Air fryer chicken wings

If you follow my blog you know about The Tot Army’s obsession with the air fryer, if not go back and check out my post about it http://armyoftots.com/far-from-frivolous-air-fryer/

Recently I started experimenting with hot wings and I have to say the air fryer was made for these things. No hot and dangerous oils, no mess, and you won’t burn your kitchen down.

Ingredients

  • uncooked chicken wings
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • thyme
  • Franks red sauce
  • your favorite hot sauce
  • worcester sauce

OR 

  • your favorite barbeque sauce

Directions

  • Put your wings in a bag or bowl, throw in salt pepper and thyme and shake
  • Line the inside of the air fryer with olive oil (any oil will work)
  • Cook 30 minutes on 350 turning wings over halfway through (they will be crazy hot)
  • Cook an additional 20 minutes at 400 to get a crunchy outside.
  • (you can reduce cook time but I have found the dryer the better so I cook the shit out of them) 
  • While wings cook add together all the liquid ingredients and mix
  • Toss cooked wings in ziplock or bowl with sauce of choice and shake (if you let it soak in the sauce you will lose the crispy skin)

Feeding the troops

Every night I get off from a full time and somewhat demanding job, haul ass to daycare to grab Lt.P and her brother CPT, to School to get the oldest; BG, and home to feed, bathe, and get them in their bunks! Just typing it is exhausting!

A little trick I use to alleviate the hustle is a little food prep. Once a month I prep some quick cook meals. Usually on a Sunday I will make Spaghetti Sauce, quinoa patties, and hamburgers (add cheese later).

Let me back up a minute because I know what you are thinking “Quinoa!?! WTF” well dont think of them as a burger substitute but instead think of them as a meal on their own and with the right recipe they can be delicious.

The Spaghetti Sauce makes about 4 bags worth which you freeze and pull out (obviously didnt work for any of us) and throw in a pot when you start boiling your water to make the noodles.

With both the Quinoa and the Burgers you will get roughly 12 patties each so depending on family size you end up with 3 to 4 nights worth of each. All you do when you get him is toss them in a broiler, grill or pan fry them……Yes you can cook burger frozen and it actually works well just increase your cook time to about 8 mins per side.

So there, now you have 3 nights a week taken care of for a month and all 3 options are quick and easy to cook while you multi task. Of course it did cost you about 3 hours on a weekend but well worth it!

Recipes

Hamburger

Anthony Bourdain swears this is the best burger recipe

Prepping 

  • 1lb ground beef preferably 78% or 80%
  • 1lb ground chuck or sirloin (low fat content so need the ground beef fat to hold it together)

Mix together and form into patties based on your preferred size. Salt and pepper generously both sides. Use press and seal to wrap and freeze patties individually.

Cooking

Broil on cast iron skillet frozen roughly 8 minutes per side (depends on how thick you make them). You can also pan fry or grill.  Add cheese and let sit

Quinoa Patties

This is another one of those toss whatever in recipes that I love so much.

Prepping

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 can of sweet potato (you can go fresh as well)
  • 1 can corn (again with the fresh thing)
  • 1 bag cauliflower pearls
  • 2 avocados
  • 3 cups bread crumbs (you can use wheat, white, plank, whatever)
  • 2 eggs

Cook quinoa per instructions and mix all ingredients together, you may need to add bread crumbs if they are too moist (WHAT!?! I can say it, this is a dude’s site)  depending on what veggies you add. Form patties and wrap just like the burgers.

Cooking

Broil on cast iron skillet frozen roughly 8 minutes per side (depends on how thick you make them). You can also pan fry or grill.  Add cheese and let sit or make a nice mayonnaise honey mustard sauce.

Spaghetti

Personally I have this cooking while I make the others. You could use a 1000 recipes but I like Mrs. Frank Sinatra’s. Just multiple all of the below by 3

Lt.P’s Squeeze Pouch Addiction-How to

Over the summer Lt.P (Little Tiny Person) the smallest recruit in The Tot Army got hooked on squeeze pouches. These things were awesome providing either a snack or entire meal. She is addicted to the GoGo Applesauce for snacking and the Plum Organics for larger mid meals. It is worth mentioning Lt.P eats like a hobbit so she rips through 3 to 4 of these a day. 

Quickly her older brother, CPT caught on and now the soldiers are costing me a fortune! Good news is apparently I can make these myself and so can you!

First you will need the reusable pouches; I like to dip my toe in first so instead of buying a kit I picked up Squooshi Reusable Food Pouch’s 6 pack.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IYW6AVS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

From there you need a blender, personally I have the Ninja Bullet which gives me the power to tear through fruits and veggies without difficulty.

From there you can use a number of recipes to create pouches which will keep about 3 days refrigerated or can be frozen.  You can also just fill them with regular ole’ Mott’s applesauce.

Recipes

AVOCADO PEAR

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
1 ripe pear
1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup coconut milk

 

Directions:

1. In a high-speed blender combine the ingredients.
2. Blend the ingredients together on high until smooth and creamy.
3. Pour into Little Green Pouch
4. Serve immediately or chill until later use.

MEAL TO GO

Ingredients:
1 zucchini
1 summer squash
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 tomato
2 medium carrots
Olive Oil (optional, but good choice if extra calories are needed)

Directions: Steam or boil the zucchini, squash and carrots until tender enough to puree. Rinse Quinoa (or soak for a few minutes) Add 1 cup water to a pot, add the quinoa and bring to a boil and simmer until quinoa has begun to unravel itself.  Puree together the zucchini, squash, tomato and carrots and add the cooked quinoa.

Or basically you can just plop any fruit and veggie combo into the blender and make a mix!

I suggest checking out https://www.littlegreenpouch.com where they house 1000’s of recipes and as far as I can tell the writing is NOT specifically geared toward moms.