This Healthy Take On Fried Food Favorite Reduces Back-To-School Season Stress

As the summer heat slowly dials itself down during these last few weeks of September, back-to-school season makes its triumphant return and brings along all of the busyness that comes with it. Parents and pupils alike will know what we’re talking about: back-to-school nights, sports practice and games, PTA meetings, study groups, social clubs and so much more. This means all involved will be running to and from campus, friends’ houses, the bus stop and a slew of other locations where school-related activities are held.

Unfortunately, this excitement often results in a lack of time that’s left at the end of the day. All too often, this results in a stop at a fast food drive through, just to get the kids fed. However, there’s a bit of guilt involved in that scenario: parents want to provide a nutritious meal for their little ones, and fast food isn’t usually healthy. Kids, on the other hand, just want something that tastes good.

The intersection of these preferences is where an airfryer can be a huge help. This appliance is undoubtedly shaking things up in kitchens across the country and that’s mainly due to its health-conscious cooking properties.

While just about everyone enjoys fried food, the majority of us know that it’s hardly the healthiest choice we can make. However, you’ll avoid those health risks by using an oil less fryer like the Power AirFryer XL. That’s because this modern appliance doesn’t need oil and doesn’t deep-fry foods. Rather, it circulates air that’s heated up to 400 degrees to crisp and brown much the same way a deep fryer would. The difference between the traditional method and an oil less fryer is that the final product doesn’t come out soaked in artery-clogging oil. Best of all, an airfryer can be used to prepare finger foods; main courses, such as the fish sticks recipe below that serves four; and desserts.

Fish sticks are a perennial favorite of many kids, and when prepared at home using an air fryer,  they can be a healthy meal, as well. You can feel good about serving this dish to your kids, and they won’t know they’re eating healthier. If you’ve got a really picky eater on your hands, you can even pair your healthy fish sticks with air-fryer made French fries and feel good about the fact that they aren’t deep fried and are just a tastier version of potatoes!

You’ll need:

-1  pounds of cod

– 2 large eggs

– 2  cups of panko

– 0.5 teaspoon black pepper

– 0.25 teaspoons of sea salt

– 1 cup of white flour

– 3 tablespoons of milk

– Tartar sauce


  1. Mix the eggs and milk together. Place the bread crumbs in one pan and the flour in another.
  2. Season the fish. Dip the fish sticks into the flour, then the egg mixture, and finally the bread crumbs.
  3. Place fish sticks into the fry basket and into the Power Air Fryer XL.
  4. Press the “M” button and scroll the “Fish” icon.
  5. Press the “Power” button and adjust cooking time to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Flip halfway through the cooking time.
  7. Serve with tartar sauce.

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