Review and Giveaway: Crazy about the Ninja 3-in-1

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Regular readers to this blog know that I’m a terrible cook; I’m talking heated fish fingers and turkey burgers here.  So, when I got an email from a publicist asking me if I wanted to try a fabulous new easy cooker, I said, “heck, yes!”  The Ninja 3-in-1 arrived in October and it’s changed my life.  Correction: our lives.  I like to cook now.  Which means dinner is no longer painful for ALL of us.

Meat and spinach lasagna. I have made this 3 times-it's a solid hit.

So, what is the Ninja 3-in-1? It’s a slow cooker, oven, stove top and a steamer.  I love that you can sear, saute and then leave. As in, ciao baby- I’m going out!

Image courtesy of Frugal Upstate

And, I’m not the only one who digs this machine:

Stephanie of She looks positively in love, right?!

Lesser known fans are:

  • My dad watched me cook in it this fall and asked for the Ninja for Christmas (Merry Christmas, Dad!).
  • I bought an extra one at Target and the checkout woman was apoplectic that I was buying her favorite new appliance. She was practically drooling when she told me about her favorite Ninja recipes of lemon cupcakes, chocolate mousse and angel food cupcakes (guess she loves her sweets…).
  • I brought it over to my friend’s house to cook this week. I would call her a semi-professional cook as she teaches cooking classes, so I value her opinion. She went gaga over the perfectly cooked one pot meal we made of chicken tenders with quinoa and edamame … 10 minutes. She is getting one for Christmas now too.
  • Light Kiwi Angel Food Cupcakes that the checkout women was raving about.

This little thing is pretty darn amazing, but it’s just that it’s not so little. You need some good counter space for this thing. So, move over juicer, blender (keep your toaster for darn’s sake), and make room. It’s totally worth it.

I just made these pulled pork sliders. They didn't look this nice, but there were delicious and super moist.

Here is what I love:

  • It has “Triple Fusion Heat” which means you can make things three times as fast as you can in a slow cooker or pan. I make lasagna in 20 minutes and poached chicken breasts in 10 minutes. Do you know what freedom this means for parents?! You can come home and make a delicious dinner in 10-20 minutes!
  • Oven settings go up to 425 which means I don’t have to use my oven- at all.
  • It steams so I’ve made poached salmon and the most delicious pot roasts and chickens. Nothing dries out because of the steaming process.
  • It sears and cooks. So, when you want to roast a chicken- sear it on the stovetop setting for 5 minutes on each side, then load all your veggies, a little broth and seasoning and then switch over to the cook function for 1 hour. Pull the chicken out but leave the broth inside and make your sauce right there. Only one pan to clean after all this.
  • It cleans well because the pot is a non-stick surface.
  • It holds a whopping 6 quarts. I put a 6 pound pot roast in it, and had room for lots of vegetables too.
  • It keeps food warm for up to 12 hours.

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You can find some great recipes on their website to help you get started, but I recommend getting the cookbook, there’s just so many recipes in it.

I’ve been bitten by the bug: I want all the accessories now, especially the muffin pan and baking kit.

Okay, enough, right?

I do love that my husband keeps wondering who that woman in the kitchen is.

Here is the giveaway:
You will win a Ninja 3-in-1 cooking system with the pot and roasting rack!! The retail price is $159.99 at most stores. I got the last one at Target last week, but I’m sure they will stock up on more.

Entry Details:
To enter the giveaway, leave a review on our new Marketplace for any business or service. Once you have done that, just email me ( that you left a review and for whom. You can do as many reviews/entries as you like! The more you do the better your chances! (If you are totally technically challenged, you can send the review to me, but it has to be for someone already listed in our Marketplace).
Entries will be taken through Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 8 pm. Good luck! I will announce the winner on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 (Happy New Year!) on both Facebook and on a comment here.

Disclosure: Ninja provided the Ninja Cooking System for my review. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.

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  1. I shipped mine right back when I saw the “Lead” warning sticker on the box.

  2. Just thought I should get the word out. These are unsafe to use; they contain lead, it’s stated on the bottom of the box in very small print. If the manufacturer is willing to use lead, especially with posted research going into the toxicity of lead, you can bet the coating is pretty dang toxic. There isn’t a word on what is actually used to coat the ninja, and I suspect there is a very good reason for it (like people would refuse to buy them).

  3. Hey Lori Hoepner- you WON the Ninja! Email us so we can get it to you!

  4. HI Karo,

    I had the same thought and I’m not sure how to get around it. I use a nonstick for my omlette pan too.

    I was told the surface for the Ninja is “commercial grade” but I’m not sure if that makes any difference really.

    I wish we didn’t have to use anything with nonstick but, I’ve decided that since I cook in nonstick infrequently- around 2 days a week, that I was okay with using it in the end.

    My crock pot is also nonstick. I suspect that most slow cookers will be but I’ll be curious to see if anyone has found an alternative?

  5. Really nice cooker but non-stick surface?? What about those perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA)—also known as C-8—a chemical used to bond the nonstick coating to the pan? PFOAs have been linked to cancer, low birth weight and a suppressed immune system. Even the EPA labeled PFOA a likely human carcinogen.

    Does anyone know a similar unit without the non-stick surface? Seems hard to find these days.

    Sorry to be the “grinch” on this one but just wouldn’t feel comfortable cooking in PFOAs. Anyone else?

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