This summer, Liz received a complimentary new appliance called the Ninja Cooking System, and she was asked by the manufacturer — Euro-Pro — to give it a try. What followed was a month-long cooking frenzy; Liz made Hearty Skillet Lasagna, Salmon with Arugula & Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous, Lemon Chicken with Rosemary, Classic Braised Beef Brisket, Tofu Shitake & Red Pepper Stir-Fry, and even Mini Strawberry Shortcakes … all in ONE cooking device. We dish all about it on this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast … and offer an AMAZING giveaway for a Ninja!!
Cooking in the Ninja is fast and nutritious, and cleanup is super easy. Liz is gaga over the Ninja because it can do four things in one pot: One-Pot Meal Making, Slow Cooking, Steam Roasting, and Steam Baking. In this photo, Liz is about to add petite peas to a steam-roasted beef brisket … and she’s just topped mini cupcakes with a wee bit of whipped cream and some thinly sliced strawberries.
The folks over at Ninja asked Liz if she’d provide a testimonial for their new infomercial, and she said, “yes.” So if you see Liz on TV this fall, don’t be surprised. By the way, if you know Stephanie O’Dea from A Year of Slow Cooking, she was one of the hosts of the infomercial. Adorable!
Top the Hearty Skillet Lasagna with fresh, chopped basil for even more flavor.
Hearty Skillet Lasagna
Makes 6 Servings
This is a pretty flexible recipe. You can add just about any veggie your family loves … things like a peeled and shredded carrot, a diced onion, and a finely diced zucchini. Liz has made it a few times and usually leaves the ricotta out (it’s not a fave with her kids), but she definitely gets creative with the veggies!
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean or higher)
- 10 uncooked lasagna noodles broken into 2-inch pieces
- One 24-ounce jar pasta sauce
- 1½ cups water
- One 6-ounce bag baby spinach
- 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup light ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Place the beef into the pot. Set to Stovetop High. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until the beef is browned, stirring often. If you’re using carrots, zucchini, etc, add them along with the beef.
2. Arrange the noodles pieces over the beef. Pour the sauce and water over the noodles. Set to Stovetop Medium. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Turn off the pot.
3. Stir in the spinach and watch it wilt. Stir the cheeses into the pasta mixture. Cover and let stand until the cheeses melt.
GIVEAWAY NEWS: We’re giving away a Ninja Cooking System to ONE lucky winner. Our winner will receive the new Ninja appliance PLUS a bunch of other goodies including a roasting rack, multipurpose roasting pan, silicone trivet, silicone mitt set, and a recipe book with 150 Ninja recipes. Total value is $360.00. WOW!!
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Meanwhile, Janice talked a lot about her kitchen renovation on this week’s show. She even shot a video to show you how the new kitchen is shaping up … (Cleansing breath, Janice.)
Read on for more highlights from Janice’s Extreme Kitchen Makeover.
In the beginning there was a hole in the ground … then the builders poured the concrete foundation … then they framed the walls … and then they installed the windows and doors. Janice and Don are on their way to a dream kitchen, so stay tuned for much more to come.
Janice has managed to cook some decent meals in the front porch on her trusty hot plate. Some of Leah’s favorites have been Last-Minute Black Bean Soup from The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers and Quick Apple Sausage Quesadillas from No Whine with Dinner. But the best meals have been those enjoyed at friends’ houses. Janice and Don long to have a pretty table like Mary’s when she had them over for a dinner of grilled pork tenderloin, rice pilaf, and green beans.
That’s what we’ve been up to lately. What about you? And don’t forget to tell us why you want to win the Ninja!