Air Fryer Cauliflower (quick side dish)

The air fryer strikes again for this easy-to-make recipe for air fryer cauliflower! 

Seasoned, crispy, fried cauliflower florets are a low-carb and Keto but to be honest, everyone in my family loves this!

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Cauliflower is a superfood and it roasts perfectly in the air fryer! Cook up a batch as a side dish, or as a guilt-free snack!

Easy Air-Fried Cauliflower

Air fried cauliflower is one of our favorite recipes it requires little prep and minimal seasoning and cooks in about 15 minutes.

The caramelization from the air fryer makes this dish even more flavorful.

Eat this as a side dish or use in place of steamed cauliflower in dishes like mashed cauliflower, to add to casseroles or even in roasted cauliflower soup.

Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer before cooking

Ingredients/Variations

CAULIFLOWER – I prefer to use fresh cauliflower in the air fryer but if you only have frozen, use that!

Frozen cauliflower does not need to be thawed first. Simply brush with olive oil (or spray with cooking spray).

SEASONINGS We use garlic powder, salt & pepper, and parmesan in this recipe. Switch it up by trying different seasonings. Or coat the cauliflower florets with buffalo sauce and make “wings.”

cooked Air Fryer Cauliflower in the air fryer

How to Cook Cauliflower in the Air Fryer

It’s super easy and fast to cook up some tasty cauliflower!

  1. Prepare the cauliflower and toss with a bit of oil and seasonings (per recipe below).
  2. Place cauliflower pieces in the air fryer basket and fry until tender.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cook another few minutes until the cheese is melted and crispy.

For crispier cauliflower, cook in small batches in a single layer. Place all cauliflower in the air fryer together for 2 minutes before serving to heat.

More Air Fryer Sides

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Air Fryer Cauliflower

Seasoned Air Fryer Cauliflower is ready in less than 20 minutes, making it the perfect side dish!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 132
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • cup parmesan cheese finely shredded

Instructions

  • Cut cauliflower into florets. Wash and drain very well.
  • Combine olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Toss with cauliflower.
  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F.
  • Place cauliflower in the air fryer basket and cook 12 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until florets reach desired doneness.

Notes

If the cauliflower is wet (after washing) it will steam instead of roast so be sure to drain very well. If possible, I try to wash the cauliflower the day before roasting.

For crispier cauliflower, cook in small batches in a single layer. Place all cauliflower in the air fryer together for 2 minutes before serving to heat.

To reheat, air fry 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 132 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots – In the Air Fryer!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots are extra easy peasy in the air fryer (but they can be made in the oven too)!

Sweet potatoes & carrots are cooked to tender perfection with a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the perfect side dish!

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Easy Air-Fried Veggies

These can be oven roasted or air fried. If you’re new to air frying, you can find everything you need to know about air fryers here!

Veggies cooked in an air fryer are similar to roasted veggies and taste great because they come out caramelized!

Much like air fryer potatoes, they take a fraction of the time and come out fluffy inside and crispy on the outside.

cut up sweet potatoes and carrots with ingredients to make Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

Ingredients

VEGGIES Any kind of sweet potatoes and carrots work well in this recipe. Feel free to try rainbow-colored carrots or white/yellow sweet potatoes.

OIL/BUTTER Oil is great for making the seasonings stick and butter is added after cooking for flavor.

Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots in the air fryer after cooking

Sweet or Savory

  • Brown sugar goes well with carrots and sweet potatoes, it’s great in this recipe to make a sweeter side with a dash of cinnamon.
  • If you’d prefer a savory dish, carrots and sweet potatoes pair well with fresh thyme or dill.
  • Either way, toss with butter and salt once they’ve cooked.

How to Roast Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

Just like most air fryer recipes, this cooked quickly compared to the oven version (but I’ve included directions for both below).

  1. Prepare sweet potatoes and carrots according to the recipe below.
  2. Toss veggies with all of the other ingredients except butter.
  3. Cook in the air fryer for about 15 minutes or in the oven for about 35 minutes.
  4. Toss with butter and serve.

