Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

I made this last week and posted the final product on Instagram with the promise of a recipe to share & here it is! If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you must know my obsessed with crock pot meals:

Loaded Baked Potato / Rustic Italian Chicken / Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers / Slow Cooker Lasagna / Potato Soup / Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders / Chipotle Stout Slow Cooker Chili

Prep in the morning {preferably during nap time} and dinner is ready? I love everything about my Slow Cooker – I’m even thinking about upgrading to a larger one.

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But back to THIS meal!

Ragu is something I’ve never made before and was a little intimidated by the look {and sound!} of it because it looks so fancy! I love this meal because everything was literally in the crock pot and ready to slow cook after 5 minutes of prep. That’s the way to do a crock pot meal!

This meal also made a ton of leftovers, which is always awesome too. And I don’t know about you, but I love a fresh, warm pasta meal in the winter time! Yum!

slow cooker beef argue

How To:

  1. Add 1 large white sliced onion and 4 crushed garlic cloves to the bottom of a slow cooker set to high. Sprinkle the 2 tbsp fresh rosemary on top.
  2. Season 2 lb. beef chuck with salt and pepper {to taste}, then add to the slow cooker over the onions & garlic
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the 2 cups beef broth, 1/4 cup red wine and 6 oz. tomato paste.
  4. Pour the mixture over the beef and add 15 oz. of diced tomatoes to the crock pot.
  5. Cook on high for 6-8 hours.
  6. When the beef is ready you should be able to reach a fork into the crock pot and the beef will pull right apart.
  7. I served it on top of 12 oz. pappardelle pasta {but any egg noodle would be awesome!}
  8. Ladle the sauce from the crock pot over the beef and  pasta.
  9. Top with 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese.
  10. Serve & Enjoy!

recipe adapted from Little Leopard Book

DINNER

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What’s the best pasta meal you’ve made lately?

Please share!

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Now that I have your belly full I wanted to share with you a new activity tracker that I will be testing out soon -> GOQii – integrates certified health coaches with the GOQii Band which measures and tracks sleep, activities, and nutrition.

The main difference between GOQii and other activity bands is that GOQii coaches look at the big picture of your health, analyzing the data collected by the GOQii Band and App to help you make sustainable, permanent lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.Users are inspired to maintain proper nutrition, activity levels and exercise, while monitoring sleep and health habit changes. They can then check in with their coaches via unlimited daily text messages and scheduled video chat sessions for real, one-on-one motivation and accountability.run for boston

I’ve shared with you my resolutions for 2015 and what I can’t wait to work on with my GOQii coach on ways to get in my workout – with my little one in tow! Maybe some more at home workout or even stroller workout inspiration or ideas would be great! I’m just looking to change it up a bit and since I pretty much have my little sidekick with me 99.9% of the time, it makes things somewhat challenging!

I can’t wait to check out GOQii for myself – if you are interested in joining me, be sure to apply for the beta and we can journey together to achieve our health & fitness goals! The U.S. Beta trial will launch in February; 500 participants will be selected to join and receive 12 months of personalized health coaching to help them with their goal setting, habit changes, accountability and motivation for a more holistic outlook to their overall health. The exclusive price for the 12 month Beta is $99 (no payment required to apply). If selected, you’ll be asked to provide regular feedback on the product as you use it.

And for a little more info on the GOQii Life program, check out this video:

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Do you currently use a fitness activity tracker? 

What do you love/hate about it?

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In Other News:

I’d love your support & your vote as I was nominated for the Philly Happening List as Philly’s Best Blogger! Vote Here!

And don’t forget to check out my Plum Organics Giveaway too!

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of GOQii.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Patty O February 5, 2015 at 6:18 am

    You have inspired me to use my Crock Pot more – your Ragu looks amazing too!
    I’m obsessed with my FitBit, it works perfectly for me, but your new gadget is intriguing. Can’t wait to hear how you like it and if you feel like it’s a personal coach!

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