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5 Delicious Sheet Pan Dinners That Make Cleanup a Breeze

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Like many Americans staying at home during the COVI9-19 outbreak, you’re probably trying to figure out ways to juggle work, home schooling, exercising, and virtually keeping up with family and friends.

Then there are the dishes. So. Many. Dishes. With three meals a day all being prepared at home, your dishwasher is likely working overtime.

Give the appliance — and yourself — a break by opting for a sheet pan meal instead of dirtying multiple pots and pans. The recipes below are wholesome, healthy, and require just one sheet pan (and maybe a mixing bowl) and an oven to cook them in. Plus, many of them are ready in just about 30 minutes!

Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken

Bruchetta chicken and potatoes on sheet pan
Damn Delicious

You may not be able to travel to Italy, but you can import the traditional and crowd-favorite flavors of Italian cuisine by making this Damn Delicious meal.

It couldn’t be easier: While the oven is preheating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, prepare bruschetta by tossing cherry tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, basil leaves (dried basil works in a pinch), salt and pepper, and then set aside. After the chicken breasts are seasoned with salt and pepper, place them in a single layer at one end of the baking sheet. On the other end of the sheet, halve baby red potatoes, drizzle them with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic, thyme, oregano, basil, and parmesan before seasoning with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Then bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes before topping the chicken with mozzarella and baking for another 10 minutes. After plating, top the chicken with the bruschetta mix and dinner’s ready!

Healthy 20 Minute Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

Turkey sausage and veggies on sheet pan
Gimme Delicious

Trying to get your kids to focus on their homework can be a challenge. Making sure they get their fill of vegetables each day? Practically impossible. This recipe from Gimme Delicious makes it a snap.

It calls for chopped vegetables — anything will do, but sweet potato, broccoli, bell pepper, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, onion, or baby carrots go well with the recipe’s smoked turkey sausage.

Cut the sausage into 1-inch rounds, then mix them with the veggies on a baking sheet with olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper while the oven is preheating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Not into smoked turkey? Any other type of sausage will do. Cajun seasoning or your own favorite spice blend work well, too. Just mix it all together, bake for 20 minutes, and you’re done! Need some starch? Throw potatoes in the mix, or place on top of ready-rice.

Sheet Pan Mongolian Beef

Mongolian beef on sheet pan
A Spicy Perspective

Is your favorite Chinese restaurant closed? Try your hand at mimicking this popular dish at home – you don’t even need a wok.

After preheating the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, A Spicy Perspective’s recipe calls for slicing flank steak into thin slivers and mixing them with corn starch before setting aside. Next step: Place green beans on a large baking sheet, drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper before roasting for five minutes. Then add the steak, also drizzled with oil, and roast for eight minutes. Final step? Pour a sauce of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, and crushed red pepper over the steak before placing the pan back in the oven for a few minutes. Toss it all together, top it with chopped scallions, and dig in with those chopsticks you have lying around.

Sheet Pan Spicy Tofu And Green Beans

Spicy tofu and green beans sheet pan
Delish Knowledge

Plant-based or gluten-free? You can get in on the sheet pan party too, thanks to this easy recipe from Delish Knowledge.

After rinsing and draining your firm tofu, press it for at least 10 minutes. While you wait, whisk together minced garlic, sliced scallions, sesame seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, maple syrup, and rice wine vinegar to make a spicy sauce. When the tofu is pressed, cut it into triangles, drizzle with the sauce (saving some for the next step) and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit in a single layer on one side of your baking sheet. After 12 minutes, flip the tofu, drizzle the clean side with more spicy sauce, and add trimmed green beans on that side. Bake for another 12-15 minutes and serve dressed with sesame seeds. 

Loaded Veggie Nachos

Sheet pan nachos
Cookie and Kate

Do your kids cry foul when you serve them yet another bowl of pasta with tomato sauce? Use the time it takes to boil water and cook those noodles to make this surprising dinner from Cookie and Kate instead.

After preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, cover your pan with parchment paper and line it with a layer of tortilla chips. Next, sprinkle on top pinto beans, then shredded cheddar cheese, chopped bell pepper, crumbled feta, and pickled jalapeños. Bake for 9 to 13 minutes before adding dollops of guacamole and some chopped radish, green onion, and cilantro. Want more protein? Add shredded chicken to the mix. Then serve while hot, with salsa on the side.

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