It’s Been a While

For anyone that actually visits this site I think it is pretty obvious that is has been a while since I really posted. In fact, it has been over two years. I keep this site going because when I do use it, it encourages me to eat healthier, count my calories and lose weight. I always hope to come back to it. How many times have a made a post similar to this? I honestly don’t even want to count. Okay, so I looked. This is my 4th… 4TH! blog post with this same title! I didn’t even look for posts with other similar titles. Fail right there.

A lot can happen in two years. You can get pregnant and have a baby and that baby can now be over one… That’s me right there. That is why this site just kinda died for over two years. Counting calories while being pregnant, having a baby and nursing is a lot of work. I try, I really do but some most days I just eat whatever I can. Whatever is easy. Easy isn’t always healthy.

Since having a baby I have found a whole new love for cooking. I always loved cooking but now I really love cooking. I love trying new things. These new things are not healthy. Not even a little bit healthy and they consist of a lot of carbs. I do eat way more fruit now though, so that’s a bonus…

Anyway, I hope to slowly get back at this and encourage myself to try a little bit harder. I need to lose weight, again. Sigh.

Red Robin Nutritional Information 2015

A lot of people seem to come to my blog looking for the Red Robin Nutritional Information. My original post is old. Very very old so here is the new, updated nutritional Information for Red Robin.

Appetizers

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Towering Onion Rings® (order) 1660 128 21 1 45 3460 117 6 26 10 0 0.2 0.3 0.2
Buzzard Wings® (order) 1120 92 23 0.2 280 2470 7 3 1 65 0.15 0.2 0.08 0.2
Gooee Cheese Sticks (order) 1040 53 17 1 60 2100 110 0 54 30 0.1 0.45 0.6 0.1
Chinese Dry Ribs (order) 1000 70 18 1.5 145 2540 31 0 28 62 0.02 0.06 0.02 0.15
Potato Skins with Bacon & Cheese (order) 1630 119 38 0.5 105 1010 108 10 0 32 0.25 1 0.6 0.3
Red’s Popcorn Shrimp (order) 800 54 9 0 165 2150 74 2 32 4 8 15 6 15
Red Robin Poutine (order) 800 51 17 0.3 55 1310 63 6 0 22 15 20 40 10
Yam Fries (order) 850 55 6 0.2 15 1010 84 9 25 5 290 45 10 6

Wraps & Sandwiches

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Whiskey River® BBQ Chicken Wrap (wrap) 900 44 17 0.5 105 2180 77 4 16 49 0.7 0.9 0.7 0.35
Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich (sandwich) 860 56 19 0.5 115 1210 44 3 3 44 0.45 0.3 0.25 0.45
Prime Rib Dip (sandwich) 810 50 14 0.2 85 1920 52 3 3 38 0.2 0.08 0.06 0.45
Mediterranean Chicken Wrap (wrap) 640 26 9 0.2 75 2010 61 4 6 40 0.35 0.45 0.4 0.35
Grilled Ham & Swiss Cheese Sandwich (sandwich) 850 49 20 1 150 2630 42 2 3 60 30 0 80 35

Soups & Chili

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Red’s Homemade Chili Chili™ (bowl) 520 24 10 0.4 65 1330 49 9 6 27 0.25 0.35 0.2 0.35
Red’s Homemade Chili Chili™ (cup) 290 14 6 0.2 40 760 27 5 4 15 0.15 0.2 0.1 0.2
French Onion Soup (bowl) 500 25 12 0.5 40 1810 46 4 7 22 0.25 0.2 0.45 0.2
French Onion Soup (cup) 240 12 6 0.3 20 910 23 2 4 11 0.1 0.08 0.2 0.1
Baked Potato Soup (bowl) 440 19 8 0.2 35 1510 53 4 3 15 0.15 0.06 0.2 0.15
Baked Potato Soup (cup) 220 9 3.5 0.1 15 750 26 2 1 8 0.08 0.02 0.1 0.08

