I am not much of a kitchen gadget person; basic kitchen tools are my go-to for cooking. So when my son purchased an air fryer which he said was perfect for achieving juicy food, crisp on the outside without frying or using oil and suggested I purchase one I didn’t give it too much thought until he gave me a gift card for Williams Sonoma for Christmas to cover the purchase.
After a little research, I purchased the Philips Air Fryer with Tubo Star Avance from Williams Sonoma. At first, I tried the basics, chicken wings, ribs, hot dogs and more. Then I turned to vegetables which I just find fabulous in the air fryer especially beets. Fresh beets are so good for you and in my air fryer, I found a no-mess quick method of cooking. After cooking the beets I just store in the refrigerator to use on salads for added flavor and color.
Air Fryer Beets
3-4 fresh beets, peeled
Sprinkle beets with sea salt and place in the air fryer. ‘Fry’ at 400F for 25 minutes. The resulting beets are perfectly cooked without losing flavor or nutritional value.
I used the cooked beets in my recipe below!
Fresh Beets with Goat Cheese Egg Salad
I was in the mood for egg salad one day but not an ordinary egg salad so I just started mixing some of my favorite ingredients. If I do say so this turned out delicious. I will caution that this egg salad is very rich so just eat a smaller portion with a wonderful salad of fresh vegetables. My philosophy has always been that you can eat well-staying thin and fit if you use portion control of rich foods. I like to balance my meals with more greens and fresh vegetables, less high caloric foods. If I make and eat a rich dish I watch my portion. Also, exercise is essential for staying fit and healthy. Find a physical activity that you enjoy to incorporate into the fabric of your day then you will always have time for exercise! Back to food I do believe that presentation is so important even if you are eating alone, make it look good! I made a colorful salad placing a small amount of egg salad in the center, drizzled some balsamic vinegar for a beautiful and wonderfully tasting dish. Did I mention so easy too!
Goat Cheese Egg Salad with Red Beets
4 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise with olive oil
1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon scallions, minced, just the white part
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup red beets, chopped
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 cooked beet, sliced
In a medium bowl, mix eggs and mayonnaise. Add goat cheese mixture until combined. Add scallions, celery, chopped beets, and black pepper. Line plate with lettuce leaves. Top with egg salad. Decorate with cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and sliced beets. Makes 4 small servings