For those of you who don’t already know, I have 5 boys (4 are teenagers!) and I am always on the lookout for frugal meals. My kids eat a lot, and they eat often. So recently when I was able to turn 1 ham into 4 meals, I considered it a great success.
I totaled up what I spent on each of the four meals (including side dishes), divided that price by 7 (since there are 7 people in my family), and it came out to be $2.39 per person per meal. Not bad!
4 Frugal Meals from One Ham
Meal #1: Baked ham. It makes the most sense to start with baking the ham and it is the star of the dinner. Side dishes are always important in our house because they need to be filling. For this meal, I made Au gratin potatoes and broccoli.
Meal #2: Farmer’s Strata. Farmer’s Strata is one of my family’s favorite “breakfast for dinner” meals. I double the recipe and it is the perfect size for my family. The only change I make when doubling is I don’t double the ham, bacon, or cheese. The casserole is still delicious and the ham and bacon really stand out.
Meal #3: 15 Bean Soup. I use the bone from the ham and I make sure to leave some of the ham attached to the bone. For the beans, I use Hurst’s HamBeens 15 Bean Soup and follow the recipe on the package. This is served with two loaves of homemade bread.
Meal #4: Ham Sandwiches on Biscuits. I buy the refrigerator biscuits because my homemade biscuits don’t turn out fluffy enough to be made into sandwiches. There’s something about ham that tastes so good with homemade salsa. I served the salsa with tortilla chips.
Even after serving all 4 meals, we still have ham left over that we’ve been using for ham sandwiches for lunch. I love it when I can use leftovers in a creative way that doesn’t feel like leftovers.
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