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  • If you have leftover dips in the fridge they can be put to inspiring culinary uses. Dips can also be nutritious and using up every bit in the pot can save money too.
  • This fish pie uses a pastry topping that doesn't need rolling out, just grating! Make sure the pastry is well chilled, almost frozen and the trick is to use ready-made pastry – the homemade version can get too soft to grate. Make a few portions for the freezer.
  • Children go wild for these burgers, keep them in the freezer for a last minute children’s tea - they can be cooked from frozen. ;Try serving them as small meatballs with tomato sauce and spaghetti. For a spicier flavour add extra chilli powder.
  • The mulled wine flavours the chicken is cooked in smacks of Christmas and is delicious served with a creamy leek mashed potato or baked potato or you could even serve it with couscous. Accompany with seasonal vegetables or braised red cabbage.
  • This works well as a family dish as the children like the sweet and sour flavours. The pork is beautifully succulent and this recipe works just as well if you use turkey meat.
  • This delicious vegetarian dish is a great one to have on standby in the freezer and is a good vegetarian option for the main Christmas meal. Serve with garlic bread and crispy green salad.
  • At Christmas time there is always plenty of leftover cheese that needs using up. For a vegetarian alternative replace the cooked ham with 225g sliced brown cap mushrooms which have been fried in butter until golden. Allow to cool before mixing with the cheese. ;
  • These are flat flaky, palm-shaped little bites that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Even if the pastry is ready-rolled make sure you roll it out a bit thinner.
  • These mini pizzas can be assembled and frozen ahead of time, so all you need to do is take them out of the freezer and cook on baking trays from frozen. You could cut rounds from a 30cm ready-made pizza base for a more authentic pizza.
  • A tasty party snack with an oriental flavour!
  • The filling is again very much down to what you have got leftover that needs using up from your fridge. I have suggested two good combinations, other good marriages are Cheddar and Pickle and Brie and Cranberry.
  • New potatoes make the perfect base for any number of delectable savoury nibbles. Here are three great topping ideas but use up any leftover ready cooked potatoes that you have. Each filling recipe makes enough for 24 tiny new potatoes. They can be made ahead of time and cooked from frozen.