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Ham, Red Pepper, Brussels Sprouts & Potato Gratin Casserole is a delicious, cheesy comfort food dinner dish made in the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Ham, Red Pepper, Brussels Sprouts & Potato Gratin Casserole {Ninja Cooking System}

I’ve been on a tiny comfort food kick lately. A loaded potato gratin in the Ninja Cooking System sounded like a fantastic idea every time I had to take our new puppy out for frigid potty breaks last week. So I put together a potato gratin casserole with ham, red pepper, and brussels sprouts. Instant comfort, warm happy bellies in our house. I’m a “from scratch” kinda person in the kitchen, but I prefer to make dishes that don’t require a ton of time. If it weren’t for my mandoline slicer, who knows how long I’d have been slicing 3 pounds of...

Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups in the Ninja Cooking System is a healthy, clean eating Asian fusion recipe for main dish dinner or small plates. 0

Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups {Ninja Cooking System}

Sometimes Cooper surprises me. The boy hated mac & cheese until he turned five and he won’t eat mashed potatoes to save his life. But when we put these Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups in front of him for dinner, he ate three of them. Could be that we told him to eat them like a taco (one of his favorite foods). IDK. The fact that Cooper likes these is great news to me, since they are loaded with lean protein, veggies, and whole grain brown rice. He didn’t even complain about the broccoli! Funny story about Cooper. If he’s served...

Make this Guava Mimosa if you're looking for a unique take on the classic champagne cocktail popular for brunches and morning gatherings. So delicious! 0

Guava Mimosa {A Unique Champagne Cocktail for Brunch}

Back when I was a kid, my family took a vacation to Hawaii. That’s where I first fell in love with Guava nectar. I ordered it each morning at breakfast, and what a delight. So now as an adult, you can imagine my giddiness to find guava nectar at the local grocery store. It may not be quite like the fresh guava nectar from the islands, but it’s certainly delicious enough to use in a dazzling sparkling cocktail. Enter the Guava Mimosa. Guava nectar is fairly sweet—after all it is a tropical island fruit. Usually blush or pale cream in color,...

Irish Inspired Coddle Stew is a great winter time comfort food to make in your Ninja Cooking System (but also translates easily to a one pot dish on the stovetop). 0

Irish Inspired Coddle Stew ✤ For the Ninja Cooking System

When I was in college at Indiana University, an Irish restaurant in downtown Bloomington served this rich, meaty potato stew they called coddle. Ever since (and it’s been 10+ years) I’ve searched for a good coddle stew recipe so I could recreate it at home. Most of the authentic coddle recipes out there are more of a roasted dish and less of a stew. But the ingredients are the same: potatoes, bacon, sausage, and a few veggies. Talk about the epitome of winter comfort food! Although I like making this with a snow cover on the ground and a fire crackling...

Enjoy a Lavender Mocktail when alcohol isn't an option. A non-alcoholic beverage made with lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, cranberry juice & ginger ale. 0

Lavender Mocktail {and a Hot Mama Cocktails Intro}

I’ve been making a lot of yummy beverages with my new lavender simple syrup. Even though I’m typically going to be using it in my home bar crafted cocktails, I knew I wanted to make some sort of Lavender Mocktail with it, too. About 10 years ago before I knew that “mocktails” were an actual thing (and trending), I came up with what I called “Hot Mama Cocktails.” I had 2 friends unexpectedly become pregnant at the time. We were a group of friends who went out to bars a lot, for karaoke or a game of pool. Although we...

Cajun Crab & Shrimp Lasagna is made by first simmering a homemade spicy sauce in the Ninja Cooking System, and then slow cooking the layered ingredients. 0

Cajun Crab & Shrimp Lasagna ⚜ Creole Fusion Recipe

It may not be a traditional southern recipe, but I still think Cajun Crab & Shrimp Lasagna could be a good dinner recipe during Mardi Gras. It’s a fusion of southern creole flavors and Italian style. I never used to make any kind of lasagna from scratch. That is, until I learned that lasagna can be made in a slow cooker without having to pre-boil the noodles. Eliminating that step closes the deal for me. Making homemade lasagna has never been easier! This Cajun Crab & Shrimp Lasagna needed a sauce all of its own to highlight the flavors of...

Here's another Fireball Whisky drink recipe, this time made with peach nectar. The combo of peach & cinnamon in this drink tastes just like Peach Cobbler! 0

Peach Cobbler Cocktail 🍑 Another Fireball Whisky Drink

After seeing the popularity of my Fireball Cranberry Sour, I have decided that another Fireball Whisky drink recipe needs to happen. The last one was more of a fall drink on account of the cranberry, but this Peach Cobbler Cocktail is perfect for spring and summer. (Although I’d drink either any time of the year!) So simple—peach nectar and Fireball. I almost always have these ingredients on hand, but never thought to put them together. (Probably because most of the Fireball in our house gets put into shot glasses before I ever have a chance to get my hands on it.)...

Inspired by the recipe in Paula Deen's Deen Family Cookbook, this delicious Gumbo Rice Bake is created especially for the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Gumbo Rice Bake in the Ninja Cooking System

Gumbo Rice Bake is a recipe I first came across in Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook. It’s not actually her recipe; it’s her son, Bobby’s. Her sons’ recipes typically fit into a healthier lifestyle, at least compared to the stereotype (butter, anyone?). The original recipe is cooked in one pot, and very easy to make. But for those of us who are faithful Ninja Cooking System users, it needs a little adjusting. That’s where I enter the equation! So I absolutely love gumbo. But man, is it an involved recipe. I spend more time making the roux than I typically...

This recipe is similar to the Ninja Cooking System recipe for spaghetti & meatballs, but instead we've used whole wheat spaghetti with meat sauce. 0

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meat Sauce in the Ninja Cooking System

I love using the Ninja Cooking System for pasta. It makes cleanup easy and I can get on to enjoying my family with their happy, full bellies. The second recipe in the Ninja Cooking System cookbook shows how to make spaghetti and meatballs in 30 minutes flat. But I quickly figured out a recipe adjustment so I could serve whole wheat spaghetti with meat sauce. We do love meatballs, but we’re used to eating meat sauce with our spaghetti. And this is one of those dishes where the whole wheat pasta isn’t quite as noticeable because of the flavorful sauce....

Our Asian Inspired Chicken Salad is simple, fresh and healthy. Add this flavorful dinner salad to your low carb meal plan for a quick weeknight option. 0

Asian Inspired Chicken Salad

I’m so excited that we’re mere weeks away from lettuce gardening season. I’ve grown the best-tasting green leaf, red leaf, and mixed spring green lettuces in my garden the last few years. There’s nothing else like it. If you think homegrown tomatoes are good, garden grown lettuces really put the store bought varieties to shame! I’ve developed many salad recipes to use up my fresh spring lettuce. This Asian Inspired Chicken Salad is one of the best. Salads make a quick and easy dinner for busy weeknights, and are particularly great if you’re following a low carb meal plan. I always feel like...