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Thinking about dinner? Here are 7 easy-to-make ham recipes

It’s not just for sandwiches.

SUNDAY ROASTS ARE a wonderful thing.

But sometimes you can be put off from buying a whole ham joint or bacon loin because often there’s a lot left over – but never fear, help is at hand.

Here are seven tasty recipes to use up ham over the course of the week. Enjoy.

1. When you want something super healthy

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This Mediterranean ham and spinach tart was developed by sports nutritionist Daniel Davey and so has lots of healthy ingredients to keep you fuller for longer as well as being a delicious way to use up some of that ham. Get the recipe here.

2. Cheesy comfort food

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Macaroni and cheese is such a tasty dish, usually used as a side but with the addition of the ham and some cherry tomatoes it elevates it to a full meal in itself.

To make it even easier, this cheese and tomato macaroni with ham could even be made with uneaten pasta – if you ever have any. Just assemble, bake and serve.

3. For a really quick, filling dish

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This bacon and mushroom fried rice with poached eggs is a dinner that’s easy to whip up and very hearty and filling.  Using leftover rice too (make sure you cool unused rice quickly and store it properly) means that the bulk of the work is done already. You could probably have this dinner on the table in about ten minutes, if you’re nifty.

4. An extra-special omelette

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An omelette is always a great option for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner. If you’re in a rush, this leek, mushroom and ham omelette is the way to go. This version uses leeks and mushrooms to make a really delicious alternative to the more traditional ham and cheese omelette.

5. If you’re looking to impress

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This bacon, courgette and Cashel Blue soup recipe uses bacon lardons but we think you could substitute some leftover ham in there very easily and have it be just as tasty.

This soup would definitely impress if you were having friends or family over for dinner or lunch.

6. For a fun family night dinner

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If you’re looking for a spicy alternative, this ham taco with tomato salsa and guacamole will be right up your alley.

It’s a really easy dish to make, as you can just leave the makings of the tacos on the table and let everyone assemble their own as they see fit.

7. A hearty warm meal for winter’s evenings

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This ham, bean and vegetable soup is chock full of vegetables and protein meaning it would work as a big lunch or even dinner with the addition of some crusty bread.

You can add a lot of variety to this soup by using different beans and trying out different vegetables every time.

Have you any tasty ways to use up leftover ham? Let us know in the comments below.

So now you know all the tasty ways to use up leftover ham make sure when you buy your ham joint that it has the Bord Bia Quality Mark. This ensures that your meat is up to the high standards required by Bord Bia. Head over to Bord Bia now to find out more. 

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