovers by serving it onto individual plates.

VEGAN CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR 4

This year has seen a further increase in the number of people in Scotland choosing a vegan diet. This delicious Christmas menu provides a vegan festive feast with no food waste.

Vegan cheese, pear and walnut on sourdough

This light dish is ideal as a starter before an indulgent Christmas dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 100g vegan cheese (goats cheese-style)
  • Large loaf of sour dough
  • 2 x pears
  • 40g walnuts

Top tips:

  • Save the leftover sourdough and whizz up to use as breadcrumbs to bulk out your nut roast for main course.

Nut Roast with all the trimmings

The following list includes ingredients to make a nut roast with roast potatoes and root vegetables, brussels sprouts, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy for four people.

Ingredients:

  • 500g potatoes
  • 1 x onion
  • 4 x carrots
  • 4 x parsnips
  • 400g mixed mushrooms
  • 320g brussels sprouts
  • 500g mixed nuts
  • 3 x garlic cloves
  • 1 x packet of fresh rosemary
  • 1 x small pot of vegan gravy granules
  • 1 bag of frozen cranberries
  • 100g muscovado sugar
  • 200ml orange juice (buy a small ‘picnic-sized’ carton if you won’t use up a larger one)

Top tips:

  • Herbs freeze extremely well. Pop any leftover herbs in a zip-close bag in the freezer to use at a later date.

Vegan fruit pavlova

Pavlova is the ultimate, indulgent dessert for Christmas. This egg-free version uses berries straight from the freezer, which avoids any fresh fruit going off.

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 4 x tins of full-fat coconut milk
  • 200g frozen fruit

Top tips:

  • Serve the pavlova ‘buffet-style’ so guests only take how much they would like to eat, meaning you can save any leftovers for later.
  • Use up remaining chickpeas by whipping up a quick houmous to serve with crudités on Boxing Day.
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