Quick and easy air-fried asparagus

I can’t believe the amount of traffic that comes to the site via my recipe for easy air-fried broccoli, so I just knew I had to air-fry some more delicious veggies for everyone. And, thanks to my NEW Philips Digital Airfryer, that task was even simpler. I’m going to have a full review up on the blog very very shortly for the new airfryer model, but in the meantime, here is a delicious recipe for one of my most favourite vegetables! And, asparagus will soon be coming into season — win-win!

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Quick and easy air-fried broccoli

So I’m still having all kids of fun with my Philips Digital Airfyer — it’s quickly become one of my favourite kitchen appliances. I can’t stop won’t stop air-frying all the things.

While making a Gordon Ramsay recipe not that long ago, I was inspired to come up with an air-fried broccoli recipe of my own. Because I don’t know why, but I just can’t get enough of that roasted broccoli burp taste. I’m a weirdo, I know.

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Easy peasy red cabbage and apple coleslaw

There’s something just so refreshing about a good coleslaw, and I seem to go in spurts where I just can’t get enough.

I had scored a couple of small red cabbages at the local farmer’s market, and they were coming to end of life, so I knew I had to use them up quickly. When I say small, I mean, the size of my fist! Super cute and perfectly sized since I’m the only one in the house that enjoys cabbage.

Coleslaw to the rescue!

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Basic mayo

I love mayo – I could put it on everything. Just like guac. But the mayo from the grocery store as all sorts of ickies in it, and generally stuff I can’t tolerate, so I decided a while ago that I was going to make my own.

After a few failed attempts at emulsions and slowly drizzling oil, I discovered the immersion blender method and haven’t looked back.

I also don’t really measure ingredients anymore, since this recipe is pretty forgiving — and I’m too lazy to pull out and wash all those measuring spoons.

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Gordon Ramsay Air-Fried Vegetable Salad with Chimichurri Vinaigrette

I’ve been cooking all sorts of delicious things in my Philips AirFryer over the past couple of months, and I couldn’t love this gadget more. It allows me to make healthy, homemade meals for my family in just minutes and with less fat.  And because of the special proprietary Rapid Air technology it creates crisp and even results in minutes — crucial for me as a busy mom of two young boys! (And with a shift-working husband!) Cleanup is a breeze too thanks to the dishwasher-safe, removable drawer and food basket.

One of the recipes I took out for a spin recently was this Air-Fried Vegetable Salad with Chimichurri Vinaigrette created by the one and only Gordon Ramsay. With a few of my own modifications, of course.


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Easy air-fried plantains in the Philips AirFryer

I love fried plantains like whoa, but between getting bacon, eggs, and some sort of green veg going in the morning, I can’t have everything ready and to temp at the same time, which makes me sad. Enter the Philips AirFryer — my new breakfast-time saviour. Thanks to the proprietary Rapid Air technology, you can healthily fry all the noms with crisp and even results in just minutes. Holler! 

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Monkey salad 2.0

When I first went paleo I was looking for quick snacks that both the little guy and myself could enjoy (this was before I went full AIP for myself) and I came across this monkey salad from Good Cheap Eats. He loves it, I love it. We ate a TON of it.

Well, things can get boring when you eat them over and over again and sometimes you don’t have all the ingredients on hand – I’m looking at you, cashews! Plus, I was craving something a little different *ahem, with chocolate* and so I threw this beauty together the other day. That’s what’s so wonderful about cooking – you really can be so creative!


Monkey salad 2.0

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1-minute paleo blueberry crisp

I got a little overly ambitious the other day and bought the biggest container of blueberries. Then they all starting to ‘turn’ as berries often do and I needed a way to eat them up. I’m sure I’ll have this same (wonderful!) problem in a few weeks once we hit the pick-your-own as bleubs come into season here in Ontario.

Anyways, since making the switch to paleo, I’ve missed the traditional desserts and sweet treats, but a crumble or a crisp is something I just can’t live without – so I set to making this beauty. And since I wanted it in a hurry, I cooked it in the microwave.

And since I know you really just want to get to the recipe, without any further ado, here it is!


1-minute paleo blueberry crisp (serves 2)

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One-Pot Cherry Apple Chicken with Napa Cabbage

I’ve been obsessed with my Instant Pot since I purchased it to replace my broken slow cooker about a month or so ago. There’s really no point in putting the thing away as I use it pretty much almost every day (sometimes multiple times a day!) for its speed, convenience and the fact that I’m not heating up my kitchen. I’ve also fallen off the AIP and paleo bandwagon since I completed my Whole30. I’m feeling like crap and it no doubt has to do with my poor dietary choices lately. My HS has even flared up again and so it’s time to pull up the bootstraps and get back on plan. My health will thank me for it!

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Homemade popsicles

The recent heat spell we had in the city had me feeling like, ugh. I hate summer. I’m not built for it. If the temperature gets above 15 I’m pretty much dying. Heat is not my friend. Normally, one quick way I cool down when the mercury rises is to nosh on an ice cold ice pop. But, being on Whole30 recently meant that store-bought varieties were out – due to the added sugars, sweeteners and other non-cool ingredients. So, homemade icy treats to the rescue! This ‘recipe’ – I use the term loosely here since I didn’t really even measure anything – is so easy, healthy, and fully customizable to whatever fruit yums you have on hand. IMG_1230 IMG_1238 Homemade popsicles (made 6 in our molds)

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Fruit juice/puree of your choice

Since I wanted a little variety in my pops, I pureed a half pint of raspberries and mixed about the same amount of the coconut milk with the puree and poured into the mold to freeze. I then took the remaining coconut milk and mixed it with an equal amount of pure fresh pineapple juice. If you wanted a little more sweetness you could definitely add some honey or maple syrup, but I skipped on this since it’s not allowed on Whole30. A tablespoon or two should do it. Pour into molds and freeze. That’s it! Once they’re frozen (in a few hours) just slide them out and enjoy! What’s your favourite way to make homemade ice pops? Share your tips in the comments below. And let me know how you like this recipe if you end up making it!