A while ago I was challenged by Philips to ditch our family’s take outs and replace it with meals cooked in the Philips Airfryer.
If you have no idea what a Philips AirFryer is then I have to be honest and say neither did I until I looked it up!
The Philips Airfryer is a healthier, ‘no oil’ fryer that uses Rapid Air Technology allowing you to ‘fry with air’ for food crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Rapid Air Technology enables you to fry, bake, roast and grill your favourite foods with little or no oil, meaning you can swap traditional take away foods for deliciously healthy low-calorie dishes and so I was thrilled to be able to put it to a proper test drive!
First up for us was a Fish and Chip supper, made with seasoned fresh fish coated in egg and blitzed tortilla chips popped into the AirFryer, the chips were just potatoes with a dash of oil and fried to perfection!
We added the peas as I like to make sure every meal includes at least one vegetable!
This Fish and Chip recipe is for 2 people but is easily adjustable as I had to amend for more people for mine.
However the scary fact is the calorie difference for this meal was shocking, a take away version would equate to approximately 928 calories as opposed to the AirFryer version that comes in at around 365 calories!
The fish and chips were amazing but the biggest test for me is cake …
The AirFryer claims you can make chocolate cake in it and I know this is not necessarily good for you in general but being able to make a super chocolate cake easily is what can swing something for me so we gave it a go.
I was blown away at how easy it was to make, although I didn’t have a dish small enough so have since bought a cake tin for the AirFryer as we loved it so much.
The chocolate cake was really moist and by far the nicest cake I had eaten!
Next on the take away list for us is meatballs, I have tried making these once before and failed miserably but meatballs are often found on my meals out list.
If I am honest these are the one things on the mains I worried about more since they can go either way. The Meatballs Recipe for the #AirFryerTakeIn didn’t specify what type of mince to use so in order to make sure we reduced the calories as much as possible I went for a 5% option.
They were really easy to make and I even tripled the recipe and made some for the freezer too, which is a good job since they were AMAZING!
Theses meatballs were by far my most favourite meal, and with some takeaway options coming in at around 600 calories and this version is approx 520 calories it’s a double bonus or should I say triple as there is another tea planned with the frozen ones!
To finish the trial off I even made Tandoori Chicken which was amazing.
When I set out on this trial I was sceptical that a ‘Health’ fryer could be a big part of my kitchen but with so many more recipes in the pipeline in the next few weeks and the fact I have bought an extra pan to use in conjunction with the fryer basket I am thrilled with it.
The only thing I would have loved is the option of a much bigger one (not that they currently do one) as I would be batch cooking my little heart out! #genius
Disclaimer: We were challenged my Philips to swap our takeouts for cooking in the take in and were provided the AirFryer for this purpose. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.