Although he doesn’t say it, I think Isaac sometimes gets annoyed by all my kitchen gadgets, but I like them and I actually use most of them regularly… well maybe not the avocado slicer, but we’ll keep that a secret. Plus, I let Isaac have a whole room of our house dedicated to his beer collection and brewing equipment so I think I deserve to have as many kitchen gadgets as I’d like. 😉
Anyhow, if I had to choose which of our kitchen appliances were my favorite (excluding the big ones like the oven, garbage disposal and dishwasher), my Vitamix would definitely top the list, but our toaster oven would be right up there with it. I should clarify that it’s not just any toaster, it’s a Toastation toaster and oven so it has the slots for toast, but it’s also an oven!
We use it for toasting bread (obviously), but we also use it for all sorts of other things, namely heating up leftovers and cooking quick meals. It’s seriously so much better for leftovers than the microwave — things come out of the toaster oven crisp and hot instead of limp and wet. If you’re a leftover hater and you don’t own a toaster oven, you should probably add one to your holiday wish list because it might change your mind about leftovers.
A couple months ago Hamilton Beach (which is headquartered in RVA!) reached out to me about partnering on a couple blog posts. I immediately agreed — we already owned the Hamilton Beach toaster oven and I like Hamilton Beach products in general so it seemed like a great fit. They offered to upgrade our toaster oven so now we have a new, sparkly clean model. <– After 7 years of regularly using the old one (and not using foil to over the tray) it was looking well-loved, in a bad way.
So today I’m sharing one of my favorite toaster oven recipes AND giving you a chance to win a Toastation of you own! Exciting stuff.
First up, let’s talk about this baked tofu. The recipe is super simple, doesn’t require any marinating time and tastes absolutely delicious! The breading makes it perfectly crisp, while the garlic, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper add a good amount of flavor.
A little pressing, a little seasoning, 20 minutes in the toaster oven and boom, you have some tasty tofu cubes to use in whatever way you’d like. I love using it to top salads but you can also toss it in a stir-fry or pasta or even eat it on its own with a dipping sauce.
Yum. Kind of looks like chicken nuggets! 😉
And here’s my favorite way to enjoy baked tofu:
Oh and I should mention, if you’re local to Virginia, Twin Oaks Tofu is the best tofu ever and is what I used for this recipe. If you don’t have Twin Oaks Tofu near you, just make sure it’s extra-firm.
1 Tablespoon gluten-free oat flour (any flour will work)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
Cover toaster oven baking sheet with foil and preheat to 400°. Cut tofu into 1/4 inch cubes. Combine the nutritional yeast, flour, oil, garlic, pepper and salt in a container with a lid.
Add the tofu to the container. Shake well to coat the tofu.
Place tofu onto baking sheet in a single layer and and bake in toaster oven for 15-30 minutes, turning the tofu every 10 minutes until tofu is the texture you desire. I like mine golden brown and crispy. Serve tofu over salad, stuffed into a sandwich, in a stir-fry or on its own.
**I only used 1/2 a block of tofu because a full block would be too much for the toaster oven and the tofu wouldn’t crisp up properly. **If you don’t have a toaster oven, you can bake the tofu in your regular oven.
Serving Size:1/2 of recipe
This post was sponsored by Hamilton Beach, as always opinions are my own.