Sheet Pan Meal: What You Cook When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking

Rebecca Jaspan, MPH, RD, CDN, CDCES


After a long day, the last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen making dinner.  I am always looking for quick and easy meals to make and I know my clients are too.  Enter: sheet pan dinner.  The simplest dinner to throw together that requires very little prep and almost no clean up.  And the best part is it’s not just one and done; sheet pan meals make a couple meals of leftovers too.  Follow this formula and design your own sheet pan meal.

Makes 4 servings

  1. Pick your protein. I love using one pound chicken, salmon, turkey, or tofu.  Marinate your protein in any sauce, sprinkle with seasoning, or spread pesto or harissa over it.
  2. Pick your carbohydrate. Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, sweet potato, or butternut squash work great.  Use 2lbs for 4 servings.  Slice into cubes or wedges, drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pick your vegetable. Any vegetable of choice is a good accompaniment to your protein and carb.  Try 12 ounces of broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower drizzles with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Place your prepared components on a sheet pan and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Plate your dinner and enjoy mindfully!

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