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If you’re looking for a way to spice up mealtimes at home, consider investing in an air fryer*. According to culinary nutritionist Dana Angelo White, “The air fryer is the new must-have kitchen appliance. And it’s not just for lovers of fried foods.”

If you’ve never heard of an air fryer or want to understand how it works, White explains: “This powerful appliance uses the power of convection heat to cook food to crispy perfection with less fat and calories. Food doesn’t taste “just like fried” – it tastes better because instead of grease, you taste the ingredients.”

In her new book, The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook, White shows you how to use an air fryer to create 100 scrumptious and healthy versions of steak fajitas, sweet potato hash, and huevos rancheros as well as fried chicken and French fries. Below, she shares two of her favorite recipes to keep you satisfied this fall and beyond.



Cauliflower and Cheddar Potato Skins

This popular pub food can be made in a healthier fashion. Pile on the cauliflower, sprinkle with a sensible amount of flavorful cheese and get the skin nice and crispy skin in the air fryer.

Makes 8 pieces


4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed

2 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp kosher salt

½ tsp black pepper

½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup chopped cauliflower florets

2 tbsp. chopped chives for serving


1. Preheat the air fryer to 360°F.

2. Spray the fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and place 2 whole potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook until tender, about 20 minutes; repeat with remaining potatoes.

3. Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out some of the flesh.

4. Brush the insides of the potato skins with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

5. Top each potato skin with 2 tbsp of cauliflower and 1 tbsp of shredded cheese.

6. Place four pieces in the fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes. Repeat with remaining 4 pieces.

7. Sprinkle with chives before serving.

Nutrition stats:

Calories 103; Total fat 5g; Saturated fat 2g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 111mg; Carbohydrates 12g; Dietary fibers 3g; Sugars 1g; and Protein 3g.



Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is one of the best desserts ever! And by using the air fryer, you can make–and enjoy–this favorite quicker than baking!

Serves 4


2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. sugar granulated sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced

½ cup low fat buttermilk

Whipped cream, for serving


1. Preheat the air fryer to 300°F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine strawberries and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Set aside.

3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk remaining sugar, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter, then use clean hands or a pastry cutter to combine ingredients and break butter into small pieces.

4. Slowly pour in the buttermilk and mix until dough comes together; it will be sticky!

5. Spray the air fryer baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, then pour the mixture into the pan, spreading and pressing it into an even layer.

6. Cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

7. Remove the shortcake from the fryer and allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then add the strawberries and 2 tablespoons of whipped cream on top before cutting and serving.

Nutrition stats:

Calories 244; Total fat 12g; Saturated fat 7g; Cholesterol 34mg; Sodium 371mg; Carbohydrates 31g; Dietary fibers 2g; Sugars 7g; and Protein 5g.

*While Angelo White has no affiliation with any particular brand of air fryer, she recommends one by Philips and one by Black & Decker.

To learn more about Dana Angelo White and her latest book, check out this Food Network interview. You can also visit White’s website here.

Images and text from Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook reprinted with permission by Alpha Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2017 by Dana Angelo White MS RD ATC.




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