Is your schedule filled with all the daily events? Is it even fuller now that the kids have gone back to school? I think we can all agree that sometimes it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day. We get the kids up, ready for school, drop them off, and head to work or back home to our adult responsibilities. Before you know it, it’s time to pick up the kids, help with homework, and still try to figure out what’s for dinner. Luckily, I have found the Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven that has saved the day, literally. I am able to make great meals in half the time and I wanted to share some of the recipes I’ve come up with that are easy, fast, and super tasty. Take some notes because these fast and easy recipes with your Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven will mix up the menu and save you time and money!
I want to start with breakfast because that is usually the most hurried time of the day. Even when the kids are up on time, everyone always seems to be rushed. An easy, fast breakfast is in order to get the kids fed and out the door. What better breakfast than Cinnamon Honey Toast with Whole Grain Wheat Bread. Here’s what I used and what I did, you’ll be excited at how easy it is!
Honey Cinnamon Toast with Whole Grain Wheat Bread
Sliced whole grain wheat bread
About 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 tablespoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
Honey to drizzle
1. In your Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven, place your pieces of bread on the wire rack and toast using the preset “Toast” option, selecting the desired level.
2. After bread is toasted, remove and carefully butter one side, covering entire slice. Pour a generous amount of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg mixture on top, pour the sugar mixture off the toast and drizzle some honey over the top and place back in toaster oven and let the remaining heat caramelize the sugar, about 2 minutes.
3. Slice, serve, and enjoy
**Bonus: Serve with some fruit preserves for an extra treat, or thinly sliced apples (I’ll show you how to cook some in just a bit) **
Now the kids have their tasty breakfast that they can munch quickly and even have to take on the go. Now we can get our adult tasks completed before they get out of school for the day. Well, if you are like me, I grow hungry a few hours after the kids have breakfast, but I just want a small snack. I was in England years ago and they had the best snack in the world and I’m going to let you in on the secret. It’s easy to make and has such bold flavor, you wouldn’t imagine how simple it is to make.
English Cheddar Toast
2 slices of your favorite bread
2 slices extra sharp cheddar
Worcestershire sauce to drizzle
1.) Place the cheese on top of your toast and set your Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven to your desired toast setting.
2.) Half way through the toasting time, remove the cheese topped bread and drizzle some Worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle a bit of shredded cheese of your choice.
3.) Return the toast to the oven and finish cooking, leave the toast in a bit after the timer dings. This lets the cheese completely melt and the sauce to seep into the bread and cheese
4.) Slice, serve, and enjoy
**Bonus: I love to dip my cheesy toast in some horseradish sauce, or even bold and plain. **
So, now that I had my snack and was ready for some more action, it’s usually time that the kids are ready to come home. Like we did when we were kids, the first thing they ask for is a snack. Instead of greasy, unhealthy potato chips or cookies, how about something healthy and delicious. I decided to make some candied apple slices with my Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven. These are delicious and really easy to make and you can always try it with pears or mangoes or any fruit you want to try.
Sweet Apple Chips
1 apple, cored and sliced thin (your choice of apple)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Honey to brush on
1.) On a cutting board or plate, lay apple slices in one layer and brush on a thin layer of honey and sprinkle cinnamon
2.) Spread a layer of apples on the baking tray and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-12 minutes, or until tenderness level is at your (or the kid’s) preference.
**Bonus: Serve up with some Swiss cheese, it’s a tasty combination**
Alright everyone, I’ve got you set up with some breakfast, a quick lunch, and an after school snack. What do we do about dinner now? Since we are already on a roll with our Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven, why not keep the food bus going? The kids in our house, and the adults, all love tuna sandwiches. I decided to do something a little more chef-like with them by making tuna melts and the toaster oven came to the rescue once again. I’ll give you the recipe for the tuna that is all fresh ingredients and a great dinner for everyone in the family.
Hearty Cheddar Tuna Melt
4 cans tuna, water drained
3 hard-boiled eggs, diced
1 dill pickle, diced
1/2 medium white onion, diced
1 small tomato, diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup mustard
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
1/2 tablespoon oregano
1/2 tablespoon paprika
Sliced bread of your choice (I prefer rye, but used whole grain wheat)
Cheddar cheese slices
1.) Combine tuna, eggs, onion, tomato, pickle. Add mayo and mustard and mix well. Sprinkle in all the seasonings and use salt and pepper to taste. Set aside
2.) Using your Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven, place your bread and toast on desired setting.
3.) Half way through, add cheese to bread and finish toasting. Leave in oven an extra minute or so to melt cheese completely
4.) Spoon a couple full scoops onto your cheesy toast and top with other slice of cheesy toast. Press together slightly, cut in half and serve!
** Bonus: Serve with a side of feta stuffed black olives, wonderful flavor combination**
There you have it, a bunch of great recipes for your Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven. They are quick, easy, and tasty. I love to use fresh ingredients in everything I cook to do away with preservatives and unnecessary fat and calories. Plus, cooking fresh makes a meal taste so much better. The Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven is so versatile and incredibly helpful in the kitchen. I even like to cook bacon and roast green chile in mine. What kind of recipes do you make with your Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven? What new ideas would you like to try? Share, share, share, because we always love to hear what you have to say!
Another great thing you can use your Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven for is roasting Green Chile. It’s easy, fast, and fills your home with the wonderful aroma of New Mexican cuisine. Also, try this incredible Green Chile Beef Stew to bring in your fall and winter season!
This post was made possible by Panasonic and written by me. All opinions and statements are 100% my own.