Aight. So I will admit it, I am a huge fan of my kitchen gadgets. I use my air fryer DAILY and my instapot several times a week. I am a SAHM and while some ppl think we just sit around watching tv and eating Taco Bell, that surely ain’t my life! I am BUSY. I workout daily, juggle kids, and support my husband. I cook and clean daily, but with this lifestyle, I have to make things quickly.
I learned a few weeks back that you can dehydrate your herbs and veggies in the air fryer. Life changing, y’all!! You can have fresh stuff that you know exactly what’s in it bc YOU MADE IT!! And making this stuff in advance makes your life easier.
It is pretty easy to make your dried herbs. Wash, dry the excess water, like really try to them them off, pluck the leaves, and pop them into your air fryer. For my parsley, I set the timer for 5 minutes at 350 shaking after 2 minutes. You gotta make sure they dry out evenly and not burn. After the leaves are sufficiently dry, they crunch up easily for you to add to a container or jar.
I made some tabouli from scratch on a weeknight. I used dried garbanzo beans made in my instapot for 45, some quinoa, and fresh veggies that I chopped while the beans and quinoa cooked. I used my dried onions in the garbanzo beans. I use dried onions in a lot my cooking to save time with not chopping. (This reminds me, I need to make some more. I’ll make a post about drying onions next time. It’s a bit more involved than the onions.)
Tabouli usually uses bulgar wheat, but I used quinoa. The fresh veggies are hothouse cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh mint. Here is where I used my dried parsley. I dressed it with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. This salad is DELICIOUS 🤤!! The mint and parsley punch it up.
Having this stuff prepped and easily accessible makes my cooking ventures so much easier.