4 Quick and Easy Recipes For Your Toaster Oven

Cooking Pizza in a toaster ovenToaster ovens are known to produce perfectly toasted bread, but there’s so much more that you can do with them such as, preparing kebabs, pizza, muffins, bacon, bananas etc.  Their versatility makes them a must have appliance for just about every kitchen.  Not only are they convenient and much faster than standard sized ovens, they also use less energy.  You may be surprised with just how well this little countertop ovens perform on a variety of different cooking tasks.  They are able to bake, roast, broil, and cook just about anything that a full sized range can do without sacrificing any of the taste.

If you don’t have one of these small appliances then you are making things harder on yourself.  These small modern ovens can do a lot more than toast 4 or 6 pieces of bread.  Today’s top rated toaster ovens can help you transform the way that you cook and help you expand your skills in the kitchen.

Simple Toaster Oven Recipes

Here are some mouth-watering toaster oven recipes that your family will surely love.

Cinnamon Bananas

This is one easy to prepare and healthy breakfast that you’ll be proud to serve your children. Cinnamon helps in maintaining healthy blood sugar, while bananas are loaded with potassium to keep your kidneys, heart and other body organs working normally.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. Honey
  • 1 Ripe banana (peel and slice lengthwise)
  • Lemon juice

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Directions

  • Line your oven toaster tray with non-stick aluminum foil.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brush the banana halves lightly with lemon juice.
  • Place the bananas on the toaster tray, with the cut sides facing up.
  • Spoon the honey over the bananas, lightly sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the banana halves from the oven and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Serve on a plate and enjoy.

Mini Breakfast Pizza

This healthy breakfast contains eggs, which are a good source of protein that will keep you feeling full for longer. It’s also made using whole grain English muffins which provide fiber for easy digestion, as well as Colby Jack cheese which is rich in calcium to keep your bones and teeth strong.

Ingredients

  • 4 Beaten eggs
  • 2 English Muffins (split and toasted)
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • Dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Directions

  • Heat the toaster oven to 450 degrees.
  • Using cooking spray, coat a large non-stick skillet and place it over medium heat till it gets hot.
  • After that, pour in your eggs. As they start settling, pull them gently across the pan using an inverted turner.
  • Continue pulling, lifting and folding the eggs till they become thick, and there’s no liquid egg remaining. Remove from heat.
  • Evenly spread pizza sauce on the muffin halves, and put them on the baking sheet.
  • Top the muffins with eggs and cheese, making sure to divide evenly.
  • Bake them in the 450 degrees oven toaster for about 5 minutes until all the cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with oregano and enjoy.

Baked Bacon

Are you one of those people who love eating bacon, but does not like the messy cooking process involved? Here’s a recipe you can try on your toaster oven at any time of the day. And don’t worry; the cleanup will be a breeze.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced Bacon

Cooking Time: 18 minutes

Directions

  • Pre-heat your toaster oven to 450 degrees F with the rack placed in the middle.
  • Place your bacon flat on a foil-covered baking sheet. This helps to make cleanup very easy.
  • Bake the bacon for 15-18 minutes depending on how they’re thickly cut.
  • After some minutes, they’ll start curling and crisping up. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t burn.
  • To make sure that the strips turn brown evenly, turn the pan once while baking.
  • Remove the bacon from the oven and transfer onto plates lined with paper towel to drain. Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

These blueberry muffins are very tasty, healthy for the whole family and easy to make too. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants which promote brain health, while applesauce helps in maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

Directions

  • Using cupcake liners or non-stick spray, spray a muffin tin (preferably a 6-cup or more).
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Mix together the salt, cinnamon, baking powder, wheat flour and cornmeal in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  • Add the applesauce, egg, sugar and buttermilk in a small bowl and whisk them together.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until they’re combined. Be careful not to overdo the mixing.
  • Add in the blueberries, and divide the mixture into 6 muffin cups.
  • Place them inside the oven toaster and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the muffins.

Serve the dense muffins preferably when still warm. These healthy snacks have low calorie count, which makes them great for school-going children and people who are watching their weight.

Overall, some of the best recipes for your toaster oven are those that home chefs such as you and I come up with through experimentation. The 4 recipes above are sufficient to get you started on your journey to becoming the next best toaster oven chef. Feel free to tweak them to your personal preference.

