Low carbon Christmas dinner

Food accounts for 11% of our carbon footprint – so it’s worth thinking about! Now, no one is suggesting messing with a classic, but here are a few ways you can make your Christmas lunch a little lighter on the carbon.

1. Make it seasonal

GREAT NEWS – you probably already do this! Plenty of our classic Christmas veg is at it’s best in the winter. So load up your plates with British carrots, potatoes, parsnips and of course sprouts!

2. Make it local

Try to buy food that was grown and farmed near where you live. It might be worth checking out markets nearby where farmers often sell their nice stuff locally.

Photo: James Whatley, Creative Commons

Photo: James Whatley, Creative Commons

3. Make it low carbon

When in comes to the centrepiece of dinner, some meats are better than others for the climate. Lamb and beef are the worst offenders, so if that’s your usual, why not try a lower carbon alternative this year? Turkey, salmon and goose are all very festive... not to mention delicious.

Or, if you really want to up your game, you could bring in some *gasp* veggie dishes. Try melty mushroom wellingtons, squash and feta tart, or, for simplicity, you could pick up one of these delicious Linda McCartney roasts!

Leftovers

Last year we Brits chucked out the equivalent of 4.2 million Christmas dinners! But before you open the bin, there are loads of ways you can transform leftovers into tasty treats that’ll keep you fed into the new year.

Photos: Theryn Fleming, Creative Commons

Photos: Theryn Fleming, Creative Commons

Christmas sandwiches on Boxing day are the dream lunch. But there are plenty of other options. Got leftover chicken and potato? Why not whip them up into pasties or a pie? How about adding some spice and jalfrezi sauce to your meat and veg and knocking up a curry?

To use up any spare cheese from a snazzy cheese board, try a four (or five, or six) cheese pasta. Leftover veg will make a warming winter soup, and you can chuck in and leftover scraps of meat too. And of course, extra wine can be reinvented as New Year’s Eve cocktails. I'll drink to that.


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