24 tips for a tasty and planet-friendly Christmas

Kierra Box

01 December 2016

Whatever you're eating this Christmas, make sure it tastes great - and is great for our environment too. 

Christmas is a big moment for food lovers everywhere. This year, we've collected up 24 incredible tips to make your festive traditions even more special - and planet-friendly too!

From tasty gifts and cheap meal ideas to inspiration for a celebration to remember, this is your one-stop-shop for a Christmas to be proud of. 

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Go eco-friendly this Christmas: 

robins on wellington boots

Christmas is (apparently) about more than just food. Brush up on your eco-credentials by making sure your gifts, your tree and even your holiday activities are good for the planet.

 
 25 ways to make your #Christmas planet-friendly, from @Lets_Eat_Better  http://bit.ly/2fuEToF #foodvent

 

Create some homemade gifts:

homemade festive gift

Channel your inner domestic god or goddess with these ultra-easy homemade treats. If you've ever wanted a recipe for the easiest Christmas gift possible, we think we may have just found it...

 Are these the easiest #Christmas gift ideas ever? I'm trying them out! via @Lets_Eat_Better http://bit.ly/2fANC6f #foodvent

 

Try these money saving tips:

Woman in santa hat with money

Make 2016 the year for saving money at Christmas (and limit your carbon footprint too.) Have a look at these… Number nine is great – can you do better? Share your sustainable saving tips with us on Twitter or Facebook

 I'm trying out these ideas for a money-saving #Christmas http://bit.ly/2gFVF6y Just 3/24 tasty tips via @Lets_Eat_Better #wastenot #foodvent

 

Shop to impress this Christmas

trolley of christmas presents

Impress everyone at the Christmas dinner table by shopping fresh and local – benefits include supporting your local economy, getting cheaper, fresher foods and being really, really smug when everyone asks which supermarket your amazing veggies came from. Find out how here.

 9 reasons to buy your #Christmas dinner from a #local producer http://bit.ly/2ghxMyB via @Lets_Eat _Better & @findlocalfood #foodvent

 

Get composting in December

christmas food waste

Dec 5th is World Soil Day. What better way to celebrate it than by making your very own soil? Cut your food waste, grow new herbs and veggies and give something back to your local environment. Just don’t try giving away your homemade soil as a Christmas present – it’s really hard to wrap. 

Make the most of your #Christmas leftovers all year round with @recycle_now @lets_eat_better http://bit.ly/2ghBt7o #WorldSoilDay #Foodvent

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Prepare for the new year

recycling sign made of food

Let’s face it. No matter how carefully you buy, how safely you store and how intrepidly you eat, you’ll still be left with a mound of orange peels, tea-bags and nutshells come Boxing Day. Find out what happens to food when we recycle. You could even order your food waste recycling bin now – you won’t regret it come Boxing Day!

Did you know? We can make electricity from our old potato peelings - this is amazing: http://bit.ly/1Ah8GSc via @Lets_Eat_Better #Foodvent

 

Try a wintery vegan recipe this month 

Beetroot Gnocchi

Big piles of roast veg, steamy potato soups and filling lentil stews… *dribble*. Whether you're a veg-lover or just cooking for veggie or vegan friends, why not try one of these tasty looking recipes?

Cooking for #vegan mates this #Christmas? Check out tip no.7 on this tasty list from @Lets_Eat_Better http://bit.ly/2gc6b0t #Foodvent

 

Take action on Christmas food waste

Food waste recycling

 

How much water do we waste when we throw away a loaf of bread? How many pounds do we spend on throwaway salad? Hint: too much. Find out what you might be wasting here 

The amount of food we waste at #Christmas is shocking - check out the top 7 from @Lets_Eat_Better http://bit.ly/2gc48cV #Foodvent #WasteNot

 

Try some low-meat leftovers...