Leftovers

  • Store leftover sweet potatoes and carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator and they’ll last about 3 days.
  • Reheat them by placing them in a toaster oven or under the broiler for about 7 minutes.
  • Freeze to add to soups or stews.

Fave Air Fryer Veggies

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

These Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots are simply seasoned, cooked until crisp on the outside, tender on the inside!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 111
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sweet potatoes peeled and diced 1″
  • 3 large carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Toss all ingredients except butter in a bowl.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place into preheated air fryer. Cook 10 minutes.
  • Shake basket and cook an additional 4-7 minutes or until lightly browned and tender.
  • Toss with butter and serve.

Notes

For sweeter veggies, add a little bit of extra brown sugar with the butter when tossing.

For a more savory side, skip the brown sugar and cinnamon and opt for salt & pepper with thyme. Or toss fresh dill with the butter after cooking.

To roast in the oven, prepare as directed. Bake on a parchment-lined pan at 400°F for 35-40 minutes or until tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 111 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 15507IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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Kale Caesar Salad (with shortcut dressing)

This delicious Kale Caesar Salad is rich and delicious with a shortcut dressing so good, you’ll almost want to drink it!

Everyone loves a great caesar salad topped with bacon and croutons and we love a fresh kale salad too. Combining the two makes for the most perfect meal or side dish!

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Panera Power Kale Caesar Salad and the Sweetgreen Kale Caesar are menu favorites but they can’t compare to this fantastic homemade version!

A Hearty Salad

Kale is a superfood packed full of flavor and nutrition, it only makes sense that it would be a good stand-in for the more traditional romaine lettuce.

One thing I love about using kale in salads in place of lettuce is that leftover salad (even with dressing) will last a couple of days in the fridge! Just leave the croutons aside if you’re making this ahead of time.

TIP: Leave out the croutons for a low carb version!

ingredients to make dressing for Kale Caesar Salad

What’s in a Kale Caesar Salad?

VEGGIES Kale, of course, but feel free to add in some romaine or spinach as well.

TOPPING/FILLING Bacon, croutons, and Parmesan are favorite topping ingredients for this crisp and crunchy salad.

DRESSING The real star here is the creamy Caesar dressing! While my traditional caesar salad recipe has a from scratch dressing, this one starts with mayonnaise as a base. The result is a creamy and delicious dressing in no time at all!

Make it a Meal: Grilled chicken or shrimp are the perfect toppers to convert this from side to an full meal. Serve it with garlic bread.

adding dressing to kale to make Kale Caesar Salad

While chicken can be added to make a chicken caesar salad, the addition of pasta makes for a great caesar pasta salad too!

Tips & Tricks

  • After rinsing and patting dry the kale leaves, gently “massage” each piece between your hands until the leaves are somewhat softened and a darker green.
  • Be sure to cut the spine out of each leaf before tearing it into bite-sized pieces. Tender kale is the result, but it still has all the healthy benefits!
  • Kale Caesar dressing will keep in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.

Our Fave Salads

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Kale Caesar Salad

Creamy Caesar dressing with crisp kale, croutons, bacon, and parmesan!
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 583
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup croutons store-bought or homemade
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • cup parmesan cheese shredded

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup parmesan shredded
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste* see note
  • fresh black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all dressing ingredients until smooth.
  • Wash kale and dry well. Gently “massage” the kale with your hands until the leaves are somewhat softened and a darker green. While this is optional, it makes for a more tender leaf.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine kale and croutons. Top with dressing as desired and toss to combine.
  • Sprinkle with ⅓ cup parmesan cheese and bacon bits.

Notes

You may not need all of the dressing in this recipe, leftovers will last about 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Be sure to cut the spine out of each leaf before tearing it into bite-sized pieces.

Anchovy adds a salty and briny flavor to the dressing and adding a small amount really boosts the flavor of this dressing. If you literally can’t tolerate anchovy, skip them and add finely minced or chopped capers instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 583 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 863mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3410IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryer Butternut Squash – Sweet & Savory!

