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Easy Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs Recipe

Kebabs are one of the tastiest dishes stacked with tender marinated meats and bright colored veggies. Not only do bell peppers and cherry tomatoes add great flavor to this dish, but they are also full of essential nutrients that are good for your health. Bell peppers and cherry tomatoes are great sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium. A diet rich in vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancers. The fibers help keep your digestive tract working properly. Along with being full of nutrients, they are low-calorie and deliver a satisfying bite.

Ease of Making: Easy

What I love about kebabs is that there are so many ways to make them and so many flavors from all over the world that you can incorporate. They are easy to make and can be cooked on a grill, in the oven, or in an air fryer just like these chicken kebabs. Serve them with your choice of sides such as a salad, in a pita, on top of a bed of rice pilaf, or additional veggies. 

Meal prep tips for Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

The Air Fryer is great for meal prep. It is the perfect size for roasting veggies and cooks large portions of protein. Therefore, you can batch cook multiple food items without having to pre-heat the oven and waste all that oven space. 

The air fryer essentially is like an amped-up oven. The difference is that it has a fan and it utilizes a more compact space to facilitate fast cooking. The fan circulates the air around making food items crisp which is similar to what you could get from deep frying, minus the extra added fat. With normal baking ovens, there is a lot of humidity, so it’s difficult for an outer crisp to occur. 

Sometimes using a leaner cut of meat such as chicken breasts can result in dry tough meat. Which is why marinating your meats prior to cooking is a good technique to prevent it from drying out and making it chewy. Marinades have acidic components that help tenderize meats and make them juicy. They also help reduce the time of cooking. 

This recipe’s marinade incorporates some flavor spices such as paprika, cumin, turmeric powder, and minced garlic which all offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help boost immunity.

If you’re using wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water for at least 10 minutes to prevent them from scorching.

Layer the ingredients on the skewers and place them in the air fryer basket.

Side salads and pita bread with dip make great side dishes for kebabs.

Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs (or chicken breasts)
  • 1 each red bell pepper
  • 1 each small red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

Chicken marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey note: you can use agave nectar or sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp juice of a lemon

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: skewers, cutting board, knife, air fryer (or oven)
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 10 minutes
  • Cut the chicken into 1.5 chunks. Mix together the marinade and marinate the chicken overnight or at least 30 minutes prior to cooking
  • If using the oven, preheat oven to 425F
  • Cut the bell peppers and red onion into chunks

Cooking Method:

  • Assemble the kebabs using skewers. Layer the chicken with the veggies.
  • Place in the air fryer and cook at 360F for 15-18 minutes (until internal temperature is 165F). If using the oven, cook for 20-25 minutes, until the outer edges are golden brown and chicken is cooked through an internal temperature of 165F)
  • Serve with your choice of sides and sauces. Examples: salad, pita, couscous, rice pilaf, or tortillas, etc

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Easy Air Fryer Steak Kebabs Recipe

Kebabs are such a fun and great meal that you can enjoy with friends or family. Everybody loves eating food on a stick, especially kiddos! It’s also a great way to pack flavor and healthy ingredients together on a skewer. 

Ease of Making: Easy

Kebabs are traditionally cooked on a skewer over a fire or baked in an oven so that it can roast.  Roasting is one of the healthiest ways to prepare your meals because it results in minimal losses of vitamins and nutrients.

Advantages of roasting:

  • Good quality meat is tender when roasted
  • Vegetables maintain their heart-healthy fiber and vitamins and minerals for fighting disease
  • Food is more appealing because it has a desirable texture and color by turning crispy and golden brown
  • Unlike stovetop methods such as sauteing or stir-frying, It is a cooking method that allows you to be hands-free and requires minimal involvement in the cooking process

Using a roasting pan in an oven is usually the best way to roast food because it allows the oven heat to reach as much of the surface of food as possible and allows the air to circulate. 

However, if you don’t have a roasting pan and don’t want to wait to heat up your large oven, then an air fryer will do perfectly. It has a basket that holds food similar to a roasting rack and the fan allows the air to circulate the heat evenly around the food giving it that golden brown crisp.

Meal prep tips for Air Fryer Beef Kebabs

  • Cooking beef kebabs in your air fryer not only saves you time, but cleanup is also incredibly easy, and it also tastes amazing.
  • Make sure to measure your air fryer to check that your skewers you are using actually fit inside of your air fryer. 6 to 8-inch skewers tend to fit best in most air fryers. And if you are using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 10 minutes to keep them from burning
  • When cutting veggies, make sure they are all the same size chunks the meat so that they all cook evenly. Use a variety of colorful vegetables like bell peppers and even add fruit such as pineapple
  • One of the best cuts of beef for kebabs is the Sirloin cut. It is relatively tender, lean, and fits into a balanced diet. In addition, it is budget-friendly. Other good beef choices are flat iron, strip steak, and even tenderloin.
  • Sometimes using a leaner cut of meat can result in dry tough meat. Therefore, marinating your meats prior to cooking is a good technique to prevent it from drying out and making it chewy. This marinade combines pantry friendly items such as Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, dijon mustard, and spices such as oregano and garlic powder. One of the tasty components that result from marinating meat is getting that distinct flavor from a good golden brown crust when the protein cooks. Adding a sweet component such as honey yields in that delicious crust when cooked at high heat.

