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Small appliance recipes you’ve gotta try

All the flavour with less electricity use

From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, we’ve rounded up recipes for your blender, toaster oven, slow cooker, air fryer and Instant Pot so you’ll never have to turn your stove on again. These countertop heroes will save you energy, not to mention time, while serving up delicious eats again and again.

Small appliances, like a toaster oven, can use up to 75% less energy than making the same recipe in your oven or on your stovetop. You can also save with options like pressure cookers that cook things much more quickly.


Blenders are the small appliance jack-of-all-trades. You can accomplish lots with this little power-saving powerhouse, including quick soups, sauces and desserts that would otherwise take a long, slow simmer on the stovetop.

Blender recipes

  • Make the perfect pesto in a blender, and add it to nearly anything – pasta, sandwiches, or even salads.

  • Curried carrot and apple soup is an easy dish made in a blender, and best enjoyed when eaten under a warm blanket.

  • Fresh tomato sauce is a kitchen staple and tastes so much better when homemade. Whip up a batch in your blender and keep it in your fridge for pasta-related emergencies.

  • Hollandaise sauce is notoriously tricky, but a blender can seriously simplify this delicious asparagus or eggs benedict topper.

  • Don’t forget to try a blender chocolate mousse for dessert, saving energy never tasted so sweet.

Toaster oven

Almost any of your favourite recipes that can be made in a conventional oven are easily converted to a toaster oven, but you can also benefit by making smaller portions more quickly and with less energy by using one.

Toaster oven recipes

  • Build your own pizza night just got even better. Try this toaster oven tortilla pizza recipe, ready to enjoy in just 15 minutes.

  • Love going out for Wing Wednesday, but want to try making them yourself? Try sticky spicy honey chicken to curb your cravings from Thursday to Tuesday.

  • Tuna melts, or really any open faced sandwich, are perfect for the toaster oven. Cue deliciously melted cheese, please!

  • Bake eggs in individual ramekins for a quick and delicious breakfast. If you’re feeling really rebellious, try it for dinner, too.

  • For a sweet snack, you can make dehydrated apple slices in your toaster oven, or experiment with drying your other favourite fruits with this quick trick.

Slow cooker

The beauty of a slow cooker is delicious, flavourful meals that don’t require you to stand over a hot stove for hours. Not only does this save you time in the kitchen, it saves you energy, too.

Slow cooker recipes

Air fryer

Air fryers are becoming very popular because they’re much healthier than regular frying - and more efficient. Air fryers use hot air which cooks your food faster and uses less energy. And because they don’t use oil, your fried food contains a lot less calories.

Air fryer recipes

  • These crispy potatoes with fluffy insides can be ready in less time than it takes to preheat your oven.

  • Juicy fried chicken doesn’t have to be such a guilty pleasure anymore.

  • While we’re on the subject of chicken, you have to try these Thai curry wings.

  • And what about veggies? Air fried brussels sprouts will have your whole family asking for more.

  • Don’t forget the appies! Warm things up with some delicious wasabi crab cakes.

Instant Pot

This relatively new addition to the small appliance scene makes meals that are quick, easy, and delicious, and are often done all in one pot. Its multifunctional capabilities do the job of many other appliances, saving you time, energy, and valuable counter space.

Instant Pot recipes

  • A surprising Instant Pot speciality: simply delicious New York cheesecake.

  • Make your next shrimp boil instantly better by cooking it in your Instant Pot – in just six minutes!

  • Did we mention we like cheese? These cheesy chicken enchiladas will satisfy all your savoury cravings.

  • Bet you never thought you could roast a chicken without turning on your oven.

  • If a big batch of boiled eggs is your favourite meal prep trick, make them perfectly every time in your Instant Pot.

Whatever your appliance preference, there are endless recipe options for you. Keep your stomach full, your energy use low, and your family happy with all the tasty treats your small appliances can provide.

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