by Marcia Smart, Rodale’sOrganicLife
Forget microwaves. Whether you’re in a dorm or an office with no kitchen, you can still eat organically thanks to this one appliance.
We’ve all been there: You’re a college student with a sad meal plan. A 9-to-5er with nothing but a small breakroom. You don’t want to microwave everything or spend all your money eating out, and the local diner probably isn’t organic—but what to do? Fret not! You can make several great (and warm!) items right in the toaster!
Make small batch fruit chips by cutting apples into ¼-inch thick slices, sprinkling a little cinnamon on top, and toasting on a low setting (about 1.5). When they’re done, let the toaster cool, then unplug it and flip it over to remove them. Looking for low-fat veggie chips? You can also toast eggplant or taro. Slice thin with a knife or mandolin, and sprinkle with salt—voila.
Lazy Grilled Cheese
Lay a toaster on its side. Then fold a piece of parchment paper a little wider and about twice as long as your bread in half; crease the sides together to make a pocket. Place a cold cheese sandwich (or any other kind of sandwich melt) inside the parchment paper, and insert the whole thing into the bottom slot on low-medium. Lastly, keep a close eye on it, and be ready to catch when the spring pops. If you’re not careful, it can send the whole thing flying. Still, the danger is totally worth it for the tasty sandwich.
Cut a corn tortilla in half, and toast the pieces on medium-to-low. Once they’re crispy, take them out, cut into wedges, and dig into some garden salsa. Or use as low-fat tortilla chips in soups and salads. Be careful, as they can be warm when you take them out—a pair of chopsticks should make the process finger-burn free.
Don’t feel like frying or grilling? Pop frozen veggie burgers in a toaster on medium. It may take a couple rounds, but it’s a quick and mess-free cooking technique that yields nice toasty patties. For the ultimate snack, top your lazy grilled cheese with a toasted veggie burger for a patty melt.
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