Preparing something to eat in the morning when you are getting ready to go to work can prove difficult if you do not have a lot of time on your hands. The best thing to do if you do not want to go to work on an empty stomach is look for foods that you can prepare in a matter of few minutes. A toaster oven and food processor can come in handy when it comes to preparing quick breakfast meals. You can use them to prepare and cook foods in as little as 15 minutes. Since a toaster oven takes a much shorter time to preheat, it will be a good alternative to a conventional oven when it comes to preparing early morning meals.
1. Baked Cinnamon Bananas
- 1 ripe banana (peeled and sliced lengthwise)
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- Lemon juice
- Ground Cinnamon
How to Prepare:
- Put a non-stick aluminum foil lining on the toaster oven tray and then preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take sliced banana halves and lightly brush them with lemon juice.
- Put the cut sides on toaster oven tray and then spoon honey over the banana halves. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon on them and then allow them to bake for about 10 minutes.
- After ten minutes, remove the banana halves from toaster oven and then cut them into 1-inch pieces. You can add some dark chocolate morsels on the banana halves if you desire. It will be a good idea to add the morsels in on the last 5 minutes to allow them to melt the banana.
2. Rustic Rosemary Bread
- 2 cups of warm tap water
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 2 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
- 6 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup of fresh rosemary (chopped)
- Cornmeal for the pans
- 4 teaspoons of salt
- 1/4 cup of flour for dusting loaves
- 2 small cookie sheets
How to Prepare:
- Put water in a small bowl and then sprinkle yeast on the surface. Allow the yeast to sit for about 3 minutes and then whisk until it dissolves. Add in olive oil and then whisk.
- After that, put two cups of all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, rosemary, garlic and salt in a food processor bowl that is equipped with a dough blade to mix the dough.
- Take the oil, water and yeast mixture and add it to the food processor and then process until an elastic, smooth and sticky dough is formed. Add in the remaining all-purpose flour one tablespoon at a time if the dough happens to be too soft.
- Oil a bowl, put in the dough, and then turn it over so that the top is oiled. Use a plastic wrap to cover the bowl and then let the dough rise until it is doubled at room temperature.
- The next thing you will need to do is shape the loaves. Only a lightly floured surface, scrape the risen dough and then press it in order to deflate it. After that, divide the dough into two and then shape each piece.
- Press the dough to form a square and then roll it tightly up.
- Rotate the cylinder that has the dough to 90 degrees and then roll it up again from the short end.
- Position the dough seam side down and then cover it with a towel or plastic and then allow it to rest for about 5 minutes. Do the same with the remaining piece of dough.
- Take the cornmeal and use it to dust the pan. After that, roll each piece of the dough under the palms of your hands in order to elongate it. The best way to do it is to work from the middle of the loaf outward while slightly pointing the ends.
- Put the loaves seam side down on the cookie sheets and heavily dust each loaf with flour. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and then allow it to rise until doubled.
- About thirty minutes before baking the loaves, preheat your toaster oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and then set the racks at the middle and lowest levels. Make sure that there is a pan on the lowest rack to absorb the excess bottom heat and prevent the bottom of the loaves from burning.
- Using a very sharp knife, make three or four diagonal slashes in every loaf and them immediately put them in the toaster oven one at a time and then lower the temperature to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Allows the loaf to bake for about 20 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow it to continue cooking for another 20 minutes or until the bread reaches an internal temperature of about 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the loaf from the toaster and put in on a rack to cool.
3. Greek Frittata
- 10 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
- 1 5-ounce bag of baby spinach
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 4 scallions (thinly sliced)
- 1 pint of grape tomatoes (halved)
- 8 ounces Feta (crumbled)
How to Prepare:
- Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take the oil and add it to a two-quart casserole and then transfer it to the toaster oven for five minutes.
- Meanwhile, put the eggs, pepper and salt in a bowl and then whisk them together. After that, add the tomatoes, spinach and scallions and them mix them. Add in the Feta and stir gently.
- After that, remove the casserole from the toaster oven and then pour the egg mixture that you have just made into the casserole.
- Put the casserole back into the toaster oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the frittata becomes slightly puffed and brown around the edges. When you stick in a knife, it should come out clean.
Just because you do not have much time in the morning when you are planning to go to work or do business does not mean that you cannot eat healthy breakfast. When you have a toaster oven and food processor, you can use them to make healthy meals for breakfast very fast. If you find it hard preparing some of these foods in the morning, you can just prepare them the night before and reheat them in the toaster oven in the morning.