Healthy Toaster Oven Recipes

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Toaster ovens are a great way to go green in the kitchen. Not only are they more energy efficient than bigger standard ovens, but they also have the added benefit of saving you time and money. These smaller countertop ovens take less time to preheat, and if you get one with a convection feature for cooking, then you will also be able to use lower temperatures to deliver awesome tasting meals. You can finally stop wasting energy and use your full sized oven to store pots and pans, which is a nice added bonus. If you do not own one of these yet, then they are worth looking into.

Of course they can do toast, but they are also capable of so much more. These are fully functional cooking appliances that can handle just about any type of recipe that you can throw at them. Roasting, baking, broiling, reheating, defrosting, and browning are just some of the functions that are built into these countertop machines. You can find reviews of the top rated toaster ovens at Great Plains Examiner to see which oven would be best for your cooking needs as well as your budget.

Toaster Oven Recipes

But what exactly can you do with a toaster oven? For starters, you can prepare favourite foods like pizza, apple pies, roasted asparagus, lasagna, chicken tenders and bacon. Below are just a few simple recipes you can prepare with a toaster oven in your own home. Not only are they convenient, but they are huge time savers as well. Eating healthy does not have to be hard work.

Salsa Tuna Melt

The salsa tuna melt contains protein, carbohydrates and fats which are beneficial to the growth and development of the body.

Ingredients

  • A can of white tuna in water
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro or thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons of salsa
  • 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise
  • 1 English muffin, split and lightly toasted
  • 2 slices of reduced fat cheese

Preparation

Start by combining the tuna, cilantro, salsa and mayonnaise in a clean bowl of medium size. Proceed by splitting the English muffin in two halves and then place them on a small baking sheet.

Top the English muffin with the tuna mixture and cheese. Start the toaster oven and pre heat it to 350 degrees. Place the mixture of English muffin, tuna and cilantro in the toaster oven and bake it until the cheese melts. This should take between two to three minutes.

The preparation time for the meal is 10 minutes while the overall cooking time is 3 minutes. The meal is for one serving only and contains 430 calories.

Mini Apple Pie

Mini apple pies are healthier and contribute nutrients and minerals beneficial to the body.

Ingredients

  • One pack of Tortilla
  • Half an apple
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Preparation

Start by slicing the apple and place the slices on a tortilla. Proceed by drizzling the apples with honey and finally sprinkle the cinnamon on the mixture. You need to fold the corners of the tortilla so as to create a small apple pie pouch. The best way to ensure that the pouch stays intact is to fasten the corners with clean toothpicks.

Switch the toaster oven on, place the mini apple pie in the oven tray and proceed to bake it until the apples are soft. This could take a period of around 5 minutes especially if you use the toast feature found on your oven. Take the mini apple pie from the oven and serve.

The mini apple will contain 150 calories depending with the kind of tortilla you have used and 1.5 grams of fat.

Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus is extremely nutritious and contains Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, zinc, protein, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and dietary fiber.

Ingredients

  • One bunch of asparagus
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation

Start by pre heating your toaster oven to 425 degrees. Proceed by washing your asparagus thoroughly, stack them together and finally cut off the tough bottom part. You need to spread the asparagus in a single layer on top of a rimmed baking sheet, pat it as dry as you can as you don’t want the water to steam during the roasting of the asparagus in the toaster oven

Drizzle olive oil all over the asparagus, then sprinkle the freshly ground pepper and the salt too. Place the asparagus in the toaster oven and proceed to roast it for 5 minutes. You need to be careful as the oven will be hot therefore cooking the outer part of the asparagus quickly without the inside getting done. Serve once well done.

Endless Possibilities In The Kitchen

Just about any recipe that can be prepared in a full sized conventional oven can also be done in a countertop toaster oven. Obviously, a super huge turkey is probably going to be the exception, but you might be surprised with just how much cooking for your family can be accomplished in one of these. So make room on your counter and go out and get one of these ovens for your kitchen, your family and the planet will thank you.

Don’t Overlook The Importance Of Using A Booster Seat

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We love to spend time cooking healthy and nutritious meals for our loved ones. We do everything that we can to ensure that they are happy and well taken care of, and this extends out to the car as well. Most parents know the extreme importance of finding a quality infant or convertible car seat for their newborns and young children. However, the proper use of a booster seat is something that quite often gets overlooked, but it something that parents should be aware of.

After your child outgrows their convertible seat, there might be a gap depending on your child’s size and the use of a quality booster seat may be required for a year or two. If you strap in a child using a regular seat belt before they are big enough then this can be a dangerous situation in the event of an accident. So this transition period is just as important and finding a booster seat for their later years is just as vital as finding an infant car seat is in their early years. Knowing when to use a booster seat is something that every parent should be made aware of to ensure proper protection for their children.

Shopping For A Booster Seat

There are a couple of different kinds of booster seats currently available. If the back seat of your car has a high back that can support your child’s height then you can get a backless booster seat. This is basically just a base that your kid sits on that helps raise their height in the seat. If the back seat of your vehicle is lower then you should get a high back booster seat which will offer the correct support and protection. Obviously, a high back seat will be a little more expensive, but safety should be the primary concern. There are a number of high quality options in either case and finding something that fits your needs should not be that hard. A good starting point is to read up on the current booster car seat reviews to see which ones get the best feedback from parents and go from there. Below are some choices worth buying.

