A Recipe for Hearty Skillet Lasagna, an Update on Janice’s Kitchen Makeover, AND … We’re Giving Away a Ninja Cooking System (Podcast #201) {Giveaway CLOSED}

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!!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment here or on Facebook and tell us why you’d like to win the Ninja … or share your favorite slow cooker recipe with us. (U.S. only please.) We will enter you into the giveaway additional times if you …

> Subscribe to our RSS feed.
> Tweet about the giveaway with a link back to this post.
> Share the giveaway news with your Facebook fans and friends with a link back to the post.
> Follow us on Pinterest.
> Follow The Meal Makeover Moms on Twitter (@MealMakeovrMoms)

Please be sure to leave us a new comment every time you do something extra, and GOOD LUCK. The giveaway ends on October 12 at noon, and as always we’ll use Random.org to pick our winner.


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!

327 responses to “A Recipe for Hearty Skillet Lasagna, an Update on Janice’s Kitchen Makeover, AND … We’re Giving Away a Ninja Cooking System (Podcast #201) {Giveaway CLOSED}”

  1. Gina says:

    I really want a Ninja! My crockpot has a crack in it and I need a new one, I would love one this versatile.

  2. Gina says:

    I’m subscribed to you through RSS reader.

  3. Gina says:

    I follow you on Twitter. I’m @moneywisemoms

  4. Theron says:

    We love our Ninja products and always give them as gifts. I am most interested in the steam baking and it’s creative potential

  5. Miranda says:

    I like making applesauce in the slow cooker

  6. Miranda says:

    Rss subscriber

  7. Kendra says:

    I love the versatility the Ninja offers! Having one item with multiple functions would save me a lot of counter space!

  8. Kendra says:

    I subscribe to your feed through Google Reader.

  9. Kendra says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  10. Allison says:

    I am trying to cook more, and this new set would definitely be motivation to do so!

  11. Mindy Zeigler says:

    I love cooking for my family. I would love to win anything that would make it easier!

  12. Mindy Zeigler says:

    I subscribe to your rss feeds through google reader.

  13. Mindy Zeigler says:

    I follow you on pinterest.

  14. Jill M says:

    I love to make tapioca pudding in the slow cooker.

  15. Jill M says:

    I love to make tapioca pudding in the slow cooker.

  16. Nicole M says:

    I would love to have a Ninja because I looooove kitchen appliances but I don’t have a lot of storage space. The Ninja looks like it could do the work of several appliances, plus it has a very cool name (my 9-year-old daughter is obsessed with martial arts)!!

  17. Holly says:

    I just watched the full 30 min infomercial and can’t wait to get the ninja. This could speed my dinner prep so much. And I’m thrilled to have your blog to add to the list I check regularly.

  18. Jessica Weaver says:

    Wow! This looks so awesome! Seems to be much more versatile than just a slow-cooker. Put me in the giveaway!!

  19. Lindy H says:

    I would like to win the Ninja cause I think I would use it for so many things. I’m a stay at home mom of 3 kids. I am not the best cook but I love my crock pot. I depend on it, evenings are crazy around here so having the food cooking all day takes so much stress out of my day. My kids favorite thing in the crock pot right now is potato soup. The ninja would get a lot of use in our home.

  20. Patti Foulk says:

    I am totally fascinated with this new cooker. I love all the features it offers.

  21. sara says:

    I recently broke my slow cooker and the ninja looks like an amazing replacement!

  22. sara says:

    I follow you on twitter

  23. Patti Foulk says:

    I am now following you on Pintrest.

  24. Patti Foulk says:

    I have started to follow you on Twitter @MealMakeovrMoms.

  25. sara says:

    I subscribe by RSS feed

  26. Patti Foulk says:

    I have signed up for the RSS feed.

  27. Patti Foulk says:

    I have tweeted out the link for this giveaway.

  28. Patti Foulk says:

    I have shared the post on Facebook also.

  29. Emily Fisher says:

    I love the versatility of the Ninja. I’d love to win one.

  30. Emily Fisher says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  31. Kim Fought says:

    A ninja looks like it would make my life a lot easier!

  32. KellyS says:

    I would love to have the Ninja. WIth two young boys and homeschooling, making easy, healthy meals is a goal we keep trying to reach every day.

  33. Kari says:

    Wow, so glad I clicked on the link on FB- I had never heard of the ninja cooking system, although I do own a ninja blender and love it (great for meal makeover moms smoothies). What an neat appliance- so glad to see it actually works from people I trust- too often things sold on infomercials are junk! I would definitely use this- now that soccer and sports are taking up every night of the week we have made a few too many trips to the drive-thru lately!

  34. Kelly S says:

    followed you on Pinterest (just me)

  35. Rina says:

    Would love the Ninja – it looks great. Dinner tonight is spinach lasagna from No Whine With Dinner. 🙂

  36. Rina says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  37. Kelly S says:

    followed you on Twitter. (darth pagan)

  38. Rina says:

    Also subscribe to your RSS feed

  39. Kelly S says:

    Posted the contest and a link on my Facebook!

  40. Kelly S says:

    subscribed via google reader!

  41. Bliss says:

    I would love the Ninja!

  42. Carrie Enzler says:

    I am a stealthy Ninja in all other aspects of my life. I would like to train with this ninja in my own dojo. I have much to learn.

  43. Leah says:

    I would love one of these. With four kids and multiple activities, I need to get dinner on the table fast!

  44. Meghan Finley says:

    I have long work hours and I think this would save me a lot of time

  45. Leah says:

    I follow on Pinterest.

  46. Leah says:

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

  47. Leah says:

    I follow on Twitter.

