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Last night we had a yummy roasted vegetable medley that set me to missing my toaster oven.   I loved my toaster oven because it would broil, bake, roast and toast in small amounts.  Also, unlike the big oven, it was easy to clean.

I left my toaster oven behind in Vegas.  I didn’t miss having one much in Hawaii because, given the weather, we really weren’t into hot, oven-baked foods.  Since I have been back in Washington State, I am changing my mind.  I’ve been looking at toaster oven ratings, but I’d really like to know if anybody I know and trust has a toaster oven they really like.

And, in case you’re wanting my (I created this myself) low-calorie, high-fiber, very yummy roasted veggie recipe, here it is:

Sesame Roasted Veggies

1/2 c. pearl barley
1 c. water
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. sesame oil

Add all 4 ingredients to warm water, bring to a boil and let simmer 20 minutes or until barely is tender. Set aside.

Cube an assortment of your favorite veggies: Onion, zucchini, red pepper, green pepper, mushroom, broccoli, cauliflower, egg plant, etc.

Spray a shallow baking dish (I used a cookie sheet with high sides) with Pam Cooking spray (I use Pam Olive Oil). Spread the pearl barley on the baking dish. Cover with veggies. Sprinkle over top:

1 clove diced garlic
1/4 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. wheat germ
1 tsp. sesame seeds

Again spray lightly with Pam Cooking spray. Broil 3-5 minutes. Stir lightly. Broil another 3-5 minutes. Serve with or without soy sauce.


Amoeba ate 2 large servings of this and said he would like to see it on the table again.  He thought the peppers set the dish off perfectly.  I did not even offer him the soy sauce and he never asked for it.

The recipe that inspired this called for marjoram rather than basil, but I didn’t have any. It also called for whole wheat pasta, but I thought the barely would be healthier yet.  Next time I make this I might try the marjoram to see if I like it as well.

The original recipe also called for cherry tomatoes, but  Amoeba doesn’t like tomatoes and I wanted this dish to make as favorable an impression as possible.


  1. .
    Quilly, you must be feeling some better now. Especially to be doing all that cooking! It all sounds really good, when Mrs. Jim and get up there would you please make me some? Thanks. I will try to remember the recipe and perhaps make a bachelor’s cooking version.
    Speaking of that bachelor stuff, in my bachelor days I used my toaster for a toaster-broiler. You can lay it on it’s side and put all kinds of things inside. Then click it down for ‘very dark’ and wait. If there is a lot to cook you might repeat this process a few times. I still use it now and then.
    Caveat: be careful when it wants to ‘pop up.’ I always turn the toaster so it won’t fly out to the floor. A dish towel always catches everything I do. Cheese tends to melt so don’t expose any of that to the metalic elements inside. You can use both, or four if yours has them, the top and bottom compartments at the same time. GOOD LUCK!
    Oh yes, our trees are budding here too. About half stay green all year round. Our oak and the holly trees and all the shrubbery do. Further south towards Houston the grass stays green all winter. Last year ours did up here farther to the north..
    .-= Jim´s last blog ..My golf ball laughed at me — MidWeek Blues — for my whole game =-.

  2. Yum! That sounds terrific 😉
    I bought a cheapie toaster oven for when the kitchen is ripped apart, I haven’t tried it out yet…hopefully next week…
    .-= shelly´s last blog ..Cuckoo for Coco =-.

  3. I don’t use a toaster oven, but will try this in the regular one. It sounds great. I love barley (did you see what spell check did to barley?) — so I’ll print this one. Thanks for the recipe!
    .-= southlakesmom´s last blog ..Random Dozen =-.

  4. I do alot of cooking in my toaster oven. It is perfect for the kids to use too. Mine is a Black N Decker and it is big enough to fit a pizza in!

    Your roasted veggie recipe sounds delish. I am always looking for something that is high in fiber. Keeps me belly filled up longer!
    .-= Church Lady´s last blog ..Thirsty? =-.

  5. That dish sounds yummy! I’ll give it a try.

    I don’t have a toaster oven. I had one back when I was single, but that was before microwaves! LOL! I guess I haven’t missed it…

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