Have you seen those commercials on TV for Ragu pasta sauce, the ones that highlight what a long day of childhood is like? They are pretty funny.
My kids complain about things all the time like how lunch period is too short, they get too much homework, why do they need to do chores. It’s called reality… get used to it. Ha Ha. Some kids quibble about how they have a rough life with homework and school. 🙂
Nothing makes you feel better after a rough day like some comfort food. I made some last night – beef stew, or the way I make it the meal should be called vegetable stew with an occasional piece of meat (I always go overboard on the veggies). I even use Ragu in my stew. I make it in the crock pot. I’ll share the quick and easy recipe later on in this post.
If you have some time you should check out Ragu’s YouTube channel and watch some of the other “Long Day of Childhood” clips. Some of them are really funny. I especially like the one where the little boy walks in on his parents in the bedroom. LOL!
Here is one of the videos. If you are reading this via e-mail you can see the video here,
As I mentioned earlier I made stew last night, which is one of my family’s comfort foods. It’s especially nice when it’s cold and raining outside. Another words is the perfect Fall or Winter meal that warms you up and fills you up.
I’m far from a gourmet chef. The quicker and easier a meal is to make the better. For stew all I do is buy beef pre-cut into chunks, then I just cut them down into smaller chunks then brown them. Then I toss the meat into a crockpot along with a large jar of Ragu. After I empty the sauce I fill the jar with water and then add that water to the crockpot too. Then I toss in frozen veggies like broccoli, peas and corn. I also throw in a package of fresh baby carrots and some cut up potoatoes (canned potatoes work just fine). Then I cook it on high for a couple of hours then let it sit on low until dinner time. It’s quick, easy and oh-so-good! You can add seasoning to it if you wish. I sometimes add garlic and black pepper.
Here is another super easy dinner idea that your kids will love (mine sure do – they request it often). They saw it on the show iCarly. This is my own photo too (I think it came out pretty good).
1 package of spaghetti (try whole wheat pasta)
1 jar of Ragu (any flavor)
1 package of Taco Shells (any brand)
Prepare the pasta as directed on the box. After you drain it return it to the stove and pour in the Ragu sauce. Heat until warm/hot.
Warm Taco Shells as directed.
To serve use a fork and add some spaghetti into the Taco Shell and enjoy!
Optional: You can add cooked chopped meat into the pasta, or serve chopped up meatballs to top off your Spaghetti Taco. You can also top off the tacos with Parmesaan cheese or shredded Mozerella cheese. A fresh garden salad make a great side dish.
Spaghetti Tacos are a bit messy (especially if the Taco Shell breaks) but that is all part of the fun of eating them. 🙂 My kids are teenagers and they love them, as do me and my husband.
Does your child or grandchild have a favorite comfort food they request after a long, hard day of childhood? Feel free to comment and let me know.
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