Filipino houses don't typically have ovens in the kitchen. Toaster ovens (or oven toasters to us Pinoys), on the other hand, are found in almost every household. How else would you reheat your pandesal, right? Other than for toasting bread, there are loads of other things you can make with your toaster over. Here are a few ideas we think you and the kids will love:
1. Toaster Oven Pizza
If you haven’t tried making pizza with your oven toaster then you and the kids are missing out! Imagine all the fun of laying out bowls and bowls of the family’s favorite pizza toppings, munching on grated cheese and the kids designing their own pizzas. Replace the pizza dough with a half slice pandesal, tortillas or French bread and you’re good to go!
2. Single-Serving Peanut Butter Cookies
Yes, you can bake cookies in an toaster oven! This recipe from blog Chocolate-Covered Katie is super easy and serves just one (hence, single-serve). Feel free to double or triple if you want to make more.
Makes 1 or 2 cookies
2 tablespoon flour 1 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter 1/16 teaspoon baking soda 1/16 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3/4 tablespoon each sugar 3/4 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon applesauce chocolate chips (optional)
If your family’s more into chocolate, there’s a cookie recipe for that too. They’re peanut butter-cup-stuffed! Make them ahead of time and you can place them in the freeze to bring out whenever you and the kids feel a sweet tooth craving.
Makes 12 cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup unsalted butter, Softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 12 large peanut butter cups (this recipe used Reese's)
This baked eggs recipe from the blog Mountain Mama Cooks requires a minimum of five ingredients and is done in 15 minutes. What more could you ask for? It’s great for breakfast or as an after-school snack for the kids. Serve with buttered toast on the side for an extra filling treat.
Makes 4 servings
8 eggs 1 cup marinara sauce, divided 1 tablespoon capers, drained (optional), divided 1/4 cup whipping cream, divided 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, divided salt and pepper chives for garnish
Introduce Mexican cuisine into your home with the kid-friendly quesadilla. This recipe from Good Housekeeping has jalapeño in it but you can always just save that for the adults. Serve with salsa and sour cream on the side and you’ve got a proper fiesta.
Makes 4 servings
2 green onions 2 cups shredded skinless rotisserie chicken meat 1 1/2 cup cheese 1 pickled jalapeño chile 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves 4 burrito-size flour tortillas 3/4 cup salsa verde 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
Want crunchy chicken minus the deep frying? Head to the toaster oven. This recipe from Food Network Canada comes with an extra fresh fruit and veggie side. Hold the chili flakes for the kids though (unless your kid enjoys the extra kick).
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into thick strips 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons grated parmesan 1 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1/2 panko crumbs 1/4 cucumber, julliened 1/2 mango, julliened Chili flakes, to taste Salt, to taste
This recipe from the blog Toaster Oven Love is a little more complicated as it requires a donut pan. But, what could be better than biting into a piping hot donut you made yourself, right? Even better if the kids helped out too.
Donut Batter 1 medium apple shredded (about 3/4 cup) 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Coconut Oat Topping 2 teaspoons coconut oil or butter, melted 3 teaspoons quick oats 1 teaspoon finely shredded unsweetened coconut 1 teaspoon coconut sugar or brown sugar