If you love to cook then you already know that the journey to health starts in the kitchen. Now, there are more than a few kitchen appliances that can help you in your quest for preparing healthy food. None of them, however, are as versatile as a toaster oven. Even though the name might suggest it, a toaster oven does much more than handle slices of bread. It can be an indispensable kitchen appliance because it can be used to prepare a variety of different healthy yet tasty meals. From baked fish to oil-free kebabs there are absolutely no shortages of healthy recipes that you can cook using this versatile machine. To help you get started, following are 3 toaster oven recipes that are both healthy and tasty.
Frittatas are amazingly tasty and packs in a whole lot of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They are not that difficult to prepare and serve as a great breakfast option. The great thing about the dish is that it contains healthy amounts of veggies. It presents the spinach, scallions, and tomatoes in a way that they are not just palatable but are downright delicious. Here’s what you need to do to make Greek frittata at home.
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 2 ounces of baby spinach
- 4 ounces of crumbled Feta cheese
- 2 thinly sliced scallions
- a pint of halved baby tomatoes
- ¼ teaspoon of freshly crushed black pepper
- 5 large eggs
The first thing you need to do is preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Now you need to add the olive oil in a casserole and put it inside the oven. Let it simmer in the heat for about 5 minutes. While that happens, start whisking the eggs in a bowl along with salt and pepper. Make sure that the salt and pepper are mixed consistently before adding all the veggies and then stir some more. Add the cheese to the mixture and keep stirring it gently. Now, all you need to do is take out the casserole out of the oven and pour in the entire mixture. Bake it for about 20 to 25 minutes. A perfect fFrittata should be nice and brown around the edges and should rise up ever so slightly.
If you are tired of having bland-tasting salad every day, then this recipe is for you. The recipe is very simple to make and serves as a great snack. It can even be served as a side dish along with grilled meat.
- 8 Stalks of fresh asparagus
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- salt to taste
- few pinches of freshly ground black pepper
- a couple of slices of lemon
Start off by preheating the oven to 425 degrees. Wash the stalks thoroughly and wait till they are completely dry. Put the uncut stalks of asparagus on the toaster oven tray and then drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil on top. The reason we are sticking with extra virgin is because it gives the asparagus a much smoother taste and the oil itself is much healthier than regular olive oil. Roast the bunch for about 15 minutes turning them once around the half way point. Once done, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on top. Serve alongside the lemon slices.
Whole Wheat Pizza
Eating healthy doesn’t always mean you have to give up having your favorite food and settle for bland meals. Pizza is everyone’s favorite. Unfortunately, there is no debating the fact that traditional pizzas bought from neighborhood corners are starchy, oily, and generally unhealthy. However, you can easily prepare a healthier version at home that’s just as tasty using your trusted toaster oven. A simple switch to whole wheat pita bread from traditional white bread pizza bases lowers the calorie count and increases the amount of fiber. Here’s what you need to do.
- 2 Whole wheat pita breads
- Half of a medium sized onion
- 1 medium sized tomato
- one half yellow pepper
- 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- sugar-free pizza sauce
Dice the onion, tomatoes, and pepper. Put the pita bread inside the oven to make it slightly warm. Once warm, spread half a tablespoon of sauce on the bread. Take half of the veggies and sprinkle them on top. Top if off with ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese. Now the pizza is ready to go inside the oven. Keep it in the heat until the cheese melts.
Get Yourself a Toaster Oven
We understand that it is hard to find the time to cook, especially when you have to look after little kids. It is much easier to just go through the drive-thru and order a kids meal. Today’s top countertop ovens offer users a quick and easy way to prepare a home cooked meal all while saving money. If you do not have one of these small appliances then it is worth looking into buying one. One that we use and highly recommend is the Breville BOV800XL. It has been one of the highest rated models for a number of years and it still a top toaster oven choice for many amateur chefs. Current countertop ovens are a terrific way to treat your family to healthy and nourishing meals without slaving over a hot stove or full sized oven. A toaster oven is well worth the investment for delicious tasting dishes that your kids will actually enjoy.