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A relative newcomer to the world of kitchen appliances, the air fryer is a godsend in a whole-food, plant-based kitchen. With the ability to force hot air more quickly and intensely than a convection oven, cooking times are reduced and you get crispy, crunchy textures—no oil required! To show you what’s possible, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite air-fryer recipes—from veggie chips to pizza, flaky pastries, wraps, patties, and more. Your friends and family will be truly amazed. And a bonus: All these recipes are completely free of animal products and oil.

Learn more about air-frying with our guide: Air Fryer 101.

Farro and Spinach Salad with Air-Fried Beets

Air-fried beet chips are a yummy snack in themselves, and when added to salads, like this spinach, farro, and pear combo, they give a tantalizing burst of color and flavor. Pro tip: For extra vibrance use both yellow and purple beets.

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Air-Fryer Eggplant Parmezzan with Pasta

In this plant-based take on an Italian favorite, air-fried eggplant slices sit atop linguine in marinara sauce with fresh basil. Coated with a seasoned blend of crispbread crackers  and nutritional yeast, the eggplant rounds are deliciously crunchy with cheesy flavor.

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Greek Salad with Air-Fryer Falafel

For a crowd-pleasing family meal, try these oil-free, air-fried falafel in a mouthwatering Greek salad and cashew-based dressing or Tahini Dipping Sauce. The falafel also work well in Falafel Tacos.

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Crispy Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry

In this succulent oil-free stir-fry, sesame-crusted, air-fried tofu sit atop fork tender veggies in an orange-infused, Chinese-style brown sauce. Serve over brown rice or another hot cooked whole grain.

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Air-Fryer Sweet Potato and Kale Calzones

Transport yourself to the busy streets of Naples with these vegan calzones. With a flaky pastry pouch stuffed with tender veggies coated in a cheesy sauce, it really is hard to believe they’re oil- and dairy-free.

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Air-Fryer Portobello Burgers with Thousand Island Aïoli

Even your hard-core carnivore friends will love these crispy breaded portobello mushroom burgers. Serve with cashew-based Thousand Island Aïoli.

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Air-Fryer Taquitos with Cauliflower and Black Beans

Healthy and delicious, these crunchy taquitos are made with corn tortillas and a melt-in-your-mouth black bean and riced cauliflower filling.

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Air-Fryer Mini Pizzas with Alfredo Sauce

Did you know it takes half as long to cook a mini pizza in an air-fryer as it does in a conventional oven?  Top with a tasty cannellini bean sauce, fresh herbs, and veggies for a scrumptious snack or meal.

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this is a killer list or should I say a life-saving list – bravo

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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