Air Fryer Butternut Squash is the side dish that complements any entrée or the perfect addition to your favorite recipes from butternut squash soup to risotto.

This is one of the easiest ways to make this sweet winter squash.

cooked Air Fryer Butternut Squash on a white plate with seasoning

An Easier Way to Cook Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is hard to peel and cut when it’s raw so we skip that step in this recipe and cook it in halves. If your squash is too hard to cut in half, poke it with a fork and microwave it for 3-4 minutes first (I do the same with spaghetti squash if it’s too hard to cut).

  • Make sure your squash is small enough to fit into your air fryer, if not it can be cut into quarters.
  • Season with cinnamon and salt or even just salt & pepper.
  • Adding a touch of brown sugar will add sweetness and help with caramelization.

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How to Make Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer

  1. Cut butternut squash in half vertically and scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  2. Brush the cut halves with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon then salt and pepper (per the recipe below). Sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  3. Cook, cut side up in the Air Fryer until tender. Remove and slice into 1” thick pieces (they’ll look like half-moons) or scoop out and mash. Serve with a pat of butter.

Cubed Butternut Squash

If you purchase cubed butternut squash, it can be roasted in the air fryer as well. Toss with seasonings per the recipe below. Turn the air fryer on to 380°F. Cook 10 minutes, shake the basket, and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until tender.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash in the air fryer after cooking

Ways to Enjoy This Recipe

Use this squash for any recipe that requires roasted butternut squash.

  • Serve it right out of the air fryer alongside baked pork chops.
  • Blend it with broth and add a splash of cream to make soup!
  • It’s perfect added to salads (especially our fave winter salad).
  • Toss it with cooked grains (like farro) for a great side or salad.

Savory Squash Dishes

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

This butternut squash is perfectly seasoned with cinnamon & brown sugar, then air fried until tender!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 127
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash (approx 1 ½ pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional

Instructions

  • Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  • Brush squash with olive oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and season with salt & pepper to taste. Sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  • Place in the air fryer, cut side up and cook at 350°F for 40-50 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Slice or mash and top with butter if desired.

Notes

If your squash is too large to fit into your air fryer, cut it in quarters.

Cook time can vary based on the size of the squash. 

Change the seasonings as desired (and depending on how you will be using the squash). This squash can replace roasting for any recipe needing roasted squash.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 127 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 19931IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
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Perfect Asparagus Every Time!

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to cook asparagus including steaming, roasting, grilling, or air frying.

A simple seasoning and a quick cook time brings this veggie to tender-crisp perfection for a quick and easy side dish!

Asparagus on a plate with a fork

How to Prep Asparagus

The bottoms of each spear can be a bit woody in texture so you’ll want to remove that part. Grab each stalk in the middle and at the woody bottom. Bend to snap off the bottom end of the stalk, it naturally breaks off where it becomes tender.

To Peel or Not To Peel?

There really is no need to peel asparagus most of the time, especially thinner asparagus (the exception is white asparagus). If the stem is really thick, feel free to use a vegetable peeler and trim the stalks slightly, making them easier to cook and eat. I very rarely peel them.

Asparagus in a jar

Storage

Once you have picked your asparagus, remove the rubber band that keeps the stalks together and give them a rinse.

Fill a glass jar with about 1″ of water and place the asparagus in the bottom (almost like you would keep fresh cut flowers). This is a great way to store fresh herbs for up to 2 weeks too! Store uncovered in the fridge.

The Best Ways to Cook Asparagus

This versatile veggie is a ‘snap’ to cook! Here are some favorite ways to prepare this springtime favorite!

Air Fryer Aspragus

Like most veggies, an air fryer is the PERFECT to cook asparagus.

  1. Toss with olive oil and seasonings.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  3. Cook 6 minutes for thinner spears and up to 10 minutes for thicker spears. Check them early so they don’t overcook!

Steamed Aspragus

One of the easiest ways to cook asparagus is on the stove!

