A dozen healthy recipes to help you keep your New Year’s resolution

Want to make some healthy changes this year? KitchenAid’s Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment makes it easy to create nutritious alternatives to your favourite dishes.

Lose weight. Get fit. Eat healthily. Do these sound like familiar New Year’s resolutions? We know how difficult it can be to stick to goals particularly after the month of January. Busy schedules get in the way and motivation is lost somewhere along the line.

Opting for healthy living is a lifestyle change and begins right in your very kitchen – with your kitchen appliances. Having small appliances that make cooking a breeze can be all you need to remain encouraged on your healthy-cooking journey.

Thanks to KitchenAid, it’s easy to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your everyday meals with the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment. Like all KitchenAid attachments, it’s a cinch to use and sparks creativity in your dishes!

The possibilities are endless with this attachment – think sheets of sweet potato, zucchini and apple to name a few – but we’d love to give you a (yummy) head start.

We’ve gathered some of our favourite recipes from KitchenAid so that you can add sheets of wholesome goodness to your diet. Here are a dozen dishes you won’t regret trying, and ones that will be household favourites for the kids too!

Find even more recipes from KitchenAid by downloading the PDF here. Tell us what you love making with the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment in the comments below!

3 guilt-free (and super easy!) recipes to try in the Philips Airfryer XXL

Want tasty fried food without the guilt? These three recipes that you can make quickly and healthily in the Philips Airfryer XXL are sure to be a hit in your home!

Typically, favourite foods are on the fattier side. Hot chips, fried chicken, spring rolls – the list is endless. As much as we’d love to delight our taste buds with these tasty treats every day, for the sake of our waistlines, we know that we shouldn’t.

Even when we do indulge, there’s a certain amount of guilt after a heavy meal. But delicious, mouth-watering food doesn’t need to be dripping with oil or drenched in butter to be satisfying. Nor do you need to give up your favourite meals altogether in an effort to remain health conscious.

The way you cook your food can determine a healthy meal just as much as the food itself. Thanks to Philips, you can prepare your signature dishes in an alternative, fat-reducing way without sacrificing the flavour that you know and love.

The Airfryer XXL is a larger version of the Philips Airfryers that you might already be familiar with. Its innovative technology allows you to “fry” food with little to no oil at all! And yes, you will still get that tender-on-the-inside-crisp-on-the-outside result every time!

Here’s how it works

Rather than using the extreme temperatures of hot oil in a pan to fry, an Airfryer (as the name suggests) uses hot air in a cooking basket.

If you’ve never used an Airfryer, we know you might be sceptical at first about the idea of cooking with air rather than oil. But it is possible, and in fact, we’d bet that you’ll prefer it!

With the latest airfryer technology, Philips uses a Twin TurboStar system. It creates a tornado-like realm of hot air using 2225 watts of power to melt away fat.

The fat is then captured at the bottom of the Airfryer XXL for easy disposal. Plus, you’ll actually be able to see the fat you’ve prevented yourself from eating.

The capacity of the huge XXL size is convenient for family meals, and is able to cook a whole chicken or even up to 1.4kg of fries – its Philips’ largest and most powerful Airfryer to date!

Psst! Right now you can get $50 CASHBACK when you purchase a Philips Airfryer XXL from Bing Lee before 25/12/16! T&Cs apply.

What’s great is that as opposed to a deep fryer, you aren’t left with the house smelling of oil! It’s quite the multitasker too. You can grill, bake and even roast lunch, dinner or snacks for parties.

The Airfryer XXL can prepare meats, vegetables, and frozen foods without needing to defrost them! You can choose temperature control and the best-suited settings with the tip of a finger. It makes cooking an absolute cinch.

And on that note, we’re sharing three of our favourite Airfryer XXL recipes for you to try today! They’re tasty and will be ready in five steps or less! Head in-store or online at Bing Lee to get cooking 🙂

Saltimbocca (Veal rolls with Sage)

Ingredients

400 ml meat stock
200 ml dry white wine
4 veal cutlets
Freshly ground pepper
8 fresh sage leaves
4 slices cured ham
25 g butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the Airfryer to 200°C. Boil the meat stock and the wine in a wide pan over medium heat until it has reduced to one-third of the original amount.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the cutlets and cover them with the sage leaves. Firmly roll the cutlets and wrap a slice of ham around each cutlet.
  3. Thinly brush the entire cutlets with butter and place them in the basket. Slide the basket into the Airfryer and set the timer for 10 minutes. Roast the veal rolls until nicely brown.
  4. Lower the temperature to 150°C and set the timer to 5 minutes. Roast the rolls until done. Mix the remainder of the butter with the reduced stock and season the gravy with salt and pepper.
  5. Thinly slice the veal rolls and serve them with the gravy. Tasty with tagliatelle and green beans.

Puff Pastry Bites (Your Way!)

