Lately I’ve been looking for quick weeknight dinners that don’t require a dozen different pots, pans, and utensils, because dirty dishes are the worst. But so is pizza night after night. Sheet pan dinners are a great way to cook everything all at once healthfully while only generating one dirty pan. (One!) Of course, you can just roast some meat and veggies with salt and pepper, but these easy sheet pan dinner recipes prove that it’s possible to get a whole lot more flavor with minimal extra effort.
Top: Greek Lamb Tray Bake at A Fork and A Pencil
I love how many fall flavors are in this recipe for Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Brussels Sprouts at Well Plated. The potatoes (or butternut squash, if you prefer) and apples give this a sweet flavor your kids will like, even if Brussels sprouts aren’t their favorite.
It has never occurred to me to make my fajitas so easily, but this Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas recipe at The Blond Cook is a great idea. I tend to grill my fajita meat and feel stuck during the cold winter months, so I love this idea for a quick, mess-free indoor option. Plus, I can prep this in the morning before work and leave it in the fridge all day to let those flavors marinate.
The Baked Sausages with Apples recipe at Jo Cooks is loaded with fingerling potatoes, apples, and onions, which will make my family really happy. It takes just five minutes of prep and cooks for just half an hour, so it’s perfect for a last-minute weeknight meal.
I’ve been searching for ways to make salmon appealing to my kids, and I think this recipe for Chili Lime Salmon with Roasted Peppers at Cafe Delites might do the trick thanks to that scrumptious sweet-spicy sauce. Serve this on top of a salad, like Karina suggests, or turn it into fish tacos for a more kid-friendly meal.
Stir fry is always a great way to get veggies onto my kids’ plates, and teriyaki sauce is a great way to get them to eat stir fry. So this One-Pan Chicken Teriyaki recipe at Kelly’s Ambitious Kitchen is going to the top of my list. It’s full of green veggies that my kids really need to eat, with the flavor they really want.
Lamb can be tricky to cook sometimes, but this easy Greek Lamb Tray Bake at A Fork & A Pencil (above and top) makes it so simple. And if your kids are picky like mine and turn up their noses at lamb, you can easily pass it off as beef. In my experience, they won’t know the difference.
We can’t forget dessert. . . or s’mores. This recipe for Sheet Pan S’mores at A Zesty Bite is a perfect sweet bite at the end of your meal. I may even bake them and bring some to the park one free afternoon so that we can get that camping feel with a whole lot less work.