Air Fryer Beef Kebabs

Kebabs are such a fun and great meal that you can enjoy with friends or family. Everybody loves eating food on a stick, especially kiddos! It’s also a great way to pack flavor and healthy ingredients together on a skewer.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean top sirloin
  • 1 each yellow bell pepper
  • 1 each small red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

Beef marinade:

  • 3 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar note: you can use honey, agave nectar or white sugar

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: skewers, cutting board, knife, air fryer (or oven)
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 10 minutes
  • Cut the beef into 1.5 inch chunks. Mix together the marinade and marinate the beef overnight or at least 30 minutes prior to cooking
  • If using the oven, preheat oven to 425F
  • Cut the bell peppers and red onion into chunks

Cooking Method:

  • Assemble the kebabs using skewers. Layer the beef with the veggies.
  • Place in the air fryer and cook at 400F for 8-10 minutes. If using the oven, cook for 10-12 minutes, until the outer edges are brown and beef is cooked through
  • Serve with your choice of sides and sauces. Examples: salad, pita, couscous, rice pilaf, or tortillas, etc

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Meal Prep Salmon With Butternut Squash Noodles

This Baked Salmon with Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles is easy and simply perfect for a light and refreshing weekday lunch. It’s a great low carb meal with minimal ingredients that you can make in less than 20 minutes.

Easy of Making: Easy

When it comes to eating healthy, it’s all about including a balance of proteins, veggies, smart carbs, and healthy fats. This meal delivers a powerhouse of nutrients that will help you meet your health goals.

Salmon is a great source of protein that will help you keep full longer. It is also rich in healthy fats such as Omega-3 Fatty acids which may promote weight loss and decrease belly fat. Salmon is also high in B Vitamins which is important in helping the food you eat into energy, creating and repairing DNA, and reducing inflammation that can lead to heart disease. It is also tasty, versatile, and widely available. 

This baked salmon is paired with a superfood medley of butternut squash spirals, cherry tomatoes, and arugula. Butternut squash is a low calorie, low carb, a sweet, and nutty ingredient that makes a great addition to many savory recipes and is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage and reduce inflammation which may reduce your risk of several chronic diseases. 

To add flavor and pack it with even more nutrients, we mixed it in with arugula that has a distinctive peppery flavor and a great source of calcium and folate. The addition of tart flavors from the cherry tomatoes pair well with the savory and nutty flavors of this recipe.

So not only is this recipe tasty, but it is also packed with nutrients to help you meet a healthy and balanced diet.

Meal Prep Tips for Baked Salmon with Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles:

How to pick the right salmon:

There are several types of salmon, such as pink salmon, red salmon, and Atlantic salmon. Any of these types can taste delicious in the oven. 

You do however want to make sure you choose a filet with firm flesh when you are buying at the store. When you gently press the fillet with your finger, it should spring back. You also want to avoid any fish that are dark around the edges or brown/yellow discoloration. And be sure to smell the fish. It should smell like saltwater or the sea smell and not have a strong fishy smell.

Baking salmon delivers soft, juicy, and tender salmon on the inside with crispy edges. 

The key to evenly cooking the fish is to let it sit on the counter for a few minutes until it comes to room temperature, otherwise, other parts of the fish might overcook while the other parts are still raw.

How to use frozen salmon:

If you are using frozen fish, be sure to let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight and also allow it to come to room temperature before baking.

The great thing about salmon is that you don’t need a lot of seasonings to make it taste good. However, you don’t want to add salt too early, otherwise, it will draw out the moisture if left for an extended period of time. For best results, salt the salmon right before you place it in the oven to cook.

Fish cooks fairly quickly, however, cook time will vary depending on the thickness. The thickest part of the salmon should look opaque and the layers within the salmon should flake apart easily.

Baked Salmon with Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles

This Baked Salmon with Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles is easy and simply perfect for a light and refreshing weekday lunch. It’s a great low carb meal with minimal ingredients that you can make in less than 20 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Salmon

  • 12 oz salmon
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Squash Noodles

  • 10 oz butternut squash noodles
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, sheet pan, parchment paper, skillet, tongs
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F
  • Mince garlic, slice cherry tomatoes in half
  • Marinate the salmon with the seasonings and olive oil. Place on sheet pan lined with parchment paper

Cooking Method:

  • Place salmon in the oven and bake it for 10-15 minutes
  • Add olive oil to a skillet on medium high heat. Saute the garlic and butternut squash noodles for 3 to 5 minutes. Add seasonings and continue to stir until butternut squash is tender
  • Add fresh tomatoes and arugula
  • Top off the noodles with shredded parmesan cheese
  • Serve the salmon on top of the noodles. Eat and enjoy!

