Ninja Kitchen 3-in-1 Cooking System {review}

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Ninja Kitchen 3-in-1 Cooking System

Ninja Kitchen

the Ninja Kitchen review

The holidays are quickly approaching.

And that means a lot of fun, family times ahead of us… and a lot of time in the kitchen. Entertaining our family and friends, preparing special meals, baking — and doing lots of dishes and clean-up after everyone’s gone home.

But I have a feeling this year might be completely different, with the help of my new friend.

I recently was invited to try out the Ninja Kitchen 3-in-1 Cooking System. And let me tell you, it’s nothing short of amazing.

This unique appliance pretty much does it all in the kitchen. It’s a slow cooker. It’s a stovetop. It’s an oven. It even allows you to steam bake (which means I save on fats and oils when I’m baking desserts!)

It even saves on dishes and clean-up. How? You can cook your meal in just one pot. Brown your meat first using the stovetop feature, then add the rest of your ingredients to bake your dish the rest of the way. Or use the layer cooking method (rice or other starch or veggies on the bottom and chicken or fish cooking inches above it on the included rack).

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, folks… this is pretty revolutionary in my book.

Case in point. Last night I cooked lasagna – and my kids (who have never touched tomato sauce ever before) ate it. One kid, in fact, went well beyond the mandatory testing bites to devour half the lasagna on the plate.

Ninja kick!

Hearty Skillet Lasagna

We tried the lasagna recipe that we found in the included cookbook. (Side note: I’m very impressed with the cookbook and recipes themselves. The cookbook is full-color and glossy, with plenty of gorgeous photos of the finished meals. The recipes I’ve tried so far have been easy to follow and delicious.)

Ninja Kitchen

We made some substitutions, as I always do with lasagna recipes. Ground turkey instead of ground beef, part-skim mozzarella, etc.

But after I browned the ground turkey, I was able to put the broken lasagna noodles UNCOOKED right top. That step saved me both time (to boil) and an extra pot.

The recipe was easy to follow and once I was done browning the ground turkey and I layered the other ingredients on top, I was able to step away from it while it was cooking to set the table. But not for long, because it barely took any time at all to cook – about 15-20 minutes on the oven setting.

The spinach blanched and the cheese melted perfectly on top, making for a quick and easy dinner — and an even quicker and easier clean-up! Win-win. (And another Ninja kick is in order here!)

Ninja cooking system

I particularly appreciate the buffet/warming function. Set it to the buffet function and the Ninja will keep your meal warm for hours. Not only does this make it perfect for entertaining and larger functions, it’s also PERFECT for when my husband (or I) have to work late. Whoever is in charge of the cooking that night can now just keep it warm for the other!

The Ninja Kitchen 3-in-1 Cooking System cleans up incredibly easily. It took no time at all to wipe down (even with a messier meal like lasagna) and is quick to wash with soap and water.

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What I love about the Ninja Kitchen 3-in-1 Cooking System :

One-pot cooking 
Easy clean-up
• Lightweight and portable (perfect for holiday parties)
 Healthier baking (less fats to add with steam-baking)
 Heats up quickly
Buffet setting keeps meal warm for hours

the giveaway *please note: giveaway has expired*

WIN IT: One very lucky reader will win a Ninja Kitchen 3-in-1 Cooking System, valued at $199!

The rules: Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway runs through Nov. 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be chosen with random.org and will be notified by e-mail. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received the Ninja Cooking System to facilitate my review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Comments

  1. Shannon Green says

    What appeals to me most is being able to mix up a dinner in the morning and have it ready when everyone comes home that evening.

  2. Elizabeth B says

    My favorite feature is the buffet warmer feature! I would like to make a desert in it or crockpot orange chicken! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  3. Kambrea says

    I liked that you can put uncooked noodles in and they cook. I also like that it is easy to clean!

  4. says

    I saw an informercial for this when I was in the hospital (having a baby) & I was hooked. And I’ve been pining for one for the last month. It has so many amazing features! I love the layer cooking. I love that you can steam cook desserts. I love that you can start on the stovetop setting & finish the meal with the oven setting.

  5. Lisa Brown says

    I like the team Infused Baking feature and I would make chicken and potatoes.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  6. says

    Just found you through SURVIVING A TEACHER’S SALARY. Wow, there are so many features about this product that I think I would like but I would choose first the fact that it’s a one-dish meal choice. I am a retired teacher but I still work part time with student teachers in several different counties; so I’m often on the road. When I get home I’m tired and just like to quickly throw something together for my husband and me. I like to use my crockpot but this product sounds even better. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win:)

  7. katklaw777 says

    Since the holidays are coming, I like that the Buffet setting keeps food warm for hours!
    I’d make my famous chili on a football party Sunday…thanks!

  8. sheila musselman askins says

    I love cooking in my crock pot, but I also like to sear my meat and sautee my veggies sometimes too! What I would love about the Ninja is you can do it all in one unit! That means easy and less clean up!

  9. Krissy says

    I love everything that the Ninja does but as a busy Mom of 5 I would so love the easy clean up and quick clean up time!!!

    Awesome giveaway! I’ve seen this infomercial but disregarded it cause, well cause it was an infomercial, but reading about it on your website and seeing your review and results makes this product much more appealing!

  10. Linda Powers says

    My crock pot just broke so I need to replace it! I have seen the informercial for the Ninja cooking system and have been very fascinated by it. I have the Ninja kitchen system which I love. I would love to add the Ninja cooking system to my kitchen! thank you

  11. Mary Beth Elderton says

    I’d love that this does everything that a slow cooker does, but more. This time of year I’d love to cook a beef stew–a little bit spicy :)

  12. Lisa B. says

    I love that it’s Healthier baking (less fats to add with steam-baking)! I would try some lasagna first, looks really yummy!

  13. Heather! says

    The Steam Induced Roasting sounds great for meat dishes, and for veggies, too! I would love to make a pot roast in the Ninja.

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  14. Heather! says

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    (And the link to my tweet is above.)

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  15. Jill says

    There is so much to LOVE about this appliance! I think my favorite feature would either be the steam bake option or the fact that I could use it as my stovetop to brown meat and then switch it over to slow cooker to finish off the meal! That would really save me a lot of dishes!

    moneysavingdiva (at) gamail (dot) com

  16. Rose Hand says

    I would love this because it is more than one appliance all in ONE!! AWESOME!!The lasagna dish looks really tasty!

  17. says

    I love how quickly it cooks! We’re always rushed for dinner around here, so any time that can be saved in a great!

    Samantha D
    dull2000 at cox dot net

  18. LeaDawn Grant says

    I would love to try that Lasagna Recipe – sounds fantastic! I love the stove top feature. Only one dirty pan sounds so nice!

  19. Kristen says

    Oooh we saw these the other day at Bed Bath & Beyond and my best friend wants one so bad!

    I’d use it to cook a cherry tenderloin with rice.

  20. Amand says

    I am amazed that you can bake in the Ninja cooking system! I am hoping to try this out someday soon!!

  21. Tabathia B says

    I would love trying a pork roast to make bbq or spaghetti and meatballs

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  22. Sarah S. says

    I really like the buffet warming function and one thing I know I’d like to make is Spanish style chicken and rice.

  23. Jamie Klotz says

    The most appealing thing to me is cooking all in one dish and easy clean up for a family of 8 that’s been without a working dishwasher for 4 months now! I do NOT like doing dishes. :D

  24. Jamie B. says

    Everything about this sounds awesome. I’m a HUGE fan of one-dish meals! I just like yummy dinners that require minimal effort but are still healthy!