  1. It can be steamed in hot water or the broth of your choice for a no-fat, low-fat side.
    1. Place in a steamer basket above water. Cover with a lid.
    2. Steam 4-7 minutes depending on thickness.
    3. Season to taste.

Sauteed Aspragus

Asparagus can be sautéed or fried on the stove.

  1. Heat olive oil or butter in a pan.
  2. Add asparagus and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cook over medium heat just until it starts to brown and become tender.

Asparagus in a pot with a steamer

Roasted Asparagus

Roasting asparagus gives it a deep, dark, charred look and an intense flavor, like in this easy oven roasted asparagus recipe.

  1. Prepare stalks by breaking off the woody end and rinsing with cool water.
  2. Toss with olive oil and seasonings to taste.
  3. Heat the oven to 425°F and roast until tender, 8-12 minutes depending on thickness.

Grilled Aspragus

  1. Prepare stalks by breaking off the woody end and rinsing with cool water
  2. Toss with olive oil and season as desired.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high and cook 5-8 minutes depending on thickness.

Asparagus cooks quickly, so take care not to overcook it! Cook just until softened and still a little bit crisp. This will give it the perfect crunch when you bite into it!

Amazing Asparagus

Asparagus on a plate with a fork

How to Cook Asparagus

Follow these handy tips for a fool proof asparagus side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 23
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • olive oil optional depending on method
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash asparagus under cool water and shake a little bit to dry.
  • Snap off the bottom stem of each spear.

To Steam Asparagus

  • Place water in the bottom of a saucepan and line with a steamer basket ensuring the water doesn’t touch the basket. Bring to a boil.
  • Place asparagus in the basket, cover and allow to steam 5-10 minutes depending on thickness and desired doneness.
  • Place asparagus on a plate, toss with butter and season with salt & pepper. Serve warm.

To Roast Asparagus

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Toss asparagus with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil per pound and salt & pepper.
  • Roast 8-12 minutes or until tender crisp.

To Grill Asparagus

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Toss asparagus with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil per pound and salt & pepper.
  • Grill asparagus spears directly on the grill 5-8 minutes turning occasionally. Cook just until tender crisp and lightly charred.

To Air Frye Asparagus

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Cook 6 minutes for thinner spears and up to 10 minutes for thicker spears. Check them early so they don’t overcook!  

Notes

Nutrition information is for asparagus only.

Nutrition

Calories: 23 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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Roasted Veggie & Grain Salad with Feta

Harvest farro salad is colorful and full of flavor. This beautiful salad can be served warm or chilled and can be a side or a meal.

It’s loaded with healthy winter veggies (like roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts), some farro (of course), and a punch of flavor from feta and pomegranate!

Harvest Farro Salad with a spoon

Farro Facts

So what the heck is farro anyhow? It is a whole grain that is shaped like barley and has a chewy, slightly nutty taste. It’s considered an “ancient grain”.

If you don’t have farro for this recipe you can use another grain like quinoa, barley, or even brown rice.

Where to Buy Farro

To find farro in the grocery store, look where the rice or grains are. If you don’t find it there, check the health food or organic foods area (or try one of the substitutions below).

You can also buy farro on Amazon or other online stores.

ingredients to make a Harvest Farro Salad

Ingredients

VEGGIES We added roasted veggies like butternut squash, brussels sprouts, and red onions. And don’t forget the arugula for its unique peppery taste that gives hearty salads like this one some kick! If you happen to have leftover roasted veggies or sweet potatoes, use those instead.

DRESSING I use a super easy homemade dressing but you can use your fave vinaigrette. Balsamic is a great choice!

FLAVOR BOOSTERS

        • Feta cheese gives the salad a bright, tangy flavor. Soft goat cheese would taste great in a salad like this, as well.
        • Pecans and pomegranate arils are added for a shot of color & crunch.

process of adding vegetables and to make a Harvest Farro Salad

Variations

Feel free to switch out the pomegranate arils for cranberries, or the arugula for kale. Try adding carrots, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, beets, or even roasted asparagus spears. Green peas, corn, and artichoke hearts are all nice additions, too!

