April 17, 2014

Featured Ingredient: Ham

Semi-Boneless hams were on sale this week, so I bought a 5 lb. ham and planned as many meals as I could. We ended up getting 9 meals for two people out of it! That's 18 meals for $9.00! Okay, so there were a few other ingredients. But, hey! You can't beat that. Plus, it's very convenient to have so much meat already cooked/chopped in the refrigerator during a busy week. Below is a list of the meals I made with recipes or links to recipes. There is also a grocery list at the bottom for following this meal plan!

1. Sunday dinner - Maple Glazed Baked Ham with Broccoli & Cauliflower
After dinner, I carved the ham into 1) slices 2) squares 3) cubes. I put one container of cubes and the bone into the freezer for the ham bone soup which I am going to make next week. I used the slices for Wednesday's breakfast, squares for Monday's dinner and the cubes for Monday and Tuesday's breakfast and Monday's lunch.
2&3. Monday & Tuesday breakfast: Dijon Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Ham*+
Recipe: Heat 1 tbs. coconut oil in a pan. Add ~1/4 cup ham (cubed) and heat for 2-3 minutes. Scramble 2 eggs with ~1 tsp. dijon mustard. Pour over the ham and scramble until almost cooked. Add spinach and continue to scramble as the spinach melts.

4&5. Monday & Tuesday lunch: Tropical "Cobb" Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing*+
Click the link for the recipe for this salad.
6. Monday dinner: Grilled Ham and Pineapple Skewers (adapted from Goodness Gracious) with Broccoli; Dessert: Dark Chocolate-Covered Pineapple
First, soak the skewers before-hand, especially if you're using a traditional grill. I used 1/2 of a pineapple and cut it into 1"-thick chunks and used about 1/8"-thick, 2" squares of ham that I cut Monday night after dinner and alternated them on the skewers in no particular order. Then, I mixed the marinade using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce with the warm pineapple juice and put it over the skewers before Spin class (about 2 hours before dinner).

Grill on either a George Forman or traditional grill... everything is cooked, so you don't have to do it for long. I'm sure these would be even better on a real grill because the George Forman wouldn't close all the way. But, this is the perfect summer meal!

Roast or steam the broccoli. I steamed the broccoli with garlic powder, ground mustard, sea salt & pepper, and my sister said it tasted like Outback broccoli!

For dessert, melt dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate with 1 tbsp. coconut oil. Use any leftover pineapple chunks and cover in dark chocolate. 
7. Wednesday & Thursday breakfast: Ham and Egg Biscuits
More on the biscuits here. I sliced the biscuits in half and put the bottom of a biscuit in the toaster; then topped it with a fried egg, over-medium and a slice of ham folded in half with a little honey and Dijon mustard. The biscuits are semi-dry. But, the egg yolk, honey and mustard took care of that. Yum!!
I think avocado would be a great addition to this breakfast sandwich!
8&9. Later: Paleo Ham Bone Soup*+  - I plan on making this next week - will post an update as soon as the deed is done. I'm going to take a leap and say this will, at least, make 2 meals.
4/24/2014 Update: This soup is great! It makes at least 5 single-person meals! Here's the post.

*Recipes that can be packed and taken to work/school
+Recipes that can be made ahead

Grocery List (omits ham bone soup):
  • 5 lb. semi-boneless ham; precooked or uncooked - may be heavier, depending on the # of people you're feeding
  • 3 bags of Steam-in-Bag veggies OR 3 heads of broccoli OR 2 heads of broccoli and 1 head of cauliflower - basically, just three nights of veggies, your choice
  • eggs (12-18)
  • baby spinach leaves 
  • 1 pineapple
  • celery (optional for salad)
  • avocado (optional for salad)
  • sliced almonds (optional for salad)
  • Dark Chocolate (70%+)
  • grilling skewers
Items you may have on hand:
  • Almond Flour (2 cups)
  • 100% Grade B Maple Syrup
  • Dijon Mustard -You will use a lot of this.
  • Ground Mustard
  • Coconut Aminos (2 tbsp.)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Baking powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
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