Air-Fried Sweet Potatoes

These slightly crispy air-fried sweet potatoes are super easy to make and they are great as side dish or as a healthy snack in between meals.

Before I go on with the post, sorry for not “visiting” you lately…we were on vacation and just got back a couple of days ago…we visited part of Croatia in a small ship through the Adriatic Sea, it was a lot of fun, met great people and enjoyed fantastic food…sharing some pictures are at the end of the post in case you are interested…now back to the post…

– Why air-fried sweet potatoes are healthy?

Air-fried sweet potato fries are made with less fat than traditional fries, so they are a healthier version with less fat and calories for you when craving for conventional fried potatoes or sweet potatoes.

– Very easy, almost no work

You will need only a few ingredients and very small work for these air-fried sweet potatoes.

– Seasoning?

I like it almost plain…just a bit of salt after air-fried…the contrast of the sweet and savory is magical…but feel free to coat with your favorite herb or any dip you like. The possibilities are endless…

– Air-fried sweet potato tips?

Yes, for even cooking try to cut the sweet potato as uniform as possible, either thin or thick…and place them in one single layer or close to it…that’s it!

– Thin or thick cut?

It all depends, sometimes I like it thin for extra crispness and sometimes I like it thick, so the middle is soft and moist, contrasting with the crisp layer on the outside.

– Are you ready for the sweet potatoes fries in the air-fryer

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Any seasoning if using

Method:

Preheat air-fryer to 400oF.

As stated above, try to cut them as uniform as possible.

Toss with olive oil, salt and/or any herbs.

Cook in batches, without overcrowding the basket.

Cook for approximately 8 – 10 minutes if the fries are thin and around 14-16 minutes for thicker cuts.

Make sure to flip the basket half way.

Serve warm…with or without your favorite dipping sauce.

– If you enjoy this super simple recipe using an air-fryer you might want to check on these…

Did you know that sweet potatoes contain soluble fiber? Moreover, sweet potatoes also contain vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium. Since sweet potatoes come with all variety of colors they are loaded of nutrients, especially the purple and orange.

And here I have some pictures of our cruise through Adriatic Sea where we visited many Croatian islands, small part of Slovenia and Venice…

Sorry for the long post…

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Black Bean, Cuban Style

This simple black bean recipe is based from Cuban cuisine with a touch of sweetness and delicious over rice and staple food in Latin countries.

Like many of you I am trying to incorporate more legumes and substituting meat for other sources of protein.

Growing up in Brazil, rice and bean was a staple food in every meal…therefore I really take pleasure and a mix of nostalgia when I eat rice and bean. As you might be aware bean dishes are cooked in so many ways according to its Country tradition. In Brazil, we have the famous “feijoada” which uses black beans with all kind of meat in it, super tasty and flavorful…on the other had we have the “feijao”, meaning beans, which is serve daily for lunch and dinner over rice and much simpler flavor.

Today, I am sharing another bean stew, which I learned after searching the internet and realized why the Cuban bean dish taste so different from the Brazilian one…bell pepper and a bit of sugar. It is amazing that just by adding these two ingredients the flavor of the bean is totally altered.

The creamy bean stew over rice is so good…plain and simple and yet so satisfying. This recipe was adapted from here with some changes.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb dried black bean
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into small pieces
  • 7-8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Wash and soak the beans overnight, changing the water a couple of times in between.

Rinse of the water and place the beans in a pot with approximately 5 cup of water and bay leaf.

Let it boil and then simmer for approximately 60 minutes until the beans and cooked throughout. Remove the suds when the beans come to boil and add more water as needed, making sure that the beans are covered.

Alternatively you can use a thermo cooker by adding the beans, bay leaf and water. Let it boil, remove the suds and place the pot in the thermo cooker overnight or until ready to add the other ingredients.

Once the black beans are cooked, in a large pan heat the oil and add onion, garlic and bell pepper and sauté until vegetables begin to soften, about 4-5 minutes.

Add approximately 1 cup of beans to pan. Using the back of spoon smash beans against the wall of the pan, or alternatively use an immersion hand blender.  Add remaining beans, oregano, sugar, vinegar and water as needed.

Simmer until mixture thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste, stirring occasionally.

Serve over rice as side dish with chicken, meat, ham, fried egg or with anything you wish.

– For more Latin America cuisine dishes, please check these out…

Did you know that beans are an excellent source of protein, very low in fat and exceptionally high in fiber? They are also a very good source of calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium.

