Philips AirFryer Oil-Free Fryer is a healthy frying solution

29. February 2012 20:34 by Foodshack in Diet, Kitchen Gadgets  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)


Are you looking for a low fat way of frying? If you are then the AirFryer from Philips will exceed your expectations. The AirFryer is perfect for cooking chips, wedges, fish and even garlic mushrooms in as little or no oil at all, without losing their great taste and are fresh and healthy.

The Philips AirFryer could not simpler to setup and comes with an easy quick start guide which is descriptive and well laid out. The whole thing can be out of the box, washed and set up ready for use in less than 20 minutes.

If you are dubious about the fryer then do not fear, as claims that frying can now be done in a healthily way are now true. This is down to the fact that this an 'air fryer' is a technology that superheats air and allows the use of minimal amounts of oil or in some cases none at all.

The AirFryer is not small and it is a reasonable weight. However it is built to a very high quality and standard and will look great in the corner of any kitchen.

The AirFryer comes with an inspiring recipe booklet, written by a culinary expert and contains 30 easy-to-prepare recipes and is packed with tips and tricks. Treat you and your family with home-made chicken nuggets, fish cakes, tapas, quiche and lots more.

The 'drawer' pulls out and contains the food basket. The main body of the machine houses the fans and heater etc. The fryer is fitted with a filter that help to reduce the smell when cooking. The basket section is completely washable and even dishwasher safe. The main body can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth.

This innovative oil-free fryer has been approved the Good Housekeeping Institute's consumer testing team, who described the AirFryer as a "versatile and easy-to-use appliance which is ideal for low-fat cooking".

Enjoy family favourites guilt free any day of the week without the hassle, but all the taste. With the Philips AirFryer, fried foods are more healthy, delicious and simple than ever.


Use up to 80% less fat than a conventional fryer for the best-tasting chips, without the oil (for fresh chips add half a tablespoon of oil for extra taste)

Fully-adjustable temperature control allows you to pre-set the best cooking temperature for your food

Its integrated timer allows you to pre-set cooking times of up to 30 minutes. The auto-off function includes a "ready" sound indicator

Comes with an inspiring recipe booklet, written by a culinary expert, that contains 30 delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes including brownies and quiches

Integrated air filter keeps your kitchen fresh and clean while the removable drawer and food basket feature a non-stick coating and are dishwasher-safe

Diet Tip: Indian food is proven to help weight loss

19. February 2012 17:10 by Foodshack in Cookbooks, Diet  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Spice up your diet with low-fat beans and lentils & vegetables

In India around 40% of people follow a vegetarian diet compared to only 6% of people in the UK. The people that follow the vegetarian diet in India enjoy a diet based on based on rice, pulses, vegetables and bread. Even those who eat meat and fish tend to eat a lot of vegetarian dishes.

Most Indian dishes are well known for their mix of aromatic, hot herbs and spices. It has been proven that spicy food has great benefits for the digestive system as well as for people watching their weight. For instance chillies will increase the bodies’ metabolic rate which will help burn body fat.

Pulses and chickpeas are naturally low in fat and high in protein which is good news as it helps you feel fuller for longer. The main thing to avoid in Indian meals is ghee or clarified butt as these are very high in fat. Coconut also has a high fat content.

Ayurvedic tradition suggests that eating food that mixes the six basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent will help to keep your body satisfied. However this could well be a culinary challenge, but one that is sure to make for a taste sensation!

However there is no need to deny yourself ‘‘treats’’ at this time of year, but if you are mindful of what you eat and practice moderation, can be successful in your weight management goals. Just make sure you know that you are sticking with your healthy habits.

Recipe idea for Indian Vegetable Curry

It might be hard believe a generous portion of this curry is low in fat and calories. It has a warm, rich flavour and is very filling. Each serving provides over 2 portions of your 5-a-day fruit and veg.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

 220 calories
  4.6g fat

 7.9g protein
 37.4g carb

 9.3g fibre


  1. 1 Tbsp Oil
  2. 2 Cloves Garlic, crushed
  3. 1 Med Onion, finely chopped
  4. 3 Stalks Celery, sliced
  5. 1 small Apple, peeled cored and diced
  6. 1tsp Chilli Powder
  7. 1tsp Ground Ginger
  8. 1tsp Turmeric Powder
  9. 100g Green Beans, sliced
  10. 200g Cauliflower, broken into small florets
  11. 100g Carrots, sliced
  12. 100g Potatoes, diced
  13. 1tsp Tomato Puree
  14. 20g Sultanas


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and stir fry garlic, onion, celery and apple for 5 minutes. Add chilli, ginger and turmeric and continue to stir fry gently for a further minute.
  2. Add the green beans, cauliflower, carrots and potatoes plus 300ml water. Stir in tomato puree, sultanas and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 35 – 40 minutes.
  3. Enjoy the aroma until ready to serve!