7 Vegan Air Fryer Recipes To Help You Hit Your New Years Resolution
There has never been a better time to be vegan. The lifestyle is growing in popularity worldwide and there are many vegan options. However, since practically every “guilty pleasure” has been veganized, a generic vegan diet is not always synonymous with a healthy diet. If your New Year’s resolution includes a little less fast food and fewer trips to your favorite bakery, it may be time to invest in one Air fryer. Recreate your favorite dishes, from fried rice to brownies, with this innovative device that quickly takes a permanent place on your countertop.
1. Orange tofu from Veggies Save the Day
This oil-free tofu is sweet and flavorful, crispy yet tender – it’s perfectly reminiscent of fast food orange chicken, but without the cruelty or the excess calories. It’s also quick to throw together. You can have dinner on the table faster than postmates could get to your door. If your meal is homemade, there is no need to tip. Serve with a side dish of steamed broccoli and regular or cauliflower rice for a delicious, nutritious midweek meal.
2. Fried rice made of glue and glitter
Another classic takeaway fried rice gets a healthy, veganized twist with an air fryer. Replacing cauliflower rice for white rice will also reduce calories and add fiber, so you will feel full, not deprived. The recipe is rounded off with tofu (or your favorite vegan protein) and a generous portion of vegetables. This gives you a full meal to lie on your stomach while watching Netflix all night.
3. Buffalo cauliflower by The Foodie Eat
Buffalo cauliflower has become a trend in restaurants. Even non-vegan places have added it to their menus. While using cauliflower for chicken is a good place to start, many of these establishments still deep-fry this tasty appetizer and use an eyebrow-inducing amount of butter in the sauce. This recipe cuts the vegan butter down significantly and skips the deep fryer altogether. The result is an equally satisfying snack that won’t weigh you down later.
4th Golden turmeric falafel from Living Vegan
Falafel is a vegan staple, but many store-bought and restaurant varieties deep-fry these traditional chickpea patties. Use your air fryer instead to get that same crispy edge with a soft and creamy interior. Add some turmeric for some color and flavor, then serve your perfectly “fried” donuts with vegan tzatziki sauce and tabouli.
5. French fries by type of animal from From My Bowl
Who says you can’t enjoy the occasional french fries during a New Years health kick? Just use your air fryer. But don’t settle for plain ketchup and mustard to refine these fries – make them beastly. It might seem a little indulgent, but this specialty homemade sauce and the caramelized onions are both oil-free. Go on, get wild. A sustainable diet is one that you enjoy!
6th. Apple Blueberry Crumble of The vegan air fryer
For some people, it becomes breakfast when there is cake in the fridge. It’s a fun, casual treat, but not exactly approved for “clean eating”. If you’re craving a dessert, treat yourself to a custom air-fried fruit pie and you don’t have to worry about running out of something in the morning.
7th Small batch of brownies of Vegan cooking in your air fryer
Fancy a brownie but not the time, energy, or willpower to resist being indulged in an entire batch? These chocolaty goodness oil-free small batches come together quickly and use basic ingredients you probably have on hand. You can customize them too. Add chocolate chips, nuts, or some espresso powder for a personal mocha brownie. Whatever you choose, be sure to serve it with a tall glass of milk. Cheers to balanced and sustainable New Year’s resolutions!
Tanya Flink is a digital editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast who lives in Orange County, CA.
Credit: From my bowl