  48. Meghan Finley says:

    I follow on pinterest-immortalb4

  49. Meghan Finley says:

    I follow on twitter @immortalb4

  50. I have been drooling over the ninja since I saw another review. I would love to replace my AllClad (which I don’t particularly care for) with the Ninja! I use my slow cooker weekly.

  51. I follow you on Pinterest!

  52. I subscribe to the RSS Feed.

  53. William R says:

    I’ve been wanting the Ninja since I found out about it a couple weeks ago. I am most interesting in using it for steam baking and roasting. Fingers crossed!

  54. William R says:

    Subscribed to your RSS feed – looking forward to reading more posts.

  55. William R says:

    Following you on Pinterest!

  56. William R says:

    Following you on Twitter.

  57. Laura says:

    I would just love to have omething named Ninja in my kitchen!

  58. Laura says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  59. Ilene says:

    I keep seeing so many recipes using slow cookers and I don’t have one. This would fill that void and so much more.

  60. Kristine says:

    Wow that’s a great product! I could really use it in my kitchen, it’s be great for my family!!

  61. libby says:

    Wow this looks amazing, I need for fixing meals fast

  62. Lori says:

    I would love to have the ninja cooking system to make my favorite slow cooker meal, chicken. My favorite recipe is slicing an onion on the bottom, then mixing herbs/spices together for the rub. My favorite rub mix is paprika, salt, black pepper, cayene pepper, thyme, onion powder & garlic powder. I’d love to have the side items as well, especially the recipe book! Thanks!

  63. Janine Malone says:

    Being a busy Mom of 2 growing boys – the Ninja would help out with food prep on those busy weekday nights! Thanks for the chance!!!!

  64. Carol Gamble says:

    This looks so cool. I had no idea there was equipment like this. I’d have to try the steam baking!

  65. Jill Robinson says:

    I have four kids, cook at least six days a week, and use my ancient crockpot every week. The Ninja would be a huge step up for us — and besides, our five year old loves ninjas!

  66. Christine Johnson says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  67. ACBurgess says:

    I would love the ninja because it would fit perfectly into my fast paced life

  68. Sandra Elsen says:

    i love all things ninja!

  69. Christine Johnson says:

    I would love the Ninja so out Scout nights would be a little less hectic.

  70. Sandra Elsen says:

    i re posted on FB

  71. Sandra Elsen says:

    i follow on RSS too! do i get a bonus for getting friends to listen to tthe podcast too?

  72. Christine Johnson says:

    I follow you on pintrest.

  73. Kay-Lynne Schaller says:

    Well, I’m teaching my 11 & 13 year old boys how to cook dinner, and their criteria when choosing recipes is, it must be QUICK! I think the Ninja would be a big hit when it comes to their culinary education!

  74. Beth pottle says:

    I make applesauce this time of year in the crockpot. Yum! I’d love to try it in the Ninja.

  75. Karene says:

    I have forwarded the newsletter to a friend, and I would love to win the Ninja because as a mom who has gone back to school, I need some quick dinner solutions! This system looks great. Plus you are selecting the winner on my birthday (Oct. 12). What a great birthday gift 😉

  76. Ann says:

    I read a great review of it on another webpage and I would love to get my hands on one.

  77. Karene says:

    Oops, I guess I was supposed to separate my comments. I have forwarded this to a friend.

  78. Beth G says:

    I really need a great crockpot!

  79. Beth G says:

    Following on Pinterest!

  80. Ann Pirone says:

    Hi, I receive your RSS feed.

  81. Ann Pirone says:

    Hi, I follow you on Pinterest as well and often repin your recipes.

  82. Jenny Buck says:

    I use a slow cooker all of the time. Yesterday I accidentally melted the bottom of mine on our stove, so needless to say, a new one would be great!

  83. Shirley Boykin says:

    I enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes.
    I like cooking a pork roast in my slowcooker.
    I use a pork loin roast. Sometimes I put sliced onions in the slowcooker and put the roast on top. You do not need any other seasoning. Sometime I use the pork loin roast with a can of kraut. Either way, no other seasoning is needed. Put it on to cook in the morning, and come back home to your house smelling wonderful.

  84. Veronica says:

    I would love to try the ninja!

  85. Eri says:

    I love my Ninja mixer and know that I will love this slow cooker. I would like to own one!

  86. Eri says:

    I subscribe your e-mails (RSS feed.)

  87. Sandy says:

    I would love to try the ninja. With two kids in college and my husband and I both working. 30 minutes until dinner would be heaven!

  88. Abby says:

    I love to make lots of things – but chili – honestly – is the hands down winner. I make alot of things in the crockpot but NOTHING tastes like slow cooker chili…you just can tell that it has simmered hours and hours and it’s fantastic! I would love to win the Ninja because I work as a teacher, have two young kids, a husband that eats like a wrestler…and I need my slow cooker week-days when dinner is already DONE and I can just go play with my kids vs trying to keep them busy while I cook. That is what life is about right!

  89. Kim Farb says:

    Would be SOOO helpful in making healthy meals. Easier mean more home cooked meals.

  90. Emily says:

    This looks awesome! I love crockpots! My current one has seen many battles, but still keeps kicking out some awesome dishes (although doesn’t look quite as spiffy!). I love to make baked beans in mine for pot lucks and BBQ parties – this is almost the recipe that I use: http://www.food.com/recipe/baked-beans-quintet-25680

    Em 🙂

  91. Kim says:

    Anything with the name ninja would be a hit in my house with all boys. Plus they are always hungry, having something that would get dinner on the table in a hurry would definitely be a blessing.

  92. Janet Braun says:

    I had a stroke in Jan. I am returning to work Oct 1 and worried about having energy to cook when I come home.

  93. Lori says:

    I would be so grateful for the help the Ninja would provide in preparing healthy meals for my family. To be able to start a meal in the morning and have it done by the time my two boys walk in tired and hungry at the end of a long day would be fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity you’re providing in this giveaway!

