When I need a great meal that requires little hands on attention I turn to my Ninja cooker. This week I am putting together three super easy yet wonderful slow cooker recipes.
EASY CHICKEN STEW
Recipe serves 6
1 and 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs- but into 1 inch pieces.
10 red fingerling potatoes.
2 C low fat/sodium chicken broth.
1 and 2/3 C baby carrots – rinsed.
2 springs fresh thyme
1 onion skinned and chopped
1C frozen peas
14 oz can cream of mushroom soup, semi-condensed
1/4 C flour with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp Montreal Steak seasoning mixed in.
Pour the chicken broth into the Ninja (or slow cooker), add the onion, carrots, and thyme.
Dash of salt and pepper.
Mix the flower and salt and Montreal Steak seasonings in a large plastic bag, and the chicken thighs and shake to coat.
Place coated chicken in Ninja, and gently mix.
Turn Ninja on slow cook, cover and think of something to do for the next 6 or 7 hours.
About 30 minutes before you serve the stew add the can of creamed mushroom soup (probably does not need any water or milk) stir and add the peas which you have rinsed to clean and thaw.
Cover and prepare table for a great dinner.
EASY BEEF STEW NINJA STYLE
2 lbs stew meat
One and 1/2 C beef broth
1 C red wine.
1 medium onion – chopped
1 C celery – (about two ribs) – sliced
4 red potatoes peeled and cut in half or more depending on size
1 C baby -cut carrots
18 small mushrooms
1/2 C frozen peas
1/2 C pearl onons
4 garlic cloves – crushed and diced
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
1/4 tsp Thyme (dry)
1 Bay Leaf
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Olive oil
Turn Ninja on to stove top high and add olive oil
Add the stew meat and cook for 10 minutes or until browned
Add wine and let simmer for a minute or two.
Add beef broth
Add soy sauce
Add onion, celery, carrots, salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, bay leaf and stir.
Add potatoes and stir.
Change Ninja cooking mode to slow cook and if on low it will take 7 hours and if on high 4 hours.
Thaw the peas and pearl onions and add in the last 10 minutes of cook time.
So, now you have four to seven hours to kill. You can probably get in 2 football games while you wait.
EASY SANTE FE CHICKEN SOUP Ninja Style
Recipe Serves 4
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
15 oz can chicken broth
15 oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz can white beans (drain packing fluid and rinse beans with water)
1/2 jalapeno -seeded and minced.
1 C frozen roasted corn (rinse in water to thaw then drain water)
1 large onion – diced
2 Tbsp fresh Italian Parsley – chopped ( and more for garnish)
1 Tbsp Olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp Scotty B’s Chipotle Fever Sauce (or similar)
salt & pepper to taste.
Grate some cheddar cheese garnish.
Dice onion, seed and mince jalapeno, mince garlic, chop the Italian parsley – set aside.
Slice chicken into bite size pieces.
If you have a NINJA cooking system or other such appliance turn it on to stove top setting -high (if not use a fry pan),
Heat olive oil and add the chicken salt and pepper to taste.
After browning the chicken for five minutes add the onions to sweat for a minutes.
Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, jalapeno, Italian parsley, garlic, Chipotle sauce. and stir.
Cover and change Ninja operating selection to slow cooker. If set to high cook for 4 hours and if low cook for 7 hours.
When timer goes off plate the dish and add a little cheese and parsley as garnish.
You just freed up a ton of time and made an awesome home cooked dinner for 4!
Good Eating and Table Talk,
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