Easy and Healthy Holiday Dinner

16 Dec

I was tempted to call this the Quick, Easy, and Healthy Holiday Dinner, but the cooking time for the ham is quite long, even though it requires very little prep time. So, this menu is quick on prep time, but a bit long on the cooking time.

Anyway, I love the citrus notes throughout these dishes. It really ties it all together!

Menu

Orange Glazed Ham

Sauteed Zucchini

Maple Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Orange Glazed Ham

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 to 16-pound) smoked ham on the bone
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • I cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the ham in a heavy roasting pan. You will need to bake your ham for 20 minutes per pound. Bake your ham for one hour less than the total baking time. For example, if you have a 14 pound ham, it needs to cook for 280 minutes (14 x 20 = 280), so you would initially bake for 220 minutes (280 – 60 = 220).
  2. While the ham is cooking, prepare the glaze. First, mince the garlic in a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
  3. Add the marmalade, mustard, orange zest, and orange juice and process until smooth. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the glaze for the zucchini.
  4. Once the ham is done with its initial bake (total baking time – 60 minutes), take the ham out of the oven and pour the glaze over the ham.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, until the ham is fully heated and the glaze is well browned.

Sauteed Zucchini

Ingredients

  • 3 medium zucchini, slice 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons glaze (reserved from the ham glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the zucchini and the glaze and toss to coat.
  3. Cook for 7 minutes or until desired doneness.

Maple Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds unpeeled sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place the sweet potato slices in a 2-quart microwave safe casserole dish.
  2. Combine the orange juice, maple syrup, cloves, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pour juice mixture over potatoes. Top with the tablespoon of butter.
  3. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and microwave at HIGH 5 minutes.
  4. Stir, recover with the plastic wrap and microwave for an additional 5 minutes .
  5.  Uncover, and microwave for 5 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

And, with any leftover ham, you can make ham and split pea soup (I will post that recipe next week!).

 

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