 

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Simple Sous-Vide Scallops

This is the most simple and easy way to cook scallops…sous-vide. The scallops are moist, tender and yes, perfect.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed precious time surrounded by your loved ones…we celebrated the holiday at my uncle’s home and it was a huge potluck with plenty of food from traditional Thanksgiving dishes to  all over the world cuisine dishes…with that said…we did not bring home any leftover, therefore I am sharing with you this week a very easy and quick way to cook scallops…

– Are scallops tricky to cook?

Scallops are mainly composed of water (up to 80%) and the remaining in protein and small quantity of lipids (fat) and carbohydrate, therefore if properly cooked it will be very tender with a unique sweet flavor…

Due to the facts above, cooking scallops is a very tricky thing for me…I like when cooked to almost, I mean almost…not quite well done…it is a fine line in between as I dislike the raw and slimy texture…like them firm and soft…as you see, it is a difficult process, not too soft and not rubbery and stringy…

– Why sous-vide?

I found through the internet that using sous-vide method I can really accomplish the perfect texture when cooking scallops…and I can assure you that it is indeed very true and very easy to control….time to bring the Anova Precision Cooker out…

This method is so easy and simple and only require a few ingredients…salt, pepper and olive oil and the best quality of Atlantic Sea jumbo scallops.

– Where did I find this recipe?

The recipe below was mainly based from food for net.

– Should we take a look on how it was done?

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 1 lb Atlantic Sea jumbo scallops
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Method:

Bring the water-bath to 52C.

Pat dry the scallops, and sprinkle salt and fresh ground pepper generously.

Pace the scallops in the plastic bag, make sure to have it in single layer.

Drizzle olive oil into the bag.

Make sure to remove all the air bubble from the bag when “cooking” the scallops in the water-bath. To create a vacuum in the bag, carefully place the bag with your ingredients into the water-bath, make sure to immerse the bag until near the seal, this will create a vacuum, then seal the bag.

Place the bags gently into the water-bath and set the time for 20 to 25 minutes.

Once the time is up, gently remove the bag from the water-bath, drain the liquid from it and pat dry the scallops.

In a cast iron skillet, add a little olive oil or butter, and sear both side of the scallops until golden brown.

Serve immediately.

– Looking for more sous-vide recipes?

If you enjoy using sous-vide method, you might want to take a look at the others Sous-Vide Recipes below.

Did you know that scallop is actually the adductor muscle of scallop? Pretty confuse right? This is the muscle that is used to open and close the shells, which is how the scallop swim.  Scallops, in spite of high content of protein, contain high cholesterol, therefore should be consumed in moderation.

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Simple Pumpkin Crackers

These crackers are crispy, light and packed with pumpkin, very versatile as you can top with all kind of stuff such as fresh or dry herbs, fresh ground black pepper, Himalayan salt, grated cheese…you name it.

– Pumpkin crackers…really?

Fall came and I realized that I had not baked or cooked anything with pumpkin…somehow I was in a weird mood…nothing really appealed to me…cake, bread or pie…yes, indeed weird  mood…when I saw that my homemade jar of crackers were about to hit the bottom…a little light flood my mind..and I had one of the “ah-ha” moment…why not pumpkin crackers?

– What can I top the crackers with?

I pretty much follow my recipe of homemade crackers, rolled it out thin and sprinkled one sheet with fresh grounded black pepper and the other one with fresh rosemary. Alternatively  you can add in the dough fresh finely chopped rosemary, oregano, thyme or any other herb, celery seeds, cumin, cardamom, ground pepper, curry powder, fennel seeds, smoked paprika, turmeric…and so on…the options are endless…as described in simple homemade crackers.

– Is it good?

Since it was mine first time using pumpkin puree for making crackers and really did not know what to expect, I halved the recipe from my regular measurement…and I must tell you that I regret…

The crackers were so good, light, crispy and all pumpkin color. We ate most of it plain, considering that there was black pepper and rosemary flavors…dip can be totally omitted so good these are.

– Let’s go to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 250 g all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 15 g sugar
  • 4 g salt
  • 150 g pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 30 g butter, unsalted
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Method:

Place all the ingredients, expect black pepper and rosemary in a mixer bowl. Attach the bowl and dough hook to the mixer. Turn the to speed 2 until a ball forms and all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a container with lid and let it rest for about 1 hour.

Once the gluten of the dough has relaxed, split the dough into two small balls.

