Why should I get an air fryer?
Have you ever wondered to yourself “why should I get an air fryer?’ Is an Air Fryer Good for Vegan Cooking: Air fryers are a great addition to the kitchen appliance family and have definitely had a surge in popularity over the past couple of years.
But if you follow a vegan or plant-based diet you may be wondering—is it actually a worthwhile investment? The simple answer is, yes.
Although many of us think of air fryers and picture it suits a more meat orientated household, they actually hold a lot of potential for us plant goers.
What is it and why get one?
This genius invention is ultimately a speedy miniature oven. The machine pushes the hot air down and around the basket and the rapid circulation is what assists with giving you that crispy texture without the oil.
Which leads me to the most appealing aspect of the air fryer for me, the health benefits.
- Why should I get an air fryer?
When cooking with it you are simply eliminating the frying aspect that we all know to be bad for us, but it still gifts you with the crispy and crunchiness of those fried foods that we all crave. It significantly reduces your calorie intake by 70-80% and has a lot less fat. There was even a study that showed an air fryer lowered the amount of acrylamide in a portion of fried potatoes by 90%.
There are a couple minor downsides that may be deal breakers for some.
Counter Space: Most models are fairly large and can take up quite a lot of space if you have a kitchen that’s on the smaller side.
Cooking Size: Although the size of the air fryer is big, for a countertop appliance the actual cooking space provided is almost less than half of it. This may not suffice bigger families or people who fancy meal prepping for the week as you would have to do it in batches.
Plant based possibilities
Let’s get down to the good stuff!
Here are just a few things that you can air fry that will make your vegan cooking life feel easy breezy:
- The classic potato fries of course
- Crispy marinated tofu
- Falafel balls
- Roasted nuts/chickpeas
- Guilt free onion rings
- Cauliflower buffalo wings
- Bean burgers
- Any of your favorite vegetables
- Chocolate brownies
Don’t forget the famous carrot bacon recipe from the great Tabitha Brown on Tiktok! Where you marinate strips of carrots, air fry them and end up with a delicious healthy bacon alternative.
The opportunities are honestly endless, with the added value of the time efficiency it’s definitely a great way to get creative with your cooking and will enable you to enjoy all your favorite vegan junk foods in a completely oil free, guilt-free way.
So, if you’re vegan and following a plant-based diet, use a lot of oil and would like to cut down, maybe you want a time efficient way to make your beloved fake meat replicas or you are just potato fry obsessed! An air fryer will certainly be a warm welcomed appliance in your home.