Sunday, December 9, 2018

Who Said You Can't Make Air Fried Corn Muffins?!


Hello Darlings,

Today we are having my concoction of navy and black bean soup with white rice. However, today's recipe is about corn muffins. In my first post about air frying I mentioned that I would be converting as many of my regular and deep fried recipes into air fried. In addition, we are having muffins made with sweet rice milk instead of cow's milk.  This recipe also goes with my renal diet plan.  Well, I don’t really have a concrete plan, I just omit or limit the amounts of foods and meats that I know would in high quantities negatively  contributes to my high blood pressure and kidney function.  I am basely an on the fly cooker who uses some thought into what I am eating.

The recipe is for 6 muffins and in my Big Boss Air Fryer I have no problem baking these muffins.

Air Fried Corn Muffins

Makes 6 muffins

Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Martha White® Self-Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup sweet rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
Instructions
  1. Greased muffin pan well enough so that the muffins will not stick in it. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk oil, rice milk and egg together until well blended
  3. In a medium size bowl mix the corn meal mix with the sugar.
  4. Then mixture all of the ingredients together in the medium bowl.
  5. Then pour the muffin batter into the well greased muffin pan.
  6. Air fry at 320 degrees for 12 minutes.
There you have it. If you are like me and have to be actively aware of what and how much you eat, try this recipe with some unsalted butter or margarine and your next pot of beans, greens and spring green beans. Your family will not believe that these muffins were air fried.

The next time that I make these muffins I will try baking them with 2 egg white instead of the one whole egg.  If doing this turns out well, then that will reduce the cholesterol contained in the muffins.

Why hesitate? Download the recipe.

 Until next time,
     Chow, Darlings!


Special Tip for Today!


When cooking very hard dry beans, instead of soaking for 8 hours or overnight, try this.  After cleaning the beans, microwave them in a medium size plastic mixing bowl for 30 to 40 minutes covered with a vented lid until the beans are partially soften. Then add the beans and four cups of the hot water from the microwave bowl to the pot with your other ingredients and cook as usual. 



This method also working with cooking fresh carrots for pot roast and stews. However for stews and soups, microwave the carrots for 25 minutes on high, then add the water from the bowl the carrots were cooked in to the pot. 

With squash microwave for 5 minutes, and then cut lengthwise to remove seeds and/or skin for further cooking.


  Chow, Darlings!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Adventures in Air Frying - Whole Fish


Hello Darlings,

Yes it's me again. Today I came up with a new recipe for whole fish. As you will remember I purchased an air fryer last month, and let me tell you. I am amorous with this machine. There are many brands on the market, but I chose the  Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer, 16 Quart, 1300 watt simply because I like to watch my food as it cooks.  And so far, I have not been disappointed.

This Big Boss Air Fryer has really changed the way I prepare our meals, especially meats.  As we like the taste of the foods I cook, I opted to convert as many  of the recipes for meat, fish, and chicken as possible.  This being said  the recipe below is one I converted from  my deep fryer to my air fryer.



What you need:
  • 2 whole ocean whiting fish, minus heads and tails
  • A one  gallon size plastic bag
  • Your favorite fish batter, homemade or store bought
  • Cooking oil to spray
  • 4 pieces of string or yarn
  • Air fryer mesh basket
  • Air fryer lower rack
  • Large oven mitt
  • Turning tongs


What you need to do:

  1. Place mesh basket and lower rack inside of the air fryer bowl, then stray each with cooking spray.
  2. Remove mesh basket and lower rack and set aside
  3. Preheat air fryer bowl at 400 degrees
  4. While air fryer is heating, rinse fish and pat dry.
  5. Then in the plastic bag add your favorite batter.
  6. Add one fish at a time to bag and cover thoroughly
  7. Place the battered fish in the mesh basket,  and then place the lower rack on top. Use the four strings to tie four bows to join basket and the lower rack together. This keeps the fish in place and prevents them from breaking when turning during the cooking cycle.
  8. Now, place the bound fish in the preheated air fryer bowl and spray the top of the fish with cooking oil.
  9. Place the lid on the air fryer and set time to 9 minutes.
  10. After the 9 minutes is up use the tongs and the oven mitt to prevent burning yourself,  then turn over the basket with the lower rack in place. Spray this side of the fish with cooking oil as well. Replace the air fryer lid and cook for 9 minutes.
  11. When the timer stops set the cooking time for an additional 5 minutes, then repeat on the other side.

When the fish is done untie or cut off  the strings  from the basket and the rack to get the your prize of golden brown and crispy yet moist inside ocean whiting.  If you love fried fish and have a Big Boss air fryer give this recipe a try. It can be adjusted to many types of whole or thick fish fillet.






Download the recipe.

Until next time,
           Chow Darlings

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Making a healthy choice: from deep fried to air fried


Hello Darlings,

Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with renal disease. Fortunately, in my case, it is in the early stages, and can be managed with proper diet and exercise for weight lost.

As I was reading through the pamphlets about renal disease, treatments and recipe books, the thought cross my mind that since I am already on a low sodium diet and many of the recipes that I use for controlling it are similar to those use for  renal management. Why not eliminate the use of deep fried food, and try air frying instead.

In my  previous low sodium diet I could only eat 4 ounces of red meat, fish, and chicken. With my renal diet recipes I am limited to three ounces of the same, and the recipes all called for low sodium intake.

Therefore after purchasing my very first air fryer, I started testing it to see which of my favorite foods I can cook in it as appose to cooking in the deep fryer.  One of my first choices of foods was to air fry a batch of chicken wings and below is the results.  Using my favorite wing recipe I lightly strayed them with cooking oil but eliminated the flour and added some honey. What I got was a batch of delicious sweet and spicy wings that rival my breaded ones.

However, what I found surprising was what was  left behind in the bottom of the air fryer. As you can see from the photo below.  That is a 1/4 cup of chicken fat and blood from only eight chicken wing sections. I was horrified at this discovery. This discovery also made it clear that air frying is superior over deep frying.



The next time I air fry a batch of wings I will add the breading and lightly stray them to help brown the wings.

Until next time,

Chow Darlings