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Our One Pot recipes round-up is the most popular round up to date, so we thought we would expand on easy weekday meals. Sheet pan recipes are just as great: minimal cleaning, quick prep, and efficient cook time. They’re perfect for those busy weeknights and can be whipped up in a jiffy. You can even prepare it the night before so it’s ready to bake as soon as you get home. We especially love the fajita one sheet pan recipes, the veggies get an amazing broil and just taste magnificent! Also, sheet pan recipes are perfect for meal prep, so add these to your Sunday meal prep arsenal!
The basics of a good sheet pan meal
The formula for a delicious sheet pan recipe is pretty simple: pick your protein, add 3-5 veggies, and pick a marinade/flavoring. Mix everything together and roast until everything is cooked and the flavors have melded together. Essentially sheet pan recipes are everything that’s in a regular meal prep recipe, just simplified into a one pan process.
Picking your pan
You can get really technical when picking your ideal sheet pan, Epicurious has a great guide on this! We’ve found that a rimmed sheet pan that’s at least the half size (9×13) is ideal for fitting a protein and multiple veggies. Note, you don’t want a flat one since liquids may seep out while cooking. Our go-to pan is made of aluminum and is also a thicker gauge, at 20!
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Choose your Protein
When it comes to protein, there are limitless options, but the most important thing to consider is cooking time. Since you’re baking the protein and veggies at a high temperature (we usually use 400 to 425 degrees) you’ll want everything to finish cooking at the same time. We love using chicken tenderloin for this since they’re quicker to cook compared to whole chicken breasts or drumsticks. Other protein options are steak, salmon, shrimp and even tofu! We recommend marinating your protein for at least an hour before roasting.
Select your veggies
Select 2-5 different veggies for your sheet pan and consider the cooking times for these too. Potatoes can take 30-40 minutes to bake at 400 degrees, while broccoli can only take 15. You can add the veggies that take longer to bake first and then put the rest in after 10-15 minutes. Use this guide to pick your veggies and baking times!
The last step in making a perfect sheet pan meal is choosing your marinades, herbs, flavorings, fats and garnishes. These recipes below all have a great balance of flavor that make the protein and veggies shine!
Sheet Pan Recipes
Chili Lime Sheet Pan Fajitas via The College Housewife
Sheet Pan Thai Peanut Chili Chicken via Host the Toast
Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas via Kirbie Cravings
Best Sheet Pan Roasted Cilantro Lime Chicken via Gimme Delicious
Sheet Pan Hoisin Chicken via Life Made Sweeter
Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas via Half Baked Harvest
Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies via The Kitchn
Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Baked Salmon via Cafe Delites
Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Salmon and Rainbow Veggies via Cooking Classy
Delicious Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas via The Food Cafe
Spring One Sheet Pan Dinner via The Inspired Home
Best Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes via Half Baked Harvest
Sheet Pan Kung Pao Chicken via Life Made Sweeter
Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan via The Recipe Critic
Sheet Pan Chicken Sweet Potatoes Apples and Brussel Sprouts via Well Plated
Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Butter Chicken & Potatoes via Cafe Delites
Honey Glazed Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner via Laughing Spatula
Vegetarian Sheet Pan Dinner (Mexican Kale Salad) via Sweetphi
Sheet Pan Spicy Tofu and Green Beans via Delish Knowledge
Yummy Sheet-Pan Honey Chili Chicken with Veggies via Eatwell 101
Sheet Pan Apple Pecan Chicken via The Healthy Foodie
Sheet Pan Maple Mustard Roasted Chicken via The Chunky Chef
One Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus via The Recipe Critic
Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken With Citrus Avocado Salsa via Half Baked Harvest
What are your favorite sheet pan recipes?