  94. Caren says:

    I’m subscribed to you through RSS reader.

  95. Caren says:

    I would love to have a healthy dinner ready for our busy family to come home to, we are all very hungry at the end of the day and it would help with the snacking before dinner.

  96. Melissa Miller says:

    This looks like an amazing slow cooker. I would love to try this out. Mine is on its last leg.

  97. judy weber says:

    I need to cook more at home,we need to eat healthier-getting up in age,we all need to watch what we eat.It would be better to cook and invite family over than meet at a restaurant.Winning this would help.thanks,judy

  98. Christine Saenz says:

    I am subscribed to your rss feed.

  99. Christine Saenz says:

    One of my favorite crockpot dishes is probably a peanut butter and chocolate cake. It’s for more than just savory dishes !!!!

  100. Christine Saenz says:

    I follow you guys on pinterest!!!!!

  101. Amy J says:

    I would love to win so I could more easily cook healthy meals to my 3 boys after a long day at work 🙂

  102. carolM says:

    I want to win one because it sounds so AWESOME!!! I could do some amazing things with this!

  103. MelissaS says:

    I am a single mom who works full-time and would love to be able to prepare better meals with this thing, it sounds amazing! Plus I can’t wait to try the Lasagna recipe!!

  104. Lauren Pieri says:

    My family would love this due to my marginal cooking skills particularly work days!!!

  105. Monica says:

    As a working mom, I would love a Ninja to cook dinner! 😀

  106. Gina L says:

    Wow! I would love to have this. It would make the busy nights so much easier.

  107. Bonnie says:

    This thing does it all! I would love to win it.

  108. Julie says:

    I’d love to try out the Ninja for myself.

  109. J Rudy Saenz says:

    I love Cockpit steel cut oatmeal a la crockpot. http://www.inspiredbylarue.com

  110. Debra Desgrosiellier says:

    My crock pot is old and this Ninja system looks great!

  111. Linda says:

    This looks like the perfect lake house appliance to me! And lucky me, I have the lake house for it. 🙂

  112. Jennifer says:

    I cook a lot of soups in the crock pot. The Ninja would allow me to keep everything in one pot.

  113. Heidi Luketic says:

    Would love to own this Ninja system! My favorite crockpot dish is Chicken in gravy. Boneless skinless chicken breast with cream of chicken soup. Serve over noodles or if time allows mashed potatoes. Delicious!!!

  114. Katie says:

    I would love to win one of these just in time for winter. I cook loads of soups and stews and this would come in handy. Thanks!

  115. Katie says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  116. vicki says:

    I work full time and this looks like it could help in serving healthier meal for my family.

  117. Katie says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  118. Katie says:

    I follow on Twitter.

  119. Pam says:

    The Ninja System looks wonderfully versatile. I would love to win it! Thanks for giving us the opportunity!

  120. Rhonda Rader says:

    As a busy mom on the go I am looking for a good way to make health meals for the family. I have 5 kids at home (5,7,9,16, 20) and between afterschool activities, homework, my 9-5 jub at a CPA firm and then working the family store at the local flea market I don’t have much time to cook. I love the “fix it and forget it” style of slow cooker dinners. Having a healthy dinner for everyone to enjoy fits our life style because I don’t have time to keep a close eye on food cooking on the stove top. I love my Ninja Blender and the cooking systems looks to be the perfect companion. Thanks

  121. Gretta says:

    I’ve been researching a new slow cooker, sounds like the Ninja would be great!

  122. Kelly De Barros says:

    2 jobs, 3 toddlers, and a partner who does all the dinners.. I don’t want to have salad every night.. Imagine some home cooking! Would LOVE to win this!

  123. Alison says:

    I have just made the transition from cooking by necessity to cooking for fun, and this looks like lots of fun to cook in!

  124. Leah says:

    My slow cooker is antique, I would love a new one and the ninja looks awesome! Any slow cooker recipe that takes 8-10 hours so I can make it on a work day is great, especially bean soups and stews.

  125. April V says:

    Oh wow! I would LOVE to win!! My favortie crockpot meal is porchops w/ sauerkraut over the top! Yumm..

  126. April V says:

    I’m a Twitter follower of MMM.

  127. Terry says:

    I would love to win the Ninja, it would make my life easier now that I have a job outside of the home. My favorite slow-cooker recipe is Taco Soup:
    I start with a couple of cans of stewed tomatoes, add some browned stew beef, add a packet of Taco seasoning, take all the leftover bits of veggies in my frig & freezer and cook them all together in the pot. You can also add a serving of rice in the bowl to make it go further. Love your site!

  128. Tricia O. says:

    This looks wonderful!! We need a little speed and ease in our dinner prep around this house. Right now our favorite crockpot recipe is the Thai Inspired Pork Stew over at Cooking Light.

  129. Terry says:

    I am following you on Pinterest (and I can’t remember if my first comment listed my sporty35101 account or decadentdesserts4u account but either way I have done the initial entry (taco soup was the recipe) Sorry for my confusion.

  130. Tricia O. says:

    I’m a subscriber

  131. Michelle says:

    I love how it does so many functions all in one!

  132. Jen Casino says:

    If having 2 kids didn’t keep me busy enough, I also have 3 jobs right now (my nephrologists are starting a new dialysis unit and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to teach at a local university ~ bucket list item checked off!). So, my crockpot has become my favorite way to provide healthy, quick meals for my family. By not having to “cook” when I get home, I’m able to spend quality time with my family at night.

    We also have the Ninja blender/chopper system and LOVE it! I would be happy to add another Ninja product to our home.

