4/11/21

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts in Air Fryer

 Using your air fryer to make delicious Air Fryer Vegetables is a game changer in flavor & saving time! These Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts roasted in your air fryer are everything you want them to be.

Roasting Vegetables in an Air Fryer



My daughter found the original recipe for oven roasting from @HealthyHappyHome. We had a week late Easter Dinner and I was in charge of a Vegetable. I thought about bringing my glazed green beans which are scrumptious, and that's when she remembered she found this new recipe for glazed Brussels Sprouts, so i gave it a go! Let's just say.. it's a keeper!



I used my Ninja Foodie XL to  Air roast them, I am not a paid sponsor, this is just the item Mrs. Claus gave to my hubby for Christmas, and we are learning how to use it. This recipe will work in any airfryer, or roast in a regular oven.. Heck do this on the grill this summer! just adapt it a bit to suit yourself.


Jan's Tip: I used the leftover drippings from the bacon I cooked for the recipe to drizzle over the veggies prior to roasting, rather than the olive oil in the recipe. I love using Olive oil, but had fresh bacon drippings, and used that instead. 

                I substituted Feta Cheese for the Goat Cheese in the recipe. I just can't handle goat dairy products. But feel free to play around with this, even a Cojita would be great too.

Let's get roasting!

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Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts 

Ingredients:


  • 2 lbs. Brussels Sprouts, cut in half lengthwise.
  • 1/4 of a red onion sliced thin
  • 4 slices thick bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 Tablespoons Bacon Drippings or Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, 
  • 1 cup candied pecans


Directions:

  1. Preheat air fryer to roast setting at 350 degrees.
  2. In mixing bowl stir together prepared Brussels Sprouts and Onions, drizzle on Bacon drippings or Olive Oil and stir to cover well.
  3. When air fryer indicates to add food, spread vegetables into basket / grill plate evenly. Roast for approximately 15 minutes checking half way through to stir. When Sprouts are starting to get tender but also have a lightly browned crisp to the outside, pull them out into a serving bowl.
  4. Stir in Crumbled Bacon, and Candied Pecans. Blend lightly. Drizzle with maple syrup toss lightly to cover. Finish by sprinkling on feta cheese. 
  5. Serve Warm.

To Oven Roast in traditional over: 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 



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4/6/21

Air Fryer Steaks

 Cooking Steak in an Air Fryer is not only easy, it makes moist, juicy grilled steaks that taste outdoor grilled.

How to cook steaks in an air fryer

 

We use a Ninja Foodie XL.. We  are not a paid sponsor and are not receiving anything for this post, I am just sharing the name of the air fryer with you, if it helps you in working with your own air fryer at home. 

We recently split with our daughter & son -in-law, a 1/4 grass fed cow from a local farm . they dry age it,  Per seriouseats.com: " Dry aging is the process by which large cuts of beef are aged for anywhere from several weeks to several months before being trimmed and cut into steaks. It's a process that not only helps the steak develop flavor, but also makes it far more tender than it would be completely fresh"

 I don't eat steak (What??) but my hubby loves it. So he of course promptly tried out grilling it on the air fryer. The Rib Eye was over an inch thick for sure, I'd say an 1 inch and half. 

How to cook steaks in an air fryer



He used a little of our steak and burger seasoning mix, as well as some cararmelized onion seasoning, and garlic rosemary seasoning mix both from the store. He set it to Medium Well, so it had a little bit of pink, but not too much. by using the preset settings he said it turned out to perfection.

Here's how :

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Directions:

  1. Season Steak, set aside. 

  2. Turn on Ninja 

  3. Choose Grill function

  4. Choose "Preset" button 

  5. use arrows on right hand side to choose Beef

  6. use arrows on left hand side to choose level of doneness. (rare, medium, Medium well, well ) 

  7. Hit start button

  8. once add food indicator goes off, insert temperature probe into meat and place in air fryer on grill. 

  9. close lid , cooking will begin.

  10. Time is decided by your choices of temperature and doneness level.

  11. Turn off your ninja when done, and let it sit for 15 minutes or so before slicing.

 



3/14/21

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken in a Ninja Foodie XL

 Making crispy "fried" chicken in an air fryer is easy, quick & makes super juicy chicken! Perfect way to make homemade fried chicken without all the oil!

How to make air fried chicken


My husband got a Ninja Foodie XL for Christmas, he is playing around with it and I am enjoying all the efforts!  We are not a paid sponsor  for Ninja, it happens to be the product Mrs Claus gifted him , and is the brand we are using. Please adapt directions to fit your own air fryer. 


Here's how it did it: First of all, his seasoning recipe can be adapted to any seasonings you want or have on hand. Today he added in my famous Garlic Parrmesan seasoning. But we also love a good  BBQ Dry rub  among many others! So feel free to just play around with what you add in.




we cooked bone in, skin on chicken thighs today that we got on sale at the store, but any kind of chicken pieces you have works just fine, and the air fryer method makes it oh so tender and juicy on the inside with a lovely crispy outside! 



Jan's Tips: Baking Powder and Corn Starch are the key secret ingredients here! Baking powder in your batter for "frying" creates tiny little bubbles when cooking, and that breaks up the batter, making it lighter and crispier.   Corn Starch is preferred over flour and is used most often in asian fried chicken, it makes THE crispiest chicken! 

Healthier:  No flour in the batter, and you control the salt and seasonings, did I mention no oil is used? you won't miss it! 




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Air Fryer Chicken:


Ingredients: 

4-6 Chicken thighs or any chicken pieces you desire.

