Tagged: low-cost meals

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 šŸŒ“ 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 oldā€”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...

Dijon Chicken with Rice & Broccoli is a nutritious & delicious meal for two prepared solely in the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Dijon Chicken with Rice & Broccoli {Ninja Cooking System}

Thank goodness for the Ninja Cooking System in July. The heat and humidity is enough here in Indianaā€”forget turning on the oven when summer is blazing away like this. This recipe for Dijon Chicken with Rice & Broccoli is perfect for summer and an adaptation of one of my favorites for the Ninja. You’ll find a lot of Paula Deen cookbooks in my collection. Back in our dating days, Rob and I occasionally landed on her Food Network shows. He would just, like, drool. And that was my cue. The funny thingā€”I have been most drawn to the recipes in...

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 areĀ a dinner favorite in the Williams’ household. I love using the Ninja Cooking System toĀ slow cook a roast becauseĀ now my roasts always get seared first. Searing the meat before slow cooking adds a depth to the flavor profile.Ā But I used...

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. AĀ loaded potato gratin in the Ninja Cooking System sounded like a fantastic idea every timeĀ 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 turnedĀ fiveĀ 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 threeĀ 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...

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....

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 šŸ“ 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 moreĀ about clean eatingā€”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 inĀ a can. Good Mexican restaurants serve enchiladas that boast flavorful, rich sauces, so I should be...

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 itĀ asĀ I scarfed downĀ 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 poblanosĀ 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 optionā€”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 makeā€”and perfect for low budget weeks. Plus, the taste is great. Surprisingly, the recipe contains no butter at all. But Paula’sĀ recipe doesn’t quite fit into a Whole30 lifestyle on account of the breadcrumbs and frying in oil. I decided to fix thatā€”and I developed this recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes withĀ Dijon Sauce. We typically enjoy our tuna cakes with tartar sauce, which is also difficult to find in a Whole30 variety without spending...

Poblano Joes is a fresh, clean-eating twist on the all-time classic favorite, Sloppy Joes! Use chiles from the garden for a special treat. 0

Poblano Joes ā˜… Clean-Eating Version of the Sloppy

I’ve been making a Biggest Loser recipe called Sexy Joes for a few years now. It’s delicious and lower on caloriesā€”mainly because it uses ground chicken in place of ground beef. It calls for chile sauce, though. And I can’t seem to find a decently-priced bottle of chile sauce that embodies my clean-eating ideals (i.e. isn’t loaded with high fructose corn syrup). I used ground beef in my Poblano Joes recipe to make it closer to the classic sloppy joes sandwich that everyone loves. However, you could easily switch the beef out for ground chicken. Then let’s call it Sexy...