Don’t you just love the crunch and juiciness of fried food? I almost even like the little taste of grease. But fried food is terrible for us! Air fryers are a great healthy alternative to fried food-you get the crunch without the fat! Mix and match these 20 healthy air fryer recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals!
1)Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
How amazing do these zucchini fries look? My grandma used to make the best fried zucchini with about half a pound of Crisco! I definitely can’t eat those anymore! I was craving my grandma’s fried zucchini the other day, but made this recipe instead.
This probably sounds crazy, but I discovered that I love chickpeas! And so do my kids! Some people call them garbanzo beans, but chickpea snacks are all the rage right now. Chickpea puffs are what we are hooked on at the moment, they are a healthy alternative to cheese puffs. But we also love roasted chickpeas, and this is a great recipe you can make in your air fryer!
3)Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots
Sweet potatoes are a very controversial food-either you love them or hate them! I happen to love them! Here is a great alternative to tater tots!
4) Air Fryer Baked Potato
Who knew you could bake a potato in the air fryer!!!
5)Air Fryer Chicken and Veggies
Healthy, low carb, and a meal done in 20 minutes-count me in!!!
6)Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Chicken nuggets seem to be a staple food with kids. Now you can make them quick and healthy! Check out this 10 minute air fryer chicken tender recipe!
7)Air Fryer Pork Chops and Brussel Sprouts
Do you like pork chops and applesauce? (Little reference from The Brady Bunch.) Here’s a delicious looking recipe for pork chops and brussel sprouts.
8) Steak Tips and Mushrooms
This yummy looking steak tips and mushrooms needs to be added into our weekly meal rotation immediately! My family would actually eat it!
9) Caprese Stuffed Chicken Breast
Balsamic, basil and mozzarella are one of my favorite combinations, and this recipe uses Farm Rich mozzarella sticks for an even more delicious bite.
10) Coconut Air Fryer Shrimp
Enjoy fried shrimp without the mess and extra calories!
11) Air Fryer Whole Chicken
Did you know you could plop a whole chicken in the air fryer, and end up with rotisserie chicken? Either did I!!!
12) Air Fryer Pepperoni Pita Pizza
This one blew my mind! My kids are in high school, and because of Covid are going to school virtually. So instead of eating lunch at school, they come downstairs to the kitchen for lunch. They are always on the hunt to make something quick and easy, and frozen pizza is often the choice. But it’s still hot here, and I hate for the oven to be on during the day. Problem solved! Pizza in 6 minutes!!!
13) Air Fryer Chik-Fil-A Spicy Chicken
Raise your hand if you’re a Chik-Fil-A fan? Now you can make a healthier version of this famous sandwich at home without the long drive through line! Omit the cayenne, and it can be a regular chicken sandwich!
14) Air Fryer Steak
This air fryer ribeye looks amazing! Who knew you could cook a steak in the air fryer!
15) Easy Air Fried Meatballs
Just plop these in some spaghetti sauce or serve with mashed potatoes, and dinner is done!
I know, I know dessert isn’t really healthy. But let’s be honest, we’re going to eat it at least once in awhile! So here are some healthier versions to the real thing that you can make quickly and easily in the air fryer!
16) Air Fryer Strawberry Shortcake
This recipe uses an old classic staple that you might already have in the fridge!
17) Easy Fudge Brownies
Holy smokes, you can make brownies in an air fryer!!! I’m in big trouble!!!
18) Air Fryer Churros with Chocolate Sauce
Oh boy, I’m kind of wishing I didn’t jump down this dessert rabbit hole!!! But these churros are under 200 calories, so that’s OK, isn’t it???
19) Air Fryer Cannoli
Do you see what I mean! Maybe I should just leave the desserts out. Nah, we gotta live a little! I bet you can substitute low fat ricotta for the filling, and they will be just as good!
20) Air Fryer Banana Bread
This one is under 200 calories as well, so maybe I can redeem myself! And I love that it’s a whole cake shape!
Just in case you don’t have an air fryer, or are in search of a new one, these got great reviews. Personally, I wish mine was a little bigger, especially for these healthy air fryer recipes, so I say the bigger you buy the better!
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This one is 6.5 quarts, and is an air fryer and convection oven!
10 quarts plus rotisserie and even crisp technology!
This is a great basic one if you don’t need all the bells and whistles.
So I don’t know about you, but I feel like my meal planning is done for a month or two! Mix and match these 20 healthy air fryer recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals!
This is a great compilation of recipes that I have already pinned for easy access!! thanks for including me!!
Yay! I’m so glad! I can’t wait to try these!
Mary Beth says
What a delicious roundup! So many wonderful recipes – pinning! Thank you so much for sharing my strawberry shortcake.
Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try it!
Carol Karl says
All this wonderful food is making me hungry! I’ve always wondered about air fryers. Thanks for sharing your experience and wonderful food.
I was getting hungry writing it! Thanks so much for your comment!
I love all of these recipes. I bought My son an air fryer for Christmas and I am going to send him this post. He will love the chick filet sandwich.
Oh I’m so happy to hear this! I really didn’t know what to make with mine, but now I do!
All of my friends have an air fryer. After seeing the delicious things that I could be enjoying, I’m wanting one. Pinned!
Oh yay! I included three that had good reviews. We’ve had one for awhile, but I really didn’t know what to do with it. I can’t wait to try some of these!
These are great!! I love using my air fryer!
What amazing things do you make in yours? I need all the recipe help I can find! 😂
Wow! I have an air fryer. Thank you for so many wonderful things to try now
You are so welcome! I’ve had one for awhile, and all I made was French fries! I figured there must be more!
Wow! these look amazing! I definitely need to get an air fryer!
Yes you do! And I need to use mine more! I had no idea all of these things were possible! Thanks for stopping by!
Wow! Absolutely amazing…I wouldn’t have dreamed of using an air fryer and now I wonder how i ever lived without one. Thanks!
That was my reaction too! I had no idea you could make all these things in an air fryer! I think I’ll try the steak and mushrooms for dinner tonight!
Thanks for reading!
Linda Johnston says
I’m sending this to my daughter who has 5 kids and an air fryer.
Oh good! The steak and mushrooms has become a favorite, and it only takes 8 minutes to make! Thank you!
Jennifer Nelson says
Yuma! Haha, weird comment for a recipe post.
Good guess, but no! But hey, there’s some great recipes here!
Jennifer Nelson says
I don’t have an air fryer!
Get one! 😂 I make the steak and mushroom recipe now, and dinner is ready in 8 minutes!
Heidi | The Frugal Girls says
Anything fried is always better… and I simply adore all of these fabulous recipes! I love those churros!!
The steak and mushrooms has become a favorite, and it only takes 8 minutes! The churros look delicious!!!
Lanora Ploetz says
Just like you, I want to avoid the oil and all that work that comes with frying. That’s why I was thrilled to test air fryers and see if they could satisfy my hankerings for crispy food, fat, and fuss-free.
Yes, air fryers are a great option to deep-fryers!