White Bean and Chicken Chili by Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™

This post was created in partnership with Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.

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Readers, this one is earth-shattering.

The thing is, last week was a rough one! Cassidy had a bad stomach bug and was also traveling for four out of seven nights. I was traveling for two of those! Work was crazy, we had an unexpected snow day, and it was tough to shop for ingredients. I was SO grateful I have a Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™. This wonder is four applicances built into one – a slow cooker, a stove top for searing and sautéing, a steamer, and an oven for baking. YES. All of that! It’s totally amazing to do everything you need to do with one system. Also, the Auto-iQ™ Technology features more than 80 pre-programmed recipes.

It’s exactly what you need under your Christmas tree (plus a puppy):

I found a way to create an absolutely delicious dinner (still thinking about it) with this marvel. It comes with a 6-quart nonstick dishwasher-safe pot, a glass lid with handle, a steaming/roasting rack, and a 100+ recipe cookbook with over 80 Auto-iQ recipes! You absolutely cannot go wrong! Plus, I have a coupon code, as well as a giveaway! You can have your own!

It gets better. The included cookbook that serves as your guide is your best friend. You just select a recipe number, add your ingredients, and then let Auto-iQ™ cook for you. Think about how much you’ll love that on a wintery weeknight or a cold Sunday night? You have so many choices in the cookbook. You can choose from quick meals, layered bowls, poached infusions, and grains. If you compare this to traditional slow cookers that only heat from the side, you’ll love that Ninja’s Triple Fusion Heat® brings bottom, side, and steam heat together for easy one-pot meals. I couldn’t possibly love it more!

I’m sure I could, actually, if I try even more recipes from my favorite cooking system!

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I learned a few tricks after a week of using my Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ. You can slow cook with confidence – the worry-free ACCUTEMP temperature control operates behind the scenes to ensure your meals don’t boil over and are cooked evenly. In terms of baking, the system has a controllable temperature range of 250°–425°F, so you can dry bake hearty roasts or steam bake breads, CAKES, and more! CAKES! If you love to steam veggies or light proteins, like seafood, you can steam them perfectly. The wonderful stove top is an innovative heating element to turn your Cooking System into a skillet – so you can sear meats and sauté vegetables in one pot. Then there are Quick Meals – designed to enjoy after adding ingredients and hitting the button. I love the Auto Stay-Warm function and programmable digital timer! So much.

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This multi cooker is a marvel and you can enter to win one here:

Winners will be randomly selected from all program entries and Ninja will facilitate fulfillment of the 20 winning prizes. Giveaway ends December 31st!

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And now, for my recipe! I’m a huge chili fan, because it reminds me of my mom slow cooking it on a stove before holiday parties. In fact, she did that last week! This is a way to get that same great taste, but for much less time. SO delicious.

White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 cup celery, chopped
  3. 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, well-chilled
  6. Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  8. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  9. 1 teaspoon ground red chili pepper
  10. 3 cans cannellini beans, 2 cans drained
  11. 2 4-ounce cans diced green chiles
  12. 3 cups organic chicken broth
  13. 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded, as garnish
  14. Sour cream, as garnish

Instructions

  • 1. Set Ninja Cooking System to STOVETOP HIGH. Add the oil, celery, bell pepper and garlic
  • 2. Sauté and stir until softened
  • 3. Chop the chicken as finely as you can or place it in a blender or Ninja Ultima Pitcher
  • 4. Add the chicken to the Ninja Cooking System Pot, along with the salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and chile peppers
  • 5. Stir in 2 cans drained beans, green chiles and chicken broth
  • 6. Place remaining can of beans with liquid in the Ninja Ultima Pitcher or blender and PULSE until smooth
  • 7. Add to chili and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until slightly thickened
  • 8. Garnish each serving with cheese and sour cream
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The best part is that I started my recipe and then had to run out for errands that would take about the time it would take for the chili to simmer. When I got back home, I was greeted with such delicious smells. So flavorful and wholesome!

For additional recipe and usage inspiration, as well as information on where to buy, visit www.ninjakitchen.com.

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AND, you can use my code: TAMARA15, to receive 15% off your very own Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ. It’s good from now until December 31st, 2017. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for the perfect gift! Remember: TAMARA15.

What would you make in yours?

A Sore Throat Solution This Cold and Flu Season

This post is sponsored by Lolleez™ as a part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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It happened today, in fact!

Scarlet, my normally always-healthy child, woke up with sniffles and a scratchy throat. She said, “Oh no, not this again!” Which is honestly what I think every fall. We can go up to seven months with nary a sniffle, and then the new school year hits. It does get better, at least for us, but Des just started kindergarten so he’s already been sick three times. Scarlet’s in third grade so it happens less often, but that just means it’s worse when it happens. And it takes away from her busy schedule! Not to mention, being sick can feel so awful to a kid (and adult) and you just want to make it better for them.

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That’s where Lolleez™ come in!

It’s no surprise that they were created by a mom for parents. The thing is, I was feeling a little scratchy myself the other day and I helped myself to a strawberry flavored one. It was SO good and soothing. So you’re probably wondering what Lolleez™ are. They are organic, worry-free, throat-soothing lollipops for kids – that offer a simple solution to a simple problem. They’re made from USDA Certified Organic ingredients, as well as ingredients you can pronounce and understand. They contain things like natural fruit pectin and organic honey. The yummy, flat lollipops are also Non-GMO, dairy free, nut free, and available in three flavors – Watermelon, Strawberry, and Orange Mango. They are kid and parent approved here.

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For a little background, Melissa Evans – a mom of four and a health coach – couldn’t find anything to “eez” her kids’ throats or her mind when they were sick. That’s how Lolleez™ were born! Last year, Melissa’s daughter came down with a sore throat and there was nothing Melissa could find that made her feel comfortable. She wanted something to put a smile back on her daughter’s face. Cough drops and lozenges posted a choking risk, and for the most part contained chemicals.

Enter in this worry-free, healthier, and more fun alternative.

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Melissa Evans, Lolleez™ Founder, said : “Few ailments cause overall unhappiness to both kids and parents like a sore throat. Whether it’s allergies, a cough or a cold, a sore throat is painful. Every time you swallow, it’s there and it hurts.” “There is nothing worse than watching your child suffer, so I’m really excited to be able to offer an organic and worry-free throat remedy that can help soothe both physical (child) and emotional (parent) pain, with the launch of Lolleez™.

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As I mentioned, they come in three delicious and fun flavors. Lolleez™ are flat and on a stick, versus a round ball potential choking hazard. They surveyed hundreds of kids, and determined that traditional flavors like cherry and grape have a negative association tied to medicines. So Watermelon, Strawberry and Orange Mango it is! They come in packs of 15 pops.

Suggested retail price is $6.99.

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And now it’s giveaway time! So read this part carefully. The prize is Lolleez™ product and a $100 Amazon gift card. To enter, comment on this post with a tip to get through cold and flu season. Also comment the flavor that would be your kids’ favorite. Follow Lolleez™ on Instagram here. Good luck! I can’t wait to read your tips.

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Good luck in the giveaway!