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The Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ Makes Meal Time Easier

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What do you want for dinner? That is one question we hate to ask in my home. It is usually asked after a busy day and when no one feels like cooking. I don’t know why it is so hard to think of something quick and easy sometimes. It has been happening even more since we are remodeling our kitchen and have been limited to what we could prepare.

I needed a solution because eating out is just not cutting it.

Well I was recently sent the Ninja Cooking to try out and believe me when I say it is life changing.

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My kids saw it when it was delivered and the first thing my daughter said “Another slow cooker?” I could not wait to pull it out and show them that it is so much more than a slow cooker. I read everything I could find about the Ninja Cooking System so I would be ready to cook when it arrived.

The Ninja Cooking System with Auto iQ comes with a glass lid, steaming/roasting rack, 6 quart multi purpose cooking pot, main housing and a cookbook.

ninja cooking system with auto iq


Auto-IQ : Allows you to select a recipe, add your ingredients, and Auto-iQ helps you cook! Featuring over 80 pre-programmed, chef-developed recipes.

  • Quick Meals
  • Layered Bowl
  • Grains
  • Poached Infusions

Multi-functional cooking

  • ACCUTEMP Slow Cook: Uses specific temperature calibrations that work behind the scenes to keep your Cooking System from getting too hot, so meals don’t over boil,
  • Bake: Steam roasting is done by adding liquid to the bottom of the cooking pot and using the DRY BAKE setting. No need to pre-heat.
  • Stove Top: Sear meat easily without the lid.

Stay Warm: Automatically switches to Stay Warm mode when Slow Cook, Steam, or Bake functions come to completion. This keeps your food hot and ready to serve without overcooking it.

Digital Temperature: Easy to use for precise cooking

Stainless Steel Steaming/Roasting Rack

Auto Shutoff

The Ninja Cooking System allows you to cook your food quickly and easier. You can slow cook, sear, steam or bake all in one pot. The included cookbook holds over 100 recipes. It really helps to take the guesswork out deciding what to have at meal time.

ninja cooking system cookbook

To make a meal all you need to do is choose an Auto-iQ recipe from the cookbook. Get all the ingredients together and add them to the pot according to the recipe. Next your press the Auto-iQ button listed in the recipe (quick meals, layered bowls, grains or poached infusions).

ninja cooking auto iq

Then you select the recipe number using the adjustment dial and press the Start/Stop button. That’s it! It really is as easy as 1,2,3 .

While flipping through the cookbook, I decided to try the Red Pepper and Potato Frittata recipe. I had everything to make it and it would only take 29 minutes. I ended up adding some spinach to make it my own. Once it was done cooking I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top and put the lid on and it melted beautifully.

Red pepper spinach and potato frittata

What really makes the Ninja Cooking System stand out from traditional slow cookers is the way it cooks your food.

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Your food is surrounded by heat instead of just from the sides. Bottom heat locks in flavor from the start, while side heat distributes evenly for consistent cooking. Finally, steam heat keeps ingredients juicy so your meals never dry out.

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I was really impressed with this cooking system.To cook a meal in less than 30 minutes and not have stand in front of the stove is a huge win for me. I love that the Auto iQ knows what to do. The food was cooked all the way through as well.  I really appreciate the stay warm feature too. The food was still hot when my daughter came in later to grab a plate. It was not dried out or rubbery.

Check out the video below too see just how easy it is to use the Ninja Cooking System with Auto iQ.

Red Pepper, Spinach and Potato Frittata Recipe

adapted from Ninja cookbook


Red Pepper, Spinach and Potato Frittata


  • 10 Large Eggs
  • 3 tablesppons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning salt
  • 1 package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • handful of spinach, chopped or ripped
  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional and to taste)


  1. Whisk eggs, olive oil and seasoning salt in a bowl. Add potatoes, red bell peppers, spinach, and onion into pot. Stir to combine. Place lid on pot. Select Auto-iQ Quick Meals: Recipe 2 and press start button.
  2. Once done left lid, add shredded cheese and replace lid.
  3. Serve
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Helpful Tips

You can use the cooking system to reheat food by using the stove top feature. Place your food in the pot, turn the temperature to high and adjust as needed with the lid off.

