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Air Fryer Chips: Turn your favorite wrap into a chip!

Air Fryer Chips: Make Your Favorite Wrap Into Your New Favorite Chip! 🌮

🌮Air Fryer Wrap-Chips🌯

Make Your Favorite Wrap Into Your New Favorite Chip! 🌮

⭐️ Add a healthier ‘chip’ to your weekly meal prep! Air Fryer Chips are not new, but they were new to me a few weeks ago….not sure why I didn’t make these when I first got my air fryer.

👍😁So easy! So delish! Add any seasonings you want to this base air fryer recipe.

SmartPoints Info: 2 (but would change based on the brand/type of tortilla/wrap you choose to use)

👉Always calculate your own points /calories based on the ingredients you actually use.

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Air Fryer Wrap-Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 soft 10-12 inch wrap / tortilla of your choice
  • (I like Toufayan Low Carb Low Sodium Wraps for 2sp each)
  • Olive Oil Spray or Brush with a few drops of Olive or any Vegetable Oil
  • Wire rack that fits in the air fryer

Instructions:

  1. Slice wrap into 12-16 triangle wedges
  2. Brush with Olive Oil & add salt or seasonings if desired (I do them plain most of the time)
  3. Spray bottom of Air Fryer Basket with non-stick spray or brush lightly with the same oil.
  4. Place about half of the wedges on the bottom of the basket.
  5. Place a wire rack on top of the slices to keep them from flying around and touching the heating element.
  6. Bake for 5-6 minutes at 390.
  7. Remove carefully and repeat steps again with other half of wrap.
  8. These chips last me all week in a sealed baggie or tupperware container.
  9. Serve with salsa or other dips. Crunch a few over 🥗 salads. Serve as a side with soups. Portion them out as a snack. Serve with ice cream.

😋The possibilities are endless!  Make your favorite wrap into your new favorite chip! YUM, easy, and fun-to-make! Let me know how they turn out!

 

♨️My preferred Air Fryer model is: 

Farberware 5L Digital Air Fryer, White – bought on Walmart.com for 99$ plus free 2 day shipping 

🔸The small wire rack I own is:

The Philips HD9905/00 Air Fryer Double Layer (Bought on Amazon for just under $30) It fits nicely in my Farberware air XL fryer.  It came with skewers, too.

 

Frozen Cashew Bites

🔹New Cashew Frozen Treats for You!🔹

🔹New Cashew Frozen Treats for You!🔹
Frozen Cashew Chocolate Banana PB2 Bites

The beauty of a homemade treat is that you know EXACTLY what you are eating. This helps you out from a calorie or SmartPoints perspective, but it is usually, a healthier choice for you as well. These treats lasted 2 weeks in my freezer, but I bet they would last even longer! Easy to make! Fun to create! How will you make this recipe your own?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 hour
Serves: 6 (depending on size of silicone cups)
Always calculate your own batch using the recipe builder.
SmartPoints: 2sp (for the way I prepared it)

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Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Toll House Mini Semi-sweet chocolate morsels, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp PB2 Powdered peanut butter
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 20-30 sprays Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Cooking Spray, Original
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water

🔹🔹🔹
Instructions:

  1. Chop nuts and chocolate chips.
  2. Mash Bananas
  3. Mix all ingredients together and spray with the I can’t believe it’s butter spray and mix again.
  4. Divide into 6 silicone cups (or spray mini muffin tin or ice cube tray with non-stick spray) and then spray the top of each treat with one final butter spray.
  5. Freeze for 1 hour or more.
  6. Store in silicone cups, in a Tupperware container once frozen.

Make these now and enjoy as a fun frozen treat on a hot day! Easy & Fun!

Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs

Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs 🍡 in 20 Minutes or Less!

