Do you have a toaster oven? Forever ago, I blogged about how I thought it was one of the few appliances that was worth the counter space in a small kitchen—an opinion I stand by. In my apartment, because it’s a Brooklyn rental, the oven is less than stellar. I’m never actually sure if it is hot enough even though I have an oven thermometer, and during the summer it heats up our apartment too much to make it practical to use. Plus, waiting for it to pre-heat frequently outlasts my dinner prep time.
Instead, I’ve started to use my toaster oven (I have the one from Frigidaire pictured above), to roast vegetables or fruits to go in salads or to bake fish fillets that I’ve defrosted during the day. The best part is there is absolutely no pre-heat time. It’s cut a good half an hour out of my dinner prep.