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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...

I’ve combed through over a thousand reviews of the Ninja Cooking System online to save you the time. See the best tips I've found here! 0

Reviews of the Ninja Cooking System ★ Helpful Tips

I love perusing reviews online. Whether it’s a major purchase or something as simple as a cookbook, I like knowing what other people think. I also like knowing how many people are out there talking about it—the more the merrier. Information seems more reliable when it comes from a bunch of real people who have actually used the item in question. Not surprisingly, I scoured online reviews of the Ninja Cooking System before I decided to pull the trigger and put one in my kitchen. That was well over a year ago now. I knew I made a good purchase with...

Cut out pre-processed and preservative ingredients by making your own fresh, delicious chicken enchiladas from scratch in the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Chicken Enchiladas from Scratch 🍴 Ninja Cooking System

I’m a self-admitted control freak when it comes to ingredients in my family’s food. This need for knowing what’s in it boils down to health and flavor. Usually it’s more about clean eating—but in this case, I developed Chicken Enchiladas from Scratch for the superior taste. (Oh, and the ease of cooking it all in one pot using the Ninja Cooking System. Score!) I have yet to find a reasonably-priced store bought red enchilada sauce that isn’t the same old, same old thin, runny stuff in a can. Good Mexican restaurants serve enchiladas that boast flavorful, rich sauces, so I should be...

Delight in the refreshing botanicals of this cranberry, gin and lavender martini. Welcome spring by sipping a cocktail with a light, floral essence. 0

Lavender Martini with Cranberry + Gin

There’s something about the impending arrival of spring that makes me want to craft cocktails that taste and/or smell like flowers. So when I spotted this fancy-looking lavender simple syrup at the liquor store, I knew I was destined to make some sort of lavender martini in short order. My bar setup at home is pretty simple. We’ve got a decent selection of staple spirits on hand like gin, vodka, whiskey, and rum. Also, we keep a few supporting flavors like peach schnapps, cointreau (and triple sec—similar flavor; lower price point), chambord, creme de cacao, and creme de menthe, etc. My...

With a pantry full of spices, why buy a ready-made steak seasoning? Try this recipe if you're looking for a DIY version that kicks steak sauce to the curb. 0

Williams Steak Seasoning {DIY with Fresh Spices}

I admit it. I love A1 sauce… And for some reason, Rob always gives me a hard time about using steak sauce. I guess the steak seasoning in this house needs to get a little more creative than salt + pepper. Enter me and my pantry full of spices. I do not have a spice rack. I have a spice section. It includes 2 shelves, 16 magnetic jars affixed to the back of my pantry door on silver trays, and a wooden board full of decorative jars containing this and that. With that much kitchen real estate dedicated to my herbs and...

Nashville Hot Chicken Lettuce Cups with Overnight Pickles is the perfect recipe when you need a Whole30 compliant version of this delicious spicy appetizer. 0

Nashville Hot Chicken Lettuce Cups with Overnight Pickles

Rob and I lived in Music City for over 6 years, and yet somehow we never discovered the phenomenon that has become Nashville Hot Chicken. I don’t get it. And Rob is the biggest fanatic of spicy food I’ve ever known. So, I really don’t get it. How could this have happened? Disbelief aside, I experienced Nashville Hot Chicken for the first time at a Louisville-based restaurant in Indy. (Wild Eggs, for those of you thinking it must have been KFC…) Yeah, this chicken packs a punch. I ate my first piece of Nashville Hot Chicken in about 5 installments...

Hosting a party and want to serve small plates? The key is to choose a couple more involved recipes and fill in the rest with simple small plates. 0

13 Inspirations for Simple Small Plates that Hardly Require a Recipe

We’re in the thick of Super Bowl party season, and the menu planning is well underway. People love to serve small plates and appetizers at parties—especially a Super Bowl party. I do it, too. But I’ve also gotten myself into a jam a few times by picking too many small plate recipes that are incredibly involved. I’ve learned that the key to doing this kinda party right is to pick a couple of more involved recipes and then fill in the rest with really simple small plates. I’m talking ideas that are so easy they hardly require a recipe. I first introduced...

Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili is Whole30 compliant, packed with delicious flavor, and loaded with healthy veggies. This is how to do Whole30 chili justice. 0

Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili in the Ninja Cooking System

It dawned on me the other day that I’m becoming a serious poblano pepper pusher. Maybe I realized it as I scarfed down a second helping of Smoky Chicken & Poblano Chili, I dunno. But I’ve written quite a handful of recipes containing poblano lately. Probably because it’s just a solid, robust and delish flavor. I want to put poblanos in everything! The poblanos definitely worked their magic again in this chili. I originally developed it to be a Whole30 compliant chili recipe since beans and pasta may normally show up in a bowl at my house. At first, I thought these recipes would...

Our recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce is a low cost, flavorful dinner option—also perfect for low carb menus! 0

Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce

My husband’s girlfriend (Paula Deen) has a recipe she calls Faux Crab Cakes. I’ve loved that recipe for years because it’s so quick and easy to make—and perfect for low budget weeks. Plus, the taste is great. Surprisingly, the recipe contains no butter at all. But Paula’s recipe doesn’t quite fit into a Whole30 lifestyle on account of the breadcrumbs and frying in oil. I decided to fix that—and I developed this recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce. We typically enjoy our tuna cakes with tartar sauce, which is also difficult to find in a Whole30 variety without spending...