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

Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


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35 mins
1 hr 5 mins


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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

3 ham balls, 3 tablespoons sauce and 1 1/2 cups spinach mixture
328 calories; protein 25.8g; carbohydrates 25.5g; dietary fiber 4.9g; sugars 14g; fat 13.2g; saturated fat 4.8g; cholesterol 60.9mg; vitamin a iu 13305.4IU; vitamin c 93.2mg; folate 273mcg; calcium 165.4mg; iron 6.1mg; magnesium 43.6mg; potassium 517.7mg; sodium 626.7mg.

2 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 starch, 3 lean protein, 1 1/2 fat