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When I got on out on my own in the big bad world, I quickly learned that things cost money.  Shocking, I know.  I wanted to learn how to save money and eagerly dove in to read what everyone considers the epic and all time frugal living and money saving guidebook The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (you can learn more about it here.) ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .)  Despite the preachy tone in the later chapters of the book (when you can tell she admitted to be burned out on writing her newsletter in the 90’s) and a few of the now outdated tips (floppy disks!) there are still some decent frugal hacks in her book that are useful today.  For example, Dacyczyn’s  (she pronounces it like Decision )  greatest money saving tip is how to save money on groceries by only buying the Loss Leaders.  Only problem is Dacyczyn doesn’t tell you what  a loss leader is and how to find them in the  store.   Save this money saving idea to your Pinterest boards f

Ham and Cabbage Recipe

Here’s a big money saving tip for you, go grocery shopping is right after a major ethnic or religious holiday because the holiday food that was spendy before the holiday is on super sale!

That’s how Husband and I ended up with an entire spiral sliced ham. It was a cheaper than the turkey ham (turkey cured with ham spices) that is one quarter of its size that we normally buy.

One of the things I like about ham is that the leftovers are so versatile. I watched my foodie aunt whip up this meal one day when she was short on time and long on ham leftovers. This is my interpretation of how I remember her making ham and cabbage.

Since this is a cooking with leftovers recipe, the amounts do not have to be exact. The idea is to use up what you have languishing in the refrigerator before it goes bad.

Ham and Cabbage and Noodles Recipe


Drizzle of light oil (olive, canola, peanut, vegetable – whatever you have on hand and floats your boat)
1 chopped onion
3-4 cloves chopped/minced garlic (or more or less depending upon how much you like or dislike garlic)
1 head shredded cabbage
4-6 cups of cubed/sliced into small strips ham (or less. Or more. The idea is to use whatever leftovers you have on hand.)
Salt and pepper to taste
Egg noodles (whole wheat egg noodles or white. Again, use what you have on hand.)

Make it

1. Coat the bottom of a sauté pan with the light oil.

2. Saute the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes to flavor the oil over medium heat.

3. Thoroughly mix the cabbage and ham into the oil mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Cover the pan with a lid and cook until the cabbage is translucent but not mushy because nobody likes mushy cabbage.

5. Serve the ham and cabbage over egg noodles and enjoy!

Ham and cabbage is one of my favorite quick cooking with leftovers meals. Ham and cabbage and noodles can also be a feeds an army on the cheap (or feeds one bottomless pit teenage boy while allowing the rest of the family to have a helping) meal too.    

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Unknown said…
I love your tip about shopping after a big holiday. What a great way to get good deals. I will remember that! This recipe sounds like a great way to use some leftovers.

Thank you for linking this recipe up at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com
Good idea, sounds great........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

Unknown said…
Thanks! I'm always looking for ways to use leftovers. I actually have a portion of ham leftover from Easter now and that's after making ham salad for lunches! Thank you for sharing your recipe at the Shady Porch. Hope to see more of your recipes in the future too! Blessings, D
Teresa B said…
Sounds delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.
This sounds like cozy comfort food with a healthy twist!! Thanks for stopping by! Hope your week is going fabulous!