recipes

Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries

This easy-to-make recipe makes crispy, delicious sweet potato fries without the extra calories that come with deep frying!

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sweet potatoes
2 tbsp grapeseed oil
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F
Chop the sweet potatoes into even sized pieces
Coat the pieces in 2 tbsp oil and place in the air fryer
Cook for 8 minutes, stir to prevent sticking, and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes
Remove from air fryer, add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Bon appetite!

 

Air Fried Chicken Tenders

Great grandma's time-tested recipe for crispy, perfectly browned fried chicken. The best part: because it is adapted for the air fryer, it is healthier than its deep fried cousin!

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs. imitation chicken breast halves

3 eggs, beaten (or cashew cream, see recipe below)

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups panko breadcrumbs

1 tsp garlic powder

¾ tsp paprika

½ tsp cayenne

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp chili powder

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut chicken breasts into 1” wide strips
  • Pour flour onto a large plate
  • Mix breadcrumbs and seasonings together in a shallow bowl or on a second large plate
  • Coat pieces of chicken in flour, dip into eggs (or cashew cream), then dredge into crumb mixture
  • Heat up your air fryer to 375 degrees.
  • Place a row of strips on the frying basket. Spray with a light coat of cooking spray.
  • Cook sticks for 6 minutes. Open fryer to flip the strips with tongs. Continue cooking for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve with honey mustard for dipping.

 

FOR CASHEW CREAM

Place 2 cups cashews in a bowl. Add cold water to cover. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse. Place in blender with enough cold water to cover them by 1 inch. Blend until smooth.

 

Air Fried Recipes: Onion Rings

Battered, breaded, and then fried to crispy perfection. What's best- because they are air fried, they are healthier than their deep fried counterparts!

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air fried onion ring1 wheeler del torro

 

INGREDIENTS

1 large onion, cut into rings
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup corn starch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup soy milk (or regular milk if non-vegan)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp paprika, blended

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Separate the onion slices into rings and set aside. 
  • In a small bowl, stir together the flour, corn starch, baking powder, and salt.
  • Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until coated; set aside. 
  • Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork. 
  • Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat, then place on a wire rack to drain until the batter stops dripping. 
  • Place the bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, and scoop the crumbs up over the ring to coat. Give it a hard tap as you remove it from the crumbs. The coating should cling very well. Repeat with remaining rings.
  • Place the rings side by side in the frying basket. Spray lightly with cooking oil, flip, coat with garlic powder and paprika blend. Place in the air fryer. 
  • Fry the rings for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip once during the cooking. Remove to paper towels to drain. Season with seasoning salt, and serve.
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Air Fried Recipes: Mozzarella Sticks

This ooey, gooey mozzarella stick is sure to impress. The best part: because it is air fried, it's healthier than its fried cousin! The recipe is for vegan mozzarella sticks, but you can substitute regular mozzarella for the same effect.

wheeler del torro air fried mozzarella sticks
wheeler del torro vegan mozzarella sticks

INGREDIENTS

5 oz. vegan (or regular) mozzarella
1/4 c flour
1/4 c plus 1 tbsp corn starch
1/2 c water
1 tbsp cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 c breadcrumbs (I use panko)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a wide, shallow bowl, combine ingredients for wet mix, flour through garlic powder. The consistency should be like pancake batter, so adjust if needed.
  • In another wide, shallow bowl, stir together breadcrumbs and remaining spices.
  • Slice vegan cheese into ½” strips.
  • Lightly coat each stick with flour.
  • Dredge each stick in the wet mix, then toss in bread crumbs until fully coated.
  • Place sticks untouching in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Freeze for 1+ hours.
  • Heat up your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Place a row of sticks on the frying basket. Spray with a light coat of cooking spray.
  • Cook sticks for 6 minutes. Open fryer to flip the sticks with tongs. Continue cooking for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Season with garlic salt and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Hot Dark Chocolate

Twenty five degree weather calls for hot chocolate made with dark chocolate, almond and coconut milk with whipped coconut cream. 

