The sheet pan is a mighty piece of equipment. Thanks to its large surface area, you can easily make dinner for the entire family on one humble pan. Plus, the possibilities are endless! Pork tenderloin, chicken thighs, salmon fillets—feel free to experiment with different proteins and vegetables. When planning out your meal, just keep a few things in mind: Choose quick-cooking proteins that are ready in 25 minutes or less; cut all vegetables and proteins uniformly so they cook in the same amount of time; if something needs more time cooking, start with just that—if less time cooking, add it halfway through roasting; and use a sheet pan with a rim so your food doesn’t end up on the oven floor! Here’s a hefty handful of sheet pan dinners to get you started this week.
Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp
Marinated plump shrimp sizzle alongside tender asparagus and lightly caramelized red onions in this fab recipe from Garden in the Kitchen. The sharp and salty feta cheese combines with briny olives and bold oregano to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your table in just 30 minutes or less. Serve with crusty bread, a simple green salad, and a glass of your favorite crisp Sauvignon Blanc for a quick, easy, and healthy weeknight dinner.
Dijon-Crusted Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
In this Goodtaste original recipe, the chicken is coated in tangy Dijon mustard and then piled high with crunchy, herby breadcrumbs. A rainbow of vegetables roast alongside the chicken for an all-in-one dinner. We like to use bone-in, dark meat chicken in this recipe because it stays juicy and is quite forgiving if you happen to leave it in the oven a little too long.
Sheet Pan Fish-and-Chips
Here’s a terrific, no-mess recipe for healthy fish-and-chips. First, bypass all that grease-splattering panfrying business for a finely breaded cod that’s baked in the oven alongside thinly sliced potatoes. Then add dill and parsley for garnish and enjoy, safe in the knowledge that your cleanup time will go fast.
Cheesy Steak Sheet Pan Nachos
Thin slices of juicy skirt steak are the star of this show, with avocado, tomatillo, and jalapeño all making an appearance in these cheesy steak nachos. Pro tip: Shred your own cheese for this dish, as pre-shredded cheeses often have additives that can hinder the melting process.
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
In this recipe from Kitchn, everything is done on one sheet pan, including warming the tortillas. The key to making sure it all comes together quickly is butterflying your chicken breasts so the meat cooks faster. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, you can ask your butcher to do it.
Glazed Salmon and Bok Choy Sheet Pan Dinner
This healthy recipe from the Food Network comes together in less than 45 minutes and calls for only 8 simple ingredients. You want your bok choy and asparagus to still have a slight bite to them and for the salmon to flake easily.
Spice-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Broccolini and New Potatoes
Pork tenderloin is a fantastic quick-cooking protein. In this original Goodtaste recipe, we add the Broccolini halfway through cooking because it requires less time than the pork and potatoes.
Sheet Pan Buttermilk Pancakes
Who says you can only use the sheet pan for dinner? This clever recipe from Real Simple makes it easy for you to serve pancakes to a crowd. To get that perfect golden brown top, the baked pancakes get one last brushing of butter and a quick stop under the broiler before slicing and serving.
Baking Sheet Mac and Cheese
Finally, here’s the crispy-crunchy baked mac-and-cheese of your dreams, but without the hassle. You won’t even need to make a bechamel for your cheese sauce. In this genius recipe from Amanda Hesser at Food52, the noodles are par-cooked (okay, you will need a pot for this one) and then tossed with cheese and whole milk before spreading on a large sheet pan to bake. The result is a baked pasta that has an equal ratio of crunchy top to creamy interior.
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