Mmmmm. Kebabs are great on a grill, but how about the air fryer? Oh, yes! Totally possible & delish! Enjoy as an appetizer, side, or as the main meal! Easy to make & fun to eat!
🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹

Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs 🍡

🔹Prep Time: 10 minutes
🔹Cook Time: 15-20 minutes @370
🔹SmartPoints (per skewer): 3
🔹Serves: 4 (with 1 skewer each)

❇️Ingredients:

  • Thick Chicken Breast cut into 2oz. squares (approx 24 oz)
  • 1 large Red Onion cut into large pieces (approx 1 cup)
  • 1-2 Bell Peppers cut into large pieces
  • Olive Oil (or similar) spray
  • Optional: Any seasonings. I used garlic powder & a pinch of salt.
  • Optional: Your favorite BBQ sauce

❇️Instructions:
1. Spray skewers & wire rack with a quick spritz of olive oil spray (this can be done without the rack, but cooking time may need to be adjusted & you may need to flip them once.)
2. Add pieces to skewers. 3 pieces of chicken on each plus onions and peppers.
3. Brush or spray with olive oil & add your preferred seasonings. I used a pinch of salt & a few shakes of garlic powder.
4. Place on prepared rack & cook for 15-20 minutes at 370. No flipping or turning.
5. Remove rack and drawer when finished and let meat rest for 3-5 minutes.
6. Remove from skewers using tongs and enjoy with your favorite side dish or on top of a salad (cauliflower rice or brown rice or my sir fryer spicy zoodles)

Enjoy something that tastes almost like it was grilled, but without the actual grill!  Easy to make! Fun to eat!  Healthy meal!  This is my kind of dinner!

 

Tale of an Oatmeal Newbie: The Mystery of the Overnight Oats!

Tale of an Oatmeal Newbie: The Mystery of the Overnight Oats!

📌(Chocolate PB Breakfast Recipe at the end of the post)

Why did I wait so long to try ‘Overnight Oats?’ 

Because, well, oats sounded icky. Oats sounded way to healthy for me!  Oats?  Nah, I’ll pass. They won’t be tasty enough. They won’t be filling enough. I don’t eat oats. I can’t eat oats. I am not one of those healthy eaters?

🔴But, I was wrong. Oats are going to be a permanent addition to he foods I eat.

Oats are high in protein and fiber and healthy, digestible carbs. They barely have any sugar and have no sodium.

🔹Change is slow.  I am 44.  I have 44 years of habits and routines to modify.  Change doesn’t happen overnight.  Going cold turkey and changing everything at once has never been sustainable for me.  Slow change is working, so I am not messing with my pace.

🔹The type of carb you eat can make real difference…intellectually, we all know this, but I promise that you will FEEL the difference when you start to use more whole grains.  This past week, I started to focus on oatmeal.  My goodness!  There are so many types of oatmeal!  Rolled, Steel Cut, Old-Fashioned, Frozen, etc.  I could spend days explaining the difference, but generally, they are all ‘oats’…but may need different prep time and may taste different.

🔹Part of the personal ‘tweaks’ to my personal food selections over the past few months has been to see if I can still be happy with ‘healthier’ and ‘less processed’ versions of regular foods.

🔔The answer is usually, a big YES…but we all have different taste buds.  Trial and error is key to my process.  Many of my ‘experiments’ do not work out.

☑️You have to actively try new things and figure out what will work for you and YOUR taste buds.  I look at this effort as a grand adventure in food…after all, we all LOVE to eat, right?  Why not dive into the food arena and figure out  new ways to enjoy foods you love?

☑️I find that my list of healthier foods that make me satisfied AND act as the whole, ‘Food is Fuel’ mantra, grows every single day.  Personally, I am all about variety, so I am always looking for new foods and products and recipes that add a little ‘sparkle’ to my daily food menus.

🍫This chocolate breakfast felt like a dessert and I cannot wait to make it again!  In fact, I bet if I served it as dessert, it would be a hit!

😎My breakfasts can range from 4-10 sp, so although 8 is a little on the higher end, this fills me up for hours and I feel great knowing that my body is processing every bit of what I ate!  So, not the prettiest-looking food, but a pretty fabulous choice!

