As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I educated my patients about their health from many aspects, including, proper ergonomics, food and nutrition. Their physical health improved only when their intake of right foods and nutrients improved. I always cooked real food with whole ingredients for my own family and I didn’t think they would have any health issues related to food. So, it pained me a great deal when my children became affected by food allergies and sensitivities, manifested as respiratory distress and eczema.
I sought to help my children’s allergies by putting them on an elimination diet, but it wasn't until they started on the Paleo diet that they began to heal. And my husband and I became accidental beneficiaries since I didn't want to cook two separate meals. It was the best decision we made since we became leaner and stronger as our children’s health improved.
As short of miraculous as Paleo eating style as it was, someone — mainly me — had to plan, shop, and cook the meals. With increasingly hectic schedule, shopping for fresh ingredients is challenging enough but making grain-free, and dairy-free foods taste as good as conventional is tricky. Furthermore, foods that we used to enjoy, like fried foods, had to be cooked in a different method to taste like the way we remember is hard. I mean, let's be honest; baked fries or chicken is ok, but they are not the same as deep-fried. Am I right? I had to utilize all the practical kitchen appliances, like air fryer, to my advantage to satisfy family's unapologetic love for good tasting food.
Since I cook mostly Paleo, deep-fried food was almost never on the menu. And when I found out about the air fryer, I couldn't justify buying it just to fry foods. But that was two years ago. Now that I’ve been using the air fryer on a regular basis, I’m asking myself; why didn't I buy it sooner? Air fryer is an appliance I use regularly, and my family enjoys crispy Paleo-friendly foods now. It’s nice and fun to have fried food back on the menu again. I admit; we don’t eat fried chicken every day but it’s nice to enjoy them when we do without feeling ill afterward.
Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer is a collection of my family’s favorite "Paleotized" air fried recipes. Who says you can’t enjoy fried food when you’re on a Paleo diet? With the air fryer, you can eat great tasting food without compromising your health. And air fryer makes cooking so much easier and quicker, so it makes cooking fun again!
Here’s to healthy frying!
Dr. Karen Lee