Happy Holidays everyone! I love holiday meals because to me leftovers always mean soup and tons of fun new recipes to make. I love Turkey Noodle Soup after turkey day and a warm, hearty bean soup after Christmas. There is just something amazing that happens to soup when you add a smoky hambone, sweet pineapple glazed ham and a ton veggies.
I wanted to finish our Healthy Holiday Series with one of my favorite soups and some tasty Healthy Holiday Leftover ideas. The next time you are trying to figure out what to do with all your holiday leftovers, give any of these leftover ideas a try. I think you will make sure you buy extra next year just so you can look forward to this soup the day after Christmas!
NEXT DAY HAM & NAVY BEAN SOUP (print it!)
- 1 lb dried navy beans
- 1 cup chopped ham
- 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 32 oz Chicken Broth
- 15 oz diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 leftover ham bone or smoked ham hock (optional)
- A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Garnish with 2 pieces cooked & crumbled bacon and chopped fresh parsley, optional
1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Soak overnight or use the following quick soak method. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans.
2. Heat oil in a large stock pan over medium heat and add ham. Brown for about 4-5 minutes. Add bell pepper and the next 5 ingredients (bell pepper through minced garlic); sauté 10 minutes or until browned. Stir in the broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add tomatoes, beans and hot sauce. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender.
3. Remove ham bone and allow to cool. Remove ham from bone and chop into pieces. Add to soup if desired or save for another time.
4. Place 2 cups of the bean mixture in a blender, and process until smooth. Return the puréed mixture to pan. If using, top with the bacon and parsley.
Makes 10, heaping 1 1/2 cup servings, 0 WWFreestyle Smartpoints, 5 points+ each
Nutritional information per serving for all ingredients (excluding toppings):
Note: This soup will freeze well for up to two months. Pour into single serving airtight containers, leaving enough room for expansion (usually an inch or two at the top). To reheat, thaw completely in the refrigerator; then place contents in a saucepan over low heat, adding some liquid if necessary.
I froze some of our ham so I can make this New Years Day Soup next ~ doesn’t it sound amazing and I love the stats.
Here are some other ideas for how you can use up all the leftovers you have from your healthy holiday celebration:
Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese (I make these every year – they are so easy and awesome!)
Green eggs and ham 😀
Ham & Pineapple Sandwiches
Leftover Veggies tossed on salad
Is there such a thing as leftover Au Gratin Potatoes?
Oh and last, but, not least, do NOT forget to freeze leftovers. Make your own healthy little mini frozen dinners for the nights you don’t want to cook or save some ham for soup another day.
I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday celebrating, enjoying your friends and family, eating too much deliciously healthy and not so healthy foods. You can always get right back on track tomorrow ~ it’s one day a year so enjoy it!
See you all tomorrow when I resume blogging my daily eats along with a few highlights of our Christmas celebration and some of my favorite gifts.
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