Ahh, cooking. I think Monday is the perfect day of the week for cooking blog posts, because Monday is the day you tackle things. It is the day of the week that we get back into the swing of the “work week” (and make no mistake, we stay at home moms work!). I remember when I would go to work on Monday, make my lists for the week ahead and alternately wish to be back home in bed and motivated to accomplish my tasks for the week. That has carried over to my stay at home mom days. On Mondays, I make my list of things to do during the week, prioritizing (okay, kids out of socks, must do laundry) and rationalizing (well, it is only Monday, I have all week to clean the bathroom), etc. So, what better day to think about meals?
Some of you may recall that cooking is not something I do very well. In fact, if it wasn’t for Campbell’s Soup, and their fantastic easy recipes, my dinner contributions would probably end with spaghetti (or takeout. Did I mention I am excellent with takeout?). However, enter the one kitchen tool that can make anyone feel accomplished:
The Crockpot. I sure do love my crockpot. Now, I know many of you cooking experts out there can create delectable delights and complex creations with yours. I’m just happy I can put a good dinner on the table. Imagine my delight when I came across the What’s in Your Crockpot linkup at Smockity Frocks! (thank you to Myra @ My Blessed Life for mentioning this on Twitter!) Lots of great recipes all using the crockpot.
Now, I love a delicious homestyle meal. So, one of my favorite things to do in the crockpot is Ham with pineapple.
1 precooked ham
1 can crushed pineapple (8 oz-16 oz depending on size of ham)
1 large can of pineapple juice
I pick out a precooked ham at the grocery store that will fit in the crockpot. Then, I use a large can of Pineapple Juice. I pour half the can of juice in, then the ham, then a can of crushed pineapple, finishing with the remaining pineapple juice. Set the crockpot on low for about five or six hours, and you have a delicious pineapple-flavored ham. The tip to getting the ham juicy and full of pineapple flavor is to take a knife and make half-slices around the ham- just enough to let the juices soak in. The result is ham that is juicy and full of flavor, instead of dried out meat. It is absolutely delicious!
Serve with mashed potatoes and green been casserole for a classic feel, or try some macaroni and cheese for a quick alternative. It goes surprisingly well with the ham.
Do you have any suggestions for other great side dishes that would go with this meal? I would love to hear them, I’m always looking for new ideas!