Preheat the oven to 250F

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until approximately 14 x 11 in (35 x 28 cm) from the center to the edge, there is no need to be very precise.

Sprinkle freshly grounded black pepper on the pumpkin sheet, using the rolling pin gently roll until all the ground pepper are fixed into the dough. Repeat the same with the fresh rosemary.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes, turning the baking pan half way during the baking time to ensure even bake.

Remove from the oven, let it cool completely on a wire rack.

Roughly break the sheet into smaller rustic pieces.

Store in an air-tight container.

– More pumpkin recipes? Take a look at these…

Did you know that pumpkin has many healthy nutrients? Pumpkin is a rich source of dietary fiber, contains potassium and vitamin C which are known to lower blood pressure. Also antioxidant such as beta-carotene which could prevent degenerative eye disease.

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Air Fried Bean Curd Sheet with Vegetables

This is a very simple and yet fulfilling Asian inspired dish using air fried bean curd sheet, a great alternative for substituting meat.

– Where can you find bean curd sheet?

Since we moved, every time I go visit my mom I have to stop by an Asian grocery store and stock up with lots of fresh vegetables, refrigerated and frozen food. It is true that we have Asian market in the area, but I always feel that it is not as abundant and fresh as in the areas where are more populated by Asians, supply and demand…

One of my favorite item is the fresh bean curd sheet, which is found in the refrigerator section…I discovered that it can perish fast and a great way to preserve is by using the air fryer. Once the bean curd sheets are “baked” in the air fryer and the moist removed it can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for much longer time.

The bean curd sheet is so Asian, what I mean without any discrimination is that you need to acquire the taste for it…and I was so surprised that my husband really enjoys it…the texture is very different from the regular tofu, and I am not talking about soft, regular or firm…the bean curd sheet is somehow stretchy, slightly chewy and can absorb a lot of flavor.

I hope you get a chance to try it…you will find it very different and interesting.

– Let’s start cooking…

Ingredients:

1 package fresh bean curd sheet

1 inch fresh ginger cut into thin strips

2 cups water

¼ cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Red pepper flakes to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Pat dry the bean curd sheet and cut into 1 inch wide. Randomly separate the layers and place in the 325-350F preheated air fryer for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the bean curd sheets are golden brown and crispy. Shake the basket every so often to prevent the sheets from sticking together.

Once the bean curd sheets are ready, remove from the air fryer and set aside. Place all the other ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to boil then add the air fried bean curd sheet. Bring to boil and turn the heat to simmer.

As the air fried bean curd sheets absorb the sauce it will shrink. Simmer for about 15 minutes, if needed add more water, salt and pepper.

Remove from the heat.

At this point, it can be served as it is or added to any stir-fry vegetable.

 

 

– More recipes with soybean curd?

Yes, if you enjoy this simple and easy vegetarian item, you might want to take a look at Tofu Fa recipe which is a dessert made with soft bean curd.

 

Did you know that bean curd sheet is a film form from boiling soy milk? The film is similar to the film formed when boiling milk. The soy milk film is then accumulated and dried acquiring a yellowish color, unlike the soy milk. Bean curd sheet is also called bean curd skin or tofu skin.

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Roasted Spiralized Zucchini

I am sure you all had tried spiralized zucchini…how about roasted spiralized zucchini? It is a great replacement for pasta…just top it with your favorite sauce and you are ready for a healthy meal.

 

I have used spiralized zucchini in so many ways, and most of the time I blanch before topping it with all kind of sauces. Since zucchini contains a lot of water, I thought that roasting it will give this pasta like structure a better texture…and yes, I was right…each strand of zucchini was more pliable and retained more flavor as compared to the blanched ones.

Yes, it is a bit more laborious than just drop the spiralized zucchini into a pot of boiling water, but so worth the extra effort. I hope you get to try this method next time spiralizing zucchini…

Ingredients:

 

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 375F. Place the spiralized zucchini in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss.

Layer the spiralized zucchini on two baking pans lined with silicone mat. Make sure to spread evenly the spiralized zucchini.

Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove from the oven and divide into two serving bowl. Top it with your favorite pasta sauce. Serve hot.

 

 

If you enjoy this simple recipe using spiralized zucchini, you might want to take a look at Simple Zucchini Ribbons Salad.

 

Did you know that zucchini squash contains more than 90% water? In spite of its high water content, zucchini is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and manganese.