📌Overnight Oats📌

8 SmartPoints or 1 sp on Weight Watchers Simply Filling

  • 2 tbsp PB2 = 1sp
  • 1/4 cup fat free skim milk = 1sp
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats = 4sp
  • 1-2 super sweet, ripe bananas = 0sp
  • 1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder = 0sp
  • 1 container Fage 0% Nonfat Greek Strained Yogurt = 2sp

Questions?  Comments?  Do you have any links to fabulous overnight oats to share?  Feel free to add it into the comment section.

😻Happy Experimenting! Consider Oats for your next trial and error adventure!😃

Unlock your own oats mystery!

Double Up Super Juicy Air Fryer Chicken & Peppers

🔷 Double Up Super Juicy Air Fryer Chicken & Peppers 🔷

🤠Double Down or Double Up on your next air fryer batch!!! In a previous post, I shared my glee in making smaller chicken cutlets in the air fryer, but what about the big thick skinless chicken cutlets?  Would they be just as juicy?

😋Yep. Yes. For sure. Simply Amazing! 👍😍❤️

Chicken is a wonderful, lean meat, but I ALWAYS overdid my chicken…until NOW!  Once again, my air fryer is proving to be a real game changer in the kitchen!

  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • SmartPoints: 4
  • Air Fryer Cook Time:

Cook Both veggies and chicken at the same time using a wire rack: 20 minutes @ 380 for chicken and 10 minutes for the peppers .  Always put the meat on the bottom so the juices do not drip onto the veggies.

🔷Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces skinless thick chicken breast – 3sp for one (and I made 3 at one time!)
  • Baby Bell Peppers (about 9-12) – 0sp
  • Olive Oil / Canola Spray – 1sp
  • McCormick Salt-Free Garlic & Herb seasoning – 0sp

🔷Instructions:

  1. Quick oil spray of bottom of air fryer basket
  2. Lay 3 chicken breasts in basket, spray tops with oil, & add seasonings
  3. Add wire rack on top of chicken
  4. Place baby bell peppers on rack & spray with olive oil spray. Adding sea or kosher salt is optional. (I do not use the salt)
  5. Cook for approximately 10 minutes at 380. Thickness of chicken breasts affects the cooking time, so adjust time as needed.
  6. At the 10 minute mark, use oven mitt and remove rack with bell peppers. They will be super hot, so just let them rest a bit.
  7. Continue cooking chicken breasts for at least 10 more minutes at the same temperature (380) or until fully cooked.
  8. Remove basket & drawer from air fryer & let chicken rest for a few minutes.
  9. Serve & Enjoy oven roasted food in less time with your air fryer.

🔸The small wire rack I own is: The Philips HD9905/00 Air Fryer Double Layer  (Bought on Amazon) And it fits nicely in my Farberware air fryer.   It came with skewers, too.

♨️My preferred air fryer model is:  Farberware 5L Digital Air Fryer, White – bought on Walmart.com for 99$ plus free 2 day shipping

Try Doubling Up on your protein & veggies in one air fryer session!

 

Amazing Air Fryer Asparagus

🌱Amazing Air Fryer Asparagus!

FINALLY! I have found a way to make asparagus in my air fryer!!!! (And not kill it!)

Instructions:
▪️I used about a half cup of asparagus (0sp)
▪️Sprayed the air fryer bottom of basket with olive oil spray
▪️Sprayed the asparagus with olive oil.
▪️6 minutes at 360 in the air fryer. No tossing.
YUM! They were crisp and lightly browned on the outside. Completely cooked, but not wilted.

Sirloin steak (3oz for 3sp) was done at 390 for 9 minutes after being brushed with olive oil. Check out how I made filet mignon in my Air Fryer Nirvana post.

I gave myself 1sp for the oil used. It is 1sp per tsp of olive oil….and even though my amount may not have added up to that point, I tend to err on the side of tracking that point anyway.