Gourmet Burgers

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Bleu Ribbon Burger (burger) 1030 68 24 0.4 140 1650 58 4 9 46 0.15 0.2 0.3 0.4
Guacamole Bacon Burger (burger) 870 52 19 0.5 135 1140 52 5 10 49 0.1 0.4 0.45 0.4
Whiskey River® BBQ Burger (burger) 1030 70 23 0.5 135 1540 58 4 12 43 0.15 0.15 0.3 0.35
Sautéed ’Shroom Burger (burger) 870 53 20 1 115 1210 49 4 7 48 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.5
Banzai Burger® (burger) 910 57 20 0.5 135 1850 55 3 15 43 0.1 0.15 0.3 0.35
Simply Grilled Beef Burger (burger) 610 24 10 0.4 85 1080 45 3 7 36 0.08 0.1 0.15 0.35
Royal Red Robin Burger® (burger) 1050 72 24 1 340 1910 47 3 7 54 0.3 0.08 0.3 0.35
Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger (burger) 790 45 18 0.5 125 1530 53 3 13 42 0.15 0.06 0.35 0.35
Bacon Cheeseburger (burger) 900 61 22 0.5 145 1310 43 3 6 45 0.15 0.08 0.3 0.3
Five Alarm Burger (burger) 880 57 22 0.5 135 2000 45 4 7 46 0.25 0.15 0.4 0.35
Stampede Burger (burger) 990 68 22 0.5 135 1480 52 4 7 43 0.15 0.1 0.35 0.35
Mediterranean Lamb Burger (burger) 710 36 14 0.2 100 1670 56 3 7 40 0.15 0.2 0.15 0.4
Prime Chophouse Burger (burger) 960 60 20 0.5 115 1160 61 4 10 44 10 20 25 45
Black and Blue (burger) (burger) 1013 58 22 3 178 4472 61 7 13 57 0 0 0 0
The D.G.B. (burger) (burger) 1092 72 14 2 146 3705 51 4 7 48 0 0 0 0
Smoke and Pepper (burger) (burger) 1029 51 20 2 188 3738 74 3 30 61 0 0 0 0

Chicken Burgers

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Mediterranean Chicken Burger (burger) 550 19 7 0.2 75 1760 55 3 7 39 0.15 0.2 0.15 0.3
Whiskey River® BBQ Chicken Burger (burger) 840 51 13 0.2 100 1480 56 4 11 39 0.15 0.15 0.3 0.25
Teriyaki Chicken Burger (burger) 760 40 12 0.4 110 1790 53 3 15 47 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.25
California Chicken Burger (burger) 690 35 11 0.3 100 1550 46 4 7 48 0.2 0.35 0.4 0.3
Crispy Chicken Burger (burger) 730 42 7 0 60 1440 57 4 7 31 0.04 0.1 0.1 0.2
Blackened Chicken Burger (burger) 670 38 12 0.2 95 1750 42 3 5 41 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.2
One Great “Ham Chick” Chicken Burger (burger) 740 42 12 0.2 130 2030 42 3 6 48 15 8 30 25

Other Favourites

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Crispy Arctic Cod Burger (burger) 610 28 4.5 0 55 1370 67 6 7 23 0.04 0.08 0.2 0.2
Grilled Turkey Burger (burger) 770 43 13 0.2 130 1490 49 3 2 46 0.15 0.1 0.25 0.45
Wild Pacific Salmon Burger (burger) 650 32 6 0 90 1290 55 4 5 36 0.6 0.35 0.08 0.35
The Garden Burger (burger) 530 23 5 0 25 1210 62 8 4 18 0.1 0.15 0.15 0.4

