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The Ninja Cooking System is a 3 in 1 system that offers a quick and healthy way to make one pot meals in a short amount of time.
I am obsessed with kitchen gadgets and small appliances. I honestly can’t seem to get enough of them. If I can find a product that makes my time in the kitchen faster and more efficient, then I have to try it. Having said that, I love the Ninja kitchen products. If you don’t recall my review of the Ninja Mega System, you can see that HERE. I was offered another exciting opportunity to feature the Ninja Cooking System on my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, and of course, I jumped at the chance! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this nifty kitchen gadget! The Ninja Cooking System is a 3 in 1 system that offers a quick and healthy way to make one pot meals in a short amount of time. You can roast, bake, sear and slow cook in this little gem.
Here is what the Ninja Cooking System does:
STEAM INFUSED Roasting
Bottom & Side Heat and super-heated steam cook 30% faster, with less fat vs. conventional ovens.
FAST ONE-POT MEAL MAKING
Delicious family meals ready in 30 minutes. Everything is ready at the same time. Tastes great! Saves time! Easy non-stick pot clean-up.
Sear using built-in stovetop before slow cooking – all in one appliance! Re-heat meals in the same non-stick pot! Lock in the flavor!
STEAM INFUSED BAKING
The combination of steam infusion and direct heat offers moister, better-tasting results with 30% less fat.
The system features:
Stovetop, Slow-Cooker, and Oven setting on the dial, as well as, auto warm. I have been using the system regularly and am genuinely impressed.
One of the first meals I made in it was Baby Back Ribs. I followed the recipe that is on the website and was astounded that the ribs were falling off the bone after 1 hour and 30 minutes. It was almost unbelievable! I usually cook my ribs in the oven for several hours to achieve these results. Here is the recipe that I used.
Browning the ribs in the pot seals in the flavor of the smoky sweet spice rub, then steam roasting cooks the ribs until the meat is falling off the bone. Glazing with barbecue sauce to finish adds an extra layer of flavor.
PREP: 10 minutes • COOK: 1 hour, 40 minutes •SERVINGS: 4
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 rack pork baby back ribs (about 3 pounds), cut in half
Salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups beef broth or water
½ cup barbecue sauce
Stir paprika, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Rub ribs with paprika mixture. Season with salt and black pepper.
Pour oil into the pot. Set to STOVETOP HIGH and heat oil. Add half the ribs to pot. Cook uncovered 5 minutes or until browned on both sides. Remove ribs from the pot. Repeat with remaining ribs. Remove ribs from the pot.
Pour broth into the pot. Place roasting rack into pot. Place ribs on the rack. Set OVEN to 375˚F for 1 hour. Cover and cook until pork is fork-tender.
Uncover pot and brush ribs with sauce. Set OVEN to 375˚F for 30 minutes. Cover and cook until sauce are hot.
Another recipe that I made from the website is Lemon Chicken with Rosemary. It also cooked extremely fast and was moist and delicious. As you can see the food looked fantastic and tasted even better!
LEMON CHICKEN W/ ROSEMARY
Fresh lemon and rosemary complement the richly roasted flavor of the chicken, made moist and tender using this foolproof cooking method.
PREP: 15 minutes • COOK: 1 hour, 15 minutes •SERVINGS: 6
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 pound whole roasting chicken
Salt and ground black pepper
2 large onions, sliced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
4 cups chicken broth
Grate and reserve 1 tablespoon zest from the lemon. Cut the lemon in quarters. Chop and reserve 1 sprig rosemary.
Remove package of giblets and neck from chicken cavities. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Place lemon quarters and remaining rosemary sprigs into chicken cavity. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Set to STOVETOP HIGH. Place chicken in pot. Cook uncovered, searing chicken for approximately 5–7 minutes on each side as desired. Remove chicken from pot and place on roasting rack.
Place onions, garlic, and broth into the pot. Place rack with chicken in the pot. Sprinkle chicken with reserved lemon zest and chopped rosemary. Set OVEN to 375°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
I love being able to make a complete meal in just over an hour and is even faster for 1 pot meals. The only thing that I don’t care for with the appliance is the outside of it does get quite warm, and the top of the roaster gets hot. Other than that this is the perfect addition to my kitchen! The Ninja Cooking System would be a perfect gift for the holidays this year. It would also come in handy for holiday entertaining! If you would like to see the recipes and options that the Ninja Cooking System does, please visit the website.