I did it, I bit the bullet and I got myself an air fryer. I had been thinking about getting one for weeks after I saw Juli over at PaleOMG air frying literally E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. You probably already knew this as I posted the other week a recipe for air fried pork chops but I have to say one of my absolute FAVORITE things to make in the air fryer are these Air Fryer Balsamic Brussels Sprouts.
Eat Your Veggies
I’m not someone who struggles to eat veggies. Frankly I’ll eat them raw, boiled, braised, roasted, in a soup, out of a soup, you name it I’ll eat them. HOWEVER, I know that it’s a struggle for so many people to get enough vegetables in there day and I get it. Most people when they think of vegetables think of the pea, carrot, and corn medley you can find in your freezer section. That or they think of boiled Brussels sprouts.
Guys, we can do better.
While I do believe in some aspects you have to remember you’re an adult and you have the ability to choose whether you eat veggies or not no MATTER the way they’re cooked, I also believe we need to improve the way we cook veggies so that we can actually ENJOY vegetables. Insert air fryer veggies.
Marie Kondo-ing your Kitchen
Okay, so I have a confession to make. I was getting sick and tired of cooking in my kitchen. It was so cramped and I honestly felt like I couldn’t be in there anymore. I live in a townhome and so the kitchen was 100% an after-thought. But me, someone who uses cooking as her outlet, was finding excuses to not cook.
So how in the world was I going to add another kitchen appliance to my kitchen when I could barely move in it as it was?!?!
I decided to take a note out of Marie Kondo’s book and tidy the place up. I FINALLY cleaned out my kitchen. I got rid of excess things I never use, and kept only the essentials (okay, and then some). I made enough room and even added a buffet table to ensure that I could justify having a mixer, food processor, Instant Pot, AND air fryer.
And the result?!
I am back cooking in my kitchen and couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend taking a weekend and cleaning/organizing your kitchen, it is beyond therapeutic AND allows you to justify what you ACTUALLY need in your kitchen. This air fryer, 1000000% worth making space for.
Air Fryer Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Fun fact: vegetables don’t have to taste gross. I’ve been eating these as a snack and I can’t stop (won’t stop). Start having fun with your vegetables, and make them taste good and you’ll actually wonder what you were doing with your life before that.
You don’t need an air fryer but heyyyyyy if you want to treat yo self and see what all the fuss is about I have a deal for you! You can grab the same air fryer I have here and while you cannot use the code to get a discount for the air fryer you an use the code MEAL15 to snag some other meal prep items before March 13th. So go treat yo self, then go and make this tasty vegetable recipe and let me know how long it takes to become hooked.
Pro Tip: preheat the air fryer for 5-10 minutes while you’re getting things situation so that the veggies take shorter to cook.
Pro Tip #2: MAKE SURE YOU TAKE ALL THE CARDBOARD OUT OF YOUR AIR FRYER PRIOR TO USING.
Air Fryer Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
- 1 lb Brussels Sprouts halved
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- salt/pepper to taste
- cooking spray
- Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes, spray inner basket with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl toss Brussels sprouts with oil, vinegar, salt & pepper
- Add Brussels sprouts to air fryer and cook for 10 minutes or until cooked to your desired crispiness, tossing 1-2x during cooking.
Pin Now, Air Fry Later
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