And the winner is.... RYAN and DEMINY! CONGRATS!!!!
Ryan and Deminy... said...
We eat a lot of lean protein as
well. I also try to "hide" veggies in soups, casseroles.
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*This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Ragu*
I LOOOVE to cook and try out new recipes every week---so I was beyond thrilled to review 4 different RAGU sauces: Homemade Style Pizza Sauce, Cheesy Classic Alfredo, Old World Style Margherita, and Old World Style Sweet Tomato Basil. The last two are brand new flavors and have a full serving of veggies in every half cup!--That's music to a sneaky Mama's ears! You see, my 2 yr olds are not fond of their vegetables and meals have become somewhat of a battle at times...so I am forced to get creative with my dinner-time-veggie-hiding-food-tactics.
I was VERY impressed with the Ragu website--you guys must check out all of their fantastic recipes! They even have short videos to walk you through your meal preparation- hosted by one of my Food Network favs, Robin Miller! Check them out HERE! But the BEST part about the RAGU recipe collection is a section devoted to Budget-Friendly items with the "cost per recipe/cost per serving" located at the bottom of each dish.
Affordable (many dishes less than $2 a serving), quick (20-30 minute prep) and super easy (5 ingredients or less) meals with a full serving of veggies??? Doesn't get much better than that! So now I'll take you through the Steece Family of Six- Wonderful Week of RAGU Recipes!
MEAL #1: EASY HOMEMADE PIZZA with RAGU Homemade Style Pizza Sauce
Ahhh...homemade pizza! The possibilities are endless--I am an artist and the pizza crust is my blank canvas! I take my pizza making skills VERY seriously---so, likewise, I must have the BEST of the best when it comes to pizza sauce.
I also have the best (and most adorable) little sous-chefs in the whole world!
Big Ben ready to help with the sauce...
...Sweet Savannah piling on the toppings and cheese (stopping ever so often to nibble as she goes--as evidenced by the pasta sauce surrounding her mouth!)
Everyone gathers around to watch the "magic machine" cook the pizza.
YUMMO! How good does this look?!
I must say, I was impressed with the Pizza Sauce---not too thin, not too thick---just right! It had the perfect combination of spices and flavors without being too powerful. (Andrew and Ethan chowing down--the pizza recipe was their favorite)
MEAL #2: CHICKEN ALFREDO WITH FETTUCCINE with RAGU Cheesy Classic Alfredo Sauce
My little helpers are back!
After cooking the chicken in the skillet, I add the RAGU sauce and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Mix it all together with the pasta--and PRESTO! Dinner is served.
This 4 ingredient meal was a cinch to make! Doesn't it look oh-so-good?
The true test...Ben (God bless him- my pickiest eater) got a couple of bites in
Sav LOVED it and asked for "MO PEEZ" (more please)
Andrew and Ethan ate about half of theirs (which is good)
Daddy was chowin' down! (Gotta love all of these eating pics...classy!)
And you know its good when you end up with Alfredo sauce on your glasses, covering your face and in your hair---Job well done, baby girl! The creamy Chicken Alfredo was easily Savannah's favorite.
MEAL #3: PASTA MARGHERITA with RAGU Old World Style Margherita Sauce
Drew with his RAGU
Cook the pasta. Throw in some cheese, pepperoni, and RAGU Margherita Sauce and WHALLAH! (easy as 1-2-3) Quite possibly the easiest, best tasting dish ever made.
Mr. Picky gave it 2 enthusiastic thumbs up! YAY!
Sav (always saying "CHEEESE"- how appropriate) enjoyed picking the pepperoni out with her fingers.
Drew loved playing with the stringy cheese more than anything
And I'll let Ethan's face do the talkin' (the kid couldn't get enough!)
MEAL #4: HEARTY BAKED RIGATONI with RAGU Old World Style Sweet Tomato Basil Sauce
Savannah- SO eager to help!
After throwing the pasta, sauce, and cheeses together- the dish baked for an easy 30 minutes. What I pulled out of the oven was warm and gooey GOODNESS!
Ethan loved it...Drew took a couple of bites but mostly played around with his pasta
I guess I know who my big-pasta-eater is...look at that mouth! (I don't know who she gets it from! Hee hee) Give her a fork and slap some pasta in front of Savannah and she's good-to-go!
And Benny boy...he was just absolutely sick and tired of eating pasta 4 meals in a row. (Can't help but laugh at this pic...poor guy! Ha)
To recap our favorite recipes:
1) Pasta Margherita was AMAZING!--easily our favorite. The robust flavor of the sauce mixed with the spicy pepperoni and mozzarella was out of this world. Cook it for dinner TONIGHT and you WON'T be disappointed! ($1.70 per serving)
2) Hearty Baked Rigatoni- great taste, love the ooey gooey cheese, reminded me of lasagna, the sauce is a wee bit sweeter than the Margherita sauce and has a hint of basil ($1.27 per serving)
3) Easy Homemade Pizza- can NEVER go wrong with homemade pizza, the sauce is perfect- wouldn't change a thing! Such a quick and EASY meal to put together within minutes! (cost varies with ingredients)
4) Chicken Alfredo with Fettuccine- I was expecting the sauce to taste "store-bought" but was pleasantly surprised, great flavor- but not something that I cannot live without (cost not given)
For more fun with the Steece Family, please stop by our main blog: STEECE'S PIECES! We'd love to have you! ;)
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