• Main Dishes
  • Easy & Healthy Sheet Pan Dinners

    This post may contain affiliate links for which I earn a commission. Read my disclosure page here.

    Sheet pan dinners are perfect for busy nights – easy to prepare and great for meal prep too. Learn my secrets for making sheet pan meals taste better.

    sheet pan dinners recipes

    When you need a dinner idea that is as easy to clean up as it is to make, these sheet pan recipes are the answer. All of the ingredients go onto one baking sheet. As a result, you will have just one pan to wash after dinner!

    Why You Need To Add Sheet Pan Dinners to Your Weekly Rotation

    • They make weeknight dinners quick, easy and stress-free. One pan meals made in the oven are family favorite because you can have dinner on the table in about 30-40 minutes, including prepping the ingredients.
    • Fewer dishes means less cleanup.
    • Great for meal planning. It’s easy to meal prep sheet pan dinners – you can either chop the vegetables, meat, sauces ahead of time, or you can fully cook the meal and portion it out.
    • Hands-off cooking. You bake the dinner in the oven and you can use the time to put together a delicious side salad or to do something else.
    • Flavorful and healthy dinners. Sheet pan meals are made with real ingredients and well-seasoned roasted food taste delicious.
    • Less food waste. This is a great way to clear out your fridge or use any leftover vegetables.

    What type of pan should I use?

    You can use any type or size of a baking sheet to create sheet pan meals. Avoid using cookie sheets and other pans without sides, as the ingredients may slide off.

    Sheet Pan Recipes

    All of these are healthy dinner recipes, and they’re organized in categories by protein, as follows:

    • Chicken
    • Pork
    • Beef
    • Alternate proteins
    • Fish and Seafood
    • Vegetarian and Vegan

    When you see something that you want to make, you can get the recipe by clicking on the title. Then, you will be taken directly to the recipe page. From there, you can print, bookmark, or Pin the recipe for later!

    Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes

    Although these easy one pan dinners are made with chicken, don’t be afraid to switch things up. You can swap out the chicken for turkey, or use pork sausage rather than chicken sausage. You will love these sheet pan chicken recipes.

    Sheet Pan Recipes – Pork

    Pork is a protein that many people assume is unhealthy. The truth is, depending on the cut you use, pork recipes can be very healthy!
    For the healthiest meals, choose a lean cut of pork, such as the tenderloin.

    Beef Sheet Pan Meals

    Like pork, some cuts of beef are healthier than others. The marbling in beef gives the dish great flavor. But, fat comes along with the flavor. Leaner beef choices include tenderloin, sirloin, and eye of round roasts.

    Alternate Proteins

    The sheet pan recipes here include the use of lamb or turkey sausage. As is the case with many of the recipes in this roundup, feel free to substitute another protein of your choice.

    Fish and Seafood

    Fish and seafood take on an amazing flavor. The edges of the food become crispy while the inside remains light, flaky, and tender. Salmon is a fantastic choice for creating easy & healthy sheet pan dinners. It is full of Omega-3 healthy fats.

    Vegetarian Sheet Pan Recipes

    These healthy vegetarian dinners may be missing the meat, but they aren’t missing flavor! They’re easy meatless meals, baked on one sheet pan, and they are delicious, too!

    Tips To Make Sheet Pan Dinners Better

    • Use heavy-gauge aluminum baking sheets that withstand the oven heat. I love these from Nordic Ware.
    • Don’t overcrowd the sheet pan if you want to cook a deliciously baked dinner. Otherwise, you will steam all the vegetables and meat. If it’s necessary, use 2 sheet pans. If your oven is large enough, you can place the sheet pans next to each other on the same rack.
    • Use parchment paper or aluminum foil to prevent the food from sticking on the baking sheet. Clean up is easier as well. If you are planning to use the broiler, make sure you use an aluminum foil so the parchment paper doesn’t catch on fire.
    • Coordinate cook times. Not every item cooks at the same rate. It’s important to make sure that some ingredients are not over- or undercooked. You can choose to leave quicker cooking foods whole while ingredients with longer cook times can be cut in smaller pieces. You can also cook the food in stages by starting with the longer cooking foods and adding tender foods in the last 10 -15 minutes.
    • Choose foods that taste good when roasted and that taste good together. You can cook delicious meals with a lot of texture and flavor if you combine the right ingredients together. For example, green beans go wonderfully with fish or butternut squash with maple chicken thighs.
    • Season your ingredients separately (or together). You might not want all your vegetables and protein to be seasoned the same and to taste the same. To make the food more interesting and delicious, you can top the chicken with a maple glaze and crunchy crust, and season your vegetables with a simple spice blend and oil. Or sometimes, you might prefer to season everything on the baking sheet with the same seasoning.
    • Roast and turn into a sauce. Utilize the baking time and roast some ingredients that you can turn into a sauce – roasted garlic, mayo and some spices make a delicious sauce. You can also roast some tomatoes, garlic, habanero to make salsa.
    • Add some raw ingredients. To make your sheet pan dinner feel fresh and flavorful, you can also add some lime or lemon juice, no-cook sauce/dip, sliced nuts, sliced avocadoes, radishes or fresh herbs over the whole pan. You can also make a nutritious bowl, serve it with a side of rice, or make a satisfying salad.
    Did you make this recipe?

    Use the tag #DeliciousMeetsHealthy when posting a picture of your recipe, and make sure to follow @deliciousmeetshealthy on Instagram!

    February 26, 2020

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Comments

    Marianna

    Loved all your recipes. I have never tried sheet pan recipes but looking at your tempting dishes I would love to try these. Keep sharing such ideas.

    Chrissie Baker

    I love all these ideas for sheet pan meals. Perfect for meal prepping for busy week days.

    Bee

    WOW! These seriously look amazing. We just started doing the sheet pan meals like this and I love it because less mess, and it seems like we’re always getting in plenty of veggies!

    Mahy Elamin

    This is such a gorgeous round-up, Neli! SO many easy dinners that are perfect for he busy summer days!

    Mary Bostow

    Love your website so much. I really look forward to every post. Thanks

    Julia Mazurchak

    These are great, such a nice collection! Have made several- all good and flavorful! 🙂

    Nazar Veselovich

    All of these recipes look wonderful. They are visually appealing and cannot wait to try them.

    Instant Pot love

    Not sure what's for dinner?