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Ham and apples with rice and carrots

Ham and Rice with Apples - Leftover Ham Recipe

The best simple, quick, and easy, recipe for leftover ham that is healthy! Gluten-free ham and apples with rice and carrots. It's the perfect main dish comfort food for lunch or dinners.
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course, Main Dish


  • 1 ½ cups rice (We like basmati rice, but you could use anything.)
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 ½ cups apple juice divided
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 pound ham We have done bite-sized pieces and larger pieces. We liked bite-sized pieces better.
  • 2 medium tart apples peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Combine rice and carrots. Cook according to rice package directions, using 1 ½ cups apple juice in place of the water.
  • Sauté onions and ham in 1 tablespoon butter until ham is lightly browned and onions are translucent. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, sauté apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon until the apples are almost tender.
  • In a bowl, whisk cornstarch and 1 cup apple juice until it's smooth; add to the apples in the skillet. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Put ham and onions back in the skillet with the apples and cook until everything is hot and bubbly.
  • Serve ham, apples, and onions with sauce over the rice.
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