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From meals to small plates, Grilled Hula Pork Skewers pack a flavorful, sweet & savory punch. Quick & simple to assemble, it's a taste of the islands just at your fingertips. 0

Grilled Hula Pork Skewers 🌴 For a Meal or Small Plates

Have you ever been to an island in the South Pacific? I went to Hawaii once when I was only 11 years old—long before cooking or preparing meals ever entered my realm. But I remember pieces of that trip so vividly. The island made such a lasting impression on me and I’ve always wanted to get back. These Grilled Hula Pork Skewers give me a little taste of Hawaii without the travel time. Not long ago, I mentioned my Hawaii trip as the inspiration for the Guava Mimosa. I remember drinking guava juice every morning at breakfast, and how unique...

Get a taste of savory ground turkey & bacon sauteed with nutritious swiss chard in a flavorful blend of seasonings served on cheesy, pan-fried polenta. 0

Southwest Turkey & Bacon Polenta {Ninja Cooking System}

Have I mentioned the awesome-ness of the Ninja Cooking System lately? Cooking an entire, well-rounded meal in one cooking vessel rocks my kitchen. With as fancy as Southwest Turkey & Bacon Polenta appears, the minimal cleanup involved seems hard to believe. This dish is much different than most of the steam-infused recipes out there for the NCS. After a sautĂŠ and a simmer for the saucy ingredients, thick slices of creamy polenta get a quick crisp-up on the stove top setting (along with a melty cheese topping). This final step adds a unique texture that really makes this turkey &...

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Cherry Glazed Smoky Steak Skewers

The Williams household eagerly anticipates the beginning of grill season every year. The majority of our entertaining involves cooking outdoors with our grill or smoker. We love it. We also love steak skewers. But anything on a skewer is really fine by us. Skewers have become a go-to summer meal for me. Not only do they look appetizing, but you can fit a whole meal on a little stick to throw on the grill for a few minutes. Easy peasy. Slap on some delicious seasoning, marinade or glaze, and you’ve got a restaurant-quality entree in no time flat. This sweet and smoky cherry glaze...

Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls for the Ninja Cooking System are a rich & flavorful Asian-inspired fix-it-and-(almost)-forget-it easy dinner. 0

Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls {Ninja Cooking System}

I could eat Asian-inspired meals every day. The flavors from nearly all the regions agree with me, and I have a particular affinity for Japanese cuisine. Since I love it so much, I actually went a stretch of 6 consecutive birthdays celebrating with dinner at the Hibachi grill. So it’s no surprise that Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls are a dinner favorite in the Williams’ household. I love using the Ninja Cooking System to slow cook a roast because now my roasts always get seared first. Searing the meat before slow cooking adds a depth to the flavor profile. But I used...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...