5 Awesome Dehydrator Recipes to Add to Your MenuArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
If you don’t already have one of these cool tools in your kitchen, add it to your wish list: The dehydrator is a simple-to-use appliance that makes a whole lot of servings of dried snacks in one shot. All you have to do to create delicious dehydrator recipes is toss in your favorite fruits or veggies. The dehydrator gets to work removing all the moisture and transforming fresh berries into dried bites, pineapple chunks into sweet snacks and veggie slices into chips.
We’ve got five awesome dehydrator recipes you need to try ASAP:
1. Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Leather >
Remember those rolled up fruit snacks you ate as kid? You can get the same sweet flavor and chewy texture in this heathier leather that’s made from fresh strawberry and kiwi, a touch of honey and squeeze of lemon for a little extra zing. Plus, it contains spinach—that’s right, nutrient-packed, uber-healthy spinach for even more vitamins and minerals in every bite. Each serving is only 65 calories; on Nutrisystem, it counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra.
2. Sweet and Spicy Turkey Jerky >
You hear “jerky” and think salty. And you’re mostly right. Some types of this classic snack are loaded in sodium and other, not-so-healthy ingredients. But with one of our favorite dehydrator recipes, you can make your own satisfying strips of deliciousness that fit perfectly into your diet plan. Start with an overnight marinade of turkey in a blend of pineapple juice, soy and Worcestershire sauce, honey and seasonings. Then dry the slices and voila—sweet, savory and healthy jerky!
3. Tropical Chili Fruit Leather >
The tropical comes from mangoes and pineapples. Chili powder and crushed red pepper pump in the heat. And together, these four simple ingredients create a kickin’ blend of flavors for the perfect between-meal snack. On Nutrisystem, each serving counts as one SmartCarb.
4. Balsamic Eggplant Chips >
These are no run-of-the-mill veggie chips. The thin slices of eggplant take a bath in sweet balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, onion powder and dried oregano for a few hours before hitting the dehydrator. When ready, the eggplant chips offer the perfect combo of crunch that’s high on flavor and low in calories.
5. Vegan Tofu Jerky >
Who said jerky is only for meat-lovers? You can get the same satisfying protein from tofu, which can be flavored and dried into a jerky-like strip. A mix of soy sauce and spices—like cumin, garlic, paprika and chili powder—serve as the marinade, before the tofu enters the dehydrator and exits a tasty, belly-filling snack. Each serving weighs in at 52 calories and counts as one PowerFuel on your Nutrisystem meal plan.