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How To Make Salmon Cakes In A Skillet

These crispy salmon patties are a healthy meal prep protein option. Canned foods often get a bad rep, however canned salmon can be very nutrient-dense. One serving can provide up to 16 grams of protein, heart-healthy fats, and multiple micronutrients. 

Ease of Making: Easy

Growing up we used a lot of canned tuna, so using canned salmon in this recipe is a great switch. Eating salmon has been linked to anti-inflammatory properties, brain, heart, and bone health and due to its high protein content helps you stay feeling full longer.

And yes, canned salmon can be higher in sodium, however, pairing them with fresh veggies such as this corn and arugula salad can lighten it up and make it part of a healthy balanced meal.

Arugula has a distinctive peppery taste unlike other salad greens adding another flavor component. Adding other sweeter tasting veggies such as corn and red bell peppers can complement the flavors. Arugula is actually part of the cruciferous family such as Brussel sprouts and broccoli and is known to have high cancer-fighting agents. This high fiber salad option is low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and fats and has vital nutrients that help support the immune system. 

Meal Prep Tips for Pan-Fried Salmon Cakes with Corn and Arugula Salad

One of my favorite things about cooking is the ability to be creative and take food and transform it by simply adding a few ingredients and changing the flavor profiles. Take this canned salmon, for example. Canned fish often has a really fishy profile, but making them into salmon cakes with other ingredients can definitely upgrade a simple can of salmon. 

First, be sure to drain the can before placing the salmon into a mixing bowl. Then you’ll want to add your choice of veggies. I like to use bright colored veggies such as red bell peppers, red onions, and green onions. 

Then, you will want to include some sort of binder such as breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, and dijon mustard to keep the patties packed together to keep it from crumbling when you pan fry them in the pan. Add your choice of seasonings and spices and mix it all together until it forms a paste-like texture.

You can use your hands to form the patties into balls and then flatten them in the pan, but a great tool to use is a small 2 oz ice cream scoop. I use this tool anytime I have to scoop and portion out for recipes. It saves time from having to roll it into a ball and it evenly portions out your serving sizes. 

Place the portioned out balls into the hot pan and use your spatula to flatten them out into patties. Have a plate lined with a paper towel to help drain the excess oil. Afterward, serve them on top of fresh greens with other veggies such as sweet corn.

Salmon Cakes With Corn and Arugula Salad

These crispy salmon patties are a healthy meal prep protein option. Canned foods often get a bad rep, however canned salmon can be very nutrient-dense. One serving can provide up to 16 grams of protein, heart-healthy fats, and multiple micronutrients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz canned salmon
  • 2 each eggs
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup diced red onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup corn (frozen or canned)
  • 4 cups arugula salad
  • 4 tbsp choice of salad dressing recommend vinaigrette dressing

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, mixing bowl, mixing spatula, flat spatula, saute pan
  • Dice red onions and red bell peppers into small pieces. Chop green onions
  • Drain canned salmon
  • Defrost corn if frozen, drain corn if canned

Cooking Method:

  • Place the canned salmon in a mixing bowl and crack two eggs. Mix well until eggs are incorporated.
  • Next, add the peppers and onions and seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
  • Then, add the mayo and dijon mustard and mix.
  • Finally, add the breadcrumbs and mix until the mixture forms a paste like texture.
  • Add oil to a saute pan on medium to high heat. Using a 2 oz scoop (or a large spoon), scoop out the salmon mixture into the pan. Make sure to not over crowd the pan.
  • Then, using a spatula, flatten the round salmon mixture into flat patties. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it is golden crispy. Flip it over to cook on the other side for about a minute until golden crispy.
  • Remove the patty from the pan and place it on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  • Serve salmon cakes on top of a bed of arugula salad with corn. Add any additional fresh veggies to your preference and top it off with your choice of dressing. Eat and enjoy!

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Homemade Short Rib Noodle Soup Recipe

Pho, pronounced ‘fuh’,  is a hearty and comforting soup full of goodness and also has an array of health benefits. It originated in the early 20th century in Vietnam and has become a popular meal in America. The two most commonly known types are beef and chicken and served with hot broth and noodles.

Ease of Making: Easy

Traditionally, pho is cooked with lots of beef bones, extra veggies,  and cooks for a long period of time in order to create the rich broth and cozy blend of flavors that we all love.

For most of us cooking at home, we may not always have the time to make it all from scratch. So here is a version using the Instant Pot as a shortcut. 

The great thing about making pho at home is that you can really make it your own with your choice of noodles, choice of proteins, and pile it on with lots of fresh garnishes such as basil, green onions, freshly sliced white onions, bean sprouts, and lime. 

Meal Prep Tips for Instant Pot Short Rib Noodle Soup

Traditionally, pho is served with super-thinly sliced meat that is placed in the boiling hot broth right before you eat the meal. If you decide to go with this route, it will be easier to thinly slice the protein if you freeze the protein for about 45 minutes in the freezer and then slice it. However, for this recipe, we will be cooking the meat and bones in the Instant Pot with the broth. The bones and flavors from the meat will add to that rich flavor broth that we enjoy from traditional pho.

