Ninja Kitchen 3-in-1 Cooking System
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.
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.)
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!)
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.
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.