Whipped Coconut Cream

 

2 (13.5-ounce) cans unflavored, unsweetened full-fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 to 4 tablespoons coconut flour

 

Pour the coconut milk into a glass jar, cover, and chill for several hours, until the layer of cream has risen to the top and solidified. Chill a bowl and beaters of a hand mixer.

 

Drain off the clear liquid and transfer the cream to the chilled bowl. Beat the cream until thick and fluffy. Add the vanilla, then gradually beat in the powdered sugar and coconut flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, monitoring the flavor and consistency to suit your taste.

 

Transfer the coconut cream to a storage container, cover, and chill for 2 hours until the mixture firms. Serve chilled.

This recipe appears in my Filet of Soul: AfroVegan cookbook. 

Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Pie with Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

I was going to share with you my recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie, but I came across this great gluten-free one from Melissa at Gluten-Free If You Please. Just substitute a yummy vegan crust from nutritionista Meghan Telpner and agave for honey in the tart wash. Enjoy!

Top off the mini pies with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream.

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Apple Cider Ice Cream

Looking for any easy vegan palate cleanser or dessert? Or perhaps a healthy finish to a lavish meal? Try this Apple Cider Vegan Ice Cream.

Apple Cider Ice Cream

Apple Cider Ice Cream
Apple Cider Ice Cream
  • 1 cup (235mL) soymilk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons (16g) arrowroot powder
  • 1 cup (235mL) organic apple cider
  • 2 cups (470mL) soy creamer
  • ¾ cup (150g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup (60mL) soymilk with arrowroot and set aside.

Combine apple cider, soy creamer, remaining ¾ cup (175mL) soymilk, and sugar in a saucepan and cook over low heat. Once mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and immediately add arrowroot cream. This will cause the liquid to thicken noticeably.

Add vanilla extract.

Refrigerate mixture until chilled, approximately 2 to 3 hours. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

Yield: 1 quart (approximately 600g).

Coconut Vegan Ice Cream

coconut vegan ice cream
coconut vegan ice cream

This refreshing, bright ice cream is a perfect summer treat. Sprinkle with grated coconut or brown sugar to serve. 

ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups coconut milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut

directions

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup coconut milk with arrowroot and set aside. Mix remaining 3 1/4 cups coconut milk in a saucepan, and cook over low heat. Once mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and immediately add arrowroot cream. This will cause the liquid to thicken noticeably.

Stir in vanilla and coconut extracts.

Refrigerate mixture until chilled, approximately 2 to 3 hours. Freeze according to you ice cream maker's instructions. In the last few minutes of churning, add shredded coconut.

Cuban Jicama Salad

cuban jicama salad
cuban jicama salad

The fruity flavors in this salad combine with the crunch of jicama for a refreshing start to a Latin meal.

ingredients

Mixed greens

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jicama, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 red cabbage, chopped finely
  • handful dried cranberries

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

directions

Combine all salad ingredients. Mix dressing ingredients and stir to combine. Add dressing to salad and toss. Serve immediately.

Optional: Top with your favorite vegan feta or raw tofu.

Fried Chicken and Waffles

fried chicken and waffles
fried chicken and waffles

A favorite of jazz legends, born in speakeasies where late night blended into early morning, fried chicken and waffles is the ultimate mash up of sweet and salty.

For the Waffles:

ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups soymilk
  • 1/4 cup melted non-dairy butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix the soymilk, butter, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Pour the soymilk mixture into the flour mixture. Stir as little as possible – until it is just blended. Cook on a waffle iron for 3 to 5 minutes, generously greasing both grills with oil or butter before each waffle.

For the Chicken:

ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 pound mock chicken
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • Vegan margarine

directions

Mix together the flour and cornmeal in a deep bowl. In a separate bowl, place 1/2 cup water.

Add 1/3 cup of the flour mixture to the bowl of water and stir. Add the baking powder to the dry flour mixture and mix.

Dip chunks of the chicken into the batter, then dredge each piece of chicken into the flour mixture and coat.

Fry chicken pieces in hot oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet or deep fryer until crispy and golden brown, turning as needed.

For snacking, slice the waffles into strips and cut small "popcorn" pieces of chicken before frying. Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.