Pho is traditionally made with thin rice noodles, but if you’re looking for a pantry friendly ingredient, then you can use spaghetti just like in this recipe.

Now the important part of getting the “pho” broth flavor is making sure you use the spices normally used in pho. Star anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and coriander seeds. Now if you don’t normally use all these ingredients in all your daily cooking and don’t want to waste money on ingredients for a one time use, then be sure to at least have cloves and cardamom in the recipe. 

Lastly, the garnish toppings are what make the soup and make it feel and taste fresh against all the richness from the broth, meat, and noodles. 

Instant Pot Short Rib Noodle Soup

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces short ribs
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions
  • 1/2 each sliced white onions
  • 3 each whole garlic cloves
  • 1 each lemongrass stick
  • 4 oz sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 4 each whole fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 each whole clove
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 oz dry spaghetti pasta

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment:cutting board, knife, instant pot, saucepot
  • Dice the green onions, slice the onions, chop the bok choy into bite size pieces
  • Boil pasta according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside

Cooking Method:

  • Place all the ingredients in the instant pot (but not the pasta). Close the lid and place the valve in the sealing position.
  • Cook on high pressure setting for 35 minutes.
  • When it has finished cooking, let it do a natural release for about 10 minutes before carefully switching the valve to a quick release. Carefully remove the lid.
  • Serve the soup on top of the noodles. Garnish with more fresh basil and other fresh veggies such as bell peppers.

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How to Make Homemade Ramen in Under 20 Minutes

Ramen is easily one of our favorite dishes at PrepYoSelf, especially heading into fall. As the weather cools there’s nothing better than a warm bowl of ramen noodle soup.

Even better, our Easy Shrimp Ramen is loaded with healthy ingredients with powerful benefits like the antioxidants in mushrooms and vitamins in bok choy. Antioxidants can help protect you from free radicals that may cause heart disease and cancer. Cruciferous vegetables like Bok Choy, have also been known to decrease your risk of heart disease. 

Our easy-to-make ramen recipe combines the ease of pre-made broth and the flavors of traditional ramen. This recipe is easy to whip together for any cold day of the week or to make ahead as a grab and go option. 

Ease of Making: Easy

How to Cook Ramen

When it comes to ramen, the broth is everything. You really want to focus on making the ramen broth pack the biggest flavor punch possible. You can do this by combining fresh, flavorful ingredients and letting them simmer together. For this recipe, we use a pre-made chicken or vegetable broth for the sake of time but if you want to make your own ramen broth these are the steps you would take:

How to Make Ramen Broth

Generally, there are three types of ramen broth. One made from the broth of chicken carcasses, one from pork bones (called Tonkotsu), and the last a combination from chicken and dashi stock. 

Steps:

  • Pick your stock base
  • Add in your aromatic root vegetables like ginger, garlic, and green onion
  • Simmer the stock base, root vegetables and cold water for around 3 hours
  • Add your dashi and other ingredients like miso, shoyu or shio

What To Add To Shrimp Ramen

Making your own ramen bowl is truly a customizable experience and can satisfy even the pickiest eaters. While we love ours with green onion, mushrooms and bok choy, you could also add these to spruce up your shrimp ramen:

  • A soft boiled egg 
  • Meats – think lean slices of pork, beef or chicken that will cook quickly but still remain tender. 
  • Vegetables – practically any vegetable can work in ramen. Try it out with broccoli, carrots, or snap peas. 
  • Spices or Hot Sauce – If you want to make your ramen spicy, try adding some sriracha or red pepper to the mix for an added kick. 

Meal Prep Tips for Shrimp Ramen

  1. Storing your ramen – store your prepped broth and noodles separately so the noodles don’t get soggy in the fridge.
  2. Freeze your broth – feel like making a ton of broth ahead? Ramen broth freezes wonderfully. We like using muffin tins to freeze individual portions we can easily grab and heat up in the microwave.
  3. Mix up your toppings – There’s nothing worse in meal prep than the same dish over and over, try new veggies, toppings, and sauce mix each time you make this to switch it up. 

Easy Shrimp Ramen

Our easy-to-make ramen recipe combines the ease of pre-made broth and the flavors of traditional ramen. This recipe is easy to whip together for any cold day of the week or to make ahead as a grab and go option.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
  • 1/2 cup white onion sliced
  • 4 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 package ramen noodles (3 oz) (discard flavor packets)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, sauce pot, skillet/wok, spatula
  • Slice white onions into thin strips, slice mushrooms, chop green onions, chop the bok choy into bite size pieces

Cooking Method:

  • First, boil the chicken broth in the sauce pot and add the soy sauce. Add the ramen and boil for about 2 minutes until it is tender. Remove the ramen from the chicken broth and set it aside in bowls so that it does not continue to cook.
  • Then, add olive oil to a skillet/wok on medium high heat. Saute the green onions and white onions until they soften and turn translucent. Next, add the sliced mushrooms and saute until they soften.
  • Then, add the chopped bok choy and saute until they soften. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • At the end, add the shrimp and pour in the broth and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until the shrimp fully cooks.
  • Then, pour the soup mixture on top of the ramen noodles. Sprinkle with sesame oil to your liking.

