AIR FRYER SPAGHETTI SQUASH

Air Fryer spaghetti squash could not get any easier.  We love to have spaghetti squash with Meatballs and Marinara sauce, or under a serving of chili.  Spaghetti squash is a nutritious and filling squash any way you decide to serve it.

Cut the stem end off of the spaghetti squash, then place on cut end and cut the squash in half.  Scoop out the seeds with a spoon.  Drizzle a small amount of Avocado Oil in each squash and spread throughout with you hand.  Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the Air Fryer at 375 degrees for 5 minutes.  Open the basket and add a splash of water to the bottom of the fryer - no need to remove the tray.

Place the Spaghetti Squash cut side up into the basket and cook.  Depending on the size of you squash cooking time will be anywhere from 23-30 minutes.  Carefully remove the cooked squash with tongs and allow to cool a bit before using a fork to scrape out the strands of squash.  Serve along side any main dish.

We are coming up to one year of using our 8 quart Chefman Air Fryer.  Do we still love it?  YES, even more so.  It takes a bit of adjustment to cooking/roasting compared to using the oven or other cooking methods, but we have discovered everything we have cooked in the Air Fryer tastes way better.

To list the pros:

- Roasted meats and vegetables are taken to a higher level of taste.  A better roast flavor, meat is super juicy and tender verses using the oven

- Cooking time is way faster

- Little to no oil is used

- Clean up is easy

- And best of all:  We have had huge savings in our electrical/hydro bill.  For example in a 2 month period we saved 28% cost over the same time period a year ago.  28% is considerable.  Therefore, a "greener" cost saving, more efficient cooking method.

To list the cons:

The only downside we have discovered, is in cleaning the fan/top underside of the Air Fryer.  So, every once in a while we will gently unscrew one of the screws to lift the element in order to clean the fan.  So far so good.  The rest of the Air Fryer is very easily cleaned after each use.

The only other consideration one might have is what size your family would best need.  With a 8 quart it provides lots of space in the fryer basket, but is fairly large so you do need the space for one this size. For example an 8 quart size will easily accommodate a 4 - 4  1/2 lb. chicken.

In the past year, we have seldom used the oven where as before we used it all the time.  We do use the BBQ occasionally, especially for steaks or burgers (have not tried those in the Air Fryer yet)

We love the Air Fryer method of cooking, and have purchased them for our adult children who are now enjoying it as much as we do.  Just the savings alone, in our time of high inflation is a huge bonus. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air Fryer chicken wings take everyday chicken wings to a whole new level.  Quick and easy with a simple marinade of your choice you can not go wrong!

The method used here is a bit different to other chicken air fryer recipes, so will begin with the simple marinade we used.

25 chicken wings/drumetts

in a bowl whisk the following ingredients:

1 tsp. Hot Sauce - we use Cholula

1 1/2 tsp. ketchup

1 tsp. white vinegar

4 Tblsp. Gluten Free Soy Sauce

1 large roughly chopped garlic clove

3 Tblsp. water

Add chicken wings to a zip lock bag and pour in the marinade.  Allow to marinate in the fridge for 7 hours.  Remove from the fridge 40 minutes before cooking in the air fryer.

Remove the bottom tray from the air fryer, then preheat the air fryer at 380 degrees for 5 minutes.  Carefully replace the tray into the air fryer, and lightly brush on grape seed or avocado oil.  Using tongs, place the chicken wings into the basket evenly spaced.  It is ok if they are close together.

Set the air fryer for 28 minutes.  Every 10 minutes, using tongs, carefully turn over the chicken wings.  Serve with any side dishes.

 

 

Here is the method we used to cook smokies in the Air Fryer ... it could not be easier.  These are an all natural gluten free smoked sausage that we normally do on the BBQ, but we have discovered they taste even better being cooked in an Air Fryer.  No oil is required, for four smokies, preheat your Air Fryer at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.

