Try this twist on the classic ham dinner for a tasty weeknight meal.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For sauce, place sweet pepper quarters, cut sides down, in a microwave-safe dish. Add the water. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on 100% power (high) 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Let stand about 10 minutes or until edges of skins are loosened. Gently peel off skins and discard.

  • Place sweet pepper quarters in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/3 cup of the juice; set pineapple chunks aside. Add reserved 1/3 cup pineapple juice, the cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar and garlic to sweet pepper in food processor. Cover and process until combined; set aside.

  • For ham balls, in a medium bowl combine bread crumbs, egg and dry mustard. Add ground pork and ground ham; mix well. Form mixture into 12 balls and place in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce over ham balls. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until ham balls are done (160 degrees F) and sauce is bubbly on the edges.

  • Meanwhile, heat an extra-large skillet over medium-high heat. Add reserved pineapple chunks; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Add spinach in batches, cooking until spinach is wilted. Drain any excess liquid.

  • Serve ham balls and sauce over spinach mixture. If desired, sprinkle with toasted almonds.


Tips: If using a sugar substitute, choose from Sweet'N Low Brown or Sugar Twin Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: same as below, except 316 calories, 22 g carbohydrate, 11 g total sugar.

To make soft bread crumbs, tear whole grain bread into pieces and process in a food processor.

Ask your butcher to grind the ham for you. Or dice the ham, place in a food processor and process until ground.

Nutrition Facts

328.1 calories; protein 25.8g 52% DV; carbohydrates 25.5g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 4.9g 20% DV; sugars 14g; fat 13.2g 20% DV; saturated fat 4.8g 24% DV; cholesterol 60.9mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 13305.4IU 266% DV; vitamin c 93.2mg 155% DV; folate 273mcg 68% DV; calcium 165.4mg 17% DV; iron 6.1mg 34% DV; magnesium 43.6mg 16% DV; potassium 517.7mg 15% DV; sodium 626.7mg 25% DV.