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There’s no doubt that Americans love meat, with ham being one of the favorites. Ham is especially famous for being a staple of the old-fashioned American breakfast, commonly paired with eggs.1 In addition, ham is one of the mainstays on a Christmas table when the holidays roll in. Its smoky and sweet flavor is very hard to resist.
However, most recipes with ham are loaded with unhealthy ingredients, not to mention that most ham products are also highly processed. But don’t worry — if you’re looking for a delicious and healthy ham recipe you can cook for your family, try this glazed ham recipe from Pete Evans. I’ve recently collaborated with Pete Evans to produce a cookbook filled with delicious ketogenic recipes. For more healthy dishes that you can cook for yourself or for your family, go ahead and order the “Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook” now, so you can start cooking and exhibiting your kitchen prowess.
Cook This Delicious Glazed Ham Recipe for Your Family
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 90 minutes
- 11 pounds cooked, cold leg of ham
- 3 large apples of your choice, halved
- 3 peaches, halved and stoned
- 3/4 cup honey
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground yellow mustard seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Serving Size: 15-20 servings
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare the ham by lifting off the skin but leaving the fat. Score a diamond pattern into the fat. (This helps to open the ham up and allow the flavor to penetrate into the meat.)
- To make the glaze, combine all the ingredients with 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl and mix well.
- Spread the glaze over the ham. Place the ham in a roasting tin and pour in water to a depth of about 1 inch.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and scatter the apples and peaches around the ham.
- Return to the oven and bake for another 30 to 60 minutes, basting the fruit and ham from time to time. (Be careful not to let the ham burn.) Cover with foil and set aside in a warm place to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
- Slice the ham and serve with the spiced fruit.
Why Should You Avoid Processed Meats?
Ham may be one of the most loved meat products around the world. Americans are said to eat about 193 sandwiches a year, with ham being one of the most popular sandwich filling.2 The only problem is ham is highly processed, with almost all the ham in the market loaded with harmful preservatives.
In addition, the majority of processed meats available in the market today come from concentrated animal feeding programs (CAFOs). This means only one thing: You're getting low-quality meat filled with antibiotics and hormones. What’s more, the animals are kept in confined spaces and forced to live the rest of their lives in poor and inhumane conditions.
If you want to keep yourself healthy, it would be a good idea to steer as far away from these processed meats as possible. The good news is there are different alternatives to eating processed meat, including ham. You can make your own ham at home, like this recipe, and avoid exposure to synthetic and harmful ingredients.
You Can Go a Long Way With Spices
All throughout history, spices have given us a great deal of flavor — from the trades centuries ago to their eventual widespread use today. Spices are famous for improving the taste of foods, and they’re also packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that we all need. Here are some of the health benefits you can get from the spices used in this recipe:
- Helps improve glucose metabolism. Cinnamon can help prevent blood sugar fluctuations by improving the way your cells use up glucose. This can help in preventing diabetes and other chronic lifestyle diseases. 3
- Promotes oral health. Allspice and nutmeg contain antibacterial properties that can regulate the bacterial load in your mouth, limiting your risk of cavities and gum problems.4
- May protect against inflammation. Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties that down-regulate inflammatory cytokines, which is especially beneficial for people suffering from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.5
- Helps improve digestion. Cinnamon promotes better digestion and nutrient absorption in the gut, while clove is a carminative, which means that it helps prevent gas. Both spices have antibacterial and antiseptic properties that may help ease digestive tract infections. 6
- Helps with pain management. Mustard seeds, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg all have properties that help in pain alleviation. The chemical components in mustard seeds may ease pain by promoting endorphin release in the nerve cells, while cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves help stop inflammation, effectively reducing the cause of pain.7
Are You Eating Fake Honey?
There’s no question that honey is one of the most popular natural ingredients around the world. It’s famous for its sweet taste and the numerous health benefits it offers. The problem is that not all honey products available in the market are high-quality and good for you.
About 75 percent of the honey found in grocery stores is either ultra-processed or adulterated. While some people might think that processing just makes sure that they’re getting untainted honey, the truth is that this process renders the honey sterile. These products are not only ultra-refined, but they are also void of almost all the health benefits that honey boasts.
In addition, adulterated honey is often mixed with sugar syrup, water, sand, sawdust or other materials to increase the profits of producers. 8 The good news is that there are easy ways to identify real, pure honey apart from adulterated honey. Some of these include the following tests:9
- Thumb test. When you put a drop of real honey on your thumb, it will stay intact. Adulterated honey will spill or spread around.
- Water test. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to a glass of water and check whether it settles at the bottom or dissolves in water. Real honey will settle, while adulterated honey will mix with the liquid.
- Flame test. Dip a dry matchstick into the honey and strike it on the matchbox. Real honey is flammable and does not contain moisture, allowing the matchstick to catch fire.
If you want the highest-
quality honey that you can get your hands on, farmers markets, co-ops and natural stores are stocked with good-quality raw honey. However, make sure that you’re getting your supply from trustworthy sources.
About Pete Evans
Pete Evans is an internationally renowned chef who has joined forces with Dr. Mercola to create a healthy cookbook that’s loaded with delicious, unique Keto recipes, ideal for people who want to switch to a ketogenic diet. The “Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook” is the perfect tool to help get you started on your ketogenic journey. CLICK HERE to order your copy now.
Pete has had numerous noteworthy contributions to the culinary world. He has not only cooked for the general public, but he’s also cooked a royal banquet for the Prince and Princess of Denmark, a private dinner for Martha Stewart, and even represented his hometown at the gala GʼDay USA dinner for 600 in New York City.
Pete’s career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room with many TV appearances including Lifestyle channel’s “Home” show, “Postcards from Home,” “FISH,” “My Kitchen Rules” and “A Moveable Feast.”
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