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Easy Air Fryer Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Our Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken is the perfect mix of a sticky and sweet sauce coupled with deliciously crispy and healthy fried chicken. We use chicken thighs in this air fryer recipe but you could easily adjust to chicken breast or wings if you’d like. Our chicken teriyaki marinade is made up of classic Asian flavors like soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and honey. All of which combine to provide the perfect teriyaki taste for your dish.

Ease of Making: Medium

We’ve paired our teriyaki chicken with one of our favorite sauteed bok choy recipes, that is loaded with minerals and vitamins. Most notably Bok Choy is high in Vitamin C, K and A. This antioxidant rich vegetable may also reduce your risk of heart disease, fights inflammation and has anti-cancer properties.

Another great side dish for teriyaki chicken is our cauliflower fried rice, which is low in carbs but high in flavor. This recipe combines similar flavors and ingredients of the marinade and would go well with any piece of teriyaki chicken you make in the air fryer. 

How to Cook Teriyaki Chicken Using an Air Fryer

Teriyaki chicken is easy to conquer in the air fryer. All you have to do is place your marinated chicken in the air fryer and press the chicken setting on your fryer to cook.

How to Prepare Bok Choy

Many of you may be wondering, “what is bok choy?” If you’re not familiar with this cruciferous vegetable, it is in the same vegetable family as some more common veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale. This group of vegetables is most known for their cancer fighting qualities, low caloric value and high densities of vitamins K, C, E and fiber. 

How to Cut Bok Choy

Bok choy may look like a strange cousin to your average head of romaine lettuce but prepping this vegetable isn’t much different. 

  1. First, you’ll want to rinse your bok choy
  2. Remove the thick white stems by cutting them off with a knife
  3. Gather your bok choy leaves and cut into 1-inch strips

Meal Prep Tips for Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

  1. Marinate your meat for extra flavor and tenderness. By making your teriyaki marinated chicken ahead, you can have your meat soak up all the sauce for an extended amount of time for extra flavor. 
  2. Save some sauce. If you make your meat marinade ahead, save some on the side to brush your chicken with after it has cooked for a sweet and sticky glaze.
  3. Remove the fat from chicken thighs. If you’re looking for a recipe a little lower in fat, try removing the skin from your thigh.

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken With Sauteed Bok Choy

Our Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken is the perfect mix of a sticky and sweet sauce coupled with deliciously crispy and healthy fried chicken. We use chicken thighs in this air fryer recipe but you could easily adjust to chicken breast or wings if you’d like. Our chicken teriyaki marinade is made up of classic asian flavors like soy sauce, ginger, garlic and honey. All of which combine to provide the perfect teriyaki taste for your dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Teriyaki Chicken

  • 4 pieces chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (or coco aminos)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Bok Choy

  • 4 cups chopped bok choy
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, air fryer/oven, skillet/wok
  • if using oven: pre-heat to 400F
  • Marinate the chicken with all the seasonings for at least 30 minutes

Cooking Method:

  • Place the chicken in the air fryer and cook on the chicken setting. (Note: if using the oven, cook for 35-45 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F)
  • While the chicken is cooking, add olive oil to a skillet/wok on medium high heat.
  • Add the green onions and saute until they soften. Then add the bok choy and season with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Keep stirring until the bok choy softens. At the end, drizzle with sesame oil and mix well.
  • Serve the chicken with the bok choy. Eat and enjoy!

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How To Make Pan-Fried Eggplant With Meat Sauce

eggplant and marinara sauce

Pan-fried eggplant with meat sauce is a delicious and healthy option if you’re craving the heartiness of an Italian meat but looking to reduce the carbs you would normally find with pasta as the main ingredient. The fried eggplant slices come to a golden crisp and are topped with our homemade sauce and of course, some cheese. 

Ease of Making: Medium

This eggplant milanese is brought together by dredging your eggplant in a combination of egg wash and seasoned breadcrumbs. You don’t need any flour to fry eggplant in this recipe. If you’re concerned about your eggplant absorbing oil when cooking, you can salt the eggplant or soak it in milk ahead of time to break down the plant and break down the porous structure of the plant. 

Eggplant has many fantastic benefits like increasing brain function, preventing anemia, helping with digestion and improving heart health. It’s high fiber content can lead the way to reducing the cholesterol in your system by binding it to the bile in your digestive system and removing it naturally. 

Preparing Your Eggplant for Cooking

Before you begin your cooking process, you’ll want to remove the stem, leaves and the top and bottom of the plant. You can leave the skin on or remove it, that’s totally up to you. For this recipe it is important to salt the eggplant. Salt helps bring out the extra moisture that can provide a mushy and soggy result when cooked. Slice your eggplant into circles and salt both sides, letting it sit on a kitchen towel or paper towel  for at least twenty minutes. 

Historically, eggplant was actually salted before cooking to reduce some of the bitter flavor that came with the plant. However, the eggplants we have now have mostly bred out the bitterness. 

