ham, ham, beans & more ham…

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ham & bean-hEaster has come and gone, and if your refrigerator looks anything like mine it loaded with tons of leftovers.  I have some au gratin potatoes, green bean casserole, pistachio fluff and of course ham…tons & tons of ham…so why not add some beans to the mix?  

It never fails, you think you buy a ham that is the perfect size for all the peeps you have coming, where most of it will be eaten and there won’t be half a ham in your fridge the next day…but it always seems to happen.  Every year I say I am going to buy a smaller ham (and I did this year) but them I go and make more sides and desserts so everyone fills up and on those and I am still left with ham…oh well it could be worse I guess.

One of the best parts of having leftover ham is the pot of beans that can now happen.  This year I decided to make some northern beans in the slow cooker with the ham and some spices to really make them something special.  

 

Serves about 1 1/2 cups

Slow Cooker Ham & Beans

A delicious & very hearty dish that is a perfect way to use your leftover ham or for a great dinner that everyone is sure to love

10 minPrep Time

7 hrCook Time

7 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

1 lb great northern beans, rinsed and picked through (or any dried bean you prefer)
1 lbs smoked ham, chopped into large chunks (or torn apart)
4 cups fat free chicken stock
2 cups water
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp all purpose seasoning
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried thyme

Directions

In a slow cooker combine all the above ingredients, stirring to combine well
Cook on high for 6-7 hours or low for 7-8 hours
Once beans are tender remove lid and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes, stirring often, allowing soup to thicken
Serve immediately or keep warm in the slow cooker until ready to serve
You can also cool completely and freeze in your desired serving size
ENJOY!

Notes

Each serving (about 1 1/2 cups) is 7 WW Smart Points

Nutritional Info

Calories 300 Calories from Fat 52 Total Fat 5.8g Saturated Fat 1.9g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 32mg Sodium 1014mg Potassium 980mg Total Carbohydrates 39.0g Dietary Fiber 12.7g Sugars 1.8g Protein 24.1g Vitamin A 6% - Vitamin C 10% - Calcium 12% - Iron 25% Nutrition Grade A

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For the ham I made sure to keep the pieces pretty chunky, but still bite size.  I just love the larger chunks in each spoonful, to makes the dish feel that much more filling.  For the spices I kept it pretty simple as I wanted the ham to be the star with a little all purpose seasoning, chili powder, salt, pepper & some dried herbs.  When it all came together it was a perfect blend of flavors while still letting the beans & ham be the stars.  

Don’t get bored with ham sandwiches or ham salad, go ahead and throw some beans into the slow cooker and enjoy this hearty meal that everyone is sure to love…just make sure to not forget the cornbread

Make everyday sparkle  – MJ


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