I have had a Tefal Actifry since last year. It is fast becoming the most used gadget in my kitchen. However, I am very boring with it and have not tested it to its full potential. I mostly use it to cook homemade chips, oven chips, sausages and bacon. Therefore, I was very pleased when Tefal asked me if I would like to try out a new healthier takeaway style dish in their latest model; the Tefal Actifry Express XL.
Although nearly half of people (45%) say takeaways are more convenient than cooking, these meals add up to an astonishing amount of fat. Three quarters (76%) of Brits admit they don’t share their order which, when you consider a cheeky kebab on the way home contains around 32g of saturated fat, means you may well consumer over the daily recommended allowance of 20g in one sitting. To help fight this fatty fad Tefal has launched its ActiFryday Challenge, showing Brits easy ways to swap their Friday night takeaway for healthier alternatives.
Takeaways are big business in the UK with Brits spending more than £6 billion on takeaway meals each year. The rise of websites and apps that assist the ordering process, takeaways are becoming more accessible. Despite the apparent ease it seems we are aware of this fatty habit, with one in five of Brits feeling guilty after eating takeaway. Women are 62% more likely to feel remorseful; however, results show that men may have more to feel guilty about – one in 14 men aged 24-34 have lied to either a partner or friend about having a takeaway, with some (9%) even admitting to hiding takeaway boxes or eating their meals before getting home to avoid being quizzed. I will be honest and say I have done some of the above myself with my favourite takeaways being Chinese, Indian and Pizza.
For my #ActifryDay challenge, I cooked Beef & Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles. I was attracted to this dish as I am a big fan of Hoi- Sin sauce and I would eat it with everything if I could. The only change I made to the recipe was to use vegetable oil instead of toasted sesame oil as I dislike nuts and thought the flavour might be overpowering. It was a delicious healthy dish and one I am sure I will make again soon.
I was very impressed with the Actifry Express XL however if you are used to a normal Actifry then you really need to adjust your cooking times. Oven chips take about 12-15 minutes depending on the amount you put in and you can cook roast potatoes in 20 minutes in it too. The Actifry was already a well used piece of equipment in my kitchen and I am sure this new one will be too. Its RRP is £249.99 and you can purchase it from John Lewis, Amazon and other outlets.
You can download all the Tefal #ActifryDay recipes here.
Have a happy Tefal #ActifryDay!
I was sent a Tefal Actifry Express XL for the purpose of this review and I was given the ingredients to make the recipe above. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.