What are the Different Types of Eggplant

There are countless varieties of eggplant that can vary widely in shape, size and even color. Most common at American grocery stores, is you guessed it, the American eggplant. This eggplant is also known as the globe eggplant and has a tougher, meatier texture than other eggplants. 

Some other varieties of eggplant:

Graffiti Eggplant – Slightly sweeter than the traditional eggplant, the graffiti eggplant is most recognizable by its purple and white striped skin. Which is why it is also known as striped eggplants.  This variation is great for eating pureeing, eating whole or substituting in for traditional eggplant if you need. 

Japanese Eggplant – Both the Japanese and Chinese eggplants vary from traditional varieties in their long, oblong shape. The Japanese variation of eggplant is deep in it’s purple color and has a creamy flesh that works great in stir frys. 

Fairy Tale Eggplant – Similar in color to the graffiti eggplant, the purple and white striped fairy tale eggplant is small and can fit in the palm of your hand. Due to the tender nature of this variety, it is wonderful for grilling. 

White Eggplant – There isn’t a lot of difference between the classic American eggplant or  “Globe Eggplant” other than the color that the plant is wrapped in. Both the  white and American eggplant have a  smooth creamy skin and meaty flesh. These are great for both bread and protein substitutes. 

Indian Eggplant – The Indian Eggplant is a dark, reddish-purple in color and more spherical than other varieties you may come across. The texture in the Indian eggplant is different from other varieties as it is more tender, making it perfect for roasting, soups, stews and more. 

Little Green Eggplant – A fantastic eggplant for baking, the little green eggplant, is a bright green variety of this “fruit” and is most known for being mild and sweet in flavor. 

Thai Eggplant – Thai eggplant is round, small in size, and traditionally hard to find. These miniature eggplants are typically a greenish-white color with a light pink flesh. Most notably, Thai eggplant is more bitter than other varieties, to remove some of the bitterness you can try removing the seeds. If you’re able to score some at your local market, try throwing a few in our recipe for Thai Red Beef Curry.

There are countless other varieties and heirloom versions of each that are available to eggplant lovers across the world. Try experimenting with the various types when you’re making something new and see which you like best!

Eggplant FAQ

What is the best time of year for eggplant?

Eggplant is available year-round but it’s peak season runs from July to October. 

How to store eggplant?

Eggplants can’t withstand temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit so storing in the refrigerator can sometimes be counterproductive. If you choose to do so, store it in the vegetable drawer or the warmest part of your fridge. Eggplants can also be kept out of the fridge, which may actually help increase their lifespan. Store in an area that is cool and away from direct sunlight. 

How to choose an eggplant?

Due to the fact that there are many varieties of eggplants and each is slightly different, a general rule of thumb is to look for a firm, shiny skin. Avoid eggplants that have started to wrinkle or have soft, brown spots on their skin.  Eggplants should feel heavy and not hollow. 

Is eggplant a fruit or vegetable?

Most people are under the assumption that eggplants are vegetables, but in fact they are fruits!

Do I need to peel eggplant before cooking?

Nope! The skin on eggplant is entirely edible and removing it is more of a preference of the person eating it.

Meal prep tips for Pan-Fried Eggplant

  • Salt your eggplant – this will help reduce moisture and prevent a soggy outcome. 
  • When reheating your pan-fried eggplant, toss it in the oven or an air fryer if you have one to crisp it back up.
  • Soak in milk – soak your eggplant for up to an hour before cooking to help reduce oil absorption when frying. 
  • Microwave before cooking – this is another tactic for reducing oil absorption when frying, as pre-cooking helps break down the spongy texture. 

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Meat Sauce

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Meat Sauce

  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1 each red bell pepper
  • 1 each green bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Eggplant

  • 1 each eggplant
  • 2 each large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place)

  • Gather your equipment: knife, cutting board, two bowls, saute pan, spatula, tongs
  • Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds and season them with salt on both sides. Let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Prepare the eggwash by scrambling the eggs in a bowl large enough to fit the eggplant slices in. Then prepare the breadcrumbs in another bowl that is also large enough to fit the eggplant slices in. Then, season the breadcrumbs with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • Dice the onions and cut the bell peppers into 1 inch squares.

Cooking Method:

  • Add oil to a heated pan on medium to high heat. Add the diced onions and ground beef and break it up into smaller pieces. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Keep stirring and cooking until it has turned golden brown.
  • Then, add the marinara sauce and bell peppers and mix well and let it simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes on low medium heat. Then set it aside.
  • Next, prepare the eggplant slices. Use a towel to press down on the eggplant to remove excess liquid. Then, dip each slice in the egg wash on both sides. Dredge it in the breadcrumbs on each side.
  • In another pan, add oil to a pan on medium. Place the eggplant slices in the pan and cook until they get golden crispy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Then flip it over to cook the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Place it on a serving dish and top it off with the meat sauce to your preferred amount. Then sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese on top. Eat and enjoy!

