|Air Fryer Curried Carrots with Dates & Almonds|
I don't have anything particularly clever to say about this recipe, babes! I simply hadn't used my air fryer in a while, had some leftover carrots and got a hankering for Moroccan flavasssss. (P.S. My other air fryer recipe is for this Buffalo Cauliflower!)
So here we are, with this flavor and texture bomb side dish, and I cannot get enough of it! Carrots are a dream for the air fryer, because root veggies typically take up to an hour to roast in the oven. Here, they're tender with golden-brown edges in just 12 minutes!
These curried carrots are so happy nestled between gooey chopped dates and crunchy, nutty roasted almonds. Honestly, you could try this combo subbing sweet potatoes or even cruciferous veggies like brussels sprouts if you prefer: the ingredients would still marry beautifully. You could also sub almonds for pistachios, which would also add a pop of color!
If you've been nervous about using your air fryer, this is an awesome recipe to dust it off for. It truly couldn't be easier, and it's pretty much mess-up proof! And while the halloumi is optional, I highly recommend the pop of salty goodness that it adds.
Oh, and if you're not familiar with an air fryer in general, here's a description from the Kitchn (my go-to cooking resource): "An air fryer is a countertop kitchen appliance that uses convection to circulate hot air (and, in some cases, oil) around food in order to cook it."
Air fryers have become popular in the wellness world, because they require a fraction of the oil required in traditional deep or pan-frying. While that is absolutely true, I also love them for the speed and ease and SIGNIFICANTlY easier clean-up process (if you know, you know, for anyone who's ever deep-fried at home).
Plus, while the results won't be QUITE as crunchy as with your classic fried foods, they still satisfy me in that I-need-something-indulgent way.
If you're interested in grabbing an air fryer for yourself, this is the model I use:
I recognize that this is quite pricy, and there are less expensive models, but here's why I got it: the fry basket in this XL version is noticeably bigger than others, and it still doesn't hold a ton of food. The smaller models have such a small fry basket, that you almost always have to do things in batches. That said, I would only recommend investing in an air fryer in general, IF you're willing to incorporate it into your weekly cooking routine. Then it's totally worth it, for the reasons stated above. But it does require some due diligence and investigating new recipes!