You can use this system to boil at least a dozen eggs all at once!

Save more time by prepping beforehand. The pot can go straight from the fridge to the multi-cooker without cracking.

Don’t worry if you misplace your cookbook, you can download another copy here.

While using Auto iQ, if your would like your food to be cooked a little longer, set your unit to BAKE at 350 F degrees for 5-10 minutes.

When removing the lid, tilt it away from you.

There is a vent hole in the lid. Keep this in mind when using the multi-cooker.

Always use nonstick utensils.

Final thoughts

I am looking forward to using the Ninja Cooking System on a more consistent basis. Especially while we were are remodeling the kitchen. I love the size of the system and how the pot is truly non stick. It is so easy to clean. I think Ninja did a great job of creating an appliance that can meet so many needs. You are able to do everything from poaching eggs to baking a cake. I never used to sear my meat before when I did used my slow cooker because I usually did not feel like completing the extra step or getting out another pan. I don’t have to worry about that anymore. We are looking forward to making Turkey Lasagna, Chicken Curry and Mini Cheesecakes. I am probably going to make everything in the cookbook, it all looks delicious!

The Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ will make the perfect gift for someone looking to upgrade their older slow cooker. It is very user friendly and saves time. You can find it at retailers nationwide starting at $149

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  • Reply Denise Hoyle

    Mmmmm, that frittata looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to try out this Ninja!

    October 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Shelly

    I’m seeing this cooking system for the first time and it looks like a fabulous addition to the kitchen, The frittata looks so delicious and easy! Thanks for sharing your review.

    October 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Leah Kanaan

    My mother inlaw has one of these and she loves it. When my slow cooker dies, I will be putting this one on my list. I ‘ve only heard good things about it!

    October 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply streetsmartnutrition

    I’m a fan of anything that’s easy to clean and gets dinner on the table quickly! This looks like a great recipe too

    October 16, 2017 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Twin Pickle

    I love a kitchen gadget! This looks like it won’t disappoint on the new-gadget-to-play-around-with factor!

    October 16, 2017 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply satrntgr

    I didn’t know that they came out with something like this. It looks great!!! 🙂

    October 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Alina |

    Wow, this is like next level cooking. I may need to get this one too, I’m always stumped when finding something quick and easy too.

    October 16, 2017 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Blair Villanueva

    Am still using the old cooker, and reading your post makes me realized I should buy a new one. Thanks for your review and recommendation.

    October 16, 2017 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply Familyearthtrek

    The Ninja cooking system sounds very easy to use! I havr never use a slow cooker before so my first one might a Ninja cooking system!

    October 17, 2017 at 12:00 am
  • Reply Akamatra

    I am in love with my slow cooker but this seems like a huge advance of the concept. What is the main pot made of? Is it ceramic? If yes then I am sold!

    October 17, 2017 at 12:58 am
    • Reply Tricia

      No it is not made of ceramic. It is made of a nonstick material since it is a multi cook pot.

      October 17, 2017 at 1:26 am
  • Reply Karyn Locke

    Ok, I need this in my life! It looks so convenient, and convenience is definitely a must these days!

    October 17, 2017 at 4:55 am
  • Reply rochelle haynes

    Looking good love to have one of these

    October 17, 2017 at 5:34 am
  • Reply Aine Mulloy

    I’m hearing more and more about these, so great tips, think it might be a good idea to invest in one for winter

    October 17, 2017 at 5:55 am
  • Reply GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I remember making a cooking video with a friend – and he brought his NINJA over… It was pretty cool but I wound up never posting the video because it felt WAYYYY too infomercial-like, hahahahah!

    October 17, 2017 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot

    I appreciate the fact that it auto shuts off. Great feature on this amazing cooking tool. Sounds like something I need in my kitchen.

    October 17, 2017 at 7:20 am
  • Reply blancanvalbuena

    That thing looks amazing. Looks like it does almost everything (perfect for a small apartment)…lucky for me I have a big kitchen and enough counter space. I just love starting a dish in the AM and coming home to it being done at night.

