The first day of 2017 marks the end of Christmas and the beginning of a new year! While the tree may still be standing, New Year’s Day is a time to embrace fresh starts. For some, it may be spent in your PJs with a sore head, recovering from the night before. For others, it might be time to cook a seasonal feast for the family one last time. We’ve got recipes suitable for everyone, no matter what your plans are.
If you’ve got a sore head
New Year’s Eve is a big night for most: the prosecco flows, dancing is in full swing and the music is pumping. Chances are the party will continue until the early hours of the morning, so you might be feeling a little fragile come New Year’s Day. Instead of splashing out on a takeaway, make one of these easy, quick and indulgent recipes to help you and your sore head make it through the day.
When it comes to sorting out a hangover, sometimes only melted cheese will do the job. This recipe for French toast is incredibly easy to make so won’t require too much brain power. It’s rich and comforting… just what you need to clear your head!
If you’re craving Chinese comfort food this New Year’s Day, give egg and bacon fried rice a go. It’s the perfect mix of a Full English and fried rice, both full of fat but also full of flavour. The recipe serves two, but if you’ve got a few hungover heads to heal, just double it.
If you’re feeling worse for wear, but have some small children to feed, these posh fish finger sandwiches will go down well with both. Children will love the New Year’s Day treat, and you’ll enjoy the carb overload. Sometimes, all you need is fish fingers, a white roll, and lots of creamy mayo.
If you’re starting a diet
For others, the new year marks the start of new resolutions. Maybe you’re getting back on that treadmill or you’ve promised to gorge on less chocolate. It’s tricky after a month of Christmas parties, pigs in blankets and creamy trifles, so here are some recipes to ease you in gently.
Baked potatoes are a classic comfort food… with a crunchy outside and a warm fluffy inside, they’re hard to beat. If you’re being healthy this new year, try our baked sweet potatoes with smoky beans for under 500 calories. They’re sweet and spicy. Try adding a bit of soured cream to cool it down.
If you’re in a rush, it can be tricky to choose a healthy breakfast. The temptation of that flaky pain au chocolat is hard to resist, but with our overnight oats recipe you’ll be converted. For under 300 calories, you’ll have a creamy and filling breakfast that you can add different flavours to. Try mixing in some toasted coconut flakes or chop in a banana for extra flavour.
Curry is a favourite with most of the nation, but more often than not, a takeaway version is full of fat and salt. This curry has under 300 calories but comes with lots of flavour. The tomatoes provide a mellow base, with ginger and chilli giving it a spicy kick! Why not make a big batch and enjoy it for lunch, too?
If you’re cooking for a family crowd
Lots of people will be spending New Year’s Day in the kitchen, cooking up a storm for a crowd of hungry family and friends. If you’re going to be in that position, make life easier by cooking something that’ll keep everyone happy. After all, you’ve spent all Christmas in the kitchen, so you deserve a break too!
This will be a hit with children and adults alike. Make a massive batch of mac ‘n’ cheese, put out some bowls of toppings, and let your family dig in. It’s a fun and easy dish to make, and everyone can personalise it how they like. Think rosemary, bacon, breadcrumbs and tomatoes.
Bolognese is an ultimate crowd pleaser. Rich, meaty and topped with lots of cheese, it’s hard to beat. Our best-ever bolognese has mince, pancetta and sausages… meat eaters will demolish it in minutes. Make a batch, put it on the table and it’ll be gone before you know it.
If you’re cooking a feast, but need to feed veggies and meat eaters, make this coconut and peanut aubergine curry. It’s got a rich coconut base and as there are so many flavours, meat eaters won’t even notice the lack of chicken! Try serving with basmati rice and naan breads for an Indian feast.
If you’re continuing the party
After the fun of Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, sometimes you just want to carry on the party, so why not do just that? With lots of leftover chocolates, cheese and wine, here are some recipes to carry on the party in style.
Everyone loves a pizza. With a crunchy crust, lots of melted cheese and smoky sausage, you best make a few as they’ll be gone quickly. Pizza is an ultimate crowd pleaser, you can cut it into as many or as few pieces as necessary. Plus, you can add some chilli on top for a spicy kick!
Tear-and-share gooey cheese balls are hard to resist. This carb filled treat will help soak up the prosecco that’s being flowing all night long. If you need an indulgent snack to carry on the party with, this is the one for you.
No party is complete without a dessert, and this showstopper will wow your guests. Your inner child will love the combination of sweet jam, peanut butter and rich chocolate. Bring it out to give your guests a sugar rush and a chocolatey treat.
If you’re going tee total
The new year marks a fresh start for many, and often alcohol is the first thing to give up. If you want to enjoy a more exciting drink, but don’t want the hangover it comes with, try our alcohol free alternatives. They’re great for children too.
This orange and rosemary fizz is a great alternative to Buck’s Fizz. You can hold on to the last of Christmas with the cinnamon flavour while the orange gives it a fruity edge. You can have as many as you want without the dreaded hangover. Try garnishing with some pomegranate seeds and cinnamon sticks if you’re feeling fancy.
Turmeric is the spice of the moment, with its immune boosting properties and subtle spicy flavour, it’ll transform an average lassi into an indulgent treat. Just throw everything into a blender, give it a whizz and drink up! Plus, the yogurt and mango will leave you feeling full for longer.
Mocktails are just as good as their sister cocktails, if not better. You get the fruity flavour and fizz without the sore head! If you’ve given up alcohol, you can still join in the party with these elderflower and raspberry mocktails. They’re great for designated drivers and children, too.
Written by Ellie Edwards