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Helpful Easter Ham Ideas

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easter ham with dijon sauce

This post was sponsored by Sprouts Farmer’s Market. All thoughts and ideas are my own. 

Easter will be here before we know it and I’ve got lots of helpful Easter ham ideas to help you celebrate!

Easter is in just a few short weeks, and odds are we will probably still be needing to socially distance ourselves from extended family and friends that we might usually celebrate with. BUT, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your immediate family and enjoy a delicious meal. And for my family, that has always meant an Easter ham. 

Typical Easter ham has a sugar-y glaze

Most Easter ham recipes and store bought hams have a pretty sugar-y glaze as part of the recipe or already cooked with it on it. But, this year Sprouts will have a ready to go, already cooked apple smoked uncured ham with no added sugar ready to purchase in stores. I had the chance to try one and it is out of this world! It was super simple to prepare, you literally just pop it in your oven for about an hour to an hour and a half (depending on the size) and you’re good to go. Since it is already cooked and seasoned, there’s not much you need to do extra, which is so nice!

easter ham from sprouts

No added sugar Easter ham from Sprouts Farmer’s Market

If you’re interested in the all-natural, no added sugar (and no antibiotics or added hormones) Easter ham at Sprouts, you can just add it to your list of things to pick up from Sprouts the next time you go. You don’t even need to reserve one ahead of time. I know we’re all trying (and needing) to be diligent with our trips to the grocery store right now, so rest assured, they will be in store when you get there, or add one to your Instacart order!

And once you have that ham, here are my helpful Easter ham ideas for how to prep and serve it…

Tips for serving ham at Easter

  1. Buy 1/2-3/4 lbs per person to serve, plus a little extra for leftovers. (Most people also use about 1/4 lb. for a leftover sandwich!)
  2. Don’t marinate your ham before cooking. Most hams sold in stores, including those at Sprouts, are already seasoned and good to go. In fact, marinating it may ruin the taste a bit. Instead, serve it with a sauce for people who may enjoy that. This is my quick and easy Dijon sauce I love:
dijon sauce with easter ham
This quick and easy dijon mustard sauce is perfect for serving with your Easter ham!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: easter, sauce
Servings: 8 servings
Carbohydrates: 2g


  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp Sprouts brand Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp flour I used a gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp butter


  • Combine the whole milk, Dijon mustard, flour, salt, and onion powder in a pan over medium heat. Stir it constantly while it begins to thicken for about 5 minutes.
  • You don’t want the mixture to boil, so make sure to pull it off the heat if you see bubbles.
  • Add the butter, stirring constantly until it melts and the sauce is smooth.


Enjoy your sauce with your Easter ham or with any meat or poultry dish.


Serving: 2Tbsp | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 245mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g
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3. Serve ham with your favorite veggie-loaded side dishes. See below for some of my favorites. 

4. Heat an already cooked refrigerated, but not frozen, ham for 10 minutes/pound.

5. The no added sugar ham I mentioned above from Sprouts comes with a glaze you can put on it if you like, or you can leave it off all together, or try a new recipe you find online!

6. You can store uneaten ham in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in a sealed container. You can freeze any uneaten portions after 5 days and they should keep in your freezer for about 4-6 weeks.

easter ham with broccoli and dijon sauce

Side dish Easter ham ideas

What’s a great Easter ham without some killer side dishes? These are some of my favorite side dish options for serving with your main course.

  1. Roasted purple sweet potato and beet souffle 
  2. Chilled Ancient Grain and Cucumber Salad
  3. Maple Walnut Sweet Potatoes
  4. Heart Healthy Blueberry Apple Salad
  5. Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes 
  6. Basic Balsamic Green Beans
potato side dish with cheese

Leftover Easter ham ideas

  1. Classic Overnight Gluten Free Breakfast Casserole (replace the sausage with ham)
  2. Homemade Ham Cheese and Mushroom Pockets (Snacking in Sneakers)
  3. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Strata (Your Choice Nutrition)
  4. Old Fashioned Ham and Cabbage Soup (The Gourmet RD)
  5. Easy Hawaiian Roll Sliders (Nourish Nutrition)
sandwich with leftover ham

I hope you found these Easter ham ideas helpful and inspiring. Don’t let the craziness that has been surrounding us in 2020 so far deter you from celebrating. Food has always been such a powerful force to bring us together and this year should be no different. Prep that big meal, make those family favorite dishes, and even hook everyone up on Google hangouts so grandma and grandpa can join too! (From a socially responsible distance of course 😉

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