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How To Make Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

shrimp soba noodles

Shrimp soba noodle salad is one of our favorite Japanese recipes and is incredibly easy-to-make, so it’s perfect for beginners. The soba noodle is in an underrated noodle that falls second to ramen in popularity and use. However, this buckwheat based noodle is as versatile as it is healthy, move over ramen there’s a new noodle in town. 

Ease of Making: Easy

Soba noodles are one of the healthiest types of noodles as they are gluten-free, low fat and high in both protein and fiber. One cup of cooked soba noodles contains 6 grams of protein which is essential to building muscle, and producing hemoglobin to keep your immune system healthy. 

The shrimp in this recipe coupled with the soba, provides even more protein. Shrimp is a powerhouse food if you’re on a diet because it’s high in protein but low in carbs, calories and fats. Shrimp contains a wide variety of nutrients including antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids which have shown to improve heart health. 

How to Cook Soba Noodles 

If you’re wondering how to make soba noodles, there are several steps you can take to ensure you get it right. Soba noodles are extremely versatile and can be served both hot or cold depending on which soba noodle recipe you’re following. The noodles in the recipe will be warm after cooking but will cool as you rinse them and  add in the ingredients for the sauce. You can eat this warm or chilled as a prepped item for the week. 

Step 1: Pick a big enough pot so your noodles have room to move around.

Step 2: Don’t salt your pasta water. 

Step 3: Cook for a short amount of time. Soba noodles only need a maximum of 7 minutes (depending on how much you are cooking) in the water before they should be removed. The majority of soba noodles will cook in 3-5 minutes depending on their thickness. You’re aiming for an al dente noodle. Try testing out the noodles at the five minute mark to see how they are coming along. 

Step 4: Rinse! Soba noodles can stick together and form a gummy clump of noodle mess if you don’t immediately rinse the starch from the pasta after cooking. Leave your soba noodles in a colander and rinse under cold water for at least a minute while you whirl them around your pot. Your water should run clear before stopping your rinse.

Step 5: Drain, serve and enjoy!

Soba Noodle FAQ

What are soba noodles? 

Soba noodles are noodles made from buckwheat and whole wheat flours. Soba, is the Japanese word for buckwheat, a food many consider a superfood due to its ability to improve heart health, promote weight loss, and help manage diabetes. This type of a noodle has a mild nutty, earthy taste. 

Where to buy soba noodles?

Dried soba noodles can be found in most grocery stores in the international foods aisle. Look for a noodle that is similar in appearance to spaghetti but slightly flatter and brown in color. 

If you live in an area with a specialty asian food market, keep an eye out for fresh soba noodles which are fantastic as well. 

Do soba noodles have egg in them?

As a general rule, soba noodles are considered vegan and do not have egg. However, there are brands that may include egg so always be sure to check the label. 

Should you rinse soba noodles?

Without a doubt, you want to rinse your soba noodles. This removes excess starch and prevents a big sticky mess.

Are soba noodles bad for you?

Soba noodles are a healthier option than most other pasta options. However, there are some brands that use more refined wheat flour than buckwheat and those would be considered less nutritious. 

How do you cook soba noodles so they don’t stick?

Choose a pot that is large enough to give them plenty of room to move around and rinse them immediately after cooking with cold water. 

Can you use soba noodles for spaghetti?

Sure, you could! Soba noodles are similar to spaghetti in shape and function but will have a nuttier taste than a traditional pasta. 

Meal prep tips for Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

Our chilled soba noodle recipe is the perfect grab-and-go option for a quick, healthy meal. Here are some tips to make it even better. 

  • If you like your shrimp warm but the salad cool, store them separately in the fridge. You can then reheat the shrimp and toss them in your already chilled salad. 
  • Rinse your noodles. We’ve repeated this multiple times because it’s important.
  • Don’t overcook them. Soba noodles should be served al dente or they can become mushy. Taste your noodles as they cook in an effort to prevent this from happening. 
  • Sub low-sodium soy sauce. If you’re watching your sodium intake, this is a flawless substitution to make this recipe even healthier. 
  • Add in other vegetables like broccoli, snap peas, or carrots. These all make for a great crunch alongside the slippery noodles and shrimp.

Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pre-cooked frozen shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 8 oz soba noodles
  • 1.5 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 each red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: knife, cutting board, boiling pot
  • Start boiling water
  • Defrost shrimp and edamame according to packaged instructions
  • Dice bell pepper into small pieces

Cooking Method:

  • Boil soba noodles for 7 minutes until al dente. Drain the noodles in a strainer and rinse with cold water. Then, place the noodle mixture in a bowl. Add the soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, and olive oil to the bowl. Mix well
  • Then top it off with the shrimp, edamame, and bell pepper. Eat and enjoy!

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Asian Glazed Salmon With Kale and Squash

There are many recipes you can use to prepare salmon, but one that never disappoints is an Asian baked salmon recipe. Our version of this is a baked sesame ginger salmon. The marinated salmon soaks up the flavors of the ginger sesame dressing and it is then baked to perfection in the oven alongside seasoned kale and butternut squash. This quick-and-easy salmon recipe also only uses one pan, which may be an even better benefit than the high sources of fiber and healthy fats you’ll find throughout this dish. We’ll take our Omega-3s with a clean kitchen any day. 

