As I’m always saying, from a health and nutrition perspective, you can eat pretty much anything you want as long as you do it in moderation. While I myself have moved more and more away from all meat consumption and would not recommend eating any red meat on a regular basis, it’s perfectly fine every now and again.
So go right ahead and enjoy having beef, lamb, ham or pork on the menu during a couple of weeks out of the year if it’s a good buy.
As always, the key is to include salad and vegetables with the meal. That puts the focus where it should be and makes the meal a balanced one, with meat as a part, but not necessarily the main focus of the meal.
Of course, ham is a also a traditional Easter meal in many households, so it’s the perfect time of year to buy a roast, cook it for the celebratory meal on Sunday, and have it as leftovers for a meal or two with some different side dishes, and with a fresh salad each time you serve it. You can really stretch this meal quite a bit that way.
And once you're done with having it as straight up ham slices, don't throw away that extra meat or ham bone! You can use both to make a great split pea soup (My recipe for split pea soup can be found here), a budget-loving traditional meal, for later in the week, or as an ingredient in other recipes, such as Dirty Rice, or Lentil Soup.