Entrées

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Classic Creamy Mac ’n’ Cheese (order) 710 45 13 0.5 50 1970 52 6 14 23 0.8 0.5 0.35 0.3
The Ultimate Lasagna (order) 970 52 18 1 55 2880 85 13 21 40 1 0.7 0.8 0.45
Clucks & Fries Buffalo Style (order) 1380 108 23 0.3 100 3830 64 5 1 39 0.15 0.15 0.06 0.15
Clucks & Fries (order) 1060 59 9 0.1 80 1550 95 4 30 37 0.15 0.15 0.02 0.15
Clucks & Greens (order) 1110 61 9 0.2 105 2340 94 3 34 47 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.25
Ensenada Chicken Platter (order) 770 54 13 0.4 90 1950 36 4 9 35 0.8 0.7 0.3 0.15
Chicken Fajitas (order) 1310 53 24 0.5 165 2650 126 13 14 83 0.6 1 0.8 0.6
Veggie Fajitas (order) 1150 46 23 0.5 70 2150 142 19 19 41 1.5 1 0.8 0.8
Popcorn Shrimp & Chips – includes steak fries (order) 1310 94 16 0.2 210 2080 105 7 4 11 0.08 0.35 0.1 0.3
Salmon & Chips – includes steak fries (order) 1260 76 14 0.2 110 1630 97 10 2 48 0.08 0.3 0.25 0.25
Arctic Cod Fish & Chips – includes steak fries (order) 1240 79 14 0.2 115 1470 99 10 2 34 0.04 0.3 0.25
Calamarvelous (order) 640 31 7 0 280 1900 57 4 14 34 4 15 10 15
Fire Grilled Steak Fajitas (order) 1470 77 32 1.5 180 2560 127 12 17 67 70 100 80 80
Fire Grilled Chicken Fajitas (order) 1370 60 25 0.5 200 2930 125 12 15 83 70 100 80 60
Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms Linguine (order) 1640 94 51 3 320 1960 127 8 4 71 90 15 60 50

Salads

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Apple Harvest Chicken Salad (salad) 740 45 9 0.2 90 1280 50 8 39 33 1.1 0.7 0.2 0.15
Crispy Chicken Tender Salad (salad) 1300 90 21 0.4 345 2140 73 5 25 49 1.4 0.8 0.35 0.35
Mesa Chicken Salad (salad) 1000 67 17 0.5 120 2060 52 9 10 46 1.3 1.5 0.45 0.35
Starter House Salad (salad) 330 26 5 0 25 550 16 3 2 7 1 0.45 0.1 0.15
Avo-Cob-o Salad (order) 940 64 13 0.3 310 2610 43 7 12 49 100 80 31 40
Simply Grilled Chicken Salad (order) 960 59 28 1 205 1210 55 2 21 51 20 6 50 40

Dressings

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Honey Mustard Poppyseed Dressing (2 oz) 290 25 4 0 20 390 15 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
Caesar Dressing (2 oz) 290 30 5 0 30 400 2 0 0 2 0 0 0.04 0
Bleu Cheese Dressing (2 oz) 310 34 7 0 20 560 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.04 0
Creamy Italian Dressing (2 oz) 210 22 1.5 0 0 720 4 0 3 0.1 0 0 0 0
Ranch Dressing (2 oz) 250 28 5 0 20 420 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raspberry Vinaigrette (2 oz) 70 0.5 0 0 0 230 16 0 13 0.3 0 0 0 0.02
French Dressing (2 oz) 360 22 1.5 0.2 0 310 15 0 13 0.1 0.02 0 0 0
Thousand Island Dressing (2 oz) 260 25 2 0.2 20 450 8 0 6 0.5 0.02 0 0 0.02
Coleslaw Dressing (2 oz) 270 25 2 0.2 20 780 10 0 7 0.4 0 0 0 0.02
Honey Mustard Poppyseed Dressing (3 oz) 420 37 6 0 30 590 22 0 19 0 0 0 0 0
Caesar Dressing (3 oz) 430 45 8 0 45 600 3 0 0 3 0 0 0.06 0
Bleu Cheese Dressing (3 oz) 470 51 11 0 30 840 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.06 0
Creamy Italian Dressing (3 oz) 320 33 2.5 0.2 0 1080 6 0 5 0.2 0 0 0 0
Ranch Dressing (3 oz) 380 42 8 0 30 630 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raspberry Vinaigrette (3 oz) 100 1 0 0 0 350 23 0 19 0.5 0 0 0.02 0.02
French Dressing (3 oz) 380 32 2.5 0.4 0 470 23 0 20 0.2 0.4 0 0 0.02
Thousand Island Dressing (3 oz) 400 38 3 0.4 30 680 13 1 9 1 0.02 0 0.02 0.02
Coleslaw Dressing (3 oz) 410 38 3 0.4 35 1170 15 0 11 1 0 0 0.02 0.02

