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Five Favorite Sheet Pan Meals

Our love for the one-pan meal is no secret: We make these in our workshops, in our staff kitchen, and at home. The ultimate quick dinner fix, here are five ideas to get your creative juices flowing (and your mouth watering).

When we ask workshop participants what they loved most about our classes, you can bet their response will include something along the lines of “I LOVE the sheet pan meal – I make one every week!”  Thanks to quick prep, minimal clean up (one dish!), and endless variations, this technique has picked up steam as of late and now the internet is full of one pan meal recipes. We have rounded up a few of our favorites – each is easy to prepare and showcases the many ways that you can use the humble sheet pan to elevate your dinner game. If you are new to sheet pan meals, The New York Times has a great guide with everything you need to know. Already a pro? Read on!

  1. Simple Sheet Pan Ratatouille Served 3 Ways from Feasting at Home – This warm and hearty ratatouille comes together in a jiffy (just chop a few vegetables and season with whole garlic cloves, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper). I especially like this recipe because it gives three delicious serving suggestions – over polenta, with pasta, or on toast and topped with an egg. Many sheet pan meals benefit from the addition of a salad or a grain, and these are three easy and delicious ways to stretch your meal a little farther.
  2. Roasted Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Kale Sheet Pan Salad from Food52 – Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you stumble upon a sheet pan meal that is also a salad that is also described as comfort food. It has a few more steps than other recipes we feature, but if you’re looking for a show stopper with leftovers you will really look forward to eating, look no further.
  3. Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas from Half Baked Harvest – This is a family friendly meal that can feed a crowd, and is a good one to have on weekly rotation with different proteins (shrimp! chickpeas!) and toppings (slaw, cilantro and lime, sour cream, jalapenos, etc.). You can also change up the seasonings or serve it over rice to keep things interesting. (If you can’t find a poblano pepper don’t worry, a regular green pepper will do!)
  4. One Pan Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage Dinner from Budget Bytes – Have you ever had roasted cabbage? No? What are you waiting for! It is incredibly delicious, promise. Even more so when it is cooked up along crispy potatoes and smoky Kielbasa and topped with a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Make sure you keep this one in the oven until everything starts turning crispy and brown, that’s when the magic happens.
  5. Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon from Damn Delicious – People always ask us how to cook fish, and one great way is, you guessed it, on a handy-dandy sheet pan! This one is accompanied by potatoes and green beans, but since potatoes take a while to cook they are boiled first. Want a short cut? Microwave them until they are just tender enough to stab with a fork, then add them to the sheet pan to crisp up in the oven.

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