Brussels sprouts

Looking for tasty, healthy, low meat recipes this Christmas? Whether you're lazy, impatient or terrible in the kitchen, these video recipes are great. 'Sexy’ cheese on toast has got to be a winner. Whether you’re looking to reinvent your sprouts or make your own mince pies, have a go at one of these.

Mince pies in less than 3 minutes? That's #Christmas sorted. Thanks @WNashOfficial & @Lets_Eat_Better! http://bit.ly/2fl0I6H #Foodvent

 

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Have a food waste party

Screenshot of Feeding the five thousand video

What would you do for a free lunch? This year's Hubbub pumpkin rescue, saw thousands of people enjoy a free bowl of soup and saved thousands of our little orange friends. If you’re inspired, why not plan your own food waste party to use up your leftovers in the New Year?

Inspired by @HubbubUk saving pumpkins from the tip? Why not try a #SproutRescue this #Christmas with @Lets_Eat_Better http://bit.ly/2gG1LUw

 

Think about your turkey

Turkey

How do you defrost a Turkey? How long should you cook it? And what are giblets anyway? Save yourself the trouble this year and ditch the Turkey. There are plenty of reasons to switch to a tastier, veggier dinner - these are just a few.

You won't believe how many #Turkeys we eat each year. Check out the facts from @Ciwf http://bit.ly/2gceg5a via @Lets_Eat_Better #Foodvent

 

Plan your leftovers

Vegetarian food

It’s never too early to start planning your culinary leftover delights – and these ideas from BBC Good Food look amazing. Turkey samosa anyone?

Make your #Christmas leftovers into delicious meals http://bit.ly/2f2pXj1 with @Lets_Eat_Better - these @BBCgoodfood ideas look great!

 

Reconsider your food waste facts

Cooking while wearing hazmat outfit

We all have our own preconceptions about what can and can’t be eaten – but some of those ideas are more ridiculous than others. Share this humorous take on food waste and help your friends rethink their habits and cut food waste at home. 

Can we increase food stocks by 1/3 this #Christmas? @Lets_Eat_Better have the answer... http://bit.ly/2gxMfcz #foodvent #wastenot

 

Try a simple turkey recipe 

Turkey soup

In 1930 it took a week’s wage to buy a turkey. Find out how long the average Brit works for their turkey over at Love Food Hate Waste. And don't forget to check out their recipes for cooking a perfect Christmas dinner and amazing leftover delights.

5 leftover #turkey recipes from @lovefoodhatewaste - recommended by @Lets_Eat_Better http://bit.ly/2fl4mxi #foodvent #Christmas #Wastenot

 

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Going for a celebratory meal? 

Christmas place setting

The next time you're hunting for a restaurant, choose a planet-friendly venue. It's easy to choose a great place to eat out this December with the SRA's fantastic Food Made Good Diners' Guide. So you can eat with a clear conscience and leave with a full stomach. 

Going for a celebratory meal this #mas? Make sure it’s sustainable http://bit.ly/2gdvUcx via @Lets_Eat_Better #foodvent #makefoodgood

 

Play some vegetarian tunes!

Party noisemaker

Whether you’ve been left in charge of this year’s office entertainment or you’re hosting your own festive celebration, don't just stick the Pogues on repeat. Escape the same old suspects with a veg-themed playlist! Play one of these the next time you’re entertaining and let everyone know why.

 

I'm loving these 24 tasty #Christmas tips from @Let's_Eat_Better - the #vegetarian tunes are hilarious  http://bit.ly/2gccjFY #Foodvent

Have a Christmas drink the no-meat way

Opening a bottle of wine

Is that a burger in your beer? Or a trout in your Tequila? It might surprise you to find that most alcoholic drinks use animal products in their production. If you’re going for a drink, find yourself a meat-free tipple – or order one from Vinceremos.