PRO TIP: To make an entrée salad, add some cooked leftover grilled chicken or roasted chicken thighs!

How to Make Harvest Farro Salad

  1. Roast veggies per recipe below.
  2. Meanwhile, simmer farro.
  3. Combine dressing ingredients and shake until combined.
  4. Toss it all together with the dressing.

process of adding final ingredients to make Harvest Farro Salad

Make It a Meal

Farro salad is jam packed with flavor and nutrients and can easily be served as a meatless meal. If you’re looking to add protein, leftover turkey or shredded chicken are great options.

Serve it warmed or chilled with homemade french bread, or add some Parmesan garlic and herb croutons.

Fresh & Flavorful Salads

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Harvest Farro Salad

Crisp & colorful with a balsamic dressing, this Harvest Farro Salad is sure to be the star of any dinner plate!
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 454
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup farro uncooked
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
  • cup pecans toasted
  • cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 ½ cups arugula packed
  • ½ cup balsamic dressing or homemade dressing below

Roasted Vegetables

  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups butternut squash ½” diced
  • 1 ½ cups Brussels sprouts washed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Toss onion, butternut squash, and brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt & pepper to taste. Place on a baking sheet and roast 15 minutes. Stir and roast an additional 10-15 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
  • While vegetables are roasting, place farro in a pot with 3 cups of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until farro is tender about 14-16 minutes. Drain well, rinse under cool water and cool slightly.
  • If using homemade dressing below, combine all dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake well.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooled farro, butternut squash mixture, pomegranate, half of the pecans, and half of the feta cheese. Toss with ⅓ cup of dressing. Stir in arugula.
  • Top with remaining pecans and feta before serving.

Notes

Homemade Dressing

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Farro can be substituted for cooked quinoa, barley, or even brown rice.

Find farro in the grocery store where the rice or grains are.

Nutrition

Calories: 454 | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6060IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 2mg
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Air Fryer Eggplant – Breaded & Seasoned!

Air Fry up a batch of eggplant for a fun snack or a great side dish! 

I’m obsessed with how amazing the air fryer makes everything from burgers to vegetables and this eggplant is no exception! Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, it’s perfect for snacking or dipping!

top view of Air Fryer Eggplant with dip

Crispy Parmesan Eggplant

Not to be confused with eggplant parmesan, this eggplant is coated in a crispy parmesan crust.

To start you’ll need an air fyer. I have this one here and I’m obsessed with it (I literally use it EVERY SINGLE DAY).

We love this easy Air Fryer Eggplant because it always turns out crispy for dipping but tender inside.

This recipe makes for a great snack or a fun side.

ingredients to make Air Fryer Eggplant

How To Cook Eggplant in an Air Fryer

It’s super easy to air fry eggplant, and these come out perfect in 1-2-3!

  1. Slice the eggplant per recipe below.
  2. Bread eggplant slices by dipping in flour, egg, and finally a Parmesan/breadcrumb mixture. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. Air Fry in a single layer until crisp.

ingredients to make Air Fryer Eggplant on a baking sheet

Fave Dips

Serve with your fave tasty dipping sauces.

Air Fryer Eggplant in the air fryer after cooking

Air Frying Tips

  • Don’t cut the eggplant too thin, you want it to have texture.
  • Salting the eggplant draws out moisture and seasons it!
  • Even though some slices will be larger due to the natural shape of the eggplant, keep all of the slices the same thickness so they fry evenly.
  • Air Fry in a single layer in batches. Once all batches are cooked through, you can heat them all together at 400°F for about 3-4 minutes.