  133. Mary Kennedy says:

    I would love to win the Ninja Cooking System. We are so busy with two of our three sons still at home! You name it and they probably do it, so we are always on the go! This weekend alone we had a Homecoming game and dance, two basketball games and a soccer game and youth group. The Ninja would help us eat healthy, home cooked meals more often.

  134. Mary Kennedy says:

    I just followed you on Pinterest.

  135. Jenn C says:

    The versatilty of the Ninja looks amazing. I would love to win this. My current favorite crockpot recipe is you all’s Mile HIgh Spinach Lasagna. It’s so yummy!

  136. Mary Kennedy says:

    I just subscribed to your RSS feed.

  137. Helaine says:

    I would love to win the Ninja Cooking System, because I love the convenience of sticking everything in the slow cooker and having a meal ready when I get home. The current slow cooker I have is very old and has two settings – with all the versatility of this system it looks like it would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen.

  138. Jessica says:

    So versatile! Put me in the give away!

  139. Rebecca says:

    Love the idea of being able to put everything in one pot and leave it and forget it! Nice to have with a house of three growing boys 🙂 Would love to win this!!

  140. Maria says:

    This looks like a fabulous new way of cooking! We have 3 kids ages 15, 14 & 11, so our evening are busy with sports and activities. This looks like it would be a big help for getting dinner on the table quickly!

  141. Maria says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed

  142. Maria says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  143. Maria says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  144. Maria says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  145. Nicole says:

    my favorite crock pot recipe is hard because I use mine ALL the time. I make a lot of chili, BBQ, roast beef, beef stroganoff and pork/chicken carnitas, not to mention a good ole pot of pinto beans. Those are all in heavy rotation in my house.

  146. Nicole says:

    following on pinterest

  147. Nicole says:

    following on twitter

  148. pat c. says:

    Love the idea of being able to do a whole meal in one appliance.

  149. susan j says:

    I love a simple system to put dinner on the table after a long day of work.

  150. Chrissie says:

    I want to win one because I have started a project to make 2-3 crock pot meals per week that are healthy and that my family will like. Our schedule is crazy busy and I’m trying to stay away from convenience food that is not healthy. I love that you can saute and brown meat in the ninja then set to slow cook – less dishes! Here is my favorite crock pot meal so far (just made it this weekend.) I don’t think it even needs a make over! Falafel in the crock pot! Amazing 😉


  151. Melissa says:

    I have a VERY active toddler and a newborn baby girl, so anything that could save me time in the kitchen (and provide healthy food for my children) is a must. This would give me less time in the kitchen and more time playing with and nurturing my kids. Would love to win this!

  152. dionne says:

    I would love to win this Ninja cooking system because I do not have a slow cooker and need this!

  153. Jen says:

    I just signed up to follow you on Pinterest! Would love to win this!

  154. Alane says:

    I have been having a hard time cooking these days as its just me and my husband now most nights. Having the Ninja would really help me to make sure we eat home cooked meals!

  155. marnie says:

    Would love to win this to make meal prep easier for my family (3) plus the 3 kids we help care for…

    we love to make paleo stews in our old crockpot!

    following you guys on pinterest, FB and twitter!

  156. Brooke says:

    I love your Pulled Pork Primavera recipe for the slow cooker!

  157. Brooke says:

    I follow you on Pintrest!

  158. Brooke says:

    I follow you on twitter @Cobbtotsnkids

  159. Teresa N says:

    I need time and space savers!

  160. Teresa N says:

    I follow you on Pinterest

  161. Tammy says:

    I would love to have the Ninja because a girl can never have too many kitchen gadgets! 🙂

  162. Sandy Ruminski says:

    I absolutely was on pins and needles listening to the podcast and wondering where I could pick a Ninja up…so happy to see you are giving one away. I love using my crock pot. I like to put a full chicken in my crockpot and add a few meatballs-the two flavors together are great !

  163. Beth Zimbicki says:

    I’ve never heard of the Ninja before, I plan to look more into this, it sounds like a great tool to have in the kitchen. My favorite lately has been to make a pot of beans in the slow cooker, I soak in the cooker over night, and then in the morning, I’ll add carrots, celery and bay leaf, and then turn on for the day. It is so nice to have a hot pot of beans ready when I come home!

  164. Carolyn says:

    The Ninja would be great for me to have a meal ready between work and the next appt.

  165. KarenO says:

    I’d LOVE to have this all-in-one cooking system! I own a small crockpot, but it’s really TOO small. And when I have to turn on my oven it makes my apartment SO hot, especially during this heat wave in So. California! Lucky me, if I’m chosen as the winner!

  166. Robin says:

    My slow cooker broke and I really need a new one! Pick me, pick me 🙂

  167. Robin says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  168. tracie says:

    homecooked meals are becoming harder for my family… dad’s hard at work all day/evening, and mom’s health is going downhill. a great slowcooker would be great to have, and easy enough for all to do (even the younger ones to help prepare dinners). there’s so many families that could benefit from such a great prize… just wish we could all have one!

  169. Rebecca S says:

    As the kids get more involved and I’m working again – would love to do more one pot meals.

    I treasure any time saved.

    Excellent website, Janice and Liz!


  170. Kimberly Smick says:

    Would love to win this! It would be an awesome way to help with cooking for my family!

  171. Susan says:

    This looks like it’d be such a great timesaver for us busy moms!

  172. melissa says:

    You know you’re a full-fledged “mom” when it’s 2 in the morning and you’re watching a Ninja Cooking System Informercial and simultaneously scouring the web to find a way to get one without your husband seeing a $259 purchase on the credit card statement! Must… Make… That… Spaghetti…

  173. Kari says:

    Just found my 9 yr ols son watching the infomercial- we saw Liz :)! My son is sold- he is now begging me to buy him a Ninja Cooking system. Some boys ask for legos…..

