8 Easy Sheet Pan Meals for Families
December 21, 2020
4 min. read
Looking for large-batch, no fuss, easy cleanup recipes for those busy weekdays and nights? Then sheet pan meals are the way to go! By simply layering and baking various protein options, veggies, grains, and seasonings on a rimmed baking sheet, you can prepare a wholesome meal for your family in under an hour with little to no hassle.
And couldn’t we all use a bit less hassle in our lives?
Recently, we’re all finding ourselves pulled in many different directions and wearing multiple hats at the same time. Some have become makeshift homeschool teachers; others, full-time home cooks and family entertainers. To top it all off, we’re in the middle of the winter holiday season, which brings its own list of “to-dos.”
But preparing healthy homemade meals for our families doesn’t have to be a chore. Everyone could use a good “life hack” from time to time, and sheet pan meals are one of the best. These recipes are versatile and easy to customize; plus, they allow you to multitask. While your all-in-one meal bakes away in the oven, you’re free to go about your day, checking other things off your list. The best part is that since everything is prepared on a single baking sheet (other than the occasional mixing bowl or cooking utensil), your kitchen stays effortlessly clean up until meal time.
Here are 8 sheet pan meal ideas perfect for any type of household:
1. Sheet Pan Chicken Recipe
Chicken is one of the most popular protein options for home-cooked dinners. It’s easy to cook, super versatile, and appeals to all ages. Try this recipe for Sheet Pan Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken, which pairs Italian-seasoned, breaded chicken breast with sides of roasted baby potatoes and asparagus for a nutritious and satisfying all-in-one meal.
Bonus: Watch a video tutorial of this recipe, below!
2. Sheet Pan Seafood Recipe
One-pan cooking methods are also great with seafood dishes like this Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi, which simultaneously bakes squash and zucchini medallions alongside lemony, garlicky shrimp and cheesy garlic bread made with Martin’s 12-Sliced Slider Potato Rolls.
3. Sheet Pan Burgers Recipe
If you’re like us, you’ve often craved burgers at a time of year when it just isn’t feasible to spend a long time outside at your grill. Thankfully, this Sheet Pan Burgers recipe allows you to prepare a large batch of burger sliders in the convenience of your home using a single sheet pan and your oven. Simply bake the entire sheet of seasoned burger meat (atop of a bed of grated onions), then stack it onto two sheets of slider buns, top with your favorite fixings, cut apart and serve!
4. Sheet Pan Sandwiches Recipe
Dinner isn’t the only meal that could benefit from this clever cooking technique. When you’re in a rush to serve lunch to a crowd of picky eaters, try making these easy Assorted Sheet Pan Panini! The overlapping rows of sandwiches enable you to prepare multiple variations at one time using your oven, without having to get out the panini press or dirty your favorite skillet.
5. Sheet Pan Breakfast Recipe
Busy at breakfast time? Use a baking sheet to prepare six Sheet Pan Eggs-in-a-Hole at once. These Butter Bread toasts topped with bacon, fried eggs, and parmesan cheese are an easy “win” for a fun and filling first meal of the day.
6. Sheet Pan Appetizer Recipe
Open-Faced Ham, Pear, and Cheese Melts make for a super quick and easy snack or light lunch option. With only five ingredients and less than ten minutes, you can bake up these toasty open-faced sandwiches on Martin’s Potato Bread with zero effort!
7. Sheet Pan Vegetarian Recipe
Looking for a vegetarian dinner option that still packs plenty of flavor? Try this Sheet Pan Broccoli Bake which includes a combination of roasted veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, artichokes, lemon (and whatever else you want to add), along with toasty bread cubes and fresh mozzarella cheese for a deliciously fulfilling dinner that’s not lacking in taste.
8. Sheet Pan Hoagie Recipe
Once you consider that sheet pan meals can also be turned into subs, hoagies, and other kinds of sandwiches, the possibilities are wide open. Cubed chicken marinated in a honey, soy sauce, and garlic mixture, baked together with onions and bell peppers turns into these wonderful Honey Garlic Chicken Hoagies with the help of Martin’s Hoagie Rolls. (Or you might switch up the marinade, veggie, or protein choice and make your own unique creation!)
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