Ease of Making: Easy

All jokes aside, there truly are countless nutritional benefits to this meal. Salmon is packed with omega-3s, protein, B vitamins, potassium and more. It has also been known to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, joint problems and other medical issues or conditions. 

Then we have our kale and butternut squash, each nutrient dense on their own. Kale is known as one of the healthiest and nutritious foods on the planet, due to its low calorie content and high volume of vitamins and antioxidants. Kale has been linked to protection against diabetes, cancer, and heart disease and benefits digestion, skin, hair, eyes and more. 

Butternut squash didn’t want kale and salmon to have all the fun when it comes to benefiting your health, this winter vegetable is a great source of fiber, vitamins (A,C, B, E), calcium, magnesium and zinc

How to Cook Salmon

Salmon can be cooked in a multitude of ways; oven, stovetop, air fryer, broiled, etc. Each recipe may call for a different variation of cooking method. However, no matter the cooking method here’s a guide for getting your ideal doneness on the inside of the fish.

Salmon Temperature Guide

CookInternal Temperature
Rare120℉
Medium Rare125℉
Medium130℉
Medium Well135℉
Well Done140℉
Please note that the USDA recommends that salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145F to ensure food safety (measured with a cooking thermometer in the thickest part of the filet). Consuming salmon that does not reach the internal temperature of 145F can increase the risk of being exposed to foodborne illness. 

Salmon FAQ

What is a good side dish with salmon?

If kale and butternut squash doesn’t do the trick for you, try our Roasted Rainbow Carrots and Green Beans or Sautéed Brussel Sprouts.

What is the healthiest way to cook salmon?

Broiling is one of the healthiest ways to cook salmon, unlike some other fish, salmon’s natural oils prevent the fish from drying out when cooked this way. This cooking method also doesn’t require the addition of any fats like oil. 

Do you rinse salmon before cooking?

Depending on the freshness of your fish you may want to rinse it and pat dry. Fresh or hardly aged salmon is fine without a rinse. 

Do you season salmon before cooking?

Yes, but you want to season immediately before baking as salt can start to break down the proteins and draw out the moisture in salmon if it sits too long. 

Butternut Squash and Kale FAQ

How long to cook?

Cooking Time for Butternut Squash at 400F

CutTime
Butternut squash halved50-60 minutes
Butternut squash cubed35-45 minutes
Butternut squash diced15-20 minutes

Can you eat butternut squash without cooking it?

Yes, butternut squash can be consumed raw. Many people find that they like putting it in salads or smoothies. However, butternut squash contains a lot of beta-carotene which is easier to absorb once heated. 

Do I need to peel butternut squash before roasting?

Depending on the recipe you may not need to peel the butternut squash before roasting. This recipe calls for dicing the squash in small portions so that it can cook at the same pace as the salmon and kale, so it will need to be peeled.

How long does cooked butternut squash last?

Cooked squash can last 3-4 days in the refrigerator and up to 3-4 months in the freezer for best quality.

How long does fresh butternut squash last?

A whole butternut squash with the skin still on should be kept outside of the refrigerator and can last an entire month in the right conditions. 

What is kale good for?

Besides this recipe, kale makes a perfect addition to salads, smoothies, omelets, breakfast scrambles and more. 

How many calories are in kale?

There are 8 calories in one cup of chopped raw kale, and 33 calories in one cup of cooked kale. 

How much protein in kale?

There are 0.7 grams of protein in one cup of chopped raw kale, and 2.5 grams  in one cup of cooked kale. 

How to tell if kale is bad?

As kale ages you will notice the leaves start to wilt and turn brown. If the decomposition goes further, your kale will turn into a liquid brown mush and likely start to leak out it’s bag. 

Meal prep tips for Baked Sesame Ginger Salmon 

  • Switch up your sides – if there are just too many nutrient-dense ingredients in this recipe for you, try switching up the sides. Rice and broccoli would make perfect pairs with this salmon. 
  • Broil it – If you like your salmon to have a nice crisp outer layer, try broiling it for the last five minutes of the baking process.

Baked Sesame Ginger Salmon with Kale & Butternut Squash

An easy, heart-healthy recipe featuring omega 3 rich salmon, alongside butternut squash and kale
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz salmon
  • 5 oz baby kale
  • 5 oz butternut squash (diced small)
  • 3 tbsp sesame ginger salad dressing
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: sheet pan, parchment paper, cutting board, knife, mixing bowl, tongs
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F
  • if needed: dice butternut squash into small pieces
  • line sheet pan with parchment paper

Cooking Method:

  • Place salmon on a sheet pan. Marinate it with 1 tbsp of the sesame ginger salad dressing
  • In a mixing bowl, add the baby kale and squash. Add 2 tbsp of sesame ginger salad dressing, 1 tbsp of olive oil, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well until everything is fully coated.
  • Place the baby kale mix on the same sheet pan and spread it out evenly.
  • Bake everything in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the salmon has fully cooked.
  • Remove from the oven. Eat and enjoy!

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