How do I like my Air Fryer?

How do I like my Air Fryer?

 

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I got an Air fryer from my wife for Christmas last year and have found some good uses for it and maybe some over hyped up ones too. The Air fryers themselves are all about the same and use a convection type heating style of cooking. Forcing hot air through a basket where your food is .

I remember the old air poppers from way back, it made pop corn , but it was dry and flavorless. Well My conception of the air fryer was the same at first.

What I made that I liked :

Chicken wings– Chicken wings do work well in this machine, but don’t expect it to taste like the bar down the street or a deep fryer. They are a much healthier version and with practice can taste good. My recommendations are:

  • Make sure they are thawed well before you Air fry them
  • Use a dry rub only
  • sauce them up after they cook
    • I have tried putting sauce on and then re-frying them, it just made it messy.
  • Smoke the wings for about 1 hour before air frying (my favorite way)
  • Shake the basket every 10-15 min during the frying process.
  • Be sure they are cooked thoroughly
  • For crispy wings , cook longer ,
    • Crispy and dryer are where this machine will not preform as well

Note: if you want them to be crispy , they will be dry, so far I have not been able to get crispy and juicy at the same time. If you have any tips , let me know please.

Not sure if these devices will be more of a fad then an actual appliance , but they are nice to have, not “have to have” item.  My son uses it mainly for veggie burgers and frozen foods. And for that is works great .

Easy to clean but not easy to store, they range in size from about the size of a small toaster oven to a crock pot. So if storage is short on hand you might have to leave it on the counter.

The big question is, are they worth the money?

It depends, if your looking to cut fat out of frying , and don’t want to heat up your oven and your whole kitchen , then I would recommend it. However if you like simple , your oven will do the same thing, it just takes longer.

The “Crispiness” you get from this is NOT the same as the deep fried version. but then again , I don’t really like deep fried stuff.

Please share any recipes you might like , I am looking for great ways to further utilize this ting.

 

Take care.

 

Meal prep Sunday

Meal prep Sunday

Sunday , Sunday Sunday!!

Sunday is the best day to prep for your week. Jill and I prep for our lunches and snacks for our workweek. Since Jill and I are on different portion sizes I get 2 different types of containers to take out the guesswork.

This is what we start with.

1 Tub of fresh salad greens, dark leafy are the best for you

1 cucumber

4 peppers

1 bunch of celery

6-8 chicken breasts

8-10 containers

Apples, oranges, bananas, berries

Chop up the peppers, celery and cucumbers plus whatever other veggies you want and place them in a mixing bowl.

Next I portion out the serving sizes per the Fixate plan. I get 4 veggies and 2 proteins for lunch , Jill gets 3 veggies and 2 proteins for lunch. I place i cup of chopped veggies as well as 2-3 cups of the dark green leafy’s .

Next is the chicken, although I prefer it grilled , Jill likes hers baked, so I lose out and bake it all, (Hey . I’m lazy)

I measure out the 2 red container sizes for us and place them in the containers , I them seal ’em up and put ’em in the fridge. Easy-peazy.

Jill and I have some favorite dressings too, ours is the creamy garlic from the Ultimate reset and the other is the Asian sesame.

If you want those recipes e-mail me I will send them to you.

Lunch is ready for the week for both of us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Bacon wrapped Scallops

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Scallops

(I saw this and had to share)

Try something new for your next dinner party, and bring out these stunning turkey bacon wrapped scallops. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, they look like an artisanal appetizer…just don’t spill the secret about how easy they are to make! Using turkey bacon keeps them lean and low in calories. Just add a few dashes of spice and watch them fly off the table.

Total Time: 31 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 16 min.
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:
8 medium scallops (about 1 oz. each)
Nonstick cooking spray
1 dash cayenne pepper (or paprika) (to taste; optional)
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
4 slices nitrite-free turkey bacon, cut in half crosswise

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Coat lightly with spray. Set aside.
3. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Season with cayenne pepper and black pepper if desired.
4. Wrap each scallop tightly with bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
5. Arrange scallops on baking sheet so that they are not touching.
6. Bake for about 12 to 16 minutes, or until scallops are opaque and bacon is crisp.
7. Remove toothpicks before serving.

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Scallops

 

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Cauliflower pizza crust

Cauliflower pizza crust

Cauliflower pizza crust, the secret to making it better..

 

Ingredients

2 bags of frozen Cauliflower

1 cup of egg whites

1.5 cup of parmesan cheese, grated.

1 Teaspoon of garlic salt

1 Tablespoon of Olive oil

1 Tablespoon of Italian seasoning.

 

Steam the cauliflower till tender and remove from heat. Place in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes.

After the cauliflower is cooled preheat oven to 375. Place aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and spread olive oil on the sheet and set it aside.

Place cauliflower in a food processor and run until it becomes an oatmeal insistency. Add parmesan cheese, garlic salt and Italian seasoning and blend until smooth.

Spread the paste onto the cookie, using a spatula make it even , about ½ inch.

Using a brush, spread the egg-whites on the top of the paste. Now sprinkle the remaining cheese on the crust. And bake for ~ 45 min.

For best results back in the lower part of the oven for 20 min then move to the high position, This will help you get a firm crust layer.

With a spatula lift up a corner to see if the crust is browned and firm, if not bake another 5-10 min.

When ready rmove from oven an top with cheese, and your favorite pizza stuff.

Bake another 20 min and your ready to eat!

Day 2 3 and 5 Of the Hammer and Chisel.

Day 2 3 and 5 Of the Hammer and Chisel.

Day 2 Hammer Plyometrix!jumping

Time: 30 Min

Trainer : Sagi
Equipment:

  • Bench
  • Resistance Bands
  • Chin up Bar

Difficulty:  5 (1-10)

This workout was one that I will remember for a long time; the Plyo-marry-Kathrine’s were the toughest moves for me. I have a bad knee and any time I’m hitting one legged squats or jumps I need to take care not to injure myself.

I highly recommend using the performance Energy for this work out and say hydrated. Sagi takes you through 2 sets of workouts and the time flies. You will be done before you know it.

Day 3 Iso Strength ChiselIso strength

Time:35 min

Trainer: Autumn

Equipment:

  • Bench
  • Bands
  • Weights 5-20 lbs
  • Mat

Difficult:  6 (1-10)

The premise of this workout is to isolate and hold the muscle under tension. I found this to me tougher than I expected. You will work your glute like never before here. But you will love the results. I have to admit I did some extra stretching after this workout.

Toughest move was the Bulgarian squats, these things wreck my right knee if I try to go all out. So I had to modify where I could.

Man I got a great sweat from this one, and can’t wait to see if I can up my weights for the next time around.

Have fun with it.

Day 5 Iso Speed Hammerpistol squats

Time: 25 min

Trainer: Sagi

Equipment:

  • Bands
  • Bench
  • Weights 5-25
  • Mat

Difficulty 3 (1-10)

What happened to day 4?  It was a rest day so I did P90X2 yoga.

This was so far the easiest of the workouts in this series. This reminded me more of a Beast total body workout rather than a 21 day fix hybrid. Sagi will take you through some great moves 10 slow and then 10 fast. He will help you set the pace for the slow ones and its nice to have him count for you.

As for the most difficult move I would have to say it would be the pistol squats. This is still my knee yelling at me. It will do that when I do pistol squats.

Remember to keep proper form and go as low as you can or up the weights to get more burn. Keep it fun and stay focused on the goal.

 

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