If 2017 was the year of the and then 2018 is the year of the sheet pan. The humble kitchen essential has been considered a cooking staple for decades, but until recently, it has gone under the radar.
Though it might look basic, sheet pan recipes are the ultimate lazy-day solution. Most involve tossing fresh ingredients on the metal pan, seasoning with spices and oils, then leaving in the oven to roast. Easy. What's more, using one dish minimizes the cleanup, and the majority have a healthy mix of vegetables and protein, making them a nutritionally balanced meal. New to the trend? Try one of these 10 easy and healthy sheet pan recipes below—they take less than 20 minutes flat to prepare.
One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus
The Hero Flavor: A generous serve of fresh lemon gives this breaded chicken recipe a zesty touch.
The Pro Tip: Opt for panko over regular breadcrumbs. The Japanese ingredient is lighter and has a delicate texture. According to Chelsea, the recipe creator, it makes a big difference.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi
The Hero Flavor: It's a tie between garlic, butter, and lemon—the three ingredients combined to make a heavenly sauce.
The Pro Tip: Got leftover fresh vegetables? Sub out the beans and tomatoes for other vegetables to make the most of ingredients before they wilt.
Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken With Citrus Avocado Salsa
The Hero Flavor: The salsa steals the show—avocado, orange, and fresh cilantro balance out this hearty dish.
The Pro Tip: Make sure you toss the ingredients halfway through cooking to ensure the chicken and vegetables are evenly roasted.
Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas
The Hero Flavor: A medley of spices makes this chicken dish one to remember. Chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika are the ultimate flavor kick.
The Pro Tip: Top your fajita with diced mango or pineapple for a sweet twist.
Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
The Recipe: Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
The Hero Flavor: Old Bay seasoning, a combination of celery salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. "Somehow that winning combo gets me everytime [sic] and if you’ve yet to try it, now is your chance to start using it on everything," says the recipe creators at The Modern Proper.
The Pro Tip: You can customize this recipe with different flavored sausage or seasonings to make it your own.
Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Sweet Potato
The Hero Flavor: Harissa seasoning really sets this sheet pan recipe apart.
The Pro Tip: Top with feta, olives, and yogurt.
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
The Hero Flavor: Peppers are a must—not only do they balance the textures and flavors in the dish, they also add a burst of color.
The Pro Tip: "Using this fajita chicken and peppers mixture in a salad is also a great way to use up leftovers," says the foodie behind this dish, Natalie Mortimer. "It's healthy and tastes great (which is why I almost always make a double batch)!"
One Pan Healthy Italian Sausage and Veggies
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The Hero Flavor: Italian sausage is a welcome addition, alongside fresh zucchini and broccoli.
The Pro Tip: Serve on top of quinoa or rice to make the dish go even further.
Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken
The Hero Flavor: Olives. This recipe utilizes all the ingredients found at the olive bar of your local supermarket, so go wild and choose any assortment you like.
The Pro Tip: Don't forget to drizzle the chicken liberally with olive oil—otherwise, it'll dry out in the oven.
One Pan Healthy Sausage, Chickpeas, and Veggies
The Hero Flavor: Sweet potato makes this a particularly filling dish.
The Pro Tip: Serve the meal as is, or over rice with chopped cilantro and freshly squeezed lemon.