Is there a burger in your beer? You might be surprised. Sort out your #Christmas tipple http://bit.ly/2fNQ2BB @Lets_Eat_Better #Foodvent

 

Don't waste your dinner

Wooden Calendar displaying Dec 25th

“Jingle bells, jingle bells, throw it all away, oh what fun it is to waste food on Christmas day...” Those *are* the correct words, aren’t they? If you want something else to sing about, save cash (and veg) this Christmas with these great day-by-day tips from Foodcycle. We love today’s waste-saving idea.

Feeling skint? Don't miss these 21 ways to save ££ on your #Christmas grub http://bit.ly/2flwwbL via @Lets_Eat_Better #Foodvent #wastenot

 

Watch these kids tackle food waste

Boy rapping about food waste in supermarket

Watch out Tinie Tempah… If this musical take on food waste (complete with veggie microphones) doesn’t get you dancing - and thinking - you must be doing it wrong. Share this with your friends and get them singing along.

No.19 of this #Christmas countdown has to win tastiest #music video of 2016 - via @Lets_Eat_Better http://bit.ly/2flkXRz #Foodvent

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Ask where your food is from

Surprised boy in santa hat

So the family is going for a festive day out – but you’ll only be ordering healthy, sustainable meals for lunch, chock full of plants and complemented by high quality meat. Organic, free range, fed on a diet of caviar… OK, maybe not that last bit. Oh dear. You probably won’t want to read this then.

Heading out with the family this #Christmas? 1/2 attractions serve kids no fruit http://bit.ly/2f2v7eJ via @Lets_Eat_Better #Foodvent

 

Find out what fed your food

Two possibly GM turkeys

Is your turkey GM? Supermarkets across the UK are selling meat from animals fed on genetically modified feed. So even though your turkey is unmodified, it's food may well have been. Find out if your supermarket is feeding you the truth and take action with GM Freeze.

Are you eating #GM this #Christmas? The answer might surprise you - via @Lets_Eat_Better http://bit.ly/2hIUdjV #Foodvent #Feedmethetruth

 

Get hold of some tasty vegetables

Eating Seasonably wheel

Have you ever eaten a tomato that tasted like water in a vegetable outfit? It’s pretty likely it was grown in a hothouse, without natural warmth and sunlight to make them taste just right. Eating seasonally means that you get fresher, cheaper food and support the environment too. This calendar will help you choose seasonal food all year round.

The secret to great-tasting veg this #Christmas is easier than you think http://bit.ly/2fBzycM via @Lets_Eat_Better #Foodvent #Vegetarian

 

Do some low-meat entertaining

mince pie

By now, you might be ready to scream if you see another tiny party sausage. Resist the urge to feed the chef their own value-pack of cocktail sticks and point them to these unique canape offerings. They’re healthy(ish) and planet friendly. If you are the chef, why not escape food-based injury and just cook these in the first place? 

#Christmas dinner crisis? @Lets_Eat_Better have it covered. Visit http://bit.ly/2gdOPUz for great canape ideas via @BBCgoodfood #foodvent

 

Get some last-minute Christmas food ideas

Bear in santa hat by presents

You’ve got more food than you can shake a stick at – but no matter how many sticks you shake, it’s just not cooking itself. Get some last minute pointers to make the most of your veggies with these easy to follow vids, and help your Christmas dinner go with a bang.
 

Love the 69 ways to overcome your #vegetarian #Christmas panic on day 24 of the @Lets_Eat_Better #Foodvent calendar http://bit.ly/2ghXLpG

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Photo credits: 2. The Leftover Queen, 4. Christy Thompson / FreeImages.com, 5. Pixabay.com, 9. Morten Strunge Meyer / FreeImages.com, 15. Mark Nikellis / FreeImages.com, 16. Melissa Balkon / FreeImages.com, 17. Christine Scholes / FreeImages.com, 20. SS / FreeImages.com,  21. GM Freeze, 24. Christy Cohen / FreeImages.com. Teaser image from Pixabay.com. All others FOE/Istock or taken from links. 

 

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