I recently purchased an air fryer and I am completely in love! We used to have a deep fryer (a necessity due to my family’s intense obsession with buffalo wings) but I got tired of cleaning it, having it smell up my kitchen and overall, just the unhealthiness of deep frying! An air fryer was an obvious compromise — my family could still have “friend” foods and life was easier for me. Warning: there will be more air fryer recipes in my blog’s future so if that interests you, stay tuned or subscribe so you don’t miss any recipes.
First, I did research on which air fryer to purchase. There are quite a few choices and it was a tough decision. Phillips is consistently the top rated but I didn’t want that price tag. (After all, I broke down and purchased in Instapot at the same time. More recipes on that coming soon too. Just wait until I share my wing recipe!!!) I knew what I needed in an air fryer:
- large capacity bucket (cooking for at least four people at a time)
- 60 minute timer (some are only 30 minutes and you never know what you might need it for)
- non-stick coating (read some reviews where the metal ones were rusting in certain areas….yuck!)
- dish-washer safe (although with the non-stick coating, hand washing is a breeze)
Of course, being offered on Amazon Prime helps since I’m impatient!
I finally decided on the Secura Air Fryer. I was a little worried because I couldn’t find a lot of information on it compared to many other air fryers but it met all of my needs. And I LOVE it. It even came with some accessories like a rack and skewers.
After using my air fryer to heat up some frozen foods, I decided to branch out and try something new. I love roasted veggies and just happened to have a head of cauliflower in my fridge.
Note: if you have are following the THM diet, I believe this would be an “S” because you toss the cauliflower in the oil. I guess it really depends on how much of it you eat. I might have eaten almost the entire head while reading….
- head of cauliflower
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (or olive oil if not following THM)
- seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, garlic powder)
- Parmesan cheese
- Break up the cauliflower into little florets.
- Rinse well in a bowl and then drain.
- Pour the oil over the florets and toss well until evenly distributed.
- Sprinkle seasonings and toss again.
- Place into the air fryer at 400 degrees (or the highest setting yours has). Set timer for 15 minutes. Halfway through, take the basket out and give it a good shake so the cauliflower will roast more evenly.
- Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
- If you do not have an air fryer, you can use an oven. It does help to line a cookie sheet with foil first.
- Watch the florets and adjust time and seasonings to your taste. The picture shows mine at ten minutes cook time. I decided I wanted them a little more roasted and cooked them five more minutes and then they were perfect for me. You want them to get brown crunchy edges.
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