We love ham, but don’t get to eat it as often as we’d like to because we avoid food additives like nitrites and nitrates. It’s hard to find affordable ham without these ingredients. Over the weekend, our favorite local farm had a “clean out some freezer space” sale, and we scored a large ham for almost half off. Yum!

Instead of baking it, I cut into various sized pieces to stretch it out over several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. With the girls’ help, I used some cubed ham to make one of our favorite easy dinners.

 

Ham and Cheese Pockets

 

We used refrigerator biscuits this time, but I usually use a simple biscuit recipe from my go-to cookbook. Either works well. Tubes from the grocery store are definitely easier and quicker.

To make these yummy pockets, pop open your biscuit tubes. You’ll need two biscuits per pocket, so we used two tubes of dough, giving us a total of ten sandwiches.

Once your biscuit tubes are open, flatten all of the biscuits into disks. Place half of them on cookie sheets, reserving the other half for the tops of the pockets.

Place a small pile of ham and cheese in the center of each disk, and top them with another biscuit round. Pinch the sides together really well and poke the center of each pocket with a fork.

 

easy ham and cheese pockets

 

Pop them into a 400-degree oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden, and you have a super-simple kid-friendly meal. We finished ours off with some apple and orange slices and some carrots and cucumbers. Delicious!

What are some of your favorite simple family meals?

If you {like me} need some inspiration to get you out of the meal-time rut, I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to collect simple family-friendly recipe ideas. Each one of us is sharing a meal {like this one} and pinning some of our favorites on a shared Pinterest board. Check it out, or visit some of their sites for inspiration.

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Have a great Thursday,

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Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.