Like so many, my New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight, get in shape, and eat healthier. It’s not that I eat really unhealthy, but there is always room for improvement. I’m continuing my Zumba regimen, which I love and I am now using My Fitness Pal to keep track of my calories and daily food intake. It’s a really easy app and I can also use it online and since I’m online so much, it makes it really accessible for me.
Now, as for the Actifry. I had read so many mixed reviews on it. I think sometimes people’s expectations are unrealistic, or they don’t take the time to experiment or use a product properly. Myself, I am totally thrilled with it so far.
My first time cooking in it I made frozen French fries. They took about 22 minutes to cook. No oil. They were perfect, better than the notorious Mickey D’s and did I say no oil. The only calories were from the potatoes themselves. I can live with that. I know carbs are the diet killer, but come on, every once in awhile you just have to eat some French fries, so if you can have them taste like they just came out of the French fryer, without any greasiness. Just salt and eat.
Next I tried some chicken breasts. I cut them in half, seasoned and cooked them for 11 minutes. Perfect and juicy. I even tried the TGIF frozen buffalo chicken bites, and 8 minutes later, a perfectly cooked piece of chicken, mildly crunchy outside, moist, tasty (albeit pretty hot) inside.
Last night though was the real test. We love chicken wings and making them in the oven just doesn’t cut it. So, I loaded 14 wings into the Actifry. No oil. Cooked them for 28 minutes. They were a fabulous golden brown, crunchy outside, moist inside. I sprinkled them with a little seasoning salt and paprika (Pittsburgh style) and dug in. I can’t tell you that I have ever made a better wing, even in the French fryer. In fact, without all that oil dripping from them, they were much better…tasting and calorie, and heart healthy wise.
I’m anxious to start trying some of the recipes that are included in the cookbook they send with it when you buy it. I also want to try shrimp and onion rings. Some reviews I have read said that battered or floured foods do not cook well that they mush up, so I’ll see for myself.
How this machine actually works is beyond me. Something about continuous heat at 368 degrees and the constant turning of the paddle inside rotating the food is what makes it cook evenly and quickly and brown the food. Personally, I don’t care. All I know is that this machine has really contributed to a more healthy style of cooking without giving up the tastes that we enjoy.