We throw away an obscene amount of perfectly good leftovers every year in the UK and I’m on a mission to do my bit to change that and I want you to help.

Instead of automatically scraping leftovers into the food recycling after meal times we should all try to think about how we can turn leftovers into another meal. The great part is that it’s actually a lot easier than you would think.

So, here are a couple of super easy, super tasty meals you can make for you and your family from common leftovers you’ll likely have from meal times. Try them this week and let me know how you get on.

Leftovers idea 1: Cajun chicken and crispy slaw

Chicken in the freezer that you want to use up to make space? Try this Cajun chicken recipe and if you don’t have the ingredients for the crispy slaw then go for mixed roasted veggies and use up what you have.

Ingredients (serves 1)

140g lean chicken breast

90ml low fat natural yoghurt

¼ lemon

½ carrot

¼ red cabbage

1.5 tomatoes

¼ cucumber

6 sprigs fresh parsley

2 tsp Cajun spice

1 tsp wholegrain mustard

1 tsp paprika


Cut the chicken breast into thin slices and toss with a little oil.

Mix the paprika and Cajun spice and coat the chicken in the spice mixture.

Place the chicken slices onto a hot grill pan, or frying pan and grill for 3-4 minutes each side until fully cooked.

Meanwhile make the coleslaw by mixing the yoghurt and mustard together.

Chop the onion, carrot, cucumber, tomato and red cabbage into very small chunks or thin slices and mix with the yoghurt mixture and chopped parsley.

Serve the chicken with the coleslaw and a wedge of lemon to squeeze over if desired.

Homemade spinach pesto

Leftovers idea 2: Basil and spinach pesto


2 handfuls spinach leaves

55g/2oz pine nuts, toasted

Small bunch fresh basil leaves

5 tbsp olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Blend all of the pesto ingredients in a food processor to a paste. Add more olive oil as necessary to loosen the mixture.

To serve, place in a bowl with a plate of crudites on the side.

Why eating fat makes you thin

Eating foods high in fat has long been associated with weight gain – but that actually couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, eating the right type of fats can actually help you lose weight.

Of course stuffing yourself with chips, burgers and ice cream won’t do your waist line any favours, but one category of fats, called Essential Fats, are a vital part of a balanced diet and an important tool for weight loss too.

Where to find them

These good fats are found in foods such as fish, including salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and shellfish.

They are also in flaxseed, hemp oil, soya oil, rapeseed oil coconut oil and milk, olives and olive oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, walnuts, leafy vegetables as well as avocados.

Foods high in essential fats

Why eat Essential Fats?
Eating from this group of foods will help you battle the bulge because these ‘good fats’ help the body to burn fats by acting as a calorie-burning fuel.

Essential fats also help your body feel fuller for longer – meaning you are less likely to reach for the biscuit tin in-between meals.

They are also vital for maintaining a healthy immune system, help regulate blood pressure, the nervous system, help with blood clotting as well as regulating your hormones.

These good guys also make sure you have healthy hair and skin and even keep every cell in your body running efficiently – which can often stave off the more serious diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or any other auto-immune disease.

This group of fats are considered ‘essential’ because our bodies can’t make them from scratch and can only get them from the food we put in our mouths.

Two essential fatty acids, called linoleic and alpha-linoleic, are used to build specialised fats called Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Warning signs that your body is lacking in Essential Fats

These include poor skin and hair quality, wounds that won’t heal properly, poor resistance to infections, inflammatory diseases like eczema, asthma, psoriasis, arthritis, circulatory disorders, hormone imbalances, depression, anxiety and mood swings

Want to know more? Have a look at:

Recipe idea



1 red onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp of ground coriander

1 tbsp of ground cumin

8 ripe hass avocados

3 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped

juice of 3 lemons

2 tbsp freshly chopped chives

salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl combine the red onion, coriander and cumin.

Add the avocados to the bowl and mash well with a fork until smooth.

Add the chillies, lemon and season generously with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Sprinkle with the chopped chives and serve.