Ingredients

200 g ready-made (frozen or chilled) puff pastry
Filling as desired (select from below!)
2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the Airfryer to 200°C.
  2. Cut the pastry into 16 squares of 5×5 cm and scoop a heaped teaspoon of filling onto each square.
  3. Fold the squares into triangles and moisten the edges with some water. Press the edges firmly together with a fork.
  4. Put eight parcels in the basket and brush them with milk. Slide the basket into the airfryer and set the timer to 10 minutes. Bake the appetizers until they are golden brown.
  5. Bake the remaining parcels in the same way. Serve the puff pastry bites in a dish.

Filling ideas:

  • – Ricotta and Ham Mix 50 g ricotta with 25 g finely-chopped ham and freshly ground pepper
  • – Ricotta and Salmon Mix 50 g ricotta with 25 g smoked salmon and 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • – Cheese and Green Onion Mix 75 g grated cheese (Gouda, Cheddar or Gruyère) with one thinly sliced green onion
  • – Shrimps and Dill Mix 75 g chopped pink shrimps with 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill and ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • – Pepper and Salami Mix 50 g salami in strips with ½ red bell pepper diced into small cubes and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh oregano
  • – Apple and Cinnamon Mix ½ apple chopped into small pieces with ½ tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon grated orange peel and 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • – Apple and Ginger Mix ½ large apple, chopped into small pieces, with 1 tablespoon finely chopped preserved ginger and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh mint

Potato Croquettes with Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients

300 g starchy potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 egg yolk
50 g Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons flour
Freshly ground pepper
Nutmeg
50 g breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Boil the potato cubes in salted water for 15 minutes until ready. Drain the potatoes and mash them finely with a potato masher or a ricer. Allow the mashed potatoes to cool.
  2. Add the egg yolk, cheese, flour and chives to the potato puree and mix well. Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  3. Preheat the AirFryer to 200°C. Mix the oil and the bread crumbs and keep stirring until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly again.
  4. Shape the potato puree into 12 croquettes and roll them through the breadcrumbs until they are completely coated.
  5. Put six croquettes in the fryer basket and slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer for 4 minutes and fry the potato croquettes until they are crispy brown. Then fry the rest of the croquettes.

All recipes are credited to The Philips Chef, where you can find even more recipes for your Philips Airfryer XXL!

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What is a pyrolytic oven and do I need one?

You might’ve heard the term ‘pyrolytic’ floating around, but what does it actually mean? Here’s what you need to know.

Ovens can be impossible to clean. They’re one of the most dreaded house chores because of the level of effort and time involved. And the fact that you’re never really certain you’ll achieve the tip-top result you want isn’t very encouraging either!

Over time, food residue sticks to the walls of the oven, crumbs fall into small cracks and grime can set in hard-to-reach places. It’s basically a baked disaster in there.

We are then left with no choice but to turn to harsh, chemical-filled cleaners and constant scrubbing to desperately get the oven back to its as-new state… until trusty technology came along with the pyrolytic oven.

What is a pyrolytic oven?

Of all the features an oven can possibly have – you’ll want to know about the one that cleans itself. Yes, that’s right, a pyrolytic oven is one that has a self-cleaning mode which blasts its interior with extremely high temperatures of up to about 500˚C.

It turns any food residue (and pretty much anything else) into ash! Yup, all the nasties are turned into a fine powder that you can simply wipe away with a damp cloth. No scrubbing, no oven cleaners. Just a quick wipe around and your pyrolytic oven is as sparkly as the day you bought it!

So you don’t have to worry about cooking disasters, accidental spills or general constant use. Blast your oven clean, sit back, and enjoy unlimited kitchen adventures with peace of mind.

Other innovative features

Of course, the thought of putting an oven at 500˚C would naturally cause all the red alarm bells to go off in your head. Especially in a family home. The really cool thing (pun unintended) about pyrolytic ovens is that their doors are designed to stay… well, cool.

The multilayer door of a pyrolytic oven ensures safety for the whole family and doesn’t open until it has reached a safe temperature. It’s designed to create a kitchen environment that you’re comfortable with.

Is it worth it?

Now, pyrolytic ovens aren’t this month’s breakthrough – they’ve been on the market for some time. However, many people are unaware of this cooking game changer when looking for a new oven or are scared off the price tag.

Like all good appliances, the spend is reflective of the quality. A pyrolytic oven is an investment. It will save you an incredible amount of cleaning time, and will save you from spending money on oven cleaners every few weeks for the many years that your oven is meant to last!

If you’re renovating, a pyrolytic oven will add some serious value to your kitchen. If you’re updating your appliances, you’ll definitely feel the difference in convenience and overall value.

This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get one. Pop into a Bing Lee store and ask one of our friendly staff about current offers and the best pyrolytic oven to suit your budget.

Who doesn’t want something that’s self-cleaning?! It’s every home cook’s dream!