So, 4sp and about 10-20 minutes to a grear dinner. I made this steak yesterday & reheated it for 40 seconds on high in my microwave while the asparagus finished cooking, so only 10 minutes to my filling dinner!!!

Some Green Notes:
🌱Thicker Asparagus are better than skinny ones.
🌱Make sure they are washed and dry.
🌱One layer is best because you will NOT need to shake or toss during cooking time. But you CAN do a larger batch, but you’ll need a longer cooking time of 9-15 minutes depending on your machine.
🌱Always calculate your own SmartPoints/Calories based on the ingredients you use & adjust time and temp to your own machine.
🌱Oven cooking takes more time and tastes different to me (not better just different). I will still make these in the oven when I have 40 minutes at 400 to roast them (because I like them that way, too), but some nights, speedy is better!! YAY! I usually steam them when I am in a hurry, but not tonight!

😊👍6 minutes works for me! I am the only asparagus eater in the house. Faster than the 40 in my oven.

Amazing Air Fryer Asparagus

Amazing Air Fryer Asparagus

🌱Many asparagus were sacrificed over the past few weeks to make this discovery possible. 🌱

11 Minutes or Less to Lamp Chop Taste Perfection!

11 Minutes or Less to Lamp Chop Taste Perfection!

Mmmm. Lamp Chops are great on a grill, but when that is not an option, try your handy-dandy air fryer!  These are a bit ‘fatty’ for air frying so do not pre-spray the basket or you’ll end up with a little, ummm, 🔥 smoke. (I have no idea how I know that! 😉)

♨️But seriously, stand nearby with the temperature at 370 for 8-11 minutes.

I simply brushed them with olive oil (approx 1 tsp) and a very small bit of salt & pepper. I flipped mine once, but it is not absolutely necessary. They were delicious and juicy and once again, cooked all the way through with beautiful color. I love how the air fryer cooks meats so evenly!

(Always adjust time and temp for your own machine)

♨️Unlike a grill or grill pan, you do not get sear or grill marks, but when those things are not an option, the air fryer will do the job. Unlike my normal soap and water clean up, I put the basket and drawer in the dishwasher for a more thorough cleaning.

For Weight Watchers folks: 3 SmartPoints per 3oz lamb chop.

I would set aside 9-12sp as lamb chops are tiny, but tasty!

We like them once in a while. 11 minutes or less to lamp chop taste perfection.

What are you waiting for?  Start cooking! 👍👍👍

Frozen or Fondue: It's up to you! Melt 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips, dip fruit, enjoy or freeze for an hour. 1 recipe, 2 ways.

Frozen or Fondue: It’s up to you!

Frozen or Fondue: It’s up to you! Want a quick way to get your chocolate fix?  Melt 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips, dip fruit (I used a few clementines ans banana slices), and enjoy as a fondue for 1 or freeze for an hour. 1 recipe, 2 ways.  Quick and easy, just like this post.

Two Treats One Recipe Warm Parfait or Frozen Crunch

One Recipe, Two Ways:🌷Warm Spring Parfait ♨️or ❄️Frozen Crunch Treat: Which way will you enjoy it?

Multitasking in the kitchen is always my preference, so having two options for this one simple banana almond chocolate chip cracker recipe totally works for me. 

Now, it can work for you, too!  Sometimes I want something warm and gooey, but other times, I want something frozen.  I hope this inspires you to create what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!  I give the recipe for only one person, but you can easily multiply the ingredients based on how many of these you want to make.  I think these beautiful parfaits would look good on a holiday meal table, too!

🌷Warm Spring Parfait ♨️or ❄️Frozen Crunch Treat

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 1
  • SmartPoints: 4 (and worth every single one)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1/2 Tbsp Mini-Semi-sweet chocolate morsels (Toll House)
  • 2 Club Crackers (Keebler)
  • Salt, pinch
  • 1 banana, sweet and mashed
  • 1 green apple (granny smith) mostly diced, with a few slices

🍌🍫🥜Main Mix is the same for Both Treats:

  1. Prepare small baking pan (I prefer a silicone pan for this) by spraying bottom with non-stick spray or canola oil.
  2. Mash banana (leave a slice for garnish) and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, crush crackers into small crumbs, add almond slivers, and chocolate chips.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into the mashed banana and add pinch of salt.
  5. Dice up most of the green apple and make a few slices for garnish.

