How I used my kitchen gadgets to make life easier

Fit and Savvy Mommy Blog Series 1.2

A few weeks back, I learned that you can dehydrate herbs and veggies in the air fryer!!! This new-found knowledge has been LIFE CHANGING Y’all! You can add these dehydrated herbs you make in salads, over meats, condiments, and dressings!

The good thing about using homemade dried herbs is you know exactly what goes into what you put in because You MADE IT. And making this stuff in advance makes your life easier and will allow your meals to shine.

What the heck is meal prepping? 

Long story short, meal prepping is preparing meals in advance to stick to a healthy or new diet routine. I am a SAHM (Stay At Home Mother) and while some people think we just sit around watching tv and eat Taco Bell, that sure ain’t my life!!!  I. AM. BUSY.

I workout daily, juggle the kids and support my husband. I cook and clean, but with this lifestyle, I have to make things quickly so I can be present in every moment.

In order to meal prep effectively, you must have an AIR FRYER AND Instapot! I admit…I’m a little biased here! But…I’m telling the truth. I don’t know what I would do without them! These two are my go-to kitchen gadgets that make meal prepping and drying herbs an absolute breeze.

I use my air fryer and instapot just as often as I workout out, DAILY. If I’m not using it every day, I’m using it several times a week. In case you don’t know, I am a huge fan of my kitchen gadgets. It is so quick and so easy and it makes my schedule easy to follow.

How to make dried herbs with an Air Fryer

Like I said before, I make dried herbs often and mainly with my Air Fryer. It is super quick and easy, it takes about 5 minutes. You can use any herb that you like. You just have to make sure that you keep an eye on things to prevent burning the herbs. Herbs are very delicate! Now we got that out the way let’s begin:

  1. Wash your herbs, you can do this by soaking or under running water. 
  2. Dry off the excess water, like really dry them off. 
  3. Pluck the leaves and then pop them into your air fryer 
  4. After the leaves are sufficiently dry, they will crunch up easily for you to add to the container or jar.

*For my parsley, I set the time for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. After shaking off the herbs after 2 minutes, make sure they dry out evenly and they do not burn!!! Keep your eyes on them!*

Weeknight Tabouli with fresh Air Fryer Herbs from scratch

Usually, Tabouli uses bulgar wheat, but I used quinoa to substitute. This tabouli contains fresh veggies such as hothouse cucumbers, garbanzo beans, chopped tomatoes and fresh mint. Instead of fresh onions, I use dried onions to save me some time, doing this saves a lot of time in the kitchen, trust me. (This reminds me, I need to make some more. I’ll make a post about drying onions next time. It’s a bit more involved than the onions). 

After  I make and prep tabouli, here is where I use my dried parsley. I dressed it with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper. This salad is DELICIOUS!! The mint and parsley punch it up. Having this stuff prepped and easily accessible makes my cooking ventures so much easier.

Have a good weekend,

LQ

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