Updated: Jan 27
Whether you already have an Air Fryer or are still thinking about investing in one, there are an so many ways to use an Air Fryer to keep things exciting in the kitchen. After all, it allows you to make the fried foods you love with much less fat and calories. But aside from the healthier "fried food" option, there are endless ways to use it for healthy options.
So, how can you cook healthy meals in your air fryer? Here are a few tips using it beyond making fried foods.
Roast your veggies
Sheet pan veggies are always a hit at dinner. The problem is that they can take a while to bake up. If you don't have time, don't make excuses. Just pull out the air fryer. You can do this with any vegetable you choose from brussels spouts to broccoli and everything in between. Just cut them into bite-size bits, toss to coat with a little olive oil, and then drop them in the basket of your air fryer. A good rule of thumb is about 375F for 20 minutes. You can even do this while they're still frozen! Don;t overcrowd the basket and shake it every 5 to 7 minutes, so they all brown nicely.
Fish is a healthy choice but doesn't need to be coated in batter to be delicious. Coat your fresh fish fillet with plant-based butter and lemon juice and then cook them at 375F for around 8 minutes for perfectly cooked fish.
Turn chickpeas into a crispy, crunchy snack
For many people, eating healthy is hardest when it comes to snacks. You can fix that by making your own crispy chickpeas in your Air Fryer! They make great snacks or even can top your salad for a bit of texture. Simply drain a can of them and mix with a little drizzle of oil, sea salt, and pepper. You'll want to use 400F and toss the basket every 5 to 10 minutes until all the chickpeas are nice and crisp. Play around with seasoning like curry or cumin once you get the hang of it.
Get baked potatoes in no time
Why keep making fries in the air fryer when you can make baked potatoes? Poke a few holes in your potatoes, and air fry them for about 40 minutes. They come out amazing and take less time than the oven.
Go for tofu
Looking for a delicious way to make tofu? Cube up a block of extra-firm and then mix the cubes with avocado oil and pepper. It takes just 15 to 20 minutes to cook in the Air Fryer. Just be careful when you shake it, or it could fall apart. Once finished, add low sodium soy sauce and fresh shaved ginger. Don't forget the sesame seeds for garnish!
With these tips, you can do so much more with your air fryer. It's not just about healthier fried versions of food, but fast ways to healthier foods that makes the air fryer a gem in any kitchen!
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Air Fryer Pizza
1. Using a Pita Bread - I use a Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread
2. Tomato sauce of choice
3. Mozzarella (reduced fat) cheese or cheese of choice
4. Topping of choice (pepperoni - turkey or vegetables)
Place your pita bread on a small paper plate. Spoon on tomato sauce. Place you topping on next, so they don't fly around in the air fryer, then place your cheese to hold
your topping down.
Take the pizza off the small plate and place in Air Fryer at 400F for 8 minutes. Simple and easy. Enjoy!
Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe:
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 Tbl minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbl parsley
1 tsp onion salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1 cup water
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