  174. Kristin says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  175. Kristin says:

    I love to use my slow cooker, it is so hard to pick just one recipe! A few of my favorites are slow cooker enchilada soup, crock pot buffalo chicken sandwiches, and shredded barbacoa beef! Yummy!

  176. Cathy says:

    I would love to win this! It would save me so much time cooking for my family of 3! I work in Manhattan commuting back home in NJ daily. It means I usually get home around 6:45-7:00 to hungry mouths to feed. These days I have to buy packaged or frozen foods in order to quickly whip up dinner.

  177. kristie says:

    I like the fact that you only mess up on thing and not several.. Love to crock pot cook!!!

  178. Mindy says:

    There’s nothing better than slow cooker cookin’! And a person can never have too many slow cookers!

  179. MARY says:

    I love my Ninja blender and the new Ninja cooking system is the appliance for me. I am a working mom and I use a regular crock pot every week. With the Ninja system I could use it almost every day and have more variety in our daily meals. Yahoo! I need to win this one.

  180. Catherine says:

    I’ve been saving up for a Ninja blender for a few months because I’ve heard wonderful things about the company. I know we’ll put it to good use in our house since we cook dinner every day. My boyfriend is the best cook I know. I’m sure he’d make a mean chili or pulled pork in this crock pot!

  181. Bonnie flynn says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  182. Sheri Hatten says:

    I am a Dietitian and love to cook and experiment with food. Making meals for my family with a Ninja cooking system would be awesome! Please enter me in your drawing.

  183. Escarlette says:

    I need to win this please – i am a stay-at-home-mom who cooks everyday and i cook everything from scratch. So this would be of much help to me. Thank you 🙂

  184. Escarlette says:

    I am following on twitter @naturallyhumble 🙂

  185. Elaine Corwin says:

    This appliance looks wonderful! I haven’t had a new slow cooker in over 25 years. I need some inspiration to try new recipes and I think this would fill that need!

  186. Sara H says:

    I love the ninja products I have purchased this far. I really want and need this ninja cooking system. We have our first baby on the way, and both my husband and I work full time. So, I am looking for ways that we can prepare quick and healthy meals, especially when our life will become more busy in a few months! I think that they ninja cooking system can help me do just that.

  187. Twonya Campbell says:

    Seen that you were giving away a ninja cooking system. I would love to win it !!! I have the ninja kitchen blender n LOVE it. I resently became unemployed because of health problem and have a lot of time to do nothing . I would really enjoy getting to try out some new recipe and new ways of cooking things. I really love new gadgets .

  188. Larisa says:

    I would like to make macaroni and cheese, using elbow macaroni, chicken stock , shredded sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese and some parmesan-I like the pot roast, bbq ribs and other numerous meals and deserts.

  189. Lisa Garland says:

    I have a Ninja Cooking System, and I LOVE it !! I have made 6or 7 recipes from the book, and all of them were GREAT !! I would love to give one as a gift, but I can’t afford to buy another one. If I could win one, it someone would have a very merry christmas! I also own a Ninja 1100 kitchen system, and love that as well. Keep the great products comming Euro Pro!

  190. Tobi says:

    I am in love with the Ninja product. We have the Ninja Kitchen System 1200 and it is amazing. I would love to have the Ninja Cooking System, I have been telling my friends all about it and would love to win one!

  191. susie snyder says:

    I want to win a Ninja because my son is Autistic and I try to make all food from scratch so he doesn’t have any chemical in his food. This would make life easier and healthier for us.

  192. Martha Anne Singer says:

    I would LOVE to win the Ninja! Between work, school, soccer, baseball, cub scouts and just life, finding time to cook a healthy meal for my husband and 3 kids is tough! The Ninja looks like it would make it so much easier. We love to come home to hot soup or chili in the crockpot for dinner! Thanks!

  193. Candy says:

    I “liked” you and am following you on twitter and pinterest, and I retweeted your post for “Cook Like a Ninja!” I have very active 8 and 15 year old daughters who keep me rushing back and forth from the runners club to soccer to gymnastics to volleyball back to gymnsatics to basketball to cheer to track…and I work full-time. I just recently learned the beauty of slowcooking and realized that we CAN eat a meal together every night even with our hectic schedules that usually send us in different directions! I also just recently started using my Ninja Master Prep that I received for Christmas last year to make yummy healthy smoothies for breakfast and lunch. Winning the Ninja Cooking System would be a wonderful way for me to invest more time in my family while still providing them with the nutrition they need! NO MORE DRIVE-THRUS!

  194. James Palm says:

    We travel full time in our motor home and this would make a nice item for covering 75 % of our cooking needs. When you live i a small space it’s nice to have something that can do the job of 3 or 4 other items.

  195. Stephany says:

    I am a college student studying to go into the medical field and I would absolutely LOVE to win the Ninja because I don’t have time to cook a healthy meal and I love cooking and learning how to make new recipes. I do own the Ninja blender and I absolutely love it and would like to try out this new product! Thank you for the opportunity to own it!

  196. john says:

    doe’s any one know of recipes i can get, other than the 150 i got with the cookbook i ordered with my ninja 3-1 cooking system?i need more everyday recipies not too fancy.mainly if cooking times for regular crock pot recipies will work for my ninja.seeing it cooks faster! thanxs!

  197. tina page says:

    seems like a great product to help through the winter months….

  198. tina page says:

    i follow you on pinterest
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

  199. Margaret says:

    I am a mother of six (five boys and a princess), wife of a wonderful husband, and full time physician. I own my own practice and balance life between home and work. I cook, clean, and wash all the while keeping a smile on my face and skip in my walk. My crockpot handle recently broke and am looking for a new one. This would make life a bit easier for our household and hungry boys happy. Thanks for this opportunity!

