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Celeb Masterchef Kimberley Wyatt’s tips for a sustainable Christmas

Over a third of us have decided to say goodbye to an indulgent Christmas this year and opt for a low-key, at home celebration with turkey off the menu.

The research of over 2,000 UK adults by digital magazine subscription app Readly reveals that only half of us (47%) will serve up the traditional turkey with all the trimmings, one in five (21%) will eat chicken or beef, one in ten will eat lamb (11%) and one in ten (8%) will cook a nut roast vegan dish.

Kimberly Wyatt, Celebrity Masterchef Winner and Pussycat Doll, said: “We will be eating locally sourced fruit and vegetables and giving gifts that I know will be used. I hate waste, so I will use every bit of what I cook and serve up leftovers as comforting dishes with light fresh flavours such as rhubarb and blackberry. There’ll be lots of healthy yet yummy treats thrown in the mix too!  I’m always on the lookout for inspiration and saving off recipes from digital magazines – lunch will be a culmination of all the best things I’ve discovered and bookmarked this year.”

Kimberly Wyatt’s cooking tips for a sustainable, less-stress Christmas:

  • Cook the lunch you know the family will love  – Whilst turkey is tradition, don’t be afraid to go off piste if it’s what you know your family will enjoy. Whether it’s duck, chicken, meat balls or salmon skewers, anything goes this Christmas. Just be confident, there’ll be less wastage and happier faces all round!
     
  • Make use of browning or half eaten fruit & cut wastage: Whilst we’re all at home more, there’s no doubt the occasional browning banana or half eaten apple lurking – make use of fruit and veg on the turn by whizzing up healthy, simple, yet yummy snacks. Try apple & cinnamon flapjacks or banana and maple syrup pancakes – win, win.
     
  • Preparation is key: Quality time is what matters this Christmas. Who wants to spend hours in the kitchen and miss out on family time? Have your favourite recipes at the ready via the Readly digital magazine app and do as much prep in advance of Christmas Day as possible. Veggies, sauces, dessert – prepare ahead.
     
  • Cut food wastage: Who doesn’t love leftovers? Serve them up on Boxing Day after a country walk, whip up a turkey curry or stir fry or freeze them for Christmas in January. Don’t throw away anything that can be eaten!
     
  • Use home grown and local ingredients – I grow my own fruit and vegetables and shop locally where possible. Include as much seasonal and local veg in your Christmas lunch as possible and get the kids to help you pick it, it will taste even better! Honey carrots or delicious rhubarb and passion fruit cheesecake, just go with it, it will lighten up rich Xmas dishes!
     
  • Include go-to, favourite comfort foods in the mix too – Guarantee the kids will love them and they bring an element of calm and comfort to the festive excitement! Shepherd’s pie, salon skewers, turkey burgers, hot chocolate jars – mix in the family go-to faves over the season and everyone is sure to be happy.

After a challenging year, almost half of us (45%) are grateful for the simple things in life and being able to relax at home. We will relax by watching the television (68%), going for local walks (39%), reading magazines (34%) as well as playing games ( 31%). And a third (33%) are planning on giving more meaningful gifts to people  to inspire and support a hobby, rather than material ‘things’ that sit in the wardrobe for years to come.

Giftcard to Readly digital magazine app makes the perfect gift for food lovers this Christmas. With unlimited reading of 5,000 magazines and newspapers on the platform, it can inspire a hobby or passion, entertain us and keep us informed.

Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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