Kids Menu Entrées

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Carnival Corn Dog (order) 490 39 9 0.2 45 790 25 0 0 10 0 0 0 0.2
Cheesy Mac’n Cheese (portion) 210 13 7 0.4 35 620 11 2 5 11 0.1 0.04 0.2 0.06
Chick-Chick Chicken Fingers (portion) 210 10 1 0 40 580 13 0 0 16 0 0 0 0.04
Grilled Cheesewich (sandwich) 480 27 12 0.5 60 1560 40 3 5 20 0.3 0 0.3 0.15
Rad Robin Burger (burger) 520 24 10 0.4 85 750 41 2 5 35 0 0 0.1 0.3
Rad Robin Burger – Garden (burger) 380 8 3 0 10 910 60 5 5 16 0.1 0.08 0.15 0.25
Rad Robin Burger – Chicken (burger) 320 4.5 0.5 0 50 750 39 2 4 31 0 0 0.08 0.2
Red’s Pizza – Cheese (pizza) 430 14 8 0.4 25 1130 58 3 8 18 0.1 0.06 0.35 0.08
Red’s Pizza – Pepperoni (pizza) 480 18 10 0.4 45 1290 59 3 8 20 0.1 0.06 0.35 0.1
Red’s Robinetti Spaghetti (portion) 300 1.5 0.4 0 0 510 61 5 10 10 0.02 0.1 0.04 0.2

Kids Menu Side Orders

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Melon Wedges (portion) 50 0.3 0.1 0 0 20 11 1 10 1 0.45 0.8 0.02 0.02
Apple Slices (portion) 30 0 0 0 0 5 7 1 6 0.5 0.08 0.3 0 0
Baby Carrots and Ranch (order) 160 9 1.5 0 20 690 19 2 8 1 0.8 0.08 0.02 0
SIde Salad – with ranch dressing (salad) 210 16 3.5 0 10 380 14 2 3 3 0.4 0.3 0.02 0.1
Steak Fries (order) 170 11 2 0.1 0 85 16 2 0 2 0 0.06 0 0.02

Desserts

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Cheese Cake (order) 1240 84 53 1 160 920 132 3 104 18 0.35 0.5 0.35 0.1
Hot Apple Crisp (order) 840 23 8 0.2 30 230 149 6 98 9 0.2 0.02 0.15 0.25
Mountain High Mudd Pie (order) 1500 68 42 1 115 670 207 4 163 14 0.25 0.04 0.3 0.25
Mother Robin’s Brownie Sundae (order) 820 34 19 0.5 85 340 120 2 93 9 0.08 0.02 0.2 0.02
Birthday Sundae (order) 360 17 12 0.3 45 85 48 0 41 4 0.04 0.02 0.1 0.02
KId’s Sundae (order) 360 17 12 0.3 45 85 48 0 41 4 0.04 0.02 0.1 0.02
Molten Brownie Lava Cake (order) 630 26 12 0.5 35 330 92 3 73 6 6 2 15 20

Sides

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Bottomless Steak Fries® (order) 380 25 5 0.1 0 190 35 4 0 4 0 10 2 6
Steamed Broccoli 4oz – Side (order) 20 0 0 0 0 15 3 2 1 2 8 70 2 4
Steamed Carrots 4oz – Side (order) 50 0 0 0 0 40 11 3 7 1 100 15 2 4
Gravy 3 fl oz – Side (order) 30 0 0 0 0 470 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Mac & Cheese – Side (order) 180 11 7 0.4 35 550 9 1 4 11 10 2 25 6
Melon (4 pieces) – Side (order) 80 0.4 0 0 0 35 17 2 15 2 70 100 2 4
Mushrooms 6oz – Side (order) 170 13 2.5 0.1 0 250 7 2 4 6 15 8 0 8
Onions 6oz – Side (order) 180 12 2.5 0.1 0 110 16 3 7 2 15 20 4 2
Pre-sliced Apples 4oz – Side (order) 70 0 0 0 0 1 16 3 12 0.3 0 8 0 0