3 Tablespoons each: Baking Powder & Corn Starch

1/4 cup Desired seasoning mix : (We used garlic parmesan ) 


Directions:
  1. Turn on Ninja 

  2. Choose Air Crisp function

  3. Choose if want to use the preset 390 ° temp setting, or lower or raise it. adjust as desired.

  4. Choose "Preset" button 

    1. use arrows on right hand side to choose Chicken

    2. For preset temperature mode: use arrows on left hand side to choose level of doneness

    3. Or choose manual temperature mode and using left hand arrows, choose 165 degrees (We chose this setting)

  5. Hit start button to begin preheating oven.

  6. While preheating, in pie pan or bowl mix together baking powder, corn starch and desired seasonings,

  7. Rinse Chicken with water and dredge both sides of each piece through seasoning coating.

  8. Once add food indicator goes off, add food to grill,

  9. Insert temperature probe into 1 piece of meat set desired temperature setting

  10. close lid , cooking will begin.

  11. Time is decided by your choices of temperature and doneness level.

  12. Turn off your ninja when done, and let it sit for 15 minutes or so before serving.



2/27/21

How to Make Chocolate Granola

Homemade Chocolate Granola, a crunchy delightful treat with 3 kinds of chocolate, almonds and oh.. did I mention chocolate covered dried cranberries?  Trust me , this might be a game changer! 

 

Chocolate Granola Recipe
This chocolate granola recipe has perfect for little gifts for the holidays, but also a great treat for breakfast, or to sprinkle into some Vanilla Yogurt, or ice cream. Your family and friends will go crazy over it, and you will find yourself hiding batches of it, to save some just for you!

I  make granola all the time with my easy "ratio" recipe full of all sorts of options, but recently had a store bought box of chocolate granola, and liked it, but knew homemade would be better!  Feel free to play around a bit with it yourself and  find what you like.

Jan's Tips: 

  • Feel free to swap out melted coconut oil if you prefer over a vegetable oil. it works great and my daugher and daughter in law both prefer coconut oil.
  • I picked up an 8 oz. container of dark chocolate covered dried cranberries from the "bulk" section near produce at my local Krogers, but Dark Chocolate covered raisins (such as the Raisinets brand found in an 8 oz bag in the candy aisle)  is what my son loves! you can't go wrong with either choice. also add in's such as shredded coconut, sunflower or my fav: pumpkin seeds (pepitas)  work fantastic too. 
  • Maple Syrup or corn syrup or even agave  instead of honey works just fine too, just don't use molasses in my opinion. 



Let's get baking!

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Chocolate Almond Granola

Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cups (6 oz bag) slivered almonds

1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seed

1 1/2 teaspoons wheat germ

1/4 cup vegetable oil (such as canola) 

1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened) 

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup honey (can cut in half if want it less sweet and a bit drier to bake it) 

1/2 cup chocolate chips

8 oz. dark chocolate covered dried cranberries or raisins.

Other optional add ins: seeds (sunflower , pumpkin kernals) or substiture other chopped nuts, shredded coconut works well here too.

Directions:

  • Preheat over to 350° , line a cookie sheet with silicone mat (or parchment paper) and set aside.
  • in large bowl place oats, and slivered almonds, ground flax seeds, and wheat germ, mix together, set aside. 
  • In separate bowl, mix together : oil, cocoa powder, brown sugar and honey till well blended. 
  • Pour wet mixture over oat mixture and stir till oats are well blended and all ingredients are moistened. 
  • Spread mixture in even layer onto prepared baking sheet. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes. stopping at 15 minutes to stir/ turn over mixture. 
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle chocolate chips while granola is still warm, stirring to blend. This will create little larger clumps/ clusters of granola. 
  • Let cool completely, break up lightly as needed.
  • Sprinkle evenly the chocolate covered dried cranberries or raisins along with any additional add ins. Mix well, ,and store in air tight container or bag. 








2/13/21

How to Roast a Pork Roast in Ninja XL Foodie Air Fryer

 Roasting a Pork Roast in a air fryer is not only fast and easy, it is crispy outside, juicy inside perfection!

Air Fryer Pork Roast

My husband got a Ninja Foodie XL air fryer from Mrs. Claus for the holidays, we have slowly been playing with it, learning how to use all it's features. 

 We are not a paid sponsor and are not receiving anything for this post, I am just sharing the name of the air fryer with you, if it helps you in working with your own air fryer at home. 



This weekend we are having a historic ice storm here in Virginia, so to hunker down, I put on a pot of homemade Ham , Potato and Bean  soup for today , that can be reheated on the grill if we lose power. Dear  hubby, roasted a pork roast in the Ninja for a meal tomorrow, that also can be sliced, and heated in a skillet on the grill outside along side some cauliflower rice and  veggie stuffing. Here's hoping we keep our power!

I cannot express enough how juicy and moist this pork is! I know pork has a tendency to dry out, but this is crispy outside just enough and boy did it seal in the juicy flavor! 



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Jan’s Tips: 

We used my homemade onion soup mix to sprinkle on top of the roast for flavor.     

There is an endless way to season or sauce it is available!

We chose to roast it at 290 ° and Medium Well setting. A bit of a low and slow method.             Choose the temp and doneness that works for you. Ours took less than 30 minutes total.

Directions: 

  1. Season or Sauce pork Roast as desired, set aside. 

  2. Turn on Ninja 

  3. Choose Roast function

  4. Choose if want to use the preset 350 ° temp setting, or lower or raise it. adust as desired.

  5. Choose "Preset" button 

  6. use arrows on right hand side to choose Pork

  7. use arrows on left hand side to choose level of doneness. (rare, medium, Medium well, well ) 

  8. Hit start button

  9. once add food indicator goes off, insert temperature probe into meat and place in air fryer basket 

  10. close lid , cooking will begin.

  11. Time is decided by your choices of temperature and doneness level.

  12. Turn off your ninja when done, and let it sit for 15 minutes or so before slicing.



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