8 tasty ways to use up your Christmas leftovers

Fuel your cycling and polish off the turkey in one go!

The turkey is cold, you've munched your way through a field's-worth of potatoes and enormous number of pigs-in-blankets. You've also got lots of time for long rides on more-or-less empty roads, and a tonne of leftovers. Why waste the energy in those abandoned sprouts when you could turn them into something tasty!

We've partnered with Olive Magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best recipes for cyclists. All the recipes are easy to follow and take you through step-by-step how to create everything from homemade nutrition products to tasty and hearty post-ride meals. 

1. Bacon, brussels and chilli broth

A dish to warm you up on a cold day
A dish to warm you up on a cold day

Sometimes, after days and days of chutney and cheese and mincemeat, you just want a bright, spicy flavour to cut through it all. Stand aside turkey curry, here comes the bacon and Brussel sprout broth! Yes, you heard correctly. Turn the inevitable pile of uneaten sprouts into something divine! You can whip it up in 30 minutes, and it's perfect for dishing out after a chilly winter ride. 

Bacon, brussels and chilli broth recipe at Olive Magazine

2. Parsnip and potato rosti

Enjoy this rosti with a festive twist
Enjoy this rosti with a festive twist

Lots of leftover spuds and parsnips? This variation on the traditional crispy rosti has a natural sweetness due to the parsnips, and is pleasingly simple to make. Yes, there is butter in it, but you're going to burn that off riding, right? 

Parsnip and potato rosti recipe at Olive Magazine

3. Chicken and shredded sprouts pie with butterbean mash

If you're looking for a comfort dish, look no further
If you're looking for a comfort dish, look no further

This dish is hearty and satisfying, and pleasingly creamy despite relying on lighter semi-skimmed milk and crème fraîche rather than the more calorific cream and butter options. It's also a pleasingly simple way to use up those sprouts. 

Chicken and shredded sprouts pie with butterbean mash recipe from Olive Magazine

4. Asian hot-and-sour turkey soup

This soup is full of fresh flavours to help you cut through that cheese and carbohydrate coma
This soup is full of fresh flavours to help you cut through that cheese and carbohydrate coma

Got more leftover turkey than you know what to do with? Whip up this simple soup with spicy chilli and sour vinegar and you'll get through it in no time. Some rice noodles added to the clear soy-spiced soup base add carbohydrate, making this another excellent choice for refuelling post-ride. 

Asian hot and sour turkey soup recipe at Olive Magazine

5. Shredded turkey quesadillas

Portable food for those who are always on the move... and more interesting than turkey sandwiches
Portable food for those who are always on the move... and more interesting than turkey sandwiches

Still not got through the turkey? Okay, how about these filling quesadillas. You can whip them up quickly so they are ideal for anyone who needs something tasty, and quick. Works equally well for hungry kids and hungry cyclists, though you might want to drop the chilli content for the kids. 

Shredded turkey quesadillas recipe at Olive Magazine

6. Spiced shepherd’s pie with parsnip mash

A low-fat version of the ever-popular shepherd's pie
A low-fat version of the ever-popular shepherd's pie

Few things are as comforting as rich, meaty shepherd's pie, but it can also often be high in calories. This version, which adds chilli, cinnamon and cumin to the mix, will also help you get through those leftover parsnips. Make it even lighter by substituting cream and butter for skimmed milk and crème fraîche. 

Spiced shepherd’s pie with parsnip mash recipe at Olive Magazine

7. Turkey chilli bean stew

A hearty and healthy way to use up that leftover turkey
A hearty and healthy way to use up that leftover turkey

If you've got a lot of leftovers AND a lot of mouths to feed, then this one-pot dish will save time, money, energy and effort. There's plenty of protein too from the turkey and the beans and pulses included. The chipotle paste and smoked paprika make this warming, rich and tasty. Serve by the steaming bowlful with a sprinkling of coriander leaves and a hunk of fresh bread. 

Turkey chilli bean stew recipe at Olive Magazine

8. Brussels bubble and squeak with poached egg

We love this brunch-ready way of using up those leftover sprouts
We love this brunch-ready way of using up those leftover sprouts

This dish manages to be comforting, economical, protein-rich and tasty all in one go. And another tasty way to get rid of your leftover sprouts! Mixed with potato they can be transformed into a delicious bubble and squeak which tastes downright delicious with a poached egg on top. We suggest this would make a perfect New Years Day post-ride brunch. 

Brussels bubble and squeak with poached egg recipe at Olive Magazine

Aoife Glass

BikeRadar Women Contributor, UK
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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