Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Life around here is getting into a making-it-through-fall-with-1-broken-foot-and-a-pregnant-woman groove. Basically, that means we’re always on the hunt for recipes that are tasty, nutritious, easy, and economical. Now that we’ve become one of “those families” with a variety of food allergies–dairy for Jolene, Anne, and Kailen, soy (for sure) and gluten (perhaps) for Tad–the recipes also need to be adaptable to those restrictions.

This slow cooker beef ragu is tasty, easy, nutritious, economical, dairy-free, soy-free, and with the right noodles, it's gluten-free, too.Today’s recipe for beef ragu was found in a free magazines distributed by Hy-Vee, a regional grocery store chain. Made in a slow cooker, it meets the “easy” requirement. The main ingredients listed were nutritious, inexpensive ones like tomatoes and carrots. I substituted an inexpensive chuck roast for the flank steak to make it even more economical. Four of the five of us thought it was mighty tasty. The Man of Steel warmed up to the flavors once he, as our token adult dairy eater, sprinkled it with parmeseon cheese. The only modification made was preparing gluten-free noodles for Tad.

 

The only fail of the night was when the cook forgot to take a picture before she started eating. But I managed to prepare the entire meal and set the table with no help (other than asking someone else to drain the noodles) despite a broken foot, so I’m feeling good. We all agreed this recipe is a keeper that can be doubled or tripled to make freezer meals. So it’ll hit our table again, and I’ll snap a picture then. In the meantime, here’s the recipe:

Slow-Cooker Beef Ragu

1 1/2 pounds chuck steak
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced Italian-style tomatoes with onion and garlic
1/4 cup water
2 medium carrots, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3 tablespoons tomato paste
12 oz. wide egg noodles, cooked and drained

Cut chuck roast into chunks and place in slow cooker. Add tomatoes, water, garlic, carrots, bay leaves, and Italian seasoning. Stir well. Cover and set cooker on low for 5-6 hours. Discard bay leaves and stir in tomato paste. Serve over cooked noodles and enjoy!

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#7 Home Again Epic Successes

#7 Home Again Epic Successes

#7 Epic Successes at Home Again

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

We’re proud of our epic successes and want to share them with you. So here are pictures of photographable successes in the order they were mentioned during the podcast.

Living Room Remodel: Note Jolene’s technique while sweeping the floor in a wheelchair. Decorative window treatments and wall art are in the works. And the furniture will be rearranged once the wheelchair is no longer needed.

Soundproofed Laundry Chute: Foam insulation and double-sided tape did the trick!

Patio Fence: Created by Hiram with harvested posts and boards from the fence around the former horse pasture.

Garden Fence: The posts are in and ready for next spring’s fish line fence that’s supposed to keep the deer out. Click on Fish Line Fence to learn more about them. Yes, Tad is wearing Spider-man rain boots!

Anne’s Sewing Center: It’s a repurposed computer armoire she moved out of the main living area recently as her sewing and costume box business is taking off.

Worms Be Gone: Hiram’s simple caulking fix did the trick. Anne and her family quickly bid the worms, spiders, and bugs eager to share their living room a relieved farewell.

#6 Freezer Burn

#6 Freezer Burn

#6 Freezer Burn

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Goodies from the Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Feature

Right: Old spatula inherited from Jolene’s mom that we love.

Left: Anne’s Singer Featherweight sewing machine.

Recipe for Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

Iowa’s electronic library, Bridges/Overdrive

Three little freezers all in a row. We call them chest freezer, tall freezer, and short freezer. You can enter the contest to name them by leaving name suggestions in the comment box below. The winner will receive a yet-to-be-determined prize that is neither Jolene’s favorite spatula or Anne’s sewing machine.

R: The inside of the tall freezer that shows frozen meals stacked on shelves and hard-to-stack items in the door shelves.

L: The dividers and baskets in the new chest freezer. Don’t they make your heart go pitter-pat?

#5 When It Rains, It Pours

#5 When It Rains, It Pours

#5 When It Rains, It Pours

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Jolene and Anne are mighty impressed with the 6 raised garden beds (each one is 4 x 24 feet) constructed by Hiram with assistance from Kailen and Tad. The lumber was salvaged from fence that’s slowly being dismantled. Of special note is Tad’s pet earthworm living large in the driver’s seat of Tad’s toy truck.

Links to ideas, products, and stores mentioned in the When It Rains, It Pours podcast:

  • An article about the many benefits of hugelkultur, none of which were successful when we tried them.
  • The Nada Chair Chair Sportbacker Anne uses when her back goes wacky.
  • Graber Blinds, the manufacturer of Jolene’s new window blinds. Please note that in her opinion, the new blinds are a raging success.
  • Redeker’s Furniture, a family-owned business in central Iowa with great quality and selection.
  • Locally-owned Reising Sun Cafe, which serves delicious meals, especially breakfast, and ice cream.
  • Locally-owned Papa’s Pizzeria serves delicious pizza (with a gluten-free option), as well as delectable salads, sandwiches, and pasta. Everything we’ve tasted there has been wonderful. Thinking about their onion rings makes my (Jolene) mouth water.

How to Rate, Review, and Subscribe to Home Again from an iPhone

How to Rate, Review, and Subscribe to Home Again from an iPhone

Once again, Anne and I want to thank you for listening to the Home Again Podcast! If you want to subscribe to Home Again from your iPhone on iTunes, this post offers step-by-step directions. It also explains how to rate and review Home Again if you feel so inclined. We are ever-so-grateful to those who rate and review Home Again since ratings and reviews are what what makes iTunes take a second look at and promote the podcast.

With the begging out of the way, let’s talk about how to subscribe to Home Again from your phone. If your phone is an Android, this link tells how to do it: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-download-podcasts/. The post also explains why the popularity of podcasts is growing.

Now, here’s how to subscribe via an iPhone.

Step 1: Find the podcast app icon on your phone. It comes as standard equipment on iPhones and looks like this.

Step 2: Tap the podcast icon and a new window will open. Scroll to the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, and tap on the search icon, which is the magnifying glass to the far right.

After you tap on the search icon, this window should pop up.

Step 3: Type “Home Again” in the search bar next to the magnifying glass at the top of the page. Next, tap the “Search” button to the bottom right of the keyboard. A new window will appear, and Home Again should appear first in the search results.

Tap on our cute logo or on the words “Home Again” next to the logo.

Step 4: After you tap, this window will appear. The only difference between what’s in the picture and what’s on your phone is this: the picture here says “subscribed” next to the logo because I’ve already subscribed. Your phone will say “Subscribe” because you haven’t yet subscribed yet.

Step 5: Tap on the “Subscribe” button and the button will change to “Subscribed,” so your window looks like the one above.

Step 6: Whether or not you subscribe (and we hope you do), you can scroll down to the purple “Write a Review” link under the reviews. It looks like this:

Tap on “Write a Review,” a new window will appear. When you tap on the “title” line a keyboard will appear at the bottom of the screen.

Step 7: The directions in the window below show where to write your title and review.

Step 8: You can also rate Home Again by tapping stars at the top of the screen at any point in the subscribe and review process. The window below tells you what to do.

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