Britax Frontier

The Frontier by Britax is perhaps the best rated booster seat for toddlers that you can buy. It offers supreme safety features as Britax has an excellent reputation for the engineering of their safety seats. They have SafeCell technology to absorb energy and the forces of a crash. They are not only well built, but they are comfortable as well. This is also one of the top owner rated high back booster seats on the market. Parents love this seat and are constantly giving it high marks and recommendation rates. Britax has several model booster seats, but the Frontier seems to be the most popular. It does however come with a little steeper price tag. This may not be an ideal option for anyone on a tight budget.

Graco High Back Booster Seat

Graco, however, does offer wonderful budget-friendly high back models. This car seat meets or exceeds regulations for booster seats and it comes in at a much lower price point. It has a wide range of color options and it provides excellent safety for toddlers. The materials may not be as high end or be as comfy as some of the Britax seats, but they still get the job done and kids love riding in them. Graco booster seats also get very nice reviews from parents so you can rest assured that this will be a safe option for your little one.

EvenFlo High Back

This is probably the most affordable high back booster seat that you can buy. These are great for anyone looking for a safe option that lets you save a little money. This usually run around $50 which is great if you have more than one child that needs one of these seats. They are safe, but may not provide the same comfort level as some of the other options above..

Graco Backless Booster

Now for those that have high back seats and just need a backless option to give your toddler a boost to fit properly, then a Graco backless seat is a terrific option. These are relatively cheap as well and can be had for around $30. This will definitely not break the bank, but again you have to make sure that your car calls for a backless seat.

If you are looking to get the best safety seat for your child you really cannot go wrong with any of these three brand names as they have developed a reputation for making reliable options that offer the right protection for kids of all ages and sizes. Remember, that just because your child may have outgrown their convertible car seat, it may not mean they are ready to go without a safety seat. Measure you little one as well as the back seat of your automobile to see if a booster seat may be needed. Check out the video below for the advantages that using a booster seat, and using it properly, can provide your child.

Getting Out Of The Kitchen And Staying Active

jogging stroller benefits for family

Staying fit and active is just as important as eating right when it comes living a healthy lifestyle. It is easy to get caught up in the kitchen, over indulge at times, and get carried away with staying indoors. While we absolutely love to spend time in the kitchen, as parents, it is also important to find time to get out of the house and keep ourselves in shape. At first when we became new parents we did not know how we would find the time for a workout, find someone to look after the kids, and find the motivation to stay with it. Luckily, we found that we could do all three of these things with the help of a jogging stroller. If you are looking for ways to be more active as well as include the children, then this is something you should definitely look into.

Advantages of a Jogger

While these can be a rather pricey investment, they have many benefits that make them well worth the money. A few ways that having a running stroller can help your family include some of the following.

No Need For A Baby Sitter

This is probably one of the biggest positives to owing a rugged stroller. Instead of scheduling a sitter, and your workout, you can be more flexible with your schedule and go out for a run when you have the energy. Kids usually love to come along as they too get to go outside for some much needed activity. It can be an adventure that you both can enjoy together. We also find it rewarding to be giving our little ones a healthy example that shows Mom or Dad being active and passing on healthy habits. It is a great experience that the entire family gets something out of and you will save money not having to pay someone to watch the kids.

Burn Extra Calories

While quality joggers are usually pretty easy to maneuver and steer, you will have the added benefit of pushing extra weight while you are running. As long as you learn how to run with a stroller without breaking form then you will get more out of your workout. It is important not to overload the stroller as you will not want a scenario where you have trouble stopping it in case of an emergency, but the little extra effort need with one of these will pay off in the end.

They Also Make Great Everyday Strollers

While they may be a little bit bigger and weigh a little more, they can still be used as a regular stroller that you can use at the mall or for leisurely walks. These do not have to be used exclusively for running.

Jogging Stroller Features Worth Having

Even though there are some really expensive options out there, it is good to remember that you do not have to get the top running stroller on the market in order to find something that you will enjoy using every day. Here are some aspects that will help you get the most out of your jogging stroller.

Safety Features

Of course, the safety and protection of both the passenger as well as the runner should be the first priority. Features such as a hand brake, a locking front wheel for when you run at a faster pace, and a tether are something you should make sure you new stroller has. All of these things will help you keep full control of the equipment and help you stop it in a hurry if you need to. The tether is nice to have because it ensures the stroller will never be out of control should you happen to fall.

Comfort Features

Air filled tires, a suspension that you can adjust, a sun canopy, reclining seat, and breathable materials are all something that will help ensure that your little one will enjoy their ride. If you plan to go hiking or off-roading, the tires and suspension will help absorb all of the bumps and keep from jarring your child.

It might be more expensive, but an adjustable handlebar is another nice feature to have, especially for parents of varying heights. Running when you have to reach high or bend too low can make it hard to steer the jogging stroller and possible cause back problems for the runner. Keeping for is important for injury prevention.

Storage

This is another aspect of a runner stroller that you should investigate. Whenever you leave the house it is always wise to prepare for the worst, so having a stroller with ample storage for diapers, food, towels, or bottles will sure come in handy. Depending on how far you plan to go everyday, this is something that you will want to have in your jogger.

Stay Fit As A Family

If you are like us, then your time in the kitchen with your family is something that you cannot put a price on. However, it is just as important and equally rewarding to spend sometime out on the open road burning off all of the calories of your favorite recipes. Getting a running stroller is also a fabulous way to teach your kids the importance of exercise and give them healthy habits that they can take with them as they grow into adults. Keeping active helps keep everyone happy.