Sunday comes around and the doom and gloom of meal prepping for the week creeps up. We end up scrolling endlessly for the best recipes and it’s always disappointing when you try one and it just doesn’t quite taste like you imagined.
With the cold, dark days of winter amongst busy days ahead, there is nothing better than a quick sheet pan dinner to throw together, with little effort and clean up necessary. Sheet pan dinners are meals you can put together quickly with very little prep and dishes necessary and throw into the oven all in one dish or pan. The best thing about sheet pan dinners is you get your whole, nutritious meal all in one dish. You don’t have to worry about making side dishes like salads, rice or potatoes because the sheet pan encompasses it all! Sheet pan dinners are known for being both delicious and healthy as they usually include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and proteins all in one.
Here are some of our favorite sheet pan dinners for you to try this season. Let us know if you have any favorite recipes in the comments!
Easy Sheet Pan Dinners
Primavera Pasta Bake
Although this is more of a casserole meal, I had to share because we make it time and time again. This Primavera Pasta Bake is a favorite in our house– even for my 19-month old who loves it too! This vegetarian dish has a little bit of everything to make you feel warm and satisfied on a cold winter evening. The combination of the zucchini, asparagus, pasta, cheese and sauce are just perfect! I love that you don’t have to cook the pasta separately. You just throw it all in one dish and voila! It’s also a super easy recipe to switch up if you have food sensitivities. We sometimes switch out the pasta for gluten-free pasta. We love the Tinkyada Gluten Free Brown Rice pasta or Banza chickpea pasta. We also like to add sausage for extra flavor and protein!
Tangy Za’atar Chicken with Veggies
Another recipe from The Healthy Maven, the Tangy Za’atar Chicken with Veggies is such a delicious combination of savory and sweet. The butternut squash and chicken in za’atar spices covered in arugula and dates. And finally the spicy yogurt sauce to top it off make it a perfectly balanced and flavorful meal! Yum!
Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken Recipe with Potatoes, Chickpeas and Kale
Something about lemon and chicken always makes for the most delicious meal and this Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken is no different. The addition of potatoes, chickpeas and kale make it extra delicious and nutritious. I am a big fan of The Healthy Maven’s recipes because they are always so nutritious but never lack in flavor and deliciousness.
Garlic Butter Baked Salmon
A salmon sheet pan dinner is one of my go to favorites and this Garlic Butter Baked Salmon is the perfect easy fish dish to whip up in a jiffy. Asparagus and potatoes always make a great accompaniment to salmon. And the garlic, butter and lemon make for a delicious, savory flavor.
Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajita Bowls
I love this idea for Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajita Bowls. Lots of yummy spices, peppers, kale, beans and chicken with a yummy lime yogurt sauce to top it off make this dish the perfect easy weeknight meal that your whole family will request each week!
Harissa Chicken With Leeks, Potatoes & Yogurt
This Harissa Chicken With Leeks, Potatoes & Yogurt recipe from Food52 was recommended by a follower and it looks super yummy. If you love flavor and spice then the harissa chicken will deliver. Harissa is a delicious smokey, spicy, red pepper chili paste that is often used in Middle Eastern and North African cooking. This low effort, yet high reward dinner will be one you go back to over and over again!
Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp
The Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp is a dish that will transport you to the warm coast of Italy and Greece. Those Mediterranean flavors cannot be beat with the combination of tomatoes, olives, feta, oregano, artichokes and zucchini. Serve over lemon rice, brown rice or toasted baguette.
Herbed Potato, Asparagus & Chickpea Sheet Pan Dinner
The Herbed Potato, Asparagus & Chickpea Sheet Pan Dinner is a delicious vegan meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and full. Serve over kale or quinoa and don’t forget the avocado–it’s key.
Sheet-Pan Sausage and Peppers
Sheet-Pan Sausage and Peppers is another dish you will surely add to your weekly circuit of meals. It is so easy to chop up the peppers, onions and add in your sausage. I like the addition of the parmesan cheese, fennel, crushed red pepper and basil in this recipe. Serve with rice or in baguette. Bon appetite!
Sheet Pan Nachos
You can’t go wrong with sheet pan nachos for a fun weeknight family meal or even to serve for a crowd. For a yummy take on our favorite try The Best Vegan Nachos from Rainbow Plant Life. If you are more into the meat variety, try this recipe from Damn Delicious– Sheet Pan Nachos.
Sheet Pan Caprese Pizza
It’s pizza night and a Sheet Pan Caprese Pizza is just what you need to make everyone in the family happy. I love the simplicity of a caprese pizza but also how flavorful and delicious it is. This recipe calls for basil, mozzarella, balsamic glaze, and baby heirloom tomatoes. Make your own dough or buy one from your local market. Yummy!
DIY Sheet Pan Dinner
The great thing about a sheet pan dinner is you can combine all sorts of flavors, spices, veggies and meats to make your own meal. In a pinch and don’t have time to grocery shop? Grab any extra veggies you have hanging around in the fridge or freezer– peppers, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, brussels sprouts or asparagus, throw in some potato variety and add a protein– tofu, chicken, shrimp, fish, sausage or beef. Add your favorite spices, oils, salt and pepper and whip up a yummy sauce. Voila!
What are your favorite sheet pan dinners? Let us know in the comments below.
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