An air fryer makes healthier fast food


As a health columnist, I spend a lot of time writing about the benefits of healthy eating. But many evenings I ended up asking myself the same question: What can I make for dinner tonight that’s fast, nutritious and that the whole family will enjoy?

Like many people juggling work, child care and other responsibilities, my wife and I often struggle to find time to cook a healthy meal at the end of a long day.

But a few months ago, I bought an air fryer.

These devices are essentially countertop convection ovens that can give your food the crunchiness and tenderness that you get from roasting or deep-frying, but in a fraction of the time and without all the oil.

My expectations were low. But to my surprise, I found that this amazing little device opened the door to make an endless variety of fun, delicious and nutritious meals. And I can make dinner in 20 minutes or less, without expensive ingredients or extra cleanup.

Using my air fryer, I’ve made roasted Brussels sprouts, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potato fries that have the perfect texture and are ready in 10 minutes. I’ve made chicken nuggets at home that my 3-year-old son devoured, and organic teriyaki-flavored tofu cubes that make a great topping for a quick vegetable stir fry or vegetable curry.

One of our favorite recipes is salmon with broccoli, buckwheat noodles and sesame ginger sauce. We start by steaming broccoli and boiling

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