Meal planning and using my new air fryer!

I have an air fryer and I’m not afraid to use it! Actually, I am a bit scared. It is quite alien! I thought I would build some air fryer recipes into this week’s meal planning. I was totally inspired to try one by Katy Kicker, who uses hers regularly it seems (blog link below).

meal planningAfter scouring the internet for recipes, I have a few promising ones to try. Air fryers are  quite versatile, it seems. As well as cooking things with very little oil, you can bake, roast, grill and reheat too.

(Full disclosure: I was gifted my new air fryer for review purposes, a VonShef Digital Air Fryer 3.5L. A full review will follow when I have tried it out properly. This is an affiliate link.)

I love meal planning mainly because it saves me time and money. It is just so much easier when I am busy not to have to think about what to make for dinner. I can just get home from work and get on with it.

Meal planning this week


I am going to use the air fryer to make some sweet potato chips tonight. Mr S has a lamb shank from the freezer and I have some mackerel. I will make a quickly parsley sauce to go with mine.  The sweet potatoes will be one of our five a day, of course, but we will also have some broccoli.


It’s too hot for a roast at the moment, so we are having spaghetti Bolognese. I will make a meat version as well as a veggie version for me. Ages ago I bought some Quorn burgers on offer. I really don’t like them so they have been sitting in the freezer for ages. The plan is to chop them up for my veggie sauce. I hate wasting food! That is half the point of meal planning, after all.


meal planning

We have some home grown courgettes to use. For once they weren’t grown by us! We decided to have a year off growing our own as I felt so unwell early in the season. I feel much better now, thank goodness. Everybody else is growing them, of course, and a friend gave me some. I plan to make an old favourite from my Favourite Frugal Recipes page, courgette and tomato eggy bake. We will have this with some lettuce leaves in a salad, gifted by the same friend.

If I continue to be given courgettes, I will be dipping them in egg and breadcrumbs and air frying them!


A nice easy tea. Fish in breadcrumbs from Lidl with some home made air fryer potato wedges.


Minted lamb, which mysteriously appeared in the freezer. My daughter must have bought it whilst I was away. She and Mr S can have that with new potatoes and vegetables. I will have some salmon and perhaps a nice hollandaise sauce.


I thought I would give these chick pea nut burgers a try from the BBC Good Food website. Some can go in the freezer. If no. 1 daughter turns up for tea, she will turn her nose up at these. Fortunately I keep some Aldi beef quarter pounders in the freezer. My family are such carnivores!


End of the week and it has to be simple. Spanish omelette with salad should do the trick.

I have found some good hints and tips on using my air fryer hereWhat are you doing about meal planning this week? Are you super organised or do you wing it?

This week I am linking up with Katy Kicker and the Organised Life Project. If you want more ideas on meal planning and saving money, take a look at their blogs. For more of my tips on meal planning, try  this post.

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5 thoughts on “Meal planning and using my new air fryer!

  1. Congratulations on getting an airfryer, they are indeed very useful and waaaay more versatile than I first thought, have had mine for about a year and use it instead of a microwave .
    If you use Facebook, there are groups of Airfryer owners who share dozens of recipes and tips, have fun experimenting.

  2. Never heard of air fryers! I’m intrigued and can’t wait for your review!
    My first thought is for making chips (of course!) so I’ll be interested in seeing if it could cope with enough for 7 people!!! 😀
    My poor larger-than-average baking tray is completely wrecked and I’ve been struggling for a few years now to find a replacement that is big enough to hold them all!

  3. I am pinning that courgette recipe – I get given loads and have to find ways of using them up! Hope you get on well with your Actifryer, thanks for linking up.

  4. Ooh how exciting for you! I’d love you to share more airfryer recipes as you give them a try!

    Also, you can ‘fry’ the fish in there too – yum!

    Thanks for linking up x

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