What are the Best Foods to Cook in the Toaster Oven? | First Choice Power

What are the Best Foods to Cook in the Toaster Oven?

We love anything that saves energy, especially helpful items in the kitchen. And with the high temperatures of the summer, finding ways to cook fresh and healthy meals without firing up the stove is ideal.

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A toaster oven is a great alternative to using a full-sized oven, as it won’t heat up your entire kitchen. It also heats up faster than a larger oven, saving time energy by eliminating the often long preheat cycle. Most toaster ovens are compact in space and can be tucked away in the recesses of your counter top until you need them. And unlike a microwave, it reheats bread items to be crispy, not soggy.

It’s not only good for reheating – you can use it cook a fresh meal from start to finish. In fact, we’ve gathered six tasty dishes you can prepare in your toaster oven for maximizing your energy efficiency in the kitchen.

1) Grilled Sandwiches

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Don’t pull out the skillet to make your next grilled sandwich.

  • Take your two slices of bread and layer each one with your preferred proteins and cheeses.
  • Place onto foil-lined tray in the toaster oven and toast for 2 minutes.
  • Once cheese has melted nicely, remove and add your condiments on top.
  • Press the two sides together or eat it “open-faced.”

Easy and delicious!

2) Chicken Quesadillas

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This one will be a big kid-pleaser.

  • Heat your toaster oven to 425 F.
  • Place two large tortillas on the counter.
  • On one side of the tortilla, spread your sour cream and shredded cheeses. For increased flavors, toss on some finely chopped green onions and cilantro.
  • Using rotisserie chicken meat or the leftovers from your weekend barbecue, place the protein on last.
  • Fold the tortilla over to create a half-moon shape.
  • Toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes, being sure not to burn them.

Serve with fresh salsa.

3) Chicken Pesto Pizza Bites

Try out this fun twist on pizza!

  • Heat oven to 350 F.
  • Take one package of store-bought pizza dough (or even better, your own homemade dough!) and divide it into 8 sections.
  • Roll each section out into nice palm-sized pizza crusts.
  • Spread pesto all over, then top with thin-sliced roasted chicken.
  • Top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Toast for 10 minutes, or until crust gets golden brown.

This makes for a great appetizer or a light lunch when served with a salad or fruit.

4) Tortilla Pizza

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While we’re on the subject of pizza, throw this light version of a pizza together within minutes.

  • Heat oven to 350 F.
  • Lay down a few flour tortillas.
  • Spread marinara to desired coverage.
  • Top with cherry tomatoes cut in half, fresh basil, shredded cheese, or your preferred ingredients.
  • Toast on a foil lined tray for 3 minutes.

It’s a perfect healthy snack for kids, too. They get a treat that somehow isn’t bad for them!

5) Bruschetta Bites

Prepare that party appetizer with ease!

  • Heat your toaster oven to 425 F.
  • Slice a fresh baguette on a diagonal.
  • Place on foil lined tray.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Top with chopped fresh tomatoes and basil along with a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Toast for 3 minutes.

Use recipe as-is for a dairy-free option, or sprinkle mozzarella on top before toasting.

6) Roasted Vegetables

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Since the toaster oven will crisp up bread, you can bet it will crisp your veggies. Utilizing your toaster oven is a great way to lighten the energy usage load in your kitchen during big holiday meals like Thanksgiving. Let’s try asparagus first!

  • Heat your toaster oven to 425 F.
  • Wash the veggie and then cut off the white part of the stem.
  • Lay the asparagus on a foil-lined tray.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and cover with a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper and salt.
  • Roast for 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Have fun exploring energy-efficient cooking with your toaster oven!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.