Promo items

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Sweet Jim Beam Bacon Swiss Burger (burger) 960 59 28 1 205 1210 55 2 21 51 20 6 50 40
Gingerbread Shake, Classic (shake) 430 21 12 0 140 150 54 1 51 7 25 2 20 2
Gingerbread Shake, Monster (shake) 860 41 23 0.1 280 300 108 2 102 15 50 4 40 6

Summer Features

Cal Fat Sat.
Fat
Trans.
Fat
Chol Sod Carb Fib Sug Pro Vit A Vit C Calc Iron
Strawberry Salad (order) 620 45 11 0.5 95 2320 18 7 9 35 210 100 35 20
Extreme Tempura Beans (order) 420 39 7 0 20 1010 16 2 1 2 0 0 2 6
Patty Melt (sandwich) 1140 82 23 1 235 1990 63 6 9 44 45 6 30 40
Cookie Sundae (order) 880 35 21 0.4 65 480 133 3 94 9 20 2 15 15
Tomato Cream Soup, Bowl (order) 460 22 9 1 35 1960 50 4 9 15 40 15 25 25
Tomato Cream Soup, Cup (order) 240 11 4.5 0.5 15 990 26 2 4 8 20 8 15 10
Berserker Burger (burger) 970 70 21 0.5 130 1440 45 3 9 41 20 15 30 35
Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad (order) 750 53 15 1 125 1980 36 9 10 41 130 140 50 25
Guacamole & Salsa with Chips (order) 1020 45 5 0 0 1870 144 14 3 14 6 90 15 35

Friday Night Cooking with a NINJA

While waiting for husband to get off work I decided to spend some time in the kitchen. The meal was sort of calorie conscious but not completely.

I started off by making my favourtie Smackaroni and Cheese recipe from The Looneyspoons Collection. I cooked it just like the recipe said and then I let it sit in my Ninja a little too long as my noodles were pretty soft. Next time I think I might try adding the noodles dry and letting the cheese sauce cook them. Or just eat it a little sooner or cook the noodles a little less. It was still as delicious as always I just prefer my noodles a little more al-dente.

Smackaroni and Cheese in the Ninja Cooking System

While that was simmering (a step not called for in the recipe, again – probably why my noodles were soft) I made some hummus. Nothing special about the hummus I was just looking for a reason to try out my new Breville Control Grip immersion blender (it works awesome BTW!) I used this recipe – Hummus Without Tahini. I used cumin instead of red pepper flakes – I love spicy but wasn’t feeling it. Not really a very healthy hummus recipe but it was pretty decent. Normally I cut back on the olive oil but didn’t feel like it this time. I served my hummus with pita’s that I fried in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil and seasoning salt – again, not a very calorie conscious choice.

Garlic Hummus Without Tahini

I love cooking and trying new recipes but for the past few months I have just been so lazy. Right now I am just trying to get back in the habit of cooking at least mostly healthy recipes and blogging about it.

Stew-Pendous Ninja Beef Stew Recipe

This is based off this recipe Stew-Pendous Beef Stew with Biscuits (I LOVE these sisters). I skipped the biscuits and made a couple changes to the recipe based on what I had on had. You can see my ingredient list below.

2 pounds stewing beef
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
1.5 cups chopped celery
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons herbs de provence
2 1/2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups chopped carrots
6 baby yellow potatoes
6 baby red potatoes
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup frozen corn

beef stew in the ninja cooking system

I browned my beef in the Ninja, after I added the veggies and cooked all together for a couple minutes. Then I just added everything else and cooked on low for eight hours. I totally cooked it too long but it was still tasty. Next time I made stew I think I will try a different recipe. There is one in the Loneyspoons Collection cookbook that is made for a slow cooker and says to cook for 8 hours – I wonder how that one differs.

Stew-Pendous Ninja Beef Stew Recipe
My calorie count for the stew ended up the same as the original – 399 calories per serving.

