By Carrie Havranek
Dinners that require one pan, whether they’re sheet pans, a skillet, or a pot, are dinnertime genius and the key to getting something delicious and healthy on the table quickly, with a clean-up that’s even faster. Because as meditative and satisfying as it can be to do the dishes and get lost in that chore for a bit — I get some good ideas this way — I would really rather be going for a walk after dinner or reading or hanging with my kids or basically doing something else besides cleaning up. Wouldn’t you? Here are 10 recipes that will help you make dinner.
It’s hard to go wrong with a sheet pan full of veggies, and this one is pretty perfect for using up an abundance of fresh produce and pairing it with chicken, too.
Sometimes you just want a really big salad for dinner, one that totally satisfies. The key to a good salad is building ingredients that balance each other in both flavor and their benefits. This one from Happy Veggie Kitchen doesn’t skimp on healthy fats or protein and doesn’t leave you hungry.
On their own, these ingredients are superstars. When you put them together, they’re a combo of sweet, earthy and nutty. This one-skillet dish is ready in a half an hour and doesn’t require precooked quinoa; it all comes together in the pan.
Salmon is a great candidate for a sheet-pan dinner, but as with all dinners cooked this way, it’s about staging the ingredients. Halved potatoes first with garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper, followed by the asparagus and salmon with a honey citrus glaze.
Shave minutes off dinner prep by making the ricotta pesto in the food processor ahead of time. Blanch the broccoli rabe to tame some of that assertive bitterness. And watch the frittata ds its thing in the oven in a cast iron pan—a total hands-off cooking process.
Oh, sweet potatoes, you are so versatile. This one brings together kale and shrimp and is ready for dinner tonight in a hurry. Serve with a green salad and it’s ready for anyone at your dinner table who’s following Whole30 gluten free, and/or paleo protocol. It also only requires four ingredients. Score!
It’s not all zoodles here, so you still get both carbs and veggies. They cook in one pot with onion, garlic, pepper, and coconut milk for a delicious weeknight curry in a hurry.
No, this doesn’t use two different vessels: you put all your taco-loving ingredients (chicken thighs, red onion, and cauliflower rice, for starters) on the sheet pan, transfer to a bowl, and then drizzle it all with a flavorful cilantro coconut butter sauce. This recipe is perfect for anyone following keto, paleo, Whole30 or AIP-based diets—it meets all those protocol requirements.
Cooking gnocchi in a pan to crisp it up adds a level of texture to what can be a bland, heavy food. Paired with tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms, and just some good olive oil and salt and pepper, and dinner is ready in 30 minutes. Grab a bowl.
Pork chops are a great candidate for the sheet pan treatment, especially bone-in ones, which tend to have more flavor and retain their moisture better than their boneless counterparts. Here, they’re paired with apples, their perennial counterpart. Serve alongside rice (cauliflower or otherwise, this recipe is paleo and Whole30), a green salad, and/or some roasted sweet potatoes.
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