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Holiday Ham & Pineapple with Rice & Veggies Make Another Meal

Turn that leftover holiday ham into another delicious meal with an EASY twist!

Another holiday is done. Everyone enjoyed your delicious holiday meal. All the dishes are in the dishwasher and the pies have been thoroughly ravaged.

So, what are you going to do with all that leftover holiday ham? That’s easy! Take it to the next level by making another delicious meal the next day. But, this next meal will take much less effort on your part. It's EASY!

Use the leftover ham, brown sugar glaze and pineapple. Add some easy to make rice, fresh or frozen veggies and even teriyaki sauce. You have already done the hardest part of baking the ham and glazing it over with pineapple juice and brown sugar. Use it all to your advantage. It is so easy to pull together that you'll wonder why you never did this before.

All you do now is boil a bag or two of easy to make white rice. After it’s cooked according to package directions, toss it into a fry pan with a little extra virgin oil, frozen or fresh carrots, peas, corn, and even a little kale. Get all those good for your body vitamins in the pan. Add cubed ham and cut up the leftover pineapple and cook it up so – not too long, just the veggies are done. Drizzle the leftover brown sugar and pineapple glaze over the dish, or even some teriyaki sauce. MMM…mmm…mmm.

It only takes minutes to heat up the mixture and dish it up in bowls. What a delicious and yet delightfully flavored dish to serve up to your family – or just for yourself.

It’s easy enough to save in the refrigerator for another day or two to savor…and enjoy those veggies with all their vitamins. Fresh or frozen are my favorite, but if you really want, add a few canned veggies. It’s your choice, just dump the veggie juices or that will definitely make it way too soupy. My choice is fresh for better flavors.

This renewed meal recipe also works for leftover turkey and chicken.

To make the pineapple and brown sugar glazed and baked ham check out my Hubby's recipe on my blog:

This recipe easily serves 4-6 people.

Prep your pan:

Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a12" fry pan, on medium heat.

Gather up your Ingredients:

2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 C Baked holiday ham, leftover, cubed

1 C Brown sugar pineapple glaze

4 T Teriyaki sauce, optional

1-4 Slices Pineapple from the baked ham

1 C Peas, fresh, frozen

1 C Carrots, fresh diced or frozen

1 Corn, fresh or frozen

1 Onion, cleaned, diced

4 C Rice, from boil in the bags

Make it EASY and put it together:

- Cube the ham and set aside.

- Prepare your rice according to package directions and set aside.

- Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil in the heated fry pan. If you want a little more flavor, use butter or fry up a couple slices of bacon for the bacon fat. (Crumble up the bacon to add on top later or eat it as a snack now.)

- Put the veggies into the pan and heat through until half cooked.

- Add the ham cubes and heat through.

- Add the rice and stir all together.

- Stir in the pineapple.

- Drizzle the pineapple and brown sugar glaze.

- Drizzle and stir in the teriyaki sauce.

- Make sure it’s all heated through and serve.

- Serve with homemade bread, crackers and leftover desserts from the day prior.

There you have it! You’ve given new life to leftovers from your holiday dinner, making a delicious mean for yourself and leftover relatives who might be staying with you. It’s also a dish that can be easily transported to a community food center in your area for easy serving. Whatever you do with your holiday leftovers, “Bake your own Memories!”

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