Once preheated, place your sausages into the basket with space between each smokie.  Set the Air Frier for 9 minutes and turn the smokies over half way through cooking.  Serve with any side dishes or use as a hot dog style smokie.

You have all probably heard me say before, we love love our Air Fryer!  Chicken of all kinds is truly divine.

We have discovered with Air Fryer chicken - various parts of the chicken or a whole roast chicken, each method is a bit different.  For example, while whole chicken legs are cooked at a temperature of 380, for a whole roast chicken we set it at 370 degrees.  Again we used a small amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil worked over the chicken and then used a dry rub.  Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes, cooking a 3 1/2 lb. chicken for 45- 50 minutes turning around the chicken half way through the cooking time.  You will want an internal temperature of 165 by the time the chicken has rested 10 minutes.  Most times we leave the chicken in the Air Fryer slightly cracked open to rest.

Roasted whole chicken in the Air Fryer is nicely browned with crispy skin, and the meat is juicy tender, falling off the bone.

Next up is skinless, boneless chicken breasts.  Here you will again use a small amount of oil on each chicken breast and your choice of dry rub.  It will depend on the size of your chicken breasts to determine the full cooking time, again reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  We have had both small and large chicken breasts and the cooking time does vary.

These chicken breasts were not large, so preheat the Air Fryer at 375 degrees for five minutes. (ours took 11 min. with 5 minute rest in the Air Fryer cracked open) Place the chicken breasts into the basket and cook 10-16 minutes turning over half way through cooking time.  Again lovely tender juicy chicken served along any side dishes.

 

 

 

We were pleasantly surprised how delicious these roasted vegetables turned out.  Here we used a combination of cut potatoes, carrots, a few thick slices of zucchini and a couple of strips of red pepper.  They have a nice browning on the outside but tender inside.

For this dish you will want the potatoes and carrots roughly the same thickness in size.  The zucchini we left on the thick side as they will cook a bit quicker.

Once the vegetables are cut add to a bowl, with a lite drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, salt and fresh cracked pepper, and a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Toss well.  Preheat the Air Fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.  Add vegetables to the basket spreading out.  Cook for 15-17 minutes in total, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.  Serve along side any main dish.

 

A super quick easy method for Air Fryer Italian Sausages, and mighty tasty, plus dinner is ready in less than half an hour!

 

Preheat your Air Fryer at 365 degrees for 5 minutes.  No need to add any oil as they will brown up nicely cooking.  Cook for 23-25 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.  Allow to rest in the Air Fryer with basket cracked open slightly for 5 minutes before serving along any other side dishes:

Well, I am happy to say this chicken method might be the best yet!  We used chicken thighs/drumstick attached style of chicken with this simple dry rub - so just a method here.   Lightly drizzle Extra Virgin Olive oil onto the chicken and rub onto the chicken to coat well then add your dry rub.  Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes before cooking.

Preheat the air fryer at 380 degrees for 5 minutes.  Place the chicken  skin side up into the basket and cook 15 minutes, then turn over and cook for 5 minutes.  Then turn over to skin side up once again and continue to cook for remaining 10 min.  So in total:  35 minutes to cook.  The skin is so crispy yet the chicken is super moist and flavorful - plus easy clean up.  Just wipe out the air fryer with paper towel and wash in hot soapy water with a good rinse.  So love this - no messy oven to clean and clean up is a breeze!

In this post I wanted to share some new information on Canadian Chicken.  I did a post way way back 2010??? Back then if you bought regular store bought chicken it was still loaded in anti-biotics.  Not so any more Canada - Yayyyyy!  I spoke to 3 different grocery store butchers and they all gave the same information.  All chicken (if given anti-biotics at all) must have a 3 month window before they are processed to ensure all the anti-biotics are out out the chicken's system.  Wow...this is huge in my world and 1/2 the cost of free range or organic.

This said we still try our best to have free range or organic as much as possible and we still do Vegetarian meals twice a week so we think it evens out to be a healthy choice overall for us.

Delicious Air Fryer chicken - serve with any side dish.

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