Mediterranean Vegetables In The Air Fryer. Delicious Mediterranean summer vegetables cooked without oil in the air fryer. Loaded with eggplant, zucchini, green peppers and cherry tomatoes. Then sprinkled with Mediterranean seasoning for the perfect veggie loaded air fryer side dish.
Vegetables In Air Fryer
I remember when I first started to lose weight (Dominic and I lost 10 stone between 2013 and 2014) we were asked by friends of my parents how we had done it and what our secret was.
We just said the Mediterranean Diet. Just because we couldn’t really think of anything better to sum up our weight loss than that.
We had still had our carbs (which are allowed more so than they are on Paleo), we ate a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and had ditched our processed foods.
There was a bit more to it than that such as eating less, exercising etc but when you first start losing weight, I don’t think you are ready to tell the world about it.
It was also the first time we had given it a proper name rather than just saying “clean eating” or eating healthier.
But looking back I would say we are a mix of clean eating, Paleo and the Mediterranean Diet.
But I doubt this would be the case if I lived outside of Portugal. This is because for this part of Europe, well just like Spain, France, Italy & Greece it is all about lots of delicious vegetables and looking after yourself.
These are the countries that feature on these health shows about longevity and it’s no surprise.
I see the elderly walking at least 3 miles a day and they are always eating their vegetables.
They are not part of the Fast Food obsession and are always giving us fruit, vegetables or eggs from their garden. In fact, I don’t think many of my neighbours even know what McDonalds is.
These vegetables in the air fryer is my summer go to recipe.
It’s the perfect side dish, I can throw it all in the air fryer together and its wonderful when the Mediterranean vegetables are in season in the summer months.
Let’s celebrate summer together and throw these delicious vegetables into the air fryer.
Or outside of summer try out our air fryer frozen vegetables as your out of season solution.
Can You Cook Vegetables In An Air Fryer?
Absolutely! Plus, you will be amazed by just how good air fryer vegetables are, once you start cooking them the air fryer way.
Also think that an air fryer can cook in a similar way to food baked in the oven.
All of your favourite baked vegetable recipes can be converted to the air fryer, just with a lot less oils and fats.
Best Veggies To Air Fry?
Out of all vegetables we have cooked in the air fryer, we have found that summer Mediterranean vegetables are the BEST.
This is because summer veggies are quicker cooking and cook time is faster and you can often cook summer vegetables without any oil.
The best veggies to air fry include:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Mixed Peppers
- Garlic Cloves
Though in today’s Mediterranean vegetables in the air fryer we will be cooking zucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes and green peppers. However, you can mix and match any of the above.
#1 Vegetables In Air Fryer Add In
If you love cheese, then do add cheese to your air fryer vegetables. When my vegetables are 2 to 3 minutes off being cooked, I often add a layer of grated cheese and then when it is done, you have a delicious bowl of vegetables with melted cheese.
You can add in parmesan, gouda or cheddar.
Best Air Fryer For Vegetables
Any quality air fryer will work well with air frying vegetables. We used our Philips Air Fryer XL, but many other brands will do the same job.
Though, I don’t recommend an air fryer oven as vegetables in the air fryer oven are often not as crispy.
How To Cook Vegetables In Air Fryer?
To cook vegetables in the air fryer is so EASY that I like to leave 3 year old Jorge in charge of loading them into the air fryer and adding the seasonings.
He will also be by my side slicing the zucchini with his kids knife set.
- Slice and dice your vegetables.
- Load in a bowl and season with your favourite dried herbs.
- Load into the air fryer basket, air fry and serve.
How Long To Cook Vegetables In Air Fryer?
The cooking time for vegetables in the air fryer depends on how crispy you would like your air fryer vegetables.
I like to cook my air fryer vegetables for 12 minutes on a medium heat and then a further 3-4 minutes on a high heat.
The medium heat cooks your vegetables and then the high heat makes them crispy and addictive.
Mediterranean Vegetables In Air Fryer
- Slice the top off your pepper, pull and remove the seeds.
- Slice and dice your eggplant, zucchini and green pepper.
- Mix with seasoning in a bowl and then load into the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 12 minutes at 180c/360f.
- While they are cooking season your cherry tomatoes with a little extra oregano and salt.
- When the air fryer beeps, shake the air fryer basket, add in the cherry tomatoes and cook for a further 3 minutes at 200c/400f.
- Serve while still warm.
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