Sheet-Pan Meal Magic

If you’ve got a cookie sheet in your home, you’ve got the tool necessary to whip up easy, quick, and nutritious meals. Whether you are a busy mom cooking for the family or a single entrepreneur looking to make a home-cooked meal, sheet-pan cooking is a great option for breaking up cooking monotony. It is also a great way to save money. Sheet-pan cooking can also be very simple and fun or a bit fancier with a full meal cooking on one pan.

Before we get into the recipes, here’s are a couple of tips that save you time and energy. First, cover the sheet pan with aluminum foil. Roasting veggies and meat make for a baked-on mess. When the cooking is done, the satisfaction of pulling that foil off and throwing in the trash, leaving the pan with minimal clean-up, is noteworthy here. Another tip is to spray the foil with cooking spray. Even if the ingredients are marinated or tossed in olive oil, there’s always a “stick” factor. This step helps to ensure the food comes off the foil cleanly and intact. With that said, let’s get to the recipes.

Maple-Mustard Roasted Chicken with Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Bone-in chicken breasts are used in this recipe from Cookinglight.com. Cooking with the bone in and skin on keeps the breasts moist and juicy. To save on calories, discard the skin before eating. Another note is that the breasts go in about 20 minutes before the veggies to ensure complete cooking of the chicken. Some liquid will release from the breasts during cooking time, so the recipe suggests draining the liquid before adding the vegetables. You might also want to take the chicken off of the pan momentarily to drain the juices. Another tip, squash can be time consuming to peel and cut. Many stores offer pre-cut versions that save on time and reduce frustration!

Roasted Salmon and Broccoli with Chili-Caper Vinaigrette

This recipe from Bonappetit.com is a nice way to add fish to your diet. Heart-healthy salmon with omega-3 fatty acid is good for the heart and brain and helps to reduce inflammation. Combined with fresh broccoli, rich in folic acid, and vitamin C, this meal is tasty and nutritious. Once everything is cooked, there is a nice vinaigrette to drizzle over the fish and broccoli.

Sheet-Pan Steak Fajitas

Adding a bit of spice into the week is fun, and this meal is great for the entire family. This recipe from Epicurious.com is quick, and adding a few sides can make it a complete meal. Add rice, refried beans, tortillas, or salsa and this gives a little something for everyone in this meal.

Sheet-Pan Breakfast Bake

Sometimes breakfast is what’s for dinner. This recipe from Damndelicious.net combines hash browns, bacon, fried eggs, and cheese. This one is definitely a keeper to be added to your meal rotation. It can be used for a creative mix-up to weeknight dinners or a perfect Sunday morning brunch at home with the family.

Sheet-Pan Chicken Pot Pie

This pan pot pie comes with the twist of phyllo dough. Crispiness and familiar flavors make this recipe from Foodnetwork.com a fast favorite for cold nights eating in with the family or even solo. This one also calls for some frozen veggies, which cuts down a little bit on the prep time. The recipe is a great way to give a new face to an old standard.

There are many fun sheet-pan recipes available. It’s a fast and easy way to cook, giving an option to cook a full meal at once or just the main dish. There are even sheet-pan dessert recipes available, too. Cook, share, and enjoy!

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