🌷Spring Parfait:

  1. Add mixture to baking pan and spray top with canola oil.
  2. Bake in air fryer at 400 for approximately 5-8 minutes until warm and slightly browned (can be baked in oven as well for same amount of time).
  3. Alternate layers of diced apples and warm banana chocolate nut mixture.  Garnish with apple slice, banana slice, and one chocolate chip.enjoy a warm, refreshing treat!  This can be served at room temperature, or chilled, but is rather tasty all fresh and warmed.

❄️Frozen Crunch:

  1. Add mixture to small. prepared baking pan, spray top and freeze for 1 hour or more.
  2. Frozen treat will pop right out of the mold.  Use diced or sliced apple as garnish for this crispy frozen treat and serve immediately.

Notes:

  • Always create your own recipe in the recipe builder for accurate point tracking.
  • The Orange Mini-Silicone Mold/Pan I used comes from Amazon.com X-Haibei Flexible 5″ MINI Round Cake Bread Mold Baking Pan Silicone Sandwiches Hamburgers Maker http://a.co/bPC4cH5
  • You could make this with pretzel bits, but you’ll need to recalculate the calories/smartpoints.
  • If this is made for Passover, substitute matzo for the crackers

Options are always great, so enjoy having options for this yummy, easy-to-make dessert for yourself OR your next gathering.

What recipes do you have that can be made in more than one way?  Let me know in the comments.

Snack Slam: 5 Minutes to Full with an Avocado Egg Snack Plate

Snack Slam: 5 Minutes to Full with an Avocado Egg Plate!

⏱5 Minutes to a Filling 5 SmartPoint Snack Plate!

🍳I love eggs!  Oh, how I love eggs! 🍳

Avocado Egg Plate

Avocado Egg Plate is worth 5 minutes of your time!

♨️Scrambling an egg takes about 30 seconds to scramble and then just a few minutes to cook on the stove or 20-30 seconds to microwave.♨️

Now, how about eggs 🥚 & 🥑 avocado? Oh, yes….a winning combo…Add some crackers?  Oh, yes..now, we are building something nibble-worthy!

🔷Recipe for my Avocado Egg Snack Plate🔷

(also known as my Avocado Egg Breakfast Plate)

  • Scramble one egg (2 sp)
  • Mash 1 oz of avocado (1sp)
  • Layer Egg & Avocado onto 4 Club Crackers (2sp)
  • Add a pinch of salt to the top of each layer
  • Garnish with carrots, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and 🍇 grapes (for a bit of sweet)
  • Garnish with chives (not the grapes)

😍Savor each tasty nibble with your favorite beverage, mine is a 3sp cappuccino!☕️

Want more Egg-Info-Inspiration?  Click this link.

What is your favorite snack plate?

Chicken & Broccoli Omelette with minced garlic will leave you full for hours

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

Mmmm. A great omelette & breakfast fills me up for hours! 🍳🍳🍳I always think I don’t have the time, but many days, I really do! I just have to nudge myself to nurture myself.

  • 4 oz liquid egg whites (1sp)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (1sp)
  • 2 ounces pre-cooked grilled skinlesschicken breast with herb seasoning (by my air fryer this weekend) (1sp)
  • Minced broccoli, onions, & 1 clove of garlic (0sp)

🍏Equals 3 glorious filling sp!

PLUS

  • Half serving of Air fryer Cauliflower (0sp)
  • Fresh Cauliflower tossed with 1 tsp of olive oil is 1sp for whole batch, but I only had half.
  • Bake at 400 for 16-20 minutes, tossing 2-3 times.

PLUS

A beautiful garnish of clementine, cherry tomatoes, and a few green apple slices (0sp).

