Look, we all know that fried food tastes amazing. But the guilt that we feel after eating something so delicious but so bad for us is terrible. The fat, the calories, the mess and danger of frying food in your own home puts most people off frying at home. But what if we told you there was a way to enjoy that fried food flavor without any of the boiling oil? Well, there is a way: air frying!

Air fryers are a new up-and-coming kitchen appliance that allows you to enjoy the flavor and texture of fried foods without the fat, calories, and mess of traditional frying methods. They use forced hot air to “fry” foods – making them crispy and delicious – without the oil. Using your air fryer, you can create restaurant quality food cheaper and healthier than ever before.

Celebrity chef, Todd English, has created a user-friendly, fun cookbook using the air fryer than anyone can do at home. This is the first and only air fryer cookbook on the market, and we were lucky enough to snag some delicious and amazing recipes to share with our loyal readers:

Portobello Spinach Pizza

(Makes 4 servings)

This recipe uses mushroom caps in lieu of a flour-based crust for a super healthy alternative to traditional pizza, but the rich heartiness of the portobello will make you feel like you’re indulging.

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Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms with stems and gills removed
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS

  • Sauté the spinach with the garlic and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until wilted and set aside. Combine the tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Divide the tomato-basil mixture into the portobello caps. Top with the spinach, followed by the Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
  • Air fry at 380° F until the mushrooms are tender and the cheese begins to brown, about 6 minutes.

 

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CREDIT: From The Air Fryer Cookbook by Todd English. Copyright © 2016 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press. 

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