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Cold Soba with Peanut Sauce

Cold soba noodles are easy to prepare and cook faster than your regular pasta/noodle. This is a very simple and delicious recipe for the summer…just toss soba noodles with a spicy sauce made with peanut butter and lots of fresh vegetables.

 

Have you ever heard of soba noodles? Soba noodles were originated in Japan and it is made from buckwheat. They are thinner than the usual noodles and sold in the market like your dry pasta. In Japan soba noodles are served cold during summer and hot in winter, and traditionally dipped in a sauce (cold) or hot broth.

My mom used to cook soba instead of the regular pasta; one, because is faster to cook and second, because it is healthier as compared to the wheat pasta. So now I do the same…often I cook soba noodles and serve with meat sauce.

During summer I like to make it cold, almost like salad…I cut all kind of raw vegetables into Julienne or chiffonade add a protein like shrimp or chicken and top with a creamy peanut sauce which is a mix of lightly sweet, salty, spicy and citrusy. This peanut sauce really challenge all your palate senses…I know, sounds weird until you try it…and then you will be totally in love with the sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Ponzu sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons yuzu hot sauce, depending on how spicy you want
  • Soba noodle
  • Fresh basil leaves, cut into thins strips
  • Cucumber, cut into thinly Julienne
  • Carrot, cut into thinly Julienne
  • Shredded chicken

Method:

Cook the soba noddle according to the instructions of the package.  Rinse well under the cold water and make sure that the noddle is well drained. Set aside or in the refrigerator while you are preparing the dressing.

In a small bowl, add the peanut butter and water, whisk until smooth, add all the remaining ingredients.  Whisk until all the ingredients are incorporated into the dressing.

When ready to serve, add in a bowl the soba noodle, vegetables, chicken and the peanut sauce. Toss all together making sure the noddle is coated with the sauce.

Serve cold.

 

If you enjoy this Asian inspired noodles, you might want to take a look at Squash Noddles with Peanut Sauce recipe.

 

Did you know that buckwheat does not contain gluten? Buckwheat is a very nice substitute for wheat for the ones that have an issue with gluten. Buckwheat is a fruit seed and contain more mineral and antioxidants than other grains.

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Air Fried Sweet Mini Peppers with Onion and Zucchini

This is one of my favorite method to “roast” sweet mini peppers. It is super easy and fast…it’s lightly caramelized and perfect on bread, crackers or salad.

I love the colors of the sweet pepper, so summery and refreshing.  Many times we just eat them raw…crunchy and sweet, but sometimes I like to enhance the sweetness of the peppers by roasting…

I used to roast mini peppers in the oven…but since I got the air-fryer, this is my preferred way to “roast” almost anything…I love how even and caramelized the sweet peppers turned out in the air-fryer.  All the excess liquid, either from the washing or the pepper itself just drains out of the basket.

This recipe is very versatile, you can air-fry only the mini peppers or mix and match it with all kind of vegetables, I decided to go with zucchini and onion as I had them handy, but feel free to use whatever vegetable you have available such as carrots, eggplant, yellow squash…

Once the vegetables are air fried and seasoned you can keep them in the refrigerator for a few days and serve cold, which I love during warm weather.

Ingredients:

1 lb sweet pepper

1-2 zucchinis

1 medium size onion

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar to taste

Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat air fryer to 400F.

Wash and slice in half the sweet peppers and remove the seed. Slice the zucchini and the onion.

In a large bowl place the sweet mini peppers and drizzle with olive oil.

Carefully place the sweet peppers in the air fryer basket and let is cook for approximately 15 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket in between. Remove from the basket and place in a large bowl.

Do the same with the onion and zucchini. Once the onion and zucchini are done place them together with the sweet peppers.

Add salt and pepper and drizzle balsamic vinegar to taste.  Toss gently.

Serve warm or cold.

I hope you enjoy this simple method of roasting mini sweet peppers…for more air-fryer recipes, please check HERE.

 

Did you know that peppers contain large amount of antioxidants such as lycopene, beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin? These carotenoids are important, especially for the eyes.

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Persian Eggplant Dip

This is a very healthy and tasty dip made with roasted eggplants.  The recipe is simple and the trick to its delightful taste is the caramelized onion and golden garlic together with a hint mint…all together in a smoky, creamy and silky eggplant.

Since I had the eggplant dip (Kashke Badmjan) at a local Persian restaurant I wanted so bad to make it at home…when I noticed these huge, really huge eggplants at Trader Joe’s I saw the opportunity to try and I end up bringing home two of this gigantic eggplants.

