Easter Dinner – Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham and Carrot Cake

No matter what grocery store you enter this weekend, you will find ham on sale. I am in charge of baking the ham for our Easter dinner, and I am using this simple and easy recipe that I got from my mom.

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham

1, 5-7 lb ham

1/2 Container Orange Pineapple Juice Concentrate, partially thawed (OJ concentrate works great too)

1/4 cup organic sugar

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Mix concentrate and sugar. Score ham if it not already pre-sliced. Place ham in roasting pan. (I line mine with foil- much easier to clean up!) Pour juice mixture over ham. Place ham in oven and cook about 6 hours. Slice and serve warm or at room temp.

I am also making carrot cake for dessert. This is an Ellie Krieger recipe that I tweaked just a bit. I double her recipe to make a round, tiered cake, and I add reduced fat cream cheese, a little powdered sugar, and a touch of milk to Publix’s buttercream frosting to finish it off. The cream cheese cuts down on the amount of sugar and cream cheese always makes frosting taste better!

Carrot Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup natural applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups finely shredded carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
  • 1 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 9″ round cake pans with parchment or wax paper. Lightly coat with oil.

Combine the first 6 ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, sugar, agave nectar, and eggs until well combined. Whisk in the applesauce, vanilla and carrots. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in raisins.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

For the frosting, add 2 packages softened reduced fat cream cheese to 1 lb of Publix’s buttercream. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of milk. Whip with an electric mixer. Add additional milk in small amounts (1-2 tablespoons at a time) until it reaches desired thickness.

Remember that portion control is essential when you sit down to a large meal. You want to eat the pig, not be one. 🙂

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  1. Look yummy. Glazed ham and carrot cake are perfect combination


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