I’ll be completely honest with you here when I say I really miss French Fries. Thin strips of potatoes, deep fried in oil, and covered in salt and ketchup. I know. I can feel the inches piling up on my thighs from just thinking about it. Not only is deep frying unhealthy, I cannot have potatoes on the Paleo diet. I’ve heard a lot about other types of French fries but I had no idea how to make fried vegetable sticks.
How to Make Fried Vegetable Sticks
When I received a Philips Airfyer, I started flipping through the cookbook that was included. I was thrilled to find a section that showed me how to make fried vegetable sticks! They have directions for sweet potatoes, parsnips, and zucchini! Since parsnips are in season right now and available at my organic food co-op, I decided that was the recipe that I would experiment with.
The Philips Airfryer uses Rapid Air Technology to fry foods without deep frying them in oil. The Philips Airfryer makes food crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and uses very little oil. The Airfryer circulates hot air around a metal mesh cooking basket, requiring little or no oil as it fries, bakes and grills. I was really impressed with how easy it was.
The recipe in the included cookbook called for traditional all purpose flour. I substituted finely ground almond meal for the all purpose flour to make the recipe Paleo and gluten free. It turned out wonderfully!
Peel and slice the parsnips.
Mix them in a mixture of fine almond meal, olive oil, water and salt.
Place them in the basket of a preheated Philips Airfryer and cook for 12 minutes. The Airfryer comes with a removable divider so if I wanted to make two different things, I could do that as well. You don’t need to put it in if you are making only one thing.
That’s all there is to it! You don’t add any extra oil to the Airfyer and the parsnip fries were absolutely delicious! The basket lifts out and you can see any excess oil at the bottom of the pan.
- 6 parsnips
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Peel and slice the parsnips to ½" x 3"
- In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, water, olive oil and salt
- Put the parsnips in the mixture & stir until coated.
- Preheat the Philips Airfryer to 390F for 3 minutes.
- Add the parsnips.
- Cook for 12 to 14 minutes. I cooked mine for 14 minutes and they were perfect.
- Remove from the Airfryer and enjoy.
This is definitely the healthiest way to fry vegetables that I have ever seen. Of course, you can make all sorts of other things as well from Crab Croquettes to Jerk Chicken Wings. You can even make Coconut Flan and Vanilla Souffle! I was very surprised to see a recipe for a Teriyaki Glazed Halibut Steak! The Airfryer can grill as well as fry. If you want to, you can use traditional snacks in the Airfyer like chicken nuggets or frozen French Fries. My husband will appreciate that when he is in the mood to snack. Clean up was very easy and the parts can be washed in your dishwasher if you have one.
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