Eggplants are healthy in spite of a large amount of water. Eggplants contain dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.

After searching the internet for inspiration, I end up adapting today’s recipe from Minimalist Baker and Food 52.

This eggplant dip is delicious served with fresh pita bread or pita chips. Traditionally it is served with pita bread, but I love the combination of light and crispy pita chips with the creaminess of the eggplant…so it is up to you…

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggplants (cut into 1/4 inch rounds // skin on)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced in half moon
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • Sea salt + ground pepper
  • Plain yogurt, Greek or regular

Method:

Wash and poke the eggplants with a fork, place them on a foil-lined pan. Roast in a preheated oven of 375 to 400F for about 45 min to 1 hour until the eggplants are soft.

While the eggplants are in the oven, caramelize the onion, preferably in a cast iron pan over medium heat to high heat. Add the onions.  Cook for a few minute until they start to soften, stirring so the heat distribute evenly.

Reduce the heat to medium low and continue stir once in a while so the onions brown equally. The onions will reduce and become more and more golden. Remove the onions from the pan once the onion developed a deep and caramelized flavor. Set aside.

In the same pan, add the minced garlic with the mint and let it turn golden under medium heat, stir constantly, so the garlic will not burn. Remove from the heat and add to the caramelized onion.

Once the eggplants are soft and somewhat the skin burnt Remove from the oven, let it cool and then remove the inside of the eggplant with a spoon. Mash the eggplant with a fork.

In the same cast iron skillet place the mashed eggplant, salt, pepper, turmeric and cook for a few minutes stirring constantly. Once the mixture is even, add the mixture of caramelized onion and garlic.

Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, adjust more seasoning if necessary stirring frequently.

Before serving add plain yogurt. Serve warm or at room temperature.

I hope you enjoy this simple and easy recipe for an eggplant dip…you might want to take a look of Homemade Hummus or Jalapeno Artichoke Crab Dip recipes.

 

Did you know that eggplant is a fruit and classified as a berry? Moreover, the seeds of eggplants contain nicotinoid, which are substance related to the ones found in tobacco, both are species of nightshade plants.

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Air Fried Shrimp over Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Have you ever tried cooking shrimp using an air fryer? Well, this is a super simple way to have your shrimp cooked fast and without fuss…and it is delicious topped on zucchini noodles tossed with pesto sauce.

It has been a long time since I last posted a recipe or anything…I had a long break and during this time so much had happened, some good and some not so good…I should start with the “not so good” one…

When I decided to come back blogging I encountered a major mess on the website as we had some glitch on the hosting/server system and all the posts and pages got lost and the comments nowhere to be found.  I am still working on retrieving the posts, one by one… and updating as much as I can. I almost gave up on blogging but decided to rebuild and take it slowly…without any pressure and revisiting the old posts, it was like looking at old photo albums…now the comments are totally gone, and I am very sadden by it as lots of great memories were in it, all the people I met and visited…

Now, the good news…we move to a new house…after searching for our forever home for almost two years we finally move into our dream home where we plan to retire. It was a lot of work moving and redecorating the house. Fast forward 3 months…we finally have it the way we like and start to really enjoy the new neighborhood and all the amenities that the city offer.

With all that said, I am still in the process of coming back, gathering my thoughts together but decided to say “HELLO” and post a simple recipe…using my air fryer which I am still in love with. Confession…I cheated on the pesto sauce and used the one from Trader Joe’s….

So here we go…

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb shrimp, clean and deveined
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large zucchini, spiralized
  • Pesto sauce, store bought or homemade.

Method:

Preheat the air fryer according to the manufacture’s instruction at 350F.

In a medium bowl, place the shrimps, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss gently and place in the air fryer basket. Cook for approximately 7 minutes, make sure to “shake” the basket once in between cooking time.

While the shrimps are in the air fryer, blanch the spiralized zucchini.  Drain well and set aside.

To serve, toss pesto sauce to the blanched zucchini and top with the air fried shrimps. Serve hot.

I hope you enjoy this simple and easy recipe using air fryer you might want to take a looks at recipes using air fryer from my Recipe Box.

 

Did you know that shrimp is low in calories and contain many nutrients and vitamins? In spite of the healthy content in shrimp, we need to be aware that shrimp has high sodium and cholesterol, therefore should be eaten in moderation, especially is you have high blood pressure and heart condition.

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