Healthy Things to Make in a Toaster Oven
A toaster oven can be a one-appliance-does-all when it comes to creating fast and tasty meals. It only takes a few seconds to heat and can cook and crisp food with much less effort and energy consumption that a large oven.
No matter which meal you need to plan, the toaster oven can help you create a healthy meal that’s fast and easy – and that your family will love. Healthy mini-breakfast-pizzas are a great choice for kids’ breakfasts.
They consist of whole grain English muffins (for fiber), eggs (protein) and Colby Jack cheese (calcium) along with some seasonings and pizza sauce. Prepare and pop them in the toaster oven and less than five minutes later you have a kid-pleasing breakfast they won’t turn down.
Snacks are easy to plan with your toaster oven, too. Prepare a bruschetta snack by thinly slicing a baguette, mix ricotta cheese and lemon zest to spread on toasted slices and then sprinkle with honey and fresh thyme. It makes a delicious snack that will fly off the plate.
Short of time to make a healthy dinner for you or your family? Try sprinkling some olive oil onto the toaster oven tray. Then, place seasoned chicken breasts (season with salt, pepper and herbes de Provence) on the tray and drizzle a bit more olive oil over the chicken. Bake it for about 10 minutes and you have a great tasting and easy beginning to your meal.
As with other kitchen appliances, toaster ovens are available in all shapes, sizes and prices. From the least expensive, 4-slice toaster oven which includes a bake pan, toasting and broiling rack to one of the most expensive which can also double as a convection oven – you can find one that suits your lifestyle.
The smart ovens which are also convection toaster ovens have element IQs. This state-of-the-art technology transfers the heat in the oven when and where it’s needed so your food gets cooked fast and even.
The 1800 watt ovens can have as many as 10 menu functions which will recommend the correct time and temperature. The IQ of the oven remembers your settings for the next use and also has a slow cook function which lets you cook up to 10 hours before the setting changes to warm.
If matching your kitchen décor is an important factor to you when purchasing appliances, you’ll find a plethora of toaster oven designs from which to choose. Some are also space savers, so you can choose one that exactly fits your space and design.