Healthy Recipes for Moms

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Easy Crockpot Holiday Ham


3 pound ham, bone in (larger or smaller depending on crockpot size) (no nitrites added, if you can afford it)

1 1/2 cup light brown sugar

Directions: Put 3/4 cup brown sugar on the bottom of the crockpot, insert the ham, and then rub the top of the ham with 3/4 cup brown sugar. Cook on high for 1 hour and on low for 6 hours.

Notes for moms:

1. This sounds uninspired, but it’s actually delicious, and an easy meal for serving a group.

2. Ham has so much sodium, nitrites, and fat that I wasn’t sure if I should include this recipe, but it sure is an easy roast for a holiday.


October 24, 2007 Posted by | Entree-Crockpot or Stockpot, Ham | , , , , | Leave a comment

Split Pea Soup


2 low-fat no-nitrite ham steaks (approx 1 ½ pounds) diced

2 onions, diced

6 carrots, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced (or 2 tsp jarred minced garlic)

6 cans (15-oz cans) low-sodium, low-fat chicken broth

3 ½ cups green split peas, rinsed and drained

1 tsp dried rosemary

Salt and pepper

Directions: Saute ham in a heavy large stockpot over medium-high heat until browned. Do not discard grease. Add onion, carrot, and garlic and sauté until vegetables begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Add broth, peas, and rosemary and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until peas start to break down, about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove lid for last ½ hour while simmering. When soup has reached desired consistency, season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 8-12.

Notes for moms:

1. I sometimes cut up the meat and veggies the night before and store them in tupperware, and then it becomes a really easy meal to make the next day.

2. I love my mini-chopper (a miniature food processor) for dicing up veggies. For carrots, I zap them in water in the microwave for about 3 minutes on high before dicing them up in the mini-chopper.

This recipe is modified from Trader Joe’s split pea soup package.


October 24, 2007 Posted by | Entree-Stockpot Soup, Ham | , , | 3 Comments