Monday, April 21, 2014

Leftover Ham Bone, Potato & Pepper Soup

What do I do with a ham bone?!  While I’ve made soup after soup using chicken and turkey carcasses, until recently, I’ve never found myself with a ham bone. 

We do eat ham occasionally, but I usually don’t cook a full bone-in ham.  Since I recently did cook one, I wanted to try making a ham bone soup. 

But, I’ve never really even had a ham broth based soup before, so this was a true experiment for me.  I based it off of two of my favorite ham recipes – this tasty ham and cheese potato casserole and this ham and cheese soup.  I skipped the cheese, although I think a cheese sauce added at the end would be spectacular.  The result was a delicious way to enjoy leftover ham. 

Ham Bone, Potato, and Pepper Soup


  • 1 ham bone, with scrap ham remaining on the bone
  • 7-9 C of water
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Montreal Steak seasoning
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 C shredded or diced cooked ham (leftover)
  • 3 medium red potatoes, cubed
  • 1 can (14 oz) Great White Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/3 C barley


Begin by placing your ham bone in a large stockpot and covering it with water.  For me, that took about 7-9 C of water.  Use more or less depending on the size of your ham bone.  Season the water with salt, pepper, leftover tops of celery stalks and and 1/4 of the onion.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the meat begins to fall off the bone.  At this point, remove the stock from the heat and carefully strain the hot broth.  Allow the broth to cool down and skim the fat off the top. 

Meanwhile, prepare the veggies.  Dice the bell peppers, cube the potatoes, slice the carrots and quarter the onion. 

Arrange all the veggies into a 6-quart crockpot.  Sprinkle in the 1/3 C barley.  Season with salt and pepper. 

Carefully pour the ham stock into the crockpot.  Season well with 1 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning.  Add in the diced or shredded ham and beans.  Stir. 

Note: I do not recommend using the ham from the bone, unless you’ve tasted it and it still has flavor!  After making stock, the good flavor from the ham often has been picked up by the stock and therefore the remaining ham tastes pretty blah.  So, I recommend “fresh” leftover ham. 

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, until veggies are tender, or on low for 6-8 hours. 

Serve warm and enjoy. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Menu Plan–April 20

“He is not here; he is risen, just as he said!”
Matthew 28:6

Happy Easter!  Today is my favorite holiday, and I am going to enjoy the day with our church friends, and our family. 

We shared our Easter menu last week – and are looking forward to the delicious foods we get to enjoy as we celebrate. 

Empty Tomb Breakfast Rolls, Scrambled Eggs with Veggies & Citrus Punch
Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, Easter Bunny Eggs and Cherry Pie {new}

To do: Thaw chicken

Crockpot Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Steamed Veggies

To do: Slice peppers, start crockpot in AM, make bread in AM; thaw chicken, make rice

Chicken, Mushroom & Brown Rice Bake

To: Assemble the brown rice bake in the AM; dice ham & slice veggies in PM

Ham & Garden Veggie Shells

To do: Nothing


To do: Nothing

Pizza Rolls

Baked Veggie Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Menu Inspiration

Happy Good Friday!  With Easter just around the corner, perhaps your menu still needs some inspiration – here are some of our favorites. 

Breakfast & Brunch Ideas

Empty Tomb Breakfast Rolls Get the recipe here. 

Make-Ahead Brunch BakeGet the recipe here.

Berry Puff PancakeGet the recipe here

Sweet Citrus PunchGet the recipe here

Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French ToastGet the recipe here

Blueberry Biscuits with Vanilla Blueberry Sauce – Get the recipe here

Dinner Inspiration

Mom’s Easter PotatoesGet the recipe here

Spinach SquaresGet the recipe here

Healthy Mac & CheeseGet the recipe here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with BaconGet the recipe here

German Potato SaladGet the recipe here

Roasted AsparagusGet the recipe here.

Twice Baked Potatoes  - Get the recipe here

Easter Bunny Hardboiled EggsGet the recipe here.

Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and HamGet the recipe here

Deviled EggsGet the recipe here

Broccoli and Red Pepper Saut̩ РGet the recipe here


Cinnamon Sugar Bread – Get the recipe here

Crescent Rolls – Get the recipe here

Easter BreadGet the recipe here

Dessert Ideas

Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake – Get the recipe here

Raspberry Rhubarb ShortcakeGet the recipe here

Berry Lemon TrifleGet the recipe here.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice CreamGet the recipe here.

Fruit PizzaGet the recipe here

Blueberry Lemon Oat BarsGet the recipe here

Rhubarb Gingersnap CheesecakeGet the recipe here

Mixed Berry No-Bake Cheesecake – Get the recipe here


Lemon Springtime Brownies – Get the recipe here.

What are you eating for Easter?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Got Ham? 12 Delicious Leftover Ham Recipes

Our favorite ways to use up ham include:

1. Zucchini & Ham Tortilla BakeOn a whim last summer we tried this recipe as a way to use up zucchini.  Surprise!  We loved it so much it has become a family favorite. 

2. Cheesy Ham & Pasta Bake  - This recipe is a family favorite.  We love the combination of cheddar cheese, ham and whole wheat pasta.  It’s excellent with mushrooms, but if they aren’t your thing, leave them out. 

3. Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Pockets – Like a hot pocket but better. 

4. Ham and Veggie Egg Bake – This makes a great brunch, but is filling enough to be breakfast for dinner too. 

5. Ham & Potato Casserole – A filling casserole complete with bell peppers, potatoes, carrots and celery.  A dish to clean out the refrigerator and please your family too. 

6. Cheesy Cauliflower Ham Bake – A different dish that combines with ham and Swiss cheese with a yummy cauliflower sauce.

7. Ham and Garden Veggie Garden Shell – Easy.  Just like mac & cheese, but with ham and more veggies.  Your kids will love it. 

8. Ham & Asparagus Quiche – Amazing.  Good for dinner or breakfast. 

9. Cheesy Ham & Lentil Bake – Cheap and tasty.  I was impressed by the flavorful punch this casserole packs and the nutritional benefits too.  Filling?  Check.  A winner in our family for sure. 

11. Ham Primavera – This is a recipe from my childhood that I absolutely love and looked forward to each year following Easter. 

12. Ham and Asparagus Lasagna – I saved the best for last.  Really.  This recipe gets raving reviews and keeps great for leftovers during the week.  Yum-o. 

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