  200. Jennifer W says:

    I work 2 jobs and this seems like a great way to ensure healthy meals for my family.

  201. Jennifer W says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  202. Jennifer W says:

    I follow you on Pinterest

  203. Cheryl M says:

    The Ninja cooking system would help with my Sunday cooking marathons that I do every week as I prep multiple meals to send with my husband when he leaves for a week of work.

  204. Sharon says:

    I would love to win this Ninja system because I love your products. I just bought the Ninja Kitchen System 1100. I have limited space and this would be perfect since it does almost everything using just one appliance.

  205. Joyann says:

    I didn’t know I wanted one until I listened to your podcast. Pick me!!!:)

  206. Madeline Osborne says:

    This is my own recipe for Squash Crumble Coffeecake. It is very moist and tasty, and my husband always marvels that it has squash in it.

    Nonstick cooking spray
    1 package (15 1/2 oz.) spice cake mix with 1 cup set aside for Crumble topping
    1 egg
    6 TBS butter, melted

    1 large (29 oz.) can of pumpkin OR 3 1/4 cups cooked squash puree
    2 eggs
    1 TBS pumpkin pie spice
    1 TBS cinnamon powder
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    2/3 cup evaporated milk

    Crumble Topping:
    1/4 (4 TBSP) butter, melted
    1 cup reserved Spice cake mix
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (Optional)


    1. Lightly spray the inside of a 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside.

    2. In a medium bowl, combine spice cake mix, 1 egg, and 6 TBSP melted butter until mix is moistened (batter will be very thick). Gently press cake mix batter evenly on the bottom of the prepared cooker.

    3. In a medium bowl, mix the squash, 2 eggs, Pumpkin Pie spice, cinnamon powder, brown sugar, and condensed milk until well blended. Carefully pour sugar mixture over batter.

    4. In a small bowl, combine the reserved cake mix, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup sugar and the chopped nuts until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle mixture on top of squash mixture.

    5. Cover and cook on high-heat setting (do not use low-heat setting) for 2 hours (center may appear moist but will set up as it stands).

    6. Remove liner from cooker, if possible, or turn off cooker. Let cake stand, uncovered, for 1 hour to cool before serving.

    This cake is good warm, but is even better refrigerated overnight, so that the flavors develop.
    I have also make this using commercial brownie mix (omitting the pumpkin pie spice, but keeping the cinnamon).

  207. Madeline Osborne says:

    Left a comment and a Like on your Facebook page!

  208. Madeline Osborne says:

    Subscribed to your RSS feed!

  209. Tina Johnson says:

    I would love to win a Ninja because I have the blender, which I adore. I’ve been doing some research on the Ninja cooking system and haven’t found anything close to this. I need a slower cooker type appliance because I am extremely busy with my family of four. I would love to cook wonderfully smelling, healthy, slow cooked meals. I also love having the option of using it as a “stove top” as well. I would love to win one!

  210. Sascha says:

    This would look GREAT next to my Ninja KS. Looks like a sensational product, and would make my life a ton easier.

  211. Kellie M. says:

    My crock pot just died and I love the Ninja products. I have the Bullet as well as the 1100 series blender. They design such great products.

  212. Janet Menkens says:

    Love the Ninja! My brother in law bought one on line and started cooking for the first time in 20 years…he loved it so much he bought one for my mother (the ultimate son in law gift). But did he buy one for me? No….hence, I need a Ninja!

  213. Meg says:

    Chicken Fricot, a rich chicken stew with dumplings cooked on top, is a family favorite and i have been trying to adapt it for the slow cooker. The tricky part is how long to cook the dumplings at the end. Here’s the original recipe:
    Would love advice on this! And the ninja (of course!)

  214. My wife has been singing the praises of the NInja she bought last fall and when she saw the infomercial with this new cooker she almost drooled. The quality of your products can’t be beat.

  215. Janet Dandy says:

    Following on pinterest.

  216. Janet Dandy says:

    I tweeted a link back to here.

  217. Olena Gudz says:

    I would love to win the Ninja Cooking System to update my very old & simple crockpot! It looks like a great, versatile kitchen tool for yummy slow-cooked dishes and more 🙂

  218. lisa says:

    to win this would be like hiring my own personal chef for the family. send it my way please!

  219. I was working out at the gym, started watching the Ninja Kitchen infomercial and extended my workout to watch the whole thing. Came to your blog and am now reading many of your posts. Would love to win the item.

  220. Ernest says:

    I would love to win so that I can eat healthier using crockpot recipes since I have MS.

  221. Pat Marshall says:

    I am most impressed with what I have read on the Ninja Crockpot and would love to own one. Here’s hoping my name is picked!

  222. Dee says:

    I work more than one job (actually 3!), but I am determined to be fully present as a parent. I cook a sit down dinner at least 6 days a week. If this nifty gadget saved me a few minutes in the kitchen it would be HUGE!!!

  223. Pamela Jaenke says:

    Both me and my husband work full time. This would be a blessing and would help us to prepare quick and healthy meals. Thanks for the chance.

  224. Michael Bird says:

    With two teenagers and their hectic schedules, anything that helps us sit down and eat dinner together is a blessing.

  225. adrianne says:

    I would love to try the stovetop lasagna you talked about on the podcast!

  226. adrianne says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  227. Madeline Osborne says:

    Am now following you on Pinterest!

  228. Jenn says:

    The roasted chicken sounds really delish in the Ninja. I think that would be my first meal. I like the idea of bring able to sear the meat in the same pot that you then roast it in.

  229. Jennifer says:

    I posted a link on Twitter.

  230. Jennifer says:

    I linked this on Twitter

  231. Jennifer says:

    I posted on facebook

  232. Wendy says:

    Oh! I want one! I’ve been wanting a counter top roaster for ages.