Simple Shrimp Recipes For The Perfect Party Appetizers

Serving shrimp can be a fantastic way to surprise your loved ones since it’s considered to be a specialty in most countries. They are fun, easy to eat, and super simple to prepare. The recipes you will find below are easy to cook and satisfy a wide arrange of tastes, so you will likely find something to suit you.

1. The Devil’s Shrimp

shrimp-recipesIngredients:
– 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
– 1/2 teaspoon of ground paprika
– 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– rinsed beans (canned is ok)
– vinegar
– salt
– pepper
– 1 cup of couscous
– shrimps
– 1 chopped shallot

Prep:
First, find a large bowl and put the couscous in it. Pour some hot water into the bowl and add about 1/4 of teaspoon worth of salt and pepper. Mix the ingredients just a little bit, then let them sit for about 5 minutes straight. You can use the time to heat the oil in between (make sure it’s on medium-high heat).

The next step is adding the coriander, paprika, shallot, shrimp, and about 1/2 worth of salt, then cook for about 5 minutes. Move the shrimp to a plate and move to the next step.

Add some beans, a bit of water and vinegar and cook for about 5 minutes, then move it to a plate.

Optional step: add some parsley.

Bon appetite!

2. Grilled Shrimp on a Stick

Ingredients:
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– shrimp
– tomato sauce
– skewers
– red wine vinegar
– chopped basil
– olive oil
– minced garlic
– cayenne pepper

Prep:
Find a large bowl and put together a mixture of tomato sauce, garlic, vinegar, and oil. Moderately add some pepper, salt, and basil. After that’s done, add some shrimp, until you feel the mixture is evenly spread out. Put a cover on and put the entire mixture into the fridge. Leave it there for 30-60 minutes straight.

The next step is to heat the grill (medium heat). Put shrimp onto the skewers. Make sure it’s evenly spaced. You can start by putting one shrimp on one stick, and one on the other, until all of them have at least one piece. Then just continue until you run out of shrimp. The marinade can be safely discarded.

Make sure to grill the shrimp for about 2-3 minutes on each side. The meal is ready to be served.

3. Potsticker Shrimp

Ingredients:
– peeled shrimp
– an egg
– minced scallion
– peanut oil
– 3 chopped scallions
– soy sauce
– chili sauce
– 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon of minced ginger
– 3 chopped garlics
– wrappers
– dipping sauce

Prep:
Start by loading the food processor with garlic, soy sauce, an egg, shrimp, and scallions. Blend until it’s mixed well, but not too much. Find a bowl and pour in the mixture. Get a wrapper and put about 1 teaspoon of filling right in the center. Make the wrapper wet by adding just a little bit of water. Fold it and seal firmly.

Find a small stirring bowl, then just mix the ingredients together until they’re mixed well. Get a pan and add some oil. When you see the oil beginning to swirl a bit, add the potstickers and cook until you see a nice golden-brown color. Flip the mixture around a bit and add two or three ice-cubes. It’s important you cover the pan afterwards as soon as possible. Leave it cooking for 3 minutes.

That’s it! Move everything to a plate and enjoy the meal.

4. Thai Shrimp

Ingredients:
– spaghetti
– peanut butter
– lime wedges
– peeled shrimp
– dark sesame oil
– chili sauce
– snow peas
– 1 teaspoon of garlic
– cilantro
– teriyaki sauce
– dry-roasted peanuts

Prep:
Follow the package-instructions in order to cook the pasta, but make sure no salt is placed in there. Drain it and set it somewhere it won’t get in the way.

Put some chili sauce, teriyaki sauce, and water into a bowl, add some peanut butter, then stir it all together.

Find a pan and put some sesame oil into it. Make sure the heat is medium-high. After adding some garlic, let it sit there for about a minute straight. Add shrimp, then wait another 2 minutes. Add the teriyaki sauce mixture, and then proceed to cook it for another 2 minutes.

The next step is to add some snow peas and pasta. Cook for two minutes, and make sure you stir it well. Throw some peanuts and cilantro in there, but do it in moderation.

Optional step: add some lime wedges.

Put everything on a plate and serve the meal when ready.

Shrimp are one of our favorite seafood items to prepare for large parties as the are the perfect finger food. They are also quite good as there a number of healthy shrimp recipes out there to be found.

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