I used to eat a lot of crispy fried foods before I regained my health, and that is one thing I sometimes missed after switching to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. I thought the days of crunchy French fries, Jo Jo potatoes, and tempura were over. Thankfully, I found out that I was wrong.
Recently, I emailed GoWise USA and asked them if they would send me one of their air fryers to try out and, if I liked it, I would let students in my Food for Life classes and followers of my blog know about it. Amazingly, they agreed!
After a weekend of testing out the air fryer, I am happy to announce that all those crispy fried foods are back in my life only, this time, they have zero oil and won’t be clogging my arteries or causing inflammation in my body.
Take a look at some of the amazing things I have been able to create in my new air fryer so far.
Crispy French Fries
French fries are so simple, because they require no battering. I cooked three medium whole potatoes in my microwave, wrapped in a damp paper towel, for 3-minutes. You can bake your potatoes or cook them on the stove top in water for about 5 minutes, if you prefer, but I do suggest precooking just a little bit. If you don’t, they come out chewy and less crispy. I chose to precook in the microwave because I don’t like to wash extra dishes and didn’t want to wait for potatoes to bake in the oven.
After the potatoes are precooked and cooled, slice to the thickness that you prefer. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, and a little salt. Place in the air fryer at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. Shake/stir to redistribute halfway through cook cycle. They come out perfectly crispy!
Black Bean Burgers
I made Black Bean Burgers using my recipe linked here. After patting them out, place in air fryer and cook at 370 degrees for 15 minutes. That’s all there is to it!
Sweet Potato and Broccoli Tempura
Asparagus, Mushroom, and Tofu Tempura
Tempura dishes need to be battered. Here are the ingredients and cooking instructions.
Ingredients for wet coating:
- 3 Tbsp flax meal
- 1/2 cup water
Place in blender and blend for about 1-minute. The finished product will have an egg-white-type texture that will allow the dry coating to stick well. If you are planning to cook a lot of veggies, you’ll want to double this to have plenty.
Ingredients for dry coating:
- 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to mix well.
♦ Slice all vegetables. I did not slice the mushrooms, but left them whole. If making tofu, drain and press water out before slicing.
♦ Blend the flax and water to make wet coating. Pour it into a bowl.
♦ Roll each vegetable (or vegetable slice) in the wet batter to coat well.
♦ Next, drudge the vegetable chunks in the dry coating.
♦ Place them into the basket of the air fryer, and sprinkle with salt, if desired.
♦ Set temperature to 400 degrees and timer at the following times.
- Asparagus, tofu, and broccoli–20 minutes.
- Whole mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and Jo Jo potatoes–25 minutes.
- NOTE: the only vegetable that I precooked was the Jo Jo potatoes, just as the French fries were done above.
♦ Once the air fryer timer goes off, leave vegetables in the basket or place on a plate, and allow to cool. They really do get brown and crispy.
♦ Serve and enjoy!
Jo Jo Potatoes
One of the best things of all about air frying without oil is the clean up. This is what it looks like after cooking all of these dishes. Simply amazing!
I am thrilled to have all these crispy-fried foods back in my life. Only this time, they are working to nourish my body and keep my arteries clear and healthy.
Thanks to GoWise for providing me with this product to test out and for the one they gave away to my follower, Gina Bolger from Ada, MI, in a giveaway we did March 2017. It is really an amazing product!
There are even Facebook groups specifically for air frying. A great one is FatFree Vegan Air Fryers with Susan Voisin.
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