Honestly my love for this recipe wasn’t there like some of the others. This isn’t the first time I have made it but it has been a while. I don’t know if it was because I made it right after making soup or if I just didn’t like. Like I said, it was tasty it just didn’t appeal to me – maybe just because I cooked it too long. My husband really liked it though. Maybe I just don’t like stew?

Baking Muffins in the Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System

The Ninja says you can bake it in. So I had to try. The results were not so good.

I am not sure if it was my fault or the Ninjas – probably a combination of both.

I started with this recipe for Blueberry Pancake Muffins. This recipe is apparently designed for the Ninja Cooking System.
Ninja Blueberry Pancake Muffins

I didn’t have blueberries so I used frozen Strawberries instead. I also added a package of instant oatmeal, used skim milk instead of buttermilk and egg whites instead of an egg. Maybe those were my mistakes.

I was attempting to be creative and make Strawberry Oatmeal Ninja Muffins.

baking muffins in the ninja

Regardless my muffins cooked. If you could call it cooked; they really didn’t rise. It was like eating a poached (read boiled) muffin. The first two were hard to get out of the pan but the rest came out okay. It tasted alright but the textured was all wrong and I don’t think that was my fault. Like I said, imagine eating a cooked but soft soggy muffin. Muffins are supposed to have the nice crispy top and be golden brown and delicious all over. Let’s face it, that is never going to happen in an appliance that STEAM BAKES.

And I mean really – all this to save 20 calories a muffin? Sure you can bake with half the fat but half the fat split up over a recipe is not worth it. Trust me on this.

strawberry oatmeal ninja muffins
YUCK!

I threw all these poor muffins in the trash (minus the bite I took to taste them). Even my dog didn’t want to eat them. But really, look at them. Do you blame her?

I don’t think baking in my Ninja will ever happen again and not just because of this mess.

Before I even made these I had already come up with a few more reasons why baking in the Ninja Cooking System was just not worth it. You can only cook (notice how I didn’t say bake?) 6 muffins at a time; most recipes out there are for 12. Trying to reduce a recipe is a pain, especially when it calls for one egg. How do you half an egg? All this hassle just to save a few calories a muffin is not worth it. Not to mention the horrid texture. The extra cleaning time. No muffin liners. No crispy tops. Do I need to go on?

Do yourself a favour, make your muffins in a oven. Save your self time and make a regular size batch of muffins (or whatever). Bonus: they turn out properly and you won’t be embarrassed to offer one to your guests. You can also use paper muffin liners and make your clean up a breeze. Another bonus: you don’t need to spend tons of money buy baking pans that fit inside the Ninja (huge bonus in my books!).

In can be argued that making 6 muffins at a time will save your waist line. In that case just throw half your muffins out. Because you are going to end up doing that anyway if you cook them in the Ninja.

This is just my experience cooking muffins but I am pretty sure results will be the same or at least similar with all baked goods. Slimy cupcakes anyone?

EDIT – I was just browsing the Ninja Facebook Page and it seems a lot of people are baking with good results but I found a post talking about the Blueberry Pancake Muffin Recipe. That person threw theirs away too and they followed the recipe. Perhaps it is just a fail recipe. After seeing that I might consider baking something again…

Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System

I got a Ninja Cooking System for Christmas. I had never even heard of one before I got it. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep it but after reading lots of reviews online I decided it was worth trying it.

ninja 3 in 1 cooking systek
It sure does look bad ass!

I tried it today for the first time. I spent some time looking up recipes and reading the books that came with it. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a lot of recipes for it but the nice thing is you can do anything you want in it. At first I was a bit confused by it but it really is simple. It is like a crock pot but better.

I decided to cook a soup from the The Looneyspoons Collection that I have made before – The Chicken Soup that Flu the Coup. It is really similar to Chicken Soup with Humpty Dumplings from the Eat Shrink and Be Merry cookbook. It just doesn’t have the dumplings. I love these sisters. All their recipes are so good.

vegggies
VEGGIES!

cooking in the ninja

Using the Ninja was so easy and I think the soup turned out better then ever. I did make a few changes to the soup recipe – I added more veggies, used chicken breast instead of thighs, replaced the fresh tomatoes with canned, added some dried chili peppers and a hand full of mini pasta. It passed the husband test – he had a second bowl!

chicken soup that flu the coup
Chicken Soup that Flu the Coup – 153 calories & 14g protein per serving.

