7 Days of Healthy, Easy & Slimming-Friendly Air Fryer Recipes

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Most days, we’d rather switch on our air fryer than spend hours baking something in the oven. Whether it’s breakfast, a light lunch or a fakeaway-style dinner, your air fryer is your best friend for healthy, balanced meals that you can rustle up in a flash. 

Since air fryers are such versatile bits of kit, there’s no reason they can’t be used every day of the week, for every meal of the day! To help you plan your meals for the next 7 days, we’ve rounded up our favourite air fryer recipes to try next week. 

There’s something for everyone on this list, so grab a pen and some paper and get ready to make a shopping list for 7 days of air fryer recipes the whole family will love! 

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Meat-free Monday

There are so many good reasons to start the week with a meat-free Monday. As well as saving a few pennies on the weekly food shop, it’s a great opportunity to try new meals, and use up vegetable leftovers. 

Our Air Fryer Cauliflower Katsu is every bit as delicious and satisfying as the chicken version, made with crispy cauli florets for a veggie-friendly take on the Japanese-inspired dish. The panko breadcrumb-coated cauliflower gets crisped up to perfection in the air fryer, before being smothered in our unmissable katsu curry. 

From the taste, you’d never guess the sauce is made from lightly-spiced carrots, onions and potatoes, cooked in vegetable stock and then blitzed until velvety smooth. So much goodness, and so much flavour, for so little effort! 

Two plates of Pinch of Nom's Caulifower Katsu sit on a kitchen counter, next to forks and glasses of ice water. The katsu curry has been served with a portion of fluffy rice and ribbons of crunchy carrot.

Tasty Tuesday

If you’re still only just getting into the swing of things by the time Tuesday comes around, it never hurts to have a tasty, easy meal to look forward to at the end of the day. Pencil in these Air Fryer Sticky Chicken Nuggets, and dinner will be on the table in just half an hour. 

The sweet, sticky, simple-to-make chicken bites feel like such a treat, even though they’re only 212 calories per serving. Faster than a trip to the drive-through, your air fryer will turn the crunchy coating crisp and golden, ready to be tossed in the lip-smacking sauce. 

Made from a combination of sweet and savoury ingredients, a couple of tablespoons of honey brings the stickiness that helps the sauce cling to each glorious nugget. 

Serve with a simple side of Homemade Oven Chips for the ultimate family-friendly fakeaway night. 

A baking tray is filled with Pinch of Nom's Sticky Chicken Nuggets. The crispy nuggets are coated in a sweet, sticky sauce and served with a dipping pot of ketchup. Wooden forks are laid out on the table and a hand holds one nugget, dipping it into the sauce.

Quick & Easy Wednesday

The middle of the week is not the time to be spending hours in the kitchen, so the good news is that our Air Fryer Parmesan Pork Skewers are ready in just 15 minutes. Easy and cheesy, this versatile recipe can be served in so many different and delicious ways – try plating the skewers up with rice, chips, couscous or a nice fresh salad. 

The pork cooks really quickly in an air fryer, and it stays lovely and juicy at the same time! It’s well worth prepping the night before, so the meat has time to marinate in the herby, garlicky mixture. 

The Parmesan cheese is sprinkled over in two batches, giving the pork a golden, melty coating that’s completely irresistible. At 287 calories per portion, this is a winning air fryer recipe you’ll make time and time again!

A hand is grabbing a Parmesan Pork Skewer from a red and white plate. The bamboo skewers of pork are coated in golden, melted Parmesan, served on a plate with slices of lemon, scattered herbs and a small bowl of dipping sauce.

Leftovers for Lunch Thursday

When it gets to Thursday, your air fryer can help you make the most of any odds and ends of vegetables that you have rolling around at the bottom of your fridge. Rather than being tempted by the takeaway menu or a supermarket sandwich for lunch, these Air Fryer Veggie Dippers are the key to using up leftovers and reducing food waste. 

Packed with veggie goodness, they’re made with carrot, red pepper, peas and sweetcorn, mixed with basmati rice to make them nice and filling. Once they’re shaped into dippers, each one gets a coating of panko breadcrumbs, which always crisp up a treat in the air fryer. 

You can’t have dippers without something to dip them into, so we’ve made sure to include a sweet and spicy ketchup for dunking!

Pinch of Nom's Veggie Dippers are plated up on a blue and white gingham table with a side of spicy ketchup, ready for dipping.

Fakeaway Friday

Is it even Friday if you don’t make a fakeaway for dinner? With Chinese-inspired flavours, our Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Burgers will make your next burger night more interesting. 

Bringing the salty-spicy flavour of your favourite takeaway order to the table, we’ve included an Asian-style slaw to cool things down. Fresh and crunchy, it’ll balance out the heat from the chicken burgers, piled high inside the soft ciabatta rolls. 

We love to make salt and pepper recipes at home, rather than ordering them in – you never know how spicy they’ll be, but it’s so easy to tweak them from the comfort of your own kitchen! Add more or less chilli to this recipe, until it has exactly the right amount of kick for you and your family. 

A dinner plate is resting on a chopping board, where two Salt and Pepper Chicken Burgers are being assembled. On toasted burger buns, panko breadcrumb coated chicken fillets are topped with green and red peppers, on a bed of Asian-style slaw.

Start the Day Right Saturday

If you’re not using your air fryer at breakfast time, what are you waiting for? Ideal for crisping up bacon and cooking sausages in a flash, it’s always a tasty way to start the day. Cut down on effort (and the washing up!) and start your weekend right with our Air Fryer Full English breakfast. 

We’re talking bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, beans and tomatoes, all cooked together in an air fryer. Just like all the other recipes on this list, your air fryer will work its magic, cooking the ingredients to perfection in a fraction of the time it would take to cook them on the hob or grill. 

A breakfast table is set with a cup of tea, pot of ketchup, knife and fork and a plate of Pinch of Nom's Air Fryer Full English. On the white plate are scrambled eggs, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, a sausage and bacon medallions.


Sunday Dinner

We’ve reached the end of the week and there’s still no need to turn your oven on. From the meat to the vegetables, you could make just about every bit of your Sunday dinner in your air fryer, but it’s all about the roasties if you ask us!

Crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, these Air Fryer Pesto Roast Potatoes are too good to save for Sundays. To really ramp up your roasties, we’ve mixed zesty lemon in with herby, garlicky pesto. The result is big, bold flavours that’ll take your roast dinner to the next level!

If you’re not in the mood for a traditional Sunday dinner, you can pair these potatoes with an Italian-inspired main, like our Tomato and Basil Chicken. Just take a look at our air fryer conversion chart if you fancy making that in your air fryer too!  

A colourful ceramic oven tray is filled with Pinch of Nom's Pesto Roast Potatoes. The golden roasted potatoes are covered in herby green pesto, with a pot of extra pesto nearby, and a spoon ready to serve.

Will you be trying any of these easy air fryer recipes this week?

We want to hear from you’re planning on making any air fryer recipes over the next few days! You can head on over to our Facebook group to drop in any hints, tips, or stories about your slimming journey. Everyone in the group will LOVE hearing from you!

Plus, don’t forget you can upload any photos you’ve taken of your recent meals to the PON gallery – you might even win some SWAG!

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