Bored of lunch? These healthy air fryer recipes are quick and easy to prepare in advance

air fryer recipes

Which one will you make? (Picture:Getty/ Wilkinson)

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Sandwich, pasta, salad, repeat. 

If you’re tired of eating the same old lunches, you need to get acquainted with Nathan Anthony.

The Northern Irish homecook started his Instagram, Bored of Lunch, to keep him busy during lockdown in 2020 – but it went on to gain more than 1.2 million followers and see him become a best-selling author.

His debut recipe book, Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book, knocked fan favourites Pinch of Nom off the top spot in the UK official book chart in January. Now, just two months later, he’s back with a sequel: Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook.

As the name suggests, the latest title is packed with lunch ideas that can be made using the kitchen gadget du jour: the air fryer.

These speedy counter-top machines can whip up a dish in record time with lower energy use and costs. And despite the name, they’re useful for far more than frying.

To celebrate the book’s launch, Nathan shared three sneak-peek recipes with that can be prepped in advance or created during your break if you’re working from home. 

Pret, eat your heart out.

Coconut Panko Prawns & Peanut Sauce

Good enough to eat (Picture: Clare Wilkinson)

A gorgeous work from home lunch, these prawns are lovely with a salad or even in some wraps. Serve with peanut sauce for a match made in heaven, but if you’re not a fan of peanuts (or allergic), you could also mix up some sweet chilli, honey, garlic and soy sauce for a honey chilli dressing.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

120g panko breadcrumbs
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
50g flour
2 eggs, beaten
400g raw prawns, peeled
Low-calorie oil spray
Salt and pepper, to taste

Peanut sauce
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
150ml water
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground ginger


In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and coconut, and season with salt and pepper.

Put the flour into one bowl and the beaten egg in another.
Coat the prawns in the flour, then dip into the egg, shaking o†
any excess, then roll them in the breadcrumb mix to coat.

Spray really well with a low-calorie spray and air-fry at
200°C for 10 minutes.

While the prawns are cooking, whip up your peanut sauce
by combining all the ingredients in a bowl. Add some more
water if it looks too thick.

Serve the prawns with the peanut sauce.

Harissa Chicken Gyros

Upgrade your usual sarnie (Picture: Clare Wilkinson)

These street food-inspired gyros work for lunch or dinner – even if you have guests. They look so good that people will think you’ve spent ages cooking but the reality is, it’s all done in 15 minutes.

Ingredients (Serves 3)

2 tbsp harissa paste
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp paprika
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Source:: Metro


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