Warmer days bring a yearning for fresh foods on the lighter side. With Easter this coming weekend, ham might be on your menu as well as mine. I enjoy creating new recipes, and a few fit this season nicely. My Summer Chilled Corn Crab Soup makes a wonderful first course for a holiday meal, or a great lunch on a warm day. My Sweet Babboo says it is tasty served hot as well. Just click on the link for the post with the recipe pdf.
My Summer Squash Casserole is a nice change for your holiday meal and goes great with ham. The recipe is scaled for two, but would work for four with other dishes on a holiday table.
I have decided that my favorite way to cook a ham is in my big slow cooker, Kitchen Aid 6-Quart Oval Slow Cooker (Amazon affiliate link). I like the programmable controls which will switch the cooker to a keep warm mode when the time is up. Calculate 30 minutes per pound for your size ham, and cook on low for that long. Check the temperature at the end to be sure it has reached 140-degrees, food safe for a fully cooked ham.
Another fresh side dish is Asparagus with Sun Dried Tomatoes, a new taste for spring, and something a bit different from the usual steamed asparagus. See my post on Spring Holiday Celebrations for both the ham and asparagus recipes.
The Asian Salad with Sriracha Mayonnaise is one I just cannot seem to get enough of! Inspired by a local Japanese restaurant, it has crispy greens and imitation crab, topped with canned fried onions, yum!!
This fresh chicken dish is special enough for a holiday, yet fast enough for a weeknight meal. Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Artichoke and Mushroom Stuffing is wrapped in bacon and baked. Fast, make ahead meal means the kitchen can be cleaned before dinner goes in the oven, allowing you time to be with family. Serve with a quick tomato corn salad.
Need a vegetarian meal for the holiday? Try my Butternut Squash and Portobello Mushroom Lasagne. Of course if you don’t like mushrooms, you can leave them out. This is delicious anytime, and while the butternut squash is still available, it makes a wonderful meatless main course, and leftovers could be a side dish.
For your Easter basket, make some Orange Biscotti with Dried Blueberries. These are easy to make, delicious, and will be a hit with your family. They are also perfect for filling little decorative bags and giving to neighbors still shut in.
When the holiday is done, we always have a lot of ham left over, and I have figured out some ways to use those, separating the ham into portions for later meals. See how I package up the rest of the ham, and try my Ham and Pasta Casserole to finish off the bits leftover.
Don’t forget breakfast! My Orange Vanilla Bean Coffee Cake makes a nice morning treat with hot coffee. It could also work as dessert!
And my Blueberry Breakfast Cake is perfect for spring too.
See more of my original recipes by clicking on the cooking category on the sidebar. There are over 175 on the blog now, with more to come! Happy Cooking!