Air Fryer Favorites

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Air Fryer Eggplant

Coated in a seasoned breading and then air-fried until tender and crispy, this Air Fryer Eggplant recipe is sure to be loved by the whole family!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 177
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant or two small
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup flour
  • cooking spray
  • marinara sauce for serving

Instructions

  • Slice eggplant into ⅓” slices. Sprinkle with salt and let sit 20 minutes.
  • While eggplant is sitting, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  • Whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water in a second bowl.
  • Quickly rinse the eggplant and pat dry.
  • Dip each eggplant slice into the flour, then into the egg and finally into the bread crumb mixture. Spray each side of the eggplant with cooking spray.
  • Preheat air fryer to 380°F. Place in a single layer in the air fryer and cook 5 minutes. Flip over and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until tender and crisp.
  • Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

Notes

Don’t cut the eggplant too thin, you want it to have texture.

Salting the eggplant draws out moisture and seasons it!

Even though some slices will be larger due to the natural shape of the eggplant, keep all of the slices the same thickness so they fry evenly.

Air Fry in a single layer in batches. Once all batches are cooked through, you can heat them all together at 400°F for about 3-4 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 177 | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg
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Air Fryer Eggplant in the air fryer with writing
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Drop Biscuits – Ready in 30 Minutes!

These homemade drop biscuits are buttery and fluffy without all of the fuss of rolling dough!

Melt-in-your-mouth, they’re the perfect savory biscuit for soaking up soup, sauce, or gravy. Serve them with butter or top them with jam.

close up of Easy Drop Biscuits

Biscuits Made Easy

We love Homemade Biscuits served with soups and stews, topped with jam and of course served with sausage gravy.

A drop biscuit is the perfect quick and easy solution when dinner is on the go! Skip the box mix, these are just as easy!

Light, fluffy biscuits are just six ingredients away!

ingredients to make Easy Drop Biscuits

Ingredients

These easy drop biscuits are an everyday recipe that can be prepared for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • Butter Ensure the butter is cold, this creates little pockets that add lift and texture (and of course flavor).
  • Milk Again, cold is best. This adds moisture, texture and helps with browning.
  • Flour These biscuits use all-purpose flour, you can substitute half with whole wheat flour if preferred.
  • Leavening: Baking soda, baking powder, and a little salt to produce airy biscuits with the perfect texture every time!

Variations

This recipe is easily up-leveled by switching out the milk for buttermilk or mixing cheddar cheese or herbs into the dough.

Drop biscuits are also perfect for dumplings which are basically uncooked drop biscuits that are added to the top of chili, or a savory soup or stew!

scooping out Easy Drop Biscuits and putting on a baking sheet with parchment paper

How to Make Drop Biscuits

These 6-ingredient biscuits give a new meaning to the words ‘quick and easy’!

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients.  Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender or two knives until it resembles small peas.
  2. Add milk a little at a time until the dough is thick but able to be scooped and dropped with a spoon.
  3. Drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet and bake per recipe below or until the biscuits are lightly browned.

close up of cooked Easy Drop Biscuits

How to Store Leftover Biscuits

  • Drop biscuits keep best in a covered container or a zippered bag at room temperature for about 3 days.
  • Uncooked biscuits will keep in the freezer for about 3 months as long as they are in a zippered bag—don’t forget to write the date on the outside! Frozen biscuit dough can be baked for about 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Cooked biscuits can be frozen in a zippered bag for up to 2 months. Let them thaw at room temperature before serving.

Serve Biscuits With…

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Easy Drop Biscuits on a table with a close up of a biscuit with melted butter on top

Easy Drop Biscuits

With only a handful of simple ingredients and 30 minutes, these flavorful drop biscuits are ready to serve!
Course Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 biscuits
Calories 133
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • cup cold butter
  • 1 to 1 ¼ cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a large baking sheet.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  • Add cold butter and cut in with a pastry blender until the butter is the size of peas or slightly smaller.
  • Add milk a bit at a time stirring after each addition until the dough holds together but is soft enough to be dropped with a spoon.
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoons to create 12 biscuits.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or lightly browned.

Notes

Drop biscuits will keep for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature. 

Nutrition

Calories: 133 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg
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Easy Drop Biscuits on a baking sheet with a title
Easy Drop Biscuits with a title
Easy Drop Biscuits on a baking sheet and close up with butter with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies