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


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



  • 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.

Valentine's Day in Maine

I am looking forward to spending Valentine's Day celebrating Black History Month in Portland, Maine. Thank you for sharing the event Avery!

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Vegan soul food served in celebration of Black History Month

Friday January 18, 2013 | 11:56 AM

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Avery Yale Kamila

Vegan soul food from Wheeler del Torro
Vegan soul food from Wheeler del Torro

Do your heart some good when Chef Wheeler del Torro comes to Portland on Valentine's Day to dish up vegan eats as part of the free "An Evening Celebration of Soul Food and Jazz Music." The owner of the micro-creamery Wheeler's Frozen Desserts in Boston, a sought-after caterer and the author of "The Vegan Scoop," del Torro is interested in food justice and how food connects us with our heritage. He's also a proponent of obtaining health through food.

On Feb. 14, del Torro will show how to make a soul food inspired vegan menu of bourbon candied yams, black truffle mac and cheese and Southern braised greens, composed of beet, collard and dandelion greens. Audience members will get to sample the dishes.

A musical performance by jazz and blues singers Lorraine Bohland and Olivia Crupi and pianist Terry Foster will follow del Torro's cooking demonstration.

The event is presented by the University of Southern Maine's Office of Multicultural Affairs as part of the school's Black History Month celebrations.

The cooking demonstration and concert takes place at 5:30 p.m., Feb . 14 at the Wishcamper Center on the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. A reception will take place during intermission. For more information, call 780-5798.

Saturday, January 19th - Pop Up with Jump N Funk

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jumpnfunk logo

Nigerian Street Food Pop Up Fortified by Jump N Funk

The "Felabration" at Drom in NYC seeks to satisfy the five senses with a special Martin Luther King Jr. edition of Jump n Funk. The pop up event features music from DJ Rich Medina, stunning visuals from Mark Hines (The Marksmen), live percussion by Juan Carlos Izaguire and the legendary Leonard "Doc" Gibbs and Afrovegan Nigerian street food from Wheeler del Torro all celebrating legendary musician and activist Fela Kuti.

Afrovegan street food from Wheeler del Torro
Afrovegan street food from Wheeler del Torro

The pop up is open to bloggers and members of the press. To request an invite, email rayna[at]