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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?

Must Know Tips for Potty Training Girls

I have potty trained four kids – three girls and one boy – and it’s not as easy as you might thing. Here are my tips for potty training girls to help with your potty training efforts.
Must Know Tips for Potty Training Girls

Must Know Tips for Potty Training Girls

Something exciting is happening at my house!! After EIGHT and a HALF YEARS of nonstop diapers, my last baby is finally interested in potty training. {WHEW – big sigh of relief}  I dream of the day when I can stop using diapers forever!

Must Know Tips for Potty Training Girls

A few weeks ago, Sara saw a picture of Huggies Pull-Ups training pants and said, “I want do dat!” I’ve had the potty chair out for a while and we’ve been reading books about the potty for a long time, but she has never really expressed any interest in trying the potty herself. I know children aren’t ready to potty train until they are able to walk and run and they should be able to dress and undress themselves, too. Sara is a little over 2 1/2 years old, and by this age, I had potty trained my other three kids {or had at least started in full force}. However, Sara was set back by hip dysplasia.

If you’re not familiar with our story, my youngest daughter, Sara, was diagnosed with a completely dislocated left hip at 15 months. We were concerned because she walked with a waddle and fell down consistently after taking only 4-5 steps. Because of a family history of developmental dysplasia of the hips, we finally saw a specialist and Sara had corrective surgery to put her hip back in its socket when she was only 17 months old. After 3 1/2 months of a full time half-body cast, from her waist to her ankles this time last year {the longest 3 1/2 months of my life}, Sara had to learn to walk all over again. She’s just now starting to run, though she mastered the art of undressing herself a long time ago… ;-) I’m not sure she’s quite ready, but if she’d like to give potty training a try, I’m all for it!

Must Know Tips for Potty Training Girls

We gathered my Must Have Supplies for Potty Training a Girl –

  • Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants
  • Potty chair
  • Potty books
  • Water {to drink and to trickle out of the faucet – encourage that peepee…}
  • Toilet paper
  • Reward chocolate from UNREAL, because I prefer the ingredient list to other chocolates
  • Stool {for me to sit on}

Must Know Tips for Potty Training Girls

And got to work. Hmmm…sitting on the potty with the Pull-Ups on the booty!? That kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think? ;-)

Must Know Tips for Potty Training Girls That’s better! When I finally get a kid ON the potty, the trick is to keep her distracted for a while and hope she pees without realizing it. I keep a big basket of books nearby and sit on a stool and we read. If she’s ready to get up after a few books, I let her get up. I don’t force potty training at all – been there, tried that, dealt with the aftermath for a long time…BUT – once she finally does get that initial pee in the potty, we have a PAR-TAY! We call Grandma and Daddy, dance around, eat some chocolate, drink some water, and then sit back down on the potty. I’m still waiting for that with Sara…

Once upon a Potty by Alona Frankel is one of our favorite potty books. But any book that keeps her occupied for a while, like books that are full of flaps, are great for potty training. Why it’s easier to potty train naked, I’m not so sure. But all of my kids preferred to sit on the potty chair buck-naked. ;-)

Our favorite potty books have made it through three children now {Yes, even Ben read the girl books… and boy books as well} and are well loved, as you can see here! And Sara really enjoys them, too.

Books help me a lot during potty training, but another really helpful tool for me is the Pull-Ups itself. Normally I use cloth diapers, and have with all four of my children {except we used Huggies disposables the entire time Sara was in her spica cast. If you’ve ever seen one of those horrible casts, you can understand why cloth just wouldn’t work. I was not risking more blow-out than I got. Diapering was the THE biggest challenge the entire time she was casted.}. But there comes a time when the convenience of pull-ups is justified for me. They are easy to get on and off, they do a nice job wicking moisture away, and I don’t normally worry about blow-outs or leaks. I have used Huggies Pull-Ups with all four of my children. I also resort to a few bribes, like healthier chocolate and candies, but because my kids are so used to cloth diapers, the disposable Pull-Ups are a treat and reward in and of themselves!

Must Know Tips for Potty Training Girls

I ordered these Huggies Pull-Ups online at Walmart.com and then picked them up in the store. I had to brave Walmart on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and being able to walk in, grab them, and, go, was really nice. I was able to pay with PayPal and the whole process was super easy. The roll-back price of $8.97 a bag is a pretty good deal – especially if you can find any coupons to pair with your purchase – and is available both online and in the store!

But the best part of this whole story? Being able to kiss all of these potty supplies GOOD-BYE forever! I’m really looking forward to that day. :-)

How do you approach potty training in your house? What’s on your list of must-have supplies for potty training?

 I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Huggies. #HuggiesWalmart #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions expressed are my own.