Save Time and Money With These 15 Delicious Sheet Pan Meals
Feel like you're constantly stuck in a dinner rut? Don't turn into the drive-thru lane again for a quick dinner solution. Instead, use sheet pan meals to cook a delicious dinner, all in one pan.
The best part about sheet pan meals is that there are endless options. Below are 15 recipes, but feel free to tweak them to your desire. These meals are practically foolproof. (See also: 10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner)
1. Ultimate Chicken Nachos
Nachos can't really be dinner, can they? You bet they can, and your family will love you for it. Spread an overlapping layer of chips on your metal sheet pan, then top with grated cheese, cooked chicken pieces, diced tomatoes, corn kernels, and canned pinto or black beans. You can even add sliced jalapeños if you'd like.
Bake at 400º for 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately sprinkle chopped cilantro on the finished chips. Top with your favorite wet ingredients (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc.) and enjoy!
You won't miss the meat in this dish. Use a mandolin or vegetable slicer to save time. Cut Yukon potatoes, zucchinis, yellow squash, and eggplant into small coin shapes. Next, open a can of tomato puree and add a thin layer on your sheet pan. Season with salt, then arrange the sliced vegetables in an overlapping fashion. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
Bake the ratatouille for 35 minutes in a 375º oven. Sprinkle with goat cheese and serve with crusty bread for a complete meal.
3. Lemon Garlic Salmon and Green Beans
Baking salmon on top of green beans, or a vegetable with a similar cooking time, makes for a yummy, heart-healthy meal.
Layer the green beans on a nonstick sheet pan. In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of olive oil, the juice of two lemons, a dash of salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Dip the salmon fillets in the oil mixture and then lay them skin side up on the green beans.
Broil on high for eight to 10 minutes. Make sure the oven is fully hot before sticking your fish in, and check the fish at the eight-minute mark. It should flake easily with a fork.
4. Cilantro Lime Chicken Fajitas
Cut raw chicken breasts, onions, and bell peppers into strips. In a bag or bowl, mix ½ cup of oil, ¼ cup lime juice, finely chopped cilantro, and a packet of taco seasoning. Add the chicken, onion, and bell pepper mixture and coat evenly. Transfer chicken, onion, and bell pepper mixture to a nonstick pan and discard any of the remaining oil mixture.
Bake for 25 minutes in a 400º oven. Wrap your tortillas in aluminum foil and place them in the oven at the 17-minute mark, so they have eight minutes to warm alongside the fajitas. Serve with cheese, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.
5. Whole Chicken With Potatoes and Carrots
Whole chickens are very affordable and can feed your family for more than one meal. Use the leftover bones to make a rich broth.
Dice your carrots and potatoes into thick chunks. These veggies are going to be in the oven for a while, so make sure you don't slice them too thin and overcook them. Make an herb butter by combining room temperature butter with a dash of salt, pepper, minced garlic, and either fresh or dried oregano and rosemary. Cover the chicken with this mixture and stick an apple cut in half in the cavity.
Bake for 75 minutes in a 350º oven. Chicken will be done when the juices run clear.
6. Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes
This tasty ranch pork chops combination from Jo Cooks is a fantastic dinner option.. All you need is ranch seasoning, baby potatoes, and pork chops (either boneless or bone-in), and a few pantry staples to create this easy dish. After 40 minutes, you will have moist pork chops and tender potatoes.
7. Teriyaki Chicken With Vegetables
Forget Chinese takeout. You can make your own with this teriyaki chicken with vegetable recipe. This sheet meal takes a few extra steps on the stove, but is totally worth it, and it will still save you time in your dinner rush.
8. Chicken Parmesan
For an easy chicken parm, simply bread your chicken breast, and cover with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. The thinner the chicken cutlet, the faster it will cook.
9. Eggplant Parmesan
Make this classic dish in less time by slicing the eggplant and topping each slice with tomato sauce and cheese. To avoid a soggy eggplant, let your sliced pieces dry out a little bit first.
10. Skinny Chicken Taco Fries
A plate of fries piled high with cheese and other goodness is a dream come true. However, this type of food can also pack on the pounds. These skinny chicken taco fries use sweet potatoes instead for a healthier touch.
11. Baked Apple Pork Chops and Green Beans
The combination of pork chops and baked apples is a winning one. Top pork chops with sliced apples and cook on one pan alongside green beans.
12. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast
Wrapping small chicken breasts with bacon keeps them moist while baking. This recipe pairs wrapped bacon with zucchini, but you can also stuff your chicken with cream cheese for a yummy alternative.
13. Shrimp and Polenta
This shrimp and polenta dish comes together in about 30 minutes, but it looks fancy enough for guests.
14. Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies
Nailing the perfect steak when you are crunched on time is made possible with this roasted steak and vegetable recipe.
15. Asian Stir Fry
This sheet pan chicken stir fry is easy to change up with tofu or steak. It takes only 15 minutes to ensemble and another 20 minutes to cook.
Need more sheet pan meal ideas? Check out Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven. This book breaks down the science of cooking food together on one pan, and has gorgeous photography.
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