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Have you ever roasted red grapes? Who's says that we can't! They are super delicious! As with anything that is roasted, the natural flavors and sweetness are amplified so pairing them with something like brussel sprouts is a great way to balance out the two flavors.


Being able to quickly cook both in the air fryer? Even better! What could take about 20 minutes in the oven quickly becomes a scant 10 minutes in the air fryer and making one or two portions is a simple process. Pair it with some garlic shrimp and you have a quick and easy lunch or dinner that you can feel really good about!

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, Red Grapes & Walnuts


INGREDIENTS:

1 cup brussel sprouts, halved

1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved

1/4 cup walnut, roughly chopped

1/2 tsp balsamic glaze

1 tsp soy sauce

freshly ground pepper, to taste

salt, to taste

avocado oil spray


DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat Air Fryer at 400F for 5 minutes.

  2. Put brussel sprouts and grapes in a mixing bowl. Spray with the avocado oil and sprinkle some salt and freshly ground pepper. Use the salt sparingly as you will add soy sauce later.

  3. Spread out the mixture in the air fryer basket in a single layer so that they have room to cook.

  4. Cook at 400F for 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway.

  5. After 8 minutes, check your brussel sprouts with a fork to make sure that they are tender. Depending on your air fryer, you may need to add an additional few minutes of cooking time. If tender, put the mixture back into the mixing bowl and add the balsamic glaze, soy sauce and walnuts to it and mix together.

  6. Cook at 400F for an additional 2 minutes until the flavors all meld together.

  7. Serve warm.


Easy Air Fried Garlic Shrimp


INGREDIENTS:

1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground garlic

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

avocado spray


DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat Air Fryer to 400F for 5 minutes. (I used the air fryer immediately after I made the brussel sprouts so it was still hot).

  2. In a mixing bowl, spray the shrimp with avocado oil, add the spices and toss together.

  3. Cook in the air fryer basket in a single layer at 370F for 6 minutes, shaking the basket halfway.

  4. Served hot with the brussel sprouts.


Simple. Delicious. And isn't it about time that we think about stuff that's outside the box?? Why can't we roast grapes? Well this proves that you can and should! By the way, I am hosting a supper club this Sunday with some new girlfriends that I made here in Chicago. I really want to make a wow dessert so stayed tuned for that! There may be some appetizers and things that I have been meaning to try out and make so there will be lots of ideas flowing your way...




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