  233. Debra Harscher says:

    I want to win this Ninja Cooking System to help me cook more nutritious meals that will help me lose weight and get healthy!

  234. Debra Harscher says:

    I posted on your facebook page.

  235. Debra Harscher says:

    I am now following all of your boards on Pinterest.

  236. Debra Harscher says:

    I tweeted about winning a Ninja cooking System and linked to this page.

  237. d says:

    I am now following you on Tweeter.

  238. Debra Harscher says:

    I am following your RSS feed blog.

  239. Debra Harscher says:

    I am following you on Twitter.

  240. Jen says:

    I have always wanted a slow cooker. I can do your slow cooker recipes from No Whine with Dinner. ! And this Ninja sounds magical !

  241. D. M. says:

    The Ninja Cooking System would make it easier to eat a decent meal after a full day at work and visiting my son, who lives in a hospital (for over a year now). I would love to have this item.

  242. Jen says:

    I would love the Ninja. I love to try new ways of cooking! I love to make your sweet and hearty beef stew!

  243. Madeline Osborne says:

    Once you’ve made your dumpling mixture, drop the dough by rounded Tablespoonfuls DIRECTLY onto your chicken vegetable mixture. Cover and cook on HIGH for 45-50 minutes, or on LOW 5-6 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the dumplings comes out clean. I make Chicken Paprika with Dumplings in my slow cooker, and that’s how I do it. Good luck!

  244. Tanya says:

    I really want a Ninja Cooking System because I’m a horrible cook and I know this would help me, and my family would be so greatful!

  245. Madeline Osborne says:

    Now following Liz and Janice on Twitter.

  246. Nicole F says:

    Would love a ninja crock pot! I think my son (and even my daughter) would eat anything that came out of a pot called ninja!

  247. Nicole F says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  248. Caroline Roettger says:

    I really, really, really want to cook again. However, the food is always frozen or what I wany will take to long. The Ninja is an answer to my prayer!

  249. Beth Kensinger says:

    Hi! I follow you on Pinterest and Facebook, and listen to the podcast! I’d love to win the ninja! The system looks so convenient! (And my slow cooker is on its last legs…)

  250. Marisa G. says:

    I subscribed to your RSS feed.

  251. Marisa G. says:

    The Ninja Cooking System will be extremely helpful in preparing healthy meals for my whole family!

  252. Marisa G. says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  253. Marisa G. says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  254. Andrea says:

    I would love to win the Ninja….it would definitely help me out with our busy weekday afternoon/evenings. Between soccer practices, swim lessons, AWANA, it seems like we’re always on the go when I should be home making dinner. It would be great having something healthy to come home to eat.

  255. Kara Jacobson says:

    This Ninja system looks so great!!! I would love to use it with my family, several nights a week we’re out at sporting events for the kids , a slow cooker is the way to go on these days!!

  256. Deanna says:

    I would really like to win the Ninja cooking system because my life is so hectic. I am a Military Spouse with two children and support my Military Husband as he goes on deployment after deployment. I too work full time, my children are in sports and boy scouts and it’s hard to have a nutritious healthy meal when we are getting home so late. It would be great and reassuring to know that a healthy meal was waiting for us. this will also help my husband maintain the Air Force standards in his physical fitness test if we could make healthier meals more often. Thank you for considering us!

  257. So i am so excited about this giveaway i did the following:

    Now following on RSS feed
    Twitted about it…many are excited about the give away too
    Shared on my facebook page
    Signed up for the mealmakeovermoms newsletter on their website
    “liked” mealmakeovermoms facebook page
    Now following Mealmakeovermoms on Pinterest and Twitter!
    Also pinned mealmakeovermoms on my Pinterest t as well!

    Thank you!

  258. LauraPatterson says:

    I was listening to the podcast (I’m always a little behind!) & putting a nice pork roast in the crock pot with potatoes & onions! (Garlic spinach to follow!! ) when I heard about the give away!! We are always home late due to crazy busy schedules! I use my crockpot all the time, & have listened to the infomercial while I get ready for work (I’m a paramedic & have to be on shift at 430 am! )& have thought “nice! I’ll save up for one! ” now I’ll have to look to see Liz!
    I also signed up for the RSS feed & reposted to FB!

  259. Jared says:

    I’m addicted to the infomercial!!! Could really use one.

  260. Jared says:

    I’m addicted to the infomercial!! Could really use one.

  261. Debra Payne says:

    Need this appliance. No time to cook.

  262. Nicole Perry says:

    I would love the Ninja, I’m always looking for new ways to feed my family!

  263. laura says:

    My favorite slow-cooker recipe:


    1- 16 oz can whole cranberry sauce
    1/3 cup Dijon mustard
    ½ cup brown sugar
    Juice of 1 lemon
    1 TBSP salt
    2- 1 lb. pork loin roasts

    Mix all ingredients except pork roasts in a medium bowl. Place roast into greased crock pot. Pour cranberry mix over the roasts. Cook on high heat for 1 hour. Turn down to low and cook an additional 4 hours. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting.

  264. laura says:

    I’m Subscribed to your RSS feed

  265. laura says:

    I’m following you on pinterest!

  266. I would love to win this Ninja system. As a busy business owner, the quick clean up and easy, healthy recipes make a great pair. Thanks for the opportunity!

  267. I subscribed to your RSS!

  268. Brook Hayes says:

    I would love a Ninja cooking system, but becuase if finances would not be able to buy one for myself.

  269. Leslie says:

    our home is currently without a crockpot, so this Ninja would be super useful for our mostly Paleo based diet.
    We LOVE our Ninja blender and use it frequently. Morning smoothies are a fun and quick task with the Ninja blender!

