On Sunday morning, Mother's Day, I was given my brand new Air Fryer! My mother-in-law had secretly ordered it for me and had it sent to my husband's work. I knew I was getting one, but didn't realize who it was coming from. A very very sweet present.
I immediately opened it and had to try it out. The first thing I did was chop up some sweet potato, mushrooms, yellow squash from the garden, and bell pepper and toss them in there with a spritz of oil and some chili powder. I didn't know what I was doing, but I've seen a few videos and I opened it and shook the basked a few times. It turned out cooked through, but not crispy, which was fine. (Now that I've experimented more, I realize it just needed more time and/or higher heat and could have gotten crispy). I took that Air Fried veg and wrapped it in a corn tortilla with a little of Miyoko's Kitchen Revolution Nacho cheese. Then I put my rolled tacos/taquitos (where you are from will dictate which of those terms you relate to) back in the Air Fryer and made them nice and crispy.
Sunday afternoon, I went to Nola Veggie Fest and saw a demo with JL Fields using the Air Fryer. My daughter came with me and ate up everything- even though JL used cayenne and kale and my daughter generally says she doesn't like spicy. My favorite thing she made was soy curls, which is hilarious because I thought I didn't like soy curls. I remember liking them when I first tried them, but every time since when my husband makes them they have a gross taste. Turns out, thanks to JL's advice, they should be kept in the freezer because they don't have preservatives and they will go rancid!!! No wonder I didn't like them!! So I ordered some fresh ones and they just came today. I can't wait to make some for after school for the kids. It's so simple! Just rehydrate with some veggie or "not chicken" stock and toss with a little starch (potato, tapioca, or corn) and spritz with oil and cook at 400 for about 8 minutes. They come out just like nice little nuggets! So tasty. I also bought her book, The Vegan Air Fryer, and definitely recommend it if only to get an idea of times and applications- because she has worked her tail off getting all that trial and error out of the way! JL also has a group on Facebook for trouble shooting Air Fryer recipes and for inspiration called Vegan Air Frying Enthusiasts.
I also recommend checking out Glue and Glitter's section on Air Fryer recipes.
Since Sunday (it's Tuesday afternoon now), I've made crinkle cut french fries 3 times, made mashed potato, broccoli, and Daiya cheese nuggets, made my husband a veggie burger from frozen in 7 minutes, brussel sprouts that my picky eater ate, and made crispy tofu.
So, you could say it's getting pretty serious.
I look forward to sharing specific recipes with you soon, I'm just having so much fun playing now. I'm including a link to the one I got, and the size up. If you have a family (aren't just cooking for 2) the size up is probably ideal, but I'm making it work with the smaller one just fine too! The larger one I linked is not the same brand as mine, but has 4 stars on Amazon.
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