    October 17, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply chelf

    wow, this looks so high tech! I’m glad that you’ve found it usefull and that it saves you time and stops you from eating out!Yay! As for me, as a professional chef I do prefer the more traditional form of pot but hey, it’s all good! 🙂

    October 17, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Claudia Krusch

    The Ninja Cooking System with Auto iQ would be perfect for me. I have heard so many great reviews for it. I will have to add it to my Christmas wish list.

    October 17, 2017 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Tara Pittman (@momknowsbest15)

    This is a product that I need. I need to start cooking more.

    October 17, 2017 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove

    That is so awesome! We have a Ninja blender and I pretty much think it’s the best thing ever!

    October 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply platformsandpacifiers

    Wait what?! Why don’t I own this!?

    October 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Venus Fitness-Shannon

    We have a slow cooker which i love using particularly in the fall for soups. I have not heard of the Ninja before.

    October 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply LaVonne Long

    I have a Ninja blender and I LOVE it. Now, I need to get this one. Thanks for such a great review.

    October 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Danasia Fantastic

    Omg Ninja hands down makes the best products. I totally need this STAT!

    October 17, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Jalisa Marie

    Omg I’m still using my old crockpot lol. I need this.

    October 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply LaToyia Dennis

    okay so the food looks amazing. I think i need one of these.

    October 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Cynthia Nicoletti

    I love this Ninja. It can do so many things instead of having one of each. I have to buy one !!

    October 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Sandra Crespo

    I am a huge fan of anything to save me time! lol This Ninja looks amazing! Ty for the review!

    October 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    I have always wanted a Ninja!!! I have a few friends that have them and they swear by their awesomeness!!!

    October 18, 2017 at 6:43 am
  • Reply Dina Demarest

    Cooking in a Ninja crock pot is one of the most economical ways to cook! Saves time and the favor in each dish I cook in it is really flavorful!

    October 18, 2017 at 7:14 am
  • Reply munniofalltrades

    I find it difficult to juggle work and then return home to make fresh meals. I would love to use this cooking system to make it easier for me 🙂

    October 18, 2017 at 11:51 am
  • Reply TColeman

    This looks like the most epic crock pot ever! I thought that mine was really awesome but this takes the cake.

    October 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply adventures

    That’s a really nice crock pot! I’ve heard of the Ninja brand but never owned one personally.

    October 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    My mom loves cooking in her slow cooker and I will have to get her this for Christmas! Your frittata looks good!

    October 18, 2017 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Melanie Walsh

    With busy school schedules, this sounds like a life saver! I love that it comes with a cookbook to get you started cooking up amazing meals.

    October 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply LeighAnne Borders

    I have a few of the ninja products. I do not have this one though. It is definitely something I’m going to ask my husband to get me for Christmas.

    October 18, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply On Women's Mind

    I never used slow cooker, but your “NINJA” looks awesome. I m sure going to give it a try soon.

    October 19, 2017 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Swenor

    The Ninja Cooking System sounds amazing and is indeed an upgrade from the old slow cookers. I am putting this on my Christmas list for sure. It is awesome it has the auto IQ which makes cooking so easy. The auto shut off is something I look for too. Thanks for sharing this awesome item and the recipe.

    October 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply staciesayzso

    Your recipe looks really good! I’d love to add this into my kitchen!

    October 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply lmochoa488

    I have never heard of this cooking system. But let me tell you I am loving it and would love to get one for myself.

    October 22, 2017 at 8:43 am
  • Reply donna porter

    I have not seen this Ninja system before. It looks like something I could really use.

    October 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Juanita May

    I have been thinking about buying one of these, now I am seriously considering asking for it for Christmas!

    October 23, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Nicole Sender

    This looks like a terrific slow cooker! I’d really consider getting one!

    November 13, 2017 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Janet W.

    I would love to get one of these. I’ve been trying a ton of new recipes lately and this would be lovely to have!

    January 11, 2018 at 5:33 am
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