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We all want to create healthy meals for our friends and families, but when a recipe calls for half a dozen different pots and pans to complete, the reward of a tasty meal isn’t worth the time you’ll spend washing dishes afterward. Sheet pan recipes are designed so that your entire dinner is baked on one pan, minimizing cleanup. You can even eliminate the need for washing dishes by lining the pan with foil! If you’re looking for some quick and easy sheet pan recipes that are also healthy, here are some new ones for you to try.
1. Roasted Gnocchi, Butternut Squash and Broccoli
If you’re looking for a tasty vegetarian sheet pan meal, look no further. This recipe pairs nutty gnocchi with broccoli and butternut squash, as well as sage, garlic and red onions for a tasty, flavorful dinner without the need for any additional protein. If you don’t want the gnocchi to be crispy, add it 30 minutes into the cook time — toss it in some olive oil, and it comes out perfectly.
2. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes
Meatloaf might not sound like the healthiest option, but you might be surprised. You can make these mini meatloaves with ground turkey if you prefer a lower fat option. They’re mixed with horseradish for a little bit of bite and stuffed with white cheddar — because everything is better with cheese. Throw them on a sheet pan with some green beans and some potatoes, and you’ve got everything you need for a healthy and tasty dinner.
3. Spicy Portobello Sheet Pan Fajitas
Who doesn’t love fajitas? It can be hard to make a delicious fajita if you’re sticking to a vegan or vegetarian diet, but portobello mushrooms make up for the lack of meat. While this is a single sheet pan meal, you want to bake your peppers first, then add the mushrooms and avocado toward the end of the cooking time to keep them from overcooking. Chipotle and adobo peppers add the perfect amount of heat to these vegetarian/vegan fajitas.
4. Greek Salmon
Salmon is one of the healthiest fish you can eat, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. This easy sheet pan dinner captures all the amazing flavors of your favorite Greek dish — cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, garlic, lemon and peppers — into one easy-to-prep dish. Bake your potatoes first, then add the salmon during the last 10 minutes of cooking to keep it from getting overdone.
5. Sweet Potato Hash With Eggs
Sheet pan meals aren’t limited to dinner-time staples. This flavorful sweet potato hash will make you a star the next time you have friends or family over for breakfast. The sweet potatoes hold the flavor of everything from onion and garlic to cumin, chili powder, and paprika. Bake the potatoes for 20 minutes, then crack eight eggs into the hash and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the eggs have reached your desired doneness.
6. Garlic Ranch Pork and Potatoes
Pork is an excellent alternative if you’re trying to avoid fattier red meats like beef, and these garlic ranch pork chops are to die for. This recipe is quick and easy, too. All you need is some pork chops, some quartered potatoes, some ranch seasoning, garlic and a couple of other herbs and spices — and you’ve got a super tasty dinner that also works well as a leftover lunch for the next day.
7. Ultimate Vegetarian Thanksgiving
Who says you need to use every dish in your kitchen to make an excellent Thanksgiving dinner? This recipe features stuffed butternut squash, potatoes, cranberry brussels sprouts and even a stuffed puff pastry bite — though that last bit you’ll need to make in a muffin tin instead of on the sheet pan. The butternut squash stuffing combines rice, veggies, apples, cranberries and feta cheese — everything you need for fall flavors!
8. Turkey Dinner for Two
If you can’t have Thanksgiving without the turkey, but you’re not hosting the whole family this year, you don’t have to miss out on any of those delicious flavors. This sheet pan turkey dinner has everything you need, from turkey breast cutlets to brussels sprouts, green beans, sweet potatoes, baby potatoes, carrots, broccoli and even cranberries — all the flavors of a turkey dinner on one easy-to-clean sheet pan. And there will be enough left over to share with someone you love.
9. Sesame Teriyaki Tofu and Roasted Broccoli
You can even cook tofu on a sheet pan. This vegetarian and vegan-friendly recipe only uses a handful of ingredients — onions, broccoli, extra firm tofu, teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds — to create a flavorful and filling meal that is healthy, too! It’s super easy, and you can enjoy a huge serving. You can also get your Chinese food fix without feeling guilty about eating all that MSG.
10. Honey Chili Chicken With Vegetables
The sauce is where it’s at with this super-tasty chicken and veggies dish. Mixing together honey, soy sauce, chili sauce, lemon, garlic and a pinch of salt creates a sticky and delicious sauce that goes well with any protein. Pair it with green, red and yellow bell peppers and some fresh red onion, and you will be begging for seconds!
You don’t have to dirty a ton of dishes to make a tasty and healthy meal, whether you enjoy meat or prefer a vegan or vegetarian diet. Try out some of these recipes and let us know which one is your favorite!