10 Super-Easy (and Healthy) Air Fryer Recipes, According to a Nutritionist

These are the easy-to-make air fryer recipes a registered dietitian nutritionist loves.

July 07, 2020
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There’s so much more to air frying than chicken wings and chips. This powerful kitchen appliance can be your secret weapon for quick and easy meals, snacks and even desserts. From classic chicken recipes to vegetarian and vegan versions of your favorite dishes, these 10 recipes are a trifecta — easy, healthy, delicious. Time to get your hands on an air fryer and get cooking.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Veggies

Sometimes simple is best. This two-ingredient recipe (pictured above) is perfect for a last-minute company or just a savory snack. The air fryer makes the prosciutto extra crispy in a few short minutes.

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Chicken Parmesan

Save time and calories by using your air fryer to make this ever-popular Italian dish. This recipe calls for a one-step breading and super fast cook time means you can have this classic meal in a lot less time.

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Truffle Fries

Air fryers are famous for making crispy French fries in half the time! A quick toss in olive oil and salt and they are ready for the air fryer. Adding one, calorie-free extra ingredient takes these truffle fries even further.

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Breakfast Bake

The convection power of the air fryer makes this balanced combo of eggs, vegetables and cheese cook up in about 25 minutes, using a baking dish that fits right inside the machine.

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Potato Skins

This popular bar food gets a healthy upgrade using the air fryer. Load up with vegetable toppings and use a sensible amount of cheese.

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Sweet Potato Hash

Another irresistible potato creation, this time using sweet potatoes and spicy jalapenos. Toss the ingredients in the basket and let the machine do the work. Top with an egg for a complete meal and add some chopped bacon to the last few minutes of cooking.

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Taquitos

A creative spin on chicken taquitos, this plant-based recipe will please everyone. These crunchy rolled tacos can be filled with anything you have on hand and crisp up in minutes.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Don’t forget dessert! Use a shallow baking dish that fits inside the air fryer basket. Whip up a flaky pastry to pile high with berries and whipped cream to make a healthier strawberry shortcake in no time.

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Zeppole

Making this yummy Italian-style donut is another place where the air fryer shines. Instead of drenching in a vat of oil, crisp up these two-bite sized donuts in the air fryer and serve with a creamy, sweet dip.

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Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are air fryer perfection. This Avocado Egg Roll recipe from the soon-to-be-released Healthy Vegan Air Fryer Cookbook features a filling made with avocado, black beans and corn — and contain way fewer calories than the Cheesecake Factory version you know and love.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. She is the author of four cookbooks First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers, The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook, The Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook and Healthy Quick and Easy Smoothies.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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