I think cooking it was even easier too – not that it was every hard on the stove but this just seemed easier and better. Clean up was easy too. I can’t wait to try more recipes in my Ninja!

It has been so long since I have blogged but when I opened my Ninja today I thought it was a good time to get back in the habit. The Ninja is so new I thought blogging about my experience might help and encourage others. Also it’s a new year and time to get back on the eating better train. Let’s see how long that lasts!

I can’t believe I went all of 2012 without blogging. 2012 was a crazy year! I actually lost about 40 pounds in 5 months in order to look my best for our wedding. Unfortunately since then I have gained back a few pounds. Okay, a bit more then a few pounds. But it is a new year. Back to eating healthy and cooking more. I really hope my Ninja helps me with that!

Recipe Review: Smackaroni and Cheese (The Looneyspoons Collection)

Finally got a chance to cook out of my new cookbook – The Looneyspoons Collection – this same recipe can be found in Eat, Shrink and Be Merry but I used my new book :p I made this before a while ago but it was even better then I remembered it! SO AMAZING! I made a couple small changes, I used ground turkey instead of beef, left out the zucchini, and replaced light cheese whiz with jalapeno tex mex cheese whiz! The spicy cheese whiz added a nice little kick and flavour boost. I am pretty sure I am going to be making these recipe over and over – my man loved it. What’s not to love, pasta, meat and cheese. YUM!

The best thing was, dinner was ready in just half an hour!

Recipe Review: Smackaroni and Cheese (The Looneyspoons Collection)

There are two different versions of this recipe, one of them can be found here – it is different then the one I made.

Dinner: Frozen Meal Salad

Look at me, blogging again – weeeee. Really struggling to stay on track so just trying to do everything I can. So tonight I was alone for dinner and decided to make a frozen Weight Watchers Meal – Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Beans and Rice. I put it on top of some spring mix and called it a salad.

This is something I do often for lunches at work.

Weight Watchers Meal - Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Beans and Rice

Total calories: 330

Cute New Lunch Bag

I couldn’t resist this super cute BUILT lunch bag in the store. I had to have it. I love that it isn’t big and bulkier like all my other ones and that it still zips closed. Perfect for packing my healthy lunches for work.

I have been eyeing up these bags for a while now – seen them in different stores around town. The best part is, I found it on a clearance table for only $5! Super excited. Can’t wait to pack my lunch it in… it is almost too cute to use… almost.

built lunch bag

I also found these mega cute cupcake cups… not that I should be making cupcakes, but I couldn’t leave them at the store. I am always looking for pretty ones and these were only $1!

cute cupcake cups

Quick and Easy Dinner: Crockpot Roasted Chicken

I guess it is really more like steamed chicken when you cook in the crockpot. But whatever. I have posted about doing this before but I am posting about it again. Posting stuff like this helps keep me on track. I have been terrible about making dinners lately – seriously. Lots of frozen pizza and pre made food it is horrible. Really trying to get back on track with making nice dinners. The new cookbook I got the other day should help with that.

I love chicken. The thing that sucks about making your own chicken is that it costs the same or MORE then just buying it already cooked. Kind of stupid really but I am sure this is better for me. And I get the satisfaction or knowing I made it myself. I also find when I buy the pre-cooked chicken I ended up buying a pre-cooked side or something bad for me to go along with it for an instant dinner. Cooking the chicken myself leads to all around better and healthier cooked meal.

So yah, buy a chicken and stick it in your crockpot before work. I topped mine with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cajun seasoning. I poured a splash or a bit more then a splash of wine into the bottom of my crockpot. Put the lid on and turned it on low. I let it cooked while I was at work. Super easy.

When I got home I steamed some broccoli and made some mashed sweet potato. I did both things in the microwave. Dinner took less then 30 minutes to prepare in total and the chicken cooked itself while I was at work. Awesome.

Oh, and it tasted DELICIOUS!