Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of the popular trend of “air frying” food nowadays. It’s a healthier way of cooking fried or crispy foods, and a whole lot faster. To be honest you can cook almost anything in an air fryer and if you’re worried it may not work for certain foods, try it out before doubting it. It’s easy to fall in love with the new way of cooking but what is it that sets this new style of cooking apart from the more conventional ways of preparing your meals?
- The flavor of the food is wonderful because the heat gives a nice crisp and “char”.
- Quick and easy!
- There’s little clean up and less splattering of oil while cooking.
- Less oil and fewer unwanted calories.
- Food cooks crisp because of the smaller cooking area and the heat is closer to the food.
- Because of the smaller cooking area, the food cooks quicker and no pre-heating is necessary.
- Versatile – all types of meals and snacks.
- Great for cooking frozen foods without oil and great for reheating foods.
Before we get started let’s brush up on a few tips for new air fryer chefs.
Don’t overcrowd the basket with food. Cook in batches if you need to (2 small-medium batches cook better than 1 large batch). Don’t forget to shake while cooking. The bottom of the air fryers can get hot while cooking. Make sure to place on a heat-safe surface or wooden cutting board.
To get you started here are some quick and easy recipes to get you fryin’!
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 6 ounces Brussels sprouts, quartered
- Toss it all in the air fryer basket and cook it for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or on your vegetable setting on your air fryer.
Find another great recipe for brussel sprouts HERE!
Flax Seed French Toast Sticks:
How to make it:
Cut each slice of bread into 4 long sticks. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar in a shallow dish. Mix flax seed meal and remaining 3 tablespoons brown sugar in a second shallow dish. Dip bread pieces in egg mixture, slightly soaking them, and allow any excess to drip off. Soak each piece in flax seed mixture, coating on all sides. Coat bread pieces with cooking spray.
Place bread pieces in a single layer in air fryer basket, leaving room between each piece, and cook in batches at 375°F until golden brown and crunchy, 10 minutes, turning pieces over halfway through cooking.
Top with 1/2 cup strawberries, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Serve immediately.
- Calories 361
- Fat 10g
- Protein 14g
- Carbohydrate 56g
- Fiber 10g
Easy Right? That’s the beauty of owning an air fryer! You’ll find yourself using it more and more often as you realize you can cook almost anything in it. I use mine to heat up literally everything, whether it’s last night’s leftovers or a quick snack I can rely on my air fryer for quick, worry free solutions to satisfy my hunger. I’ll be honest, at first I was skeptical. But as I find myself using it every day, and with more and more practice, I’ve become much more efficient with prepping my meals in the air fryer.
Overall it’s a great tool to have for those looking to prepare healthy meals quickly and mess free. Get your hands on an air fryer, we promise you won’t be disappointed.