7 Healthy Trader Joe’s Foods You Can Pop in the Air Fryer
More and more people are relying on their air fryers nowadays — and it’s no surprise. This handy little appliance achieves crispier results with significantly less need for oil and preheats in just a few minutes — not to mention, it sure beats heating up your whole kitchen with a conventional oven during the sweltering summer months. And did you know that Trader Joe’s is stocked with tons of nutritious and delicious foods that you can pop in your air fryer? That means there are countless options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when you can’t be bothered to turn on the oven.
Here are some Trader Joe’s air fryer foods worth keeping on hand for quick and easy meals.
1. Turkey Meatballs
A serving of four Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs contains 24 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. That makes these a no-brainer when you want a fast, filling meal. They’re pretty versatile, too: You can throw them on top of whole-wheat pasta, quinoa, or zoodles and top with marinara sauce. You can also add them to soups, chop them up and use them as a pizza topper, or thread them onto skewers with vegetables.
These are one of the best Trader Joe’s air fryer foods because they maintain a juicy, tender center while getting a slightly crispy and crunchy exterior. Just preheat the air fryer to 330 degrees, lay them out in a single layer, and cook them for 15 to 16 minutes.
2. Butternut Squash Zig Zags
You may have had sweet potato fries, but have you ever tried their butternut squash counterpart? These crinkle-cut fries — a seasonal Trader Joe’s product — have a subtly sweet and nutty taste and can be seasoned so many different ways depending on your preferences. For example, a pinch of garlic salt and parmesan or cayenne pepper is an excellent savory combo. But if you want to go a sweeter route, try tossing them in coconut oil and cinnamon.
Air fry them for 18 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees, flipping the fries halfway through. Try serving them alongside a veggie burger, barbecue chicken, or baked salmon — or tossing them into a kale salad or grain bowl.
3. Cauliflower Gnocchi
Traditionally, gnocchi is made from wheat flour and often contains eggs — meaning it’s not exactly suitable for anyone on a gluten-free or vegan diet. But this version ditches the egg and swaps in cauliflower and cassava flour, meaning almost anyone can enjoy it regardless of dietary restrictions.
To cook this popular Trader Joe’s air fryer meal, just spray the basket with a nonstick spray, add a single layer of gnocchi, add another mist of cooking spray, and air fry for 13 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Don’t forget to shake the basket halfway through to prevent the gnocchi from sticking together, and to make sure it cooks evenly. Then, you can toss these delightfully crispy veggie pillows in pesto, vodka sauce, or sage and brown butter — or, for a fun snack or appetizer, pick them up like tater tots and dunk them in marinara sauce.
4. Coconut Shrimp
With a sweet and savory crispy coating, these coconut shrimp make for a crowd-pleasing, protein-packed appetizer — or main dish, when served with some steamed veggies, a quinoa pilaf, or a Thai-style pineapple fried brown rice.
Start by lightly coating the air fryer basket with cooking spray, then spread the shrimp out in a single layer and air fry at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until the exterior is golden brown.
5. Turkey Burgers
These ultra-juicy, flavorful turkey burgers are another Trader Joe’s air fryer must-have. They’re made with just three ingredients — quality white and dark turkey meat, rosemary extract, and kosher salt — and pack an impressive 22 grams of protein per serving.
Pop them in the air fryer for 13 to 16 minutes at 380 degrees — flipping them halfway through. Add cheese 30 seconds to a minute before the burgers are done. You can go the traditional route by serving them on buns with side salads or fries. Or, you can crumble them up and serve them in tacos and salads.
6. Herbs de Provence Potato Wedges
You can’t go wrong with crispy potato wedges coated in olive oil and herbs de Provence — with a rich, earthy flavor, they pair just as nicely with roasted chicken or steak as they do with fish, omelets, and frittatas. Cooking them in the air fryer is definitely the way to go because it gives them perfectly crispy edges.
After placing the potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket, set the temperature to 400 degrees and cook them for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Eggwich Breadless Breakfast Sandwich
Calling all keto, paleo, and other low-carb dieters: this fully-cooked breakfast sandwich contains only 3 grams of carbs. How, you ask? Because the bread has been replaced by two firm-yet-fluffy scrambled egg patties. With turkey sausage and American cheese, the whole sandwich packs a whopping 16 grams of satiating protein — not a bad way to start your day.
While heating the Eggwich up in the microwave may be faster, we recommend using the air fryer instead for crispier turkey sausage. Set your air fryer to 350°F and cook the sandwiches for 14 to 18 minutes, flipping halfway through.
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