  270. Tiffany says:

    I love making mashed potatoes in my crock pot! Especially during big holidays when stove/oven space is at a premium.

  271. Amanda says:

    Being able to get a healthy dinner on the table faster sounds great!

  272. Amanda says:

    I’m following you on Pinterest.

  273. Michelle says:

    I would love to win the ninja. I am trying to find new gadgets to cook dinner with.

  274. Shanda Spears says:

    I would love to win the Ninja System because I love to cook. I have been the one cooking all my family meals since I was 9 years old. I come from a tough back ground and food was always the easiest way to bring a little happiness and sanity into my home. Today I am a mother of two beautiful children and the wife to a very busy husband. Dinner is that time many families have lost along the way as a vice to reconnect and continue a loving conversational atmosphere even if just for the duration of that one meal. The Ninja System looks like a great way to make dinner easier so that making dinner is easier and you can use more of your time keeping up with your family and making fun family memories with them.

  275. Brian Marcus says:

    I have been in the US Navy for 17 years and I am only able to move 500 pounds of gear that I can ship. The 3 in 1 cooking system would allow me not to have to worry about the pots and pans to move with me.

  276. winter knickerbocker says:

    holy moly I can’t believe ur giving a ninja away!!!
    I drool every time I see it!
    coolest kitchen gadget EVER!! I’m obsessed with the crock pot but I have a cheap one and it’s used a lot! would love to take a ninja off ur hands 🙂

  277. Becky V. says:

    Oooo, I am drooling over the Ninja! I have an hour commute for work (an hour each way!), so something that would make a healthy meal for my family in less time would be so great!!

  278. Becky V. says:

    I also follow you on Pinterest and Facebook! I’ll even follow you on Twitter someday if I can figure out how it works! 🙂

  279. Heidi says:

    I followed you on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. I would love to win the Ninja! Looks like something I would use all the time…especially with the cold winter on the way here in NY!

  280. Jody says:

    I want one! It sounds like an amazing slow cooker!

  281. Christa says:

    I would love to win the ninja. I love making your mile high spinach lasagna in my slow cooker. I would love to try it in the Ninja!

  282. Christina says:

    My husband and I are getting our first home together and will have an actual kitchen for the Ninja to live in!

  283. Jill L says:

    I would love to get this because my slow cooker just died!

  284. Jill L says:

    Following you on Pinterest now!

  285. Sandra Tuckman says:

    The Ninja looks awesome — love an appliance that has so many different uses!

  286. Debby says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter.

  287. Debby says:

    I shared on Facebook.

  288. Debby says:

    This looks like such an amazing system. Would love to win it.

  289. Sarah L says:

    I want to win it because I no longer have a working crock pot and this would be even better than the one I used to have.
    Thanks for the contest.

  290. Sarah L says:

    Pinterest follow you: slehan

  291. Sarah L says:

    Twitter follow you: slehan

  292. Liz S says:


  293. Emily Waller says:

    We’re struggling to get healthy meals on the table quickly between when we get home and the kids’ early bedtimes. A ninja to help with that would be awesome!

  294. Marcie says:

    I’m a full-time RVer, so I’m super excited about the one dish for everything aspect!

  295. Wanda Figueroa says:

    I reall need the Ninja system, we follow a Paleo life style diet ….that means no processed food I cook and prepare evey bit of food we eat….this would make my life so much easier!! Thanks

  296. Wanda Figueroa says:

    I really need the Ninja system, we follow a Paleo life style diet ….that means no processed food I cook and prepare evey bit of food we eat….this would make my life so much easier!! Thanks

  297. dinan says:

    I want to be a ninja too!

  298. Cassie Palkovich says:

    This sounds amazing. I definitely got to get one of these. Non-stick, searing. Sign me up!!

  299. I would love the Ninja because my slow cookers are “off”. My older one runs super hot, and the newer two run very cool and potatoes, carrots etc don’t cook in the time the rest of the meal cooks. I need something accurate more than ever since I will be going back to school.

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  301. Follow you on Pinterest Sherry Conrad

  302. Follow you on Twitter dddiva

  303. Lori B says:

    I would love to win the ninja bc your hearty skillet lasagna looks awesome 🙂

  304. Sandra Acs says:

    I would love to win the ninja to make some wonderful meals and have easy clean up. Being a working mom, I am always looking for something that will allow meal prep and serve become easier.
    I am following you via twitter and tweeted, facebook, and shared and pininterest. Have you on RSS feed and blog.

  305. Victor says:

    My oven is broken.

  306. Victor says:

    My oven is broken and space is very tidy in my apt. After watching the infomercials, I so want this!

  307. Birgit Schult says:

    follow you on twitter @FrauSchult, left comment on facebook and then discovered your give way ended :(((
    A little hope was just shattered.

  308. Theresa says:

    I would LOVE to win the ninja system because I have an 8 month old son and can’t seem to knock off the baby weight. I’m a bit of a naive soul that thinks every infomercial works, and I have yet to find one I believe in. I feel like having the ninja products in the house (based on the information I’ve seen) would be a great way to incorporate healthy meals into my families life and make a fresh start! I have a hard time finding the time to make dinner and my poor husband and child see the negative effects of this. Please help me!!!

  309. Lyn Levasseur says:

    My husband works late and he is the cook in the family and I would love to be able to have some wonderful home cooked me made for him by the time he gets home. I was naver able to that with my first husband. This would be a Godsend. Thank you.

  310. Christine Cregar says:

    I would love to own the Ninja

  311. Gregg Cranshaw says:

    I currently have a normal crockpot that is about to die. I have been looking at the Ninja cooking system as a replacement. The features are amazing. To be able to steam, sear and slow cook with the same appliance is great! I can sear a pork loin and then slow cook it for pulled pork in the same pot!

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