Easy to Fix Meals for Two
on Easter Weekend
The best kind of cooking on Easter weekend is with a slow cooker because there is very little food preparation to do. A slow-cooked ham is so easy. Buying a ham works well for two people because it goes a long way. You can make many meals out of a large ham.
On this Saturday before Easter, I am making breakfast with eggs, ham that I bought on sale at the grocery store this week, and Thomas Nooks and Crannies English muffins. These muffins are light, 100 calorie, multigrain, eight grams of fiber, less than 1 g sugar, 170 mg sodium, and 0 g saturated fat.
The ham I purchased is 7.72 pounds, a lot of ham for two people. However, some of this ham will be frozen for later. Part of it is being cooked in a slow cooker today with asparagus, lunch (and maybe dinner, too) for two, my husband and me.
What I like about this particular ham, other than that I just love the taste, is the price. It was on sale for $.88 a pound. I only paid $6.79. A big ham for two. A humdinger of a ham. It’s enough to make several meals for us and saves a lot of money on meat. It comes in handy to purchase meat when on sale.
Farmers’ Market Eggs vs. Supermarket Eggs
I did splurge, however, on eggs. The farmers’ market had fresh organic eggs, not the least expensive for sure. Spending $6 or $7 (I saw eggs for sale at both of these prices there) on eggs definitely is expensive when you are trying to stick close to a budget. Nevertheless, I purchased the eggs because they are fresher than what is found at the grocery stores. Or are they?
Are farmers’ market eggs really that much better than what you find in the supermarkets? And are farmers’ market eggs worth paying $6 or $7 a dozen in 2017 when you can find them at a dollar store for less than two bucks? It was worth it to me, at least that day. Actually, I prefer organic food over chemically-sprayed farm and garden veggies and fruits. They are simply better for us.
Bloggers Team Up for Meal Plans in April 2017
Speaking of food prices, do you follow pattycakespantry.com? I just love the new feature Pattycakes has added to her blog. She now shows the cost of each recipe ingredient, a wonderful convenience for budget-conscious home chefs.
Pattycakes and I teamed up April 2016 for 30 days of slow cooker meals (kitchenhospitality.com) and 30 days of bean recipes (Pattycakespantry.com). We decided to do this again for this month, April 2017. Pattycakes is doing 30 days of canned meals, and I’m doing the meals for two.
The plan was to announce it by the first of the month. An unexpected dilemma, however, hindered me from accomplishing that task – technical computer and Internet difficulties. Finally, I figured out what the problem was and fixed it.
Kitchenhospitality.com is featuring meals for two during this month. If you have missed the previous fourteen days of recipes, be sure to look at what has already been posted this month. One day was skipped (due to that crazy WiFi/Internet/Computer problem) that I will make up by posting two recipes one day this month.
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Meal Plan for Today
Today’s meals, as previously mentioned, include ham. Beginning with breakfast, here are the menu plans:
- Breakfast – Two Thomas English muffins, 4 fried eggs cooked over medium well, and 4 slices of ham
- Lunch – Honey lemon ham half sandwiches on rye bread, asparagus (see recipe for slow cooker ham and asparagus meal below)
- Dinner – Honey lemon ham and asparagus leftovers plus my Easter weekend fresh veggie and fruit salad (see yesterday’s salad recipe)
Today’s Slow Cooker Ham and Asparagus Recipe
In the following recipe, I’ve used a particular seasoning that my trucker husband purchases occasionally on one of his routes. It’s called Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasonings, and I love it. This seasoning is a blend of various herbs and spices. You may use whichever herb and spice seasonings you have on hand. Santa Fe Seasons also carries amazing salsas.
Slow Cooker Lemon Honey Ham & Asparagus Meal for Two
Lemon honey ham and asparagus meal for two cooked in a slow cooker
- 16 Slices Ham
- 1 Bunch Asparagus
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Honey (or your favorite honey)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasoning herbs and spices Use your favorite herbs and spices to season if you don't have the Santa Fe Seasons brand.
Cut 16 slices of the ham and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Dissolve/melt two tablespoons of lemon (or other flavor) honey in 1/2 cup hot water.
Pour honey water into the bottom of the slow cooker.
Cut off the hard ends of the asparagus.
Tear a sheet of foil (if it's thin, double it) big enough to shape into a bowl to place into the slow cooker.
Put the foil into the slow cooker and form into the bowl shape, and place the asparagus into the foil, sealing the foil to keep the steam inside.
Cover the slow cooker with its lid, plug it in, turn the dial to high, and cook four 3-1/2 hours.
If you like asparagus and have never cooked it in a slow cooker, you have to try this. It is so tender. This ham and veggie slow cooker meal is one of the easiest ones to make and perfect for Easter weekend – not a lot of meal prep or cooking required.
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Have a wonderful Easter weekend!