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Our First Day of School Dinner Tradition

The girls start school tomorrow, which means I bought a ham today.

It’s kind of a tradition around here, born out of a need for inexpensive lunches, healthy breakfasts, and a great family dinner so we can hear all about their 1st day of school. Tomorrow, I’ll throw the ham in the slow cooker after I return from dropping all 3 girls off at school.

When everyone is home for the day, I’ll put together a few side dishes to go with it, and we’ll sit down to dinner. This is where we quiz them on their day and learn about the new school year.

Having a pre-planned menu allows us to get dinner on the table quickly so we can get through the inquisition and still stick to our school night routine.

That’s when it really gets good. After the girls are in bed, it’s time to tackle the leftover ham.

Much of the ham will be sliced thin, some in the fridge and more for the freezer. This will be pulled out over the next month or so to use in packed lunches — ham salad, sandwiches, hot ham & cheese. The rest will be chopped for use in breakfast casseroles, omelets and burritos. It gives us a good, inexpensive protein to get the girls’ mornings started right.

At $1.99 per pound, we get a fabulous dinner, tasty lunches, and nutritious breakfasts. The ham I bought was $12 and will cover dinner, several lunches, and a few breakfasts. The deli just can’t touch that price. I’m starting to think I should be preparing a ham dinner at least once a month!

Of course, Thanksgiving is just around the corner — the leftover turkey freezes nicely and lasts until winter break.


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