How to plan Christmas meals this festive season

The festive season is upon us, and with it comes the joy of indulging in delicious holiday meals. However, the enthusiasm to treat our guests often leads to overbuying, resulting in unnecessary food waste. To navigate this challenge, a bit of planning is key. Here’s a guide to help you take control of your Christmas food spending and planning. How to plan Christmas meals this festive season:  Christmas meal planning Start by treating your meals with the same care as your presents. Consider the number of guests, the meals they’ll join you for, their ages, and any dietary preferences or allergies. Map out each meal over the Christmas period, including regular household days. Check your pantry for existing ingredients that can be incorporated into your plan. Factor in leftovers, such as roast meats, and plan accompaniments like potatoes and salad. Choose dishes that cater to various dietary needs, and consider batch cooking versatile dishes like curry or chilli to make the most of cost-effective ingredients while minimising time spent in the kitchen. Use a portion planner Determine the right amount of food by utilising a portion planner. Websites like BBC Good Food offer Christmas-specific portion planners, ensuring you know exactly … Continue reading How to plan Christmas meals this festive season