What is the Ninja Cooking System?
The Ninja Cooking System is a multi-functional cooking device that can cook food quickly or slowly, depending on what I want it to do. I can also bake, roast, steam, sear and stir-fry food in it as well as my original intention of using it as a slow cooker. In other words, I like to refer to it as a crock pot on steroids! It was slightly hard to believe that I could use one kitchen appliance for all of those cooking methods and never need to heat up my stove, oven or microwave. This extraordinary cooking device has an aluminum pot that is claimed to not crack and has a professional non-stick coating that actually works. The lid is made of steel and is domed so you can use it for roasting. It has a dial that switches to Stovetop, Slow Cook, and Oven. And a programable timer. It comes with a removable rack that is made of chrome plated steel and a mini silicone muffin pan.
How does the Ninja Cooking System work?
The bottom and sides of the Ninja Cooking System get hot, allowing you to cook your food in several different ways. This is referred to as “Triple Fusion Heat Technology.” It can be used las an ordinary slow cooker, as an oven, or as a steamer. You can also saute, sear and stir-fry in it. But what makes the Ninja Cooking System extremely appealing to us is its ability to steam food at high temperatures, allowing you to bake and roast foods very quickly. And when I say quick I mean half the time of a normal crockpot.
Example ways we use the Ninja Cooking System
We use the Ninja Cooking System weekly. It is super easy to clean and the meals always cook quicker than I am used to, which took some adjustment. It has become our favorite way to roast turkey tenderloins – taking a quick 18 minutes which includes 6 minutes of browning in the stovetop mode then turning it to oven for the remaining 12 minutes; it turns out moist and the spices soak in for full flavor and little fat. We slice the tenderloin and use in a wrap for a quick, healthy lunch that used one pot, little energy and is simple to clean up. Taco chili is another favorite one pot meal we create in the Ninja. I brown the ground turkey meat with onion on the stovetop setting then add canned tomatoes, chilies, corn, and taco seasoning (THIS IS MY FAVORITE SEASONING!) and let it slow cook for 40 minutes then topped with shredded cheese. We often make spaghetti and meatballs using frozen meatballs on busy weeknights. What would usually take several pans (boiling noodles, heating sauce, and thawing meatballs) was done in just the Ninja system and took little effort and time!
Signature Ninja Recipes We have Tried and Enjoyed:
Savory Pot Roast Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs Stuffed Artichokes
Ratatouille White Bean and Artichoke Dip Honey Glazed Carrots
Spiced Nuts Lemon Roasted Salmon