Air Fryer Chicken Wings

I broke down a few weeks ago and picked up the air fryer at Costco. It was only $49.99. Since I don’t have to justify the expense to anyone besides myself, I’m fine with it.

My biggest hangup all this time to purchase an actual air fryer, quite honestly, was the valuable countertop space it would take up. Like seriously, some of these are the size of a microwave which I already have one sitting on my counter that I don’t use very often.

It’s larger than the Mr. Coffee. But a little smaller than the microwave. In the beginning, I would let it cool off clean it up and then put it on the floor of the pantry. But then I started using it more often to heat up things such as leftover pizza (again, another Costco buy … Motor City Pizza Co – Detroit style deep dish), leftover burgers, left over fries and so on. Now it has a permanent space in the counter.

Ok ok, back these delicious wings. For years, and I mean YEARS, I wouldn’t go near wings. No thank you. Now? I could almost eat them daily. And I think these might be an ok diet food (grain, dairy free, no carb etc.) so I may need to stock up on wings!

Let’s also have a small discussion about wings, ok? I used to buy the big bag of frozen wings from Costco. Not sure what has happened with those wings But they are gigantic and, in my opinion, too meaty to be called “wings and flats”chicken thighs and chicken legs. Not at all like the little two or three bite wings that we are used to seeing. This last time I bought the six pack, fresh party wings that are already cut/separated. Highly recommend going that route!

Let’s get cooking!

12 or so wings … depending on appetite and who is eating

1 tbs oil (I use avocado but olive or veggie will work too)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Cook for 10 minutes, shake your basket, or flip each individually and cook 8 more minutes.

Serve up on a platter. Go big and toss some celery and carrot sticks with ranch on the platter. Snag a wing for yourself and call in your gang to give a try.

Try to contain your excitement. In the old days I would be calling out to Mark … oh I think you are really going to like this (now, I get a little weepy and say I wish you were here as you would love this honey).

Go ahead, grab your grocery list and add wings and paprika to that list so you can do this again soon!

I made a small caprese salad this particular night because I had everything on hand to do so (with a blackberry – No. 3 – White Claw) … beautiful patio dinner for one 😉

Enjoy!

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Bite Size Potato Skins

Ok, ok, I know that the holiday season is OVER and most of you (myself included!) are trying to eat “healthier” … hence, that is why I’ve been sharing some Whole30/Paleo recipes lately

BUT

These are really GOOD and they aren’t fried … and well, they are a vegetable so why not? Besides … it’s FRIDAY!  Oh and yeah, I bought a 15 pound bag of potatoes at Costco last weekend …

Bite Size Potato Skins

Hello little bites of yumminess!!

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Awesome Onion Dip

This is a super yummy and easy to make appetizer for all those upcoming holiday parties …

FYI … THIS IS VERY ADDICTIVE AND YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD MADE A DOUBLE BATCH!

 

It’s been a looooong time since I made this as we were making it every weekend and both Hubby and I decided that it was a little too indulgent to make “just because it’s Saturday!” BUT now the Boat Parade Party is coming up and well, we are attending as GUEST, what better time than that to make this again! Yippee!! Continue reading “Awesome Onion Dip”

Apple Snacks

Here’s a quick snack to make that will make everyone happy!

Oh NO! It’s Everything Pumpkin season!

It’s been that since like early September!

I have a few confessions to make …

  1.  I am NOT a fan of pumpkin anything
  2.  I hold out til almost Halloween before I will have my first pumpkin beer (which I will have my first one when we get to Halloween Horror Nights!)
  3. I have ONE pumpkin recipe and even that is not a favorite …

What do you make of THAT??

BUT … Fall also brings my favorite!

APPLES!

 And I LOVE apples!

Healthy Apple Snacks

So, honestly,  a good apple needs nothing more than a nice rinsing and a little polishing and you are good to go … but sometimes, you just want to make something a little more special!

This is super easy AND guess what? It keeps the cut apples from turning brown on top of it!

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Chilled Spinach Dip

It’s that time of year again where we start pulling out our all time favorite appetizers for the holiday parties!  We just had the boat parade party Saturday so it was a perfect opportunity for me to get some pics of this!

spinach dip ready to serve

It’s a fairly simple recipe and I have yet to meet a single person who does not like this!

real life photo shoots

This is one of those things that happens behind the scenes of real life food bloggers … apparently Kitten was thinking she was supposed to be part of the photo …

ingredients

A little cropping helps out but you can still see her paw above the spinach!

Ok, here’s what you need to make this really awesome dip!

2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach, thawed

2 packages of Knorrs Vegetable Recipe Mix

1 carton of sour cream

1 can of water chestnuts, chopped

2 cups mayo

1 round loaf pupernuckle bread, hollowed and pieces torn

green onions for garnish

First things first: squeeze that spinach as dry as you can … there’s a lot of liquid in there and you need to remove as much as you can. Toss the spinach in a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the green onions.

Mix everything really well in a large bowl, cover and put in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.

hollow bread bowl
Bread Bowl

When ready to serve, fill up the bread bowl and serve with the torn pieces on the side for dipping. We generally grab two loaves, one for the bowl and the other we cut up and serve alongside for the dipping. Trust me, you will run out of bread if you don’t use two so keep a stash of tortilla chips and crackers on the side!

Enjoy!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!