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One Holiday Ham = Lots of Meals! 5 Ways to Use Leftover Ham

We love ham! Not only is it super easy to make in the slow cooker, but there are so many great things to do with the leftovers. Here are 5 ways to use leftover ham! All of them delicious!!

One Holiday Ham = Lots of Meals! 5 Ways to Use Leftover Ham

Some of my favorite ways to use leftover ham include making soup, using it in delicious omelets and egg sandwiches, making fried potatoes and ham, and using it in quick fried rice. Most of these ideas allow you to get dinner on the table in under 20 minutes, or in the case of the soup, all day, but with a really short prep. Here are my favorite ways to use leftover ham!

1. Ham & Bean Soup in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Ham & Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Ham & Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • 10 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups dried Great Northern beans, rinsed, sorted
  • 1 1/2 cups small red beans, rinsed, sorted
  • 1 ham bone {optional}
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp pepper {or to taste}
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 ribs chopped celery
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 32 ounces crushed tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a 6 qt slow cooker except the tomatoes.
  2. Cook on high for 1 hour.
  3. Reduce temperature to low and cook for 8 – 10 more hours, until the beans are tender.
  4. Add tomato sauce and cook for another 1/2 hour.
  5. Garnish with shredded Parmesan Cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1274 Total Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 244g Protein: 73g

2. Fried Potatoes & Ham

Fried Potatoes & Ham is another crowd-pleasing, super easy way to re-purpose your leftover ham. Just thinly slice up a bunch of potatoes {I use my food processor}, and fry them in butter or bacon grease with lots of crushed garlic {the more the better!}, sliced onion, and salt & pepper, and don’t forget the leftover ham! If you make these, you’ll want to par boil the potatoes ahead of time for easier cooking at meal time. cook the potatoes on medium heat, turning frequently.

3. Left over ham for breakfast

Another super easy and delicious use for leftover ham – Fried Egg & Ham Sandwiches. To make these, I become a short order cook. Everyone prefers them a little differently in my house. I like my egg over medium; the kids prefer either over hard or no egg at all. Some people in my family like a little bit of grated cheese on top; others prefer a huge slice of cheese, nicely melted of course. And others prefer no cheese at all. ;-) I use my homemade whole wheat bread, but I think this would be fantastic on homemade English Muffin bread or on a store-bought English Muffin. I use sharp white cheddar cheese, but you can use your favorite cheese if white cheddar doesn’t sound good.

4. Nicky from Little Family Adventure has a delicious recipe for a Spanish Tortilla with Ham that looks divine too! Breakfast, brunch, or dinner? When would you eat this?

5. Finally, Fried Rice with Ham

Fried rice with ham is really easy! One of my favorite ways to use up leftover rice! Just add ham, egg, peas, chives, and soy sauce and you have another super quick meal made on the table in minutes.

My recommendation for your leftover ham, chop it and freeze in cup portions so you can pull it out and use it in any of these delicious recipe ideas!

And there you have it! My super easy way to cook your holiday ham and three of my favorite ways to use up the leftovers. What do you do with your leftover ham?

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Yogurt Parfaits & 3 More Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Looking for breakfast inspiration for the holidays? Look no further! Here is a recipe for Yogurt Parfaits with Berries & Better Oats and links for three more make-ahead breakfasts to simplify Christmas morning!

Better Oatsrecently sent me a sampler package of their Instant oatmeal. We’re not huge warm oatmeal fans at my house {and I call myself a crunchy mama…}, but I was very intrigued by their Organic RAW products. Highlights of the Raw Pomegranate Oatmeal include:


  • Real Pomegranate
  • Made with 5 Organic, Whole Rolled Grains for a Thick & Hearty Texture
  • Good source of Protein and Fiber
  • Good source of ALA-Omega 3
  • 32 grams of Whole Grain per serving

Better Oats offers 23 delicious flavors in several lines, including RAW Pure & Simple?, Oat Revolution?, and MMM…Muffins?.

RAW Pure & Simple: RAW Pure & Simple is a better way to eat. We start with the finest quality 100% organic, whole grain oats blended with organic whole grains and seeds, like flax, barley and quinoa, for a wonderfully wholesome and nutritious breakfast. You’ll love all four thick, hearty multigrain texture and natural, robust flavors. RAW Pure & Simple is naturally good, straight from Mother Earth.

Oat Revolution: Raise your spoon and join us for an Oat Revolution! It starts with all natural 100% whole grain oats. We then add antioxidants and flax, a good source of Omega-3, and top it all off with a bold shot of flavor. All combine to create delicious oatmeal that keeps its rich, robust flavor all the way to your bowl. Take one bite and start your Oat Revolution!

MMM…Muffins: Everyone loves waking up to hot, fresh muffins for breakfast.
MMM…Muffins gives you that same delicious muffin taste you crave in healthy and nutritious 100% whole grain oatmeal. Our thick and hearty oatmeal is also a good source of fiber and omega-3, so it’s better than good, it’s good for you. Start your day off right with the indulgent taste of real muffin flavor in every bite…mmm.


Since I have a problem with mushy oatmeal texture, but love the health benefits oatmeal offers, I decided to see how else we could eat this wonderful sounding concoction. So, I got out my cute parfait glasses, bought some really nice Greek Yogurt and berries, and came up with these wonderful Yogurt Parfaits! The kids ate them up! My husband was a little concerned about “uncooked” oatmeal, but I grew up in Germany eating Muesli and that’s essentially what this is. I thought they were fantastic!

To make your own Yogurt Parfaits – all you have to do is layer yogurt, berries, and uncooked oatmeal. We gobbled ours right up as soon as I made them, but if you would like to soften up the oats a bit, refrigerate over night and eat in the morning!

We used this nice Pomegranate flavor, Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt, blackberries, and raspberries. DE-LISH!

If you’d like more information about Better Oats, connect with them on Facebook and Youtube.

If Yogurt Parfaits aren’t your thing, here are three more make-ahead breakfast ideas to help simplify your Christmas morning!!

1. Egg Casserole that’s Not Mushy

2. Overnight French Toast Casserole

3. Homemade Monkey Bread

What do you plan to eat on Christmas morning?

Chewy Granola Bars

I’m always on the prowl for easy, semi-healthy ideas for snacks and breakfasts. A couple weeks ago, when cleaning off my bookshelf, I found an old Christmas Cookies 2007 magazine from Better Homes and Gardens that I forgot I had. I found so many delicious ideas in it. This recipe for Chewy Granola Bars caught my attention immediately, and they were as good as expected. And pretty easy to make, too!

Chewy Granola Balls

Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups wheat and rice cereal flakes {I used non- GMO Kashi Strawberry Fields}
  • 2 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit bits {I used pineapple, mango, apricots - craisins would also be great!}
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-color corn syrup {Wholesome Sweetners Organic Light Corn Syrup is supposed to be GMO free}
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter {I used creamy, but I think crunchy would be better}
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions

  1. Line 2 large cookie sheets with waxed paper.
  2. Toast nuts by spreading them in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, until they are slightly golden brown. Stir once or twice during baking.
  3. Mix cereal, oats, dried fruit, and almonds in a large bowl.
  4. Combine brown sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and almond extract. Mix until combined. Then add to cereal mixture and toss to coat.
  5. Shape cereal mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. {You may need to mix the cereal mixture with your hands to get it nicely coated}. Place balls on cookie sheet and let them stand at room temperature for an hour or for as long as you can stand it.
  6. Yields about 3 dozen granola balls.

Chewy Granola Balls

These yummy little balls were a huge hit – perfect for a quick snack or breakfast, and I think they will be a great addition to the Christmas Cookie Platter.