Easy Summer Recipes Hawaiian Crock Pot Ham and Lemon Pie Bars

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I shared (via Instagram) a dinner dish I made last week when some of you were astounded I was cooking...let's clarify this my friends: the crock pot did ALL the work, once I dropped the ingredients in-haha. It was by no means anything fancy, but it was super easy, tasty (even CC approved), and made for a happy husband, too. I wanted to make sure I shared this new favorite! 
Crock Pot Pineapple Ham 
1 or 1.5 pound spiral ham 
1.5 cups brown sugar
Can of pineapple chunks or bits (do not drain!)
Spray crock pot with cooking spray and put a thin layer of brown sugar on bottom. (about 1/2 cup)
Unwrap ham and place in crock pot, flat-side down. 
Cover the ham with the rest of the brown sugar. 
Pour full can of pineapple into crock pot WITH the juice! 
Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours and serve. 
And, because no dinner is complete without dessert (at least in our house), check out this oh so yummy recipe for another fresh summertime staple: 
Lemon Pie Bars
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
1.5 cups white sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 TBSP lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix 2 cups of flour and confectioner's sugar together. Cut in the butter. Mix well until dough resembles pie dough consistency. Press into a 9x13 baking pan.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Beat together eggs, sugar, 4 TBSP flour, lemon juice, and lemon rind for at least 1 minute. Pour mixture over baked crust.
Bake the bars another 20 minutes, or until the lemon topping has set. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar when cooled.


  1. Hi, my name is Darci and when I grow up, I want to be Natasha! ;)

    ps - you had me at pineapple and lemon! The word "pie" just sealed the deal!

    I'm seriously trying that ham recipe next week. Sounds yummy!

  2. Sounds delish! This will be on menu asap! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. You've been cooking up a storm recently! When do we get the lasagne recipe? :)

  4. This is perfect for summer and now I want to have a luau! And go Natasha! You are doing so good with just having a baby! You are getting me motivated :)

  5. The ham looks delicious. I am always trying to find new ways to spruce up my ham.
    Thanks for sharing! Keep the recipes coming!!!


  6. Oo yum! My hubby's not a fan of ham or meat mixed with pineapple lol, but this is a time I am going to use my pregnancy and "crave" this so he'll make it for me ; ) Looks so good! Those lemon bars are on my list now, too. Just pinned them both! Thanks!

  7. Cooked pineapple is the best. Looks delish!

  8. oh goodness, that ham looks amazing! I am on the hunt for new yummy and quick [crock pot] recipes, so I will be trying this one out for sure :)