EQUALS

👍A beautiful 4sp breakfast that leaves room for my 3sp cappuccino!☕️

🕰Total time in kitchen: 20 minutes from opening the fridge to sitting down to eat. And that includes making the coffee in my Nespresso maker.

😁Taking the time (on some days) to make a filling, fabulous breakfast is totally worth it!
YOU are worth making a great breakfast for!
Take care of YOU and enjoy that satisfied, full feeling for hours!  This is fundamental self-care!

Air Fryer Crunchy Zoodles

Like Fried Onion Strings? Try these Amazing Air Fryer Zucchini & Butternut Squash Instead!

🔷2 Amazing Air Fryer Crunchy Veggie Zoodles!🔷

Recreating my favorite restaurant tastes and textures at home has been a mission of mine since the start of my weight loss efforts last year.  My goal in this latest air fryer experiment, was to make something that was similar to those crunchy onion strings you get on a burger, but without the added fat and calories.

Ding! These came out crunchier, but absolutely met my person goal of a fun, tasty topping for salads, burgers, or to just to eat the whole darn bowl!  When your crunch craving hits, consider making a this veggie hack.

  • 🥒And at 2 points per batch, these are a FUN and FABULOUS way to eat your veggies!🌶
  • ✨Recipes are similar…but both also met my standards of simple & easy.
  • ✨Use my ideas to come up with your own!

💥Important Notes:

  • -Always ADJUST time & temperature for your own machine
  • -Watch closely at the end to avoid ⚠️burning ⚠️your vegetables
  • -Zoodles really shrink during cooking, so expect a small cereal bowl sized amount of zoodles after cooking.
  • -Always calculate your own recipe in the Recipe Builder for accurate point tracking and you can save it for future reference under the ‘My Foods’ tab in the Weight Watchers app.

🔷2 Super Crunchy Amazing Air Fryer Zoodles!🔷

  • Cook Time:  14-18 minutes or 10-15 minutes
  • Prep Time:  4 minutes (plus spiralizing time)
  • Serves: 1-8…depends on how you use it.
  • SmartPoints:  Whole Batch is 2 sp 😁

〽️🥒Butternut Squash Strings (spiralized)

Approximately 1 pound of spiralized butternut squash zoodles (I usually buy mine pre-spiralized)

  • 1/2 cup diced onions (I used yellow, but red would add a nice color)
  • 1 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of pecorino/romano grated cheese
  • 1 tsp of Olive Oil
  • (salt is optional – I didn’t think it needed it)
  1. Spray air fryer basket lightly with olive oil spray
  2. Dry squash as much as you can to remove an extra water
  3. Toss all ingredients in a separate bowl until throughly mixed
  4. Bake at 390 for 14-18 minutes, tossing 2 times during the cooking process
  5. There is a fine line between crunchy and burned, so watch carefully at the end of the cooking time.  You can choose to cook at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time and then do the last few minutes at a higher temperature, but I have no patience for that!  😂 😂 😂

🌶🥒Spicy Zucchini Squash Chili Strings (spiralized)

  • Approximately 1 pound of spiralized zucchini squash zoodles (I usually buy mine pre-spiralized)
  • 1/2 cup diced onions (I used yellow, but red would add a nice color)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder (or more)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of pecorino/romano grated cheese
  • 1 tsp of Olive Oil
  • (salt is optional – I didn’t think it needed it)
  1. Spray air fryer basket lightly with olive oil spray
  2. Dry squash as much as you can to remove an extra water
  3. Toss all ingredients in a separate bowl until throughly mixed
  4. Bake at 390 for 10-15 minutes, tossing 2 times during the cooking process
  5. There is a fine line between crunchy and burned, so watch carefully at the end of the cooking time.  These cook up faster than the butternut squash.😂 😂 😂

I feel like this is a great use of the air frying technology.

Deep frying would be a zillion calories.

Enjoy eating your veggies, zoodle-style!

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