|Roast turkey served with salad, sauces and sparkling juice. On the left is a log cake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
You can freeze the wine and champagne - possibly with an ice cube tray for portion control (but who has an ice cube tray these days?) - and they can be used later to create sauces; meats and vegetables which haven't been touched can be frozen in clean containers for reinventions into a nice lunch or dinner or even breakfast.
Here's a brief list of the possibilities with your holiday bounty.
Turkey au Vin
Turkey & Potato Soup
HamHam & Potato Soup
Champagne Cake - which you can convert to a Kings' Cake for the New Year, or even Mardi Gras
Champagne Frosting - which is delectable over a Valentine's Day serving of Red Velvet Cupcakes
Vegetable Side DishesAlmost any side dish can be turned into an ingredient for soup, enchiladas, stuffed pasta shells, manicotti, poultry or pork stuffing, part of a meat loaf or re-served with a pasta & sauce, or baked with buttered bread crumbs as a casserole.
Before you throw all that food away, think! Isn't it great to start out the New Year by saving a little money?
If you're looking for more great food ideas, check out +Meredith Steele - she's a great resource!