20 Sheet Pan Meals Perfect For Spring

Jess Richardson | Mar 28, 2019 Food & Party
20 Sheet Pan Meals Perfect For Spring
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What is easier and better than a sheet pan meal? We love the simplicity of slapping a bunch of ingredients together, throwing them on a baking sheet, and putting them right in the oven -- and knowing that we're using a pretty darn healthy cooking technique that takes very little effort. Sheet pan meals are an amazing answer to weeknight cooking, when we just have 15 minutes to put together a meal for the whole family (and let's be honest, not even that, but we have to find time anyway). Although we adore using an Instant Pot for superfast meals, sometimes we don't want that Instant Pot texture -- it's just nice to have crispy edges and a crackling crust. Same with the joys of the slow cooker -- as much as we love to "set it and forget it," we also sometimes want crispiness, not mushiness, right?

We also have this life-saving pro tip: Trying to remove gunk that's been baked onto a sheet pan is nearly impossible. Instead, we love lining sheet pans before throwing them in the oven, which makes cleanup basically a 30-second process. There are a few options for lining baking sheets. Parchment paper is the most elegant choice just because it looks so pretty and makes things so greaseless; it works well for a lot of these recipes. There's also aluminum foil, which is extremely useful in the kitchen, not to mention it's a material that's very easily recycled. That makes it an environmentally wise purchase -- although there are some ingredients that will tend to stick to aluminum that won't stick to parchment. Then there are silicone mats, which are BPA-free (no worries there) but are a bit of an investment at the outset. We think they're well worth the money, however, because we can use them over and over again with a quick wash (and stuff doesn't tend to stick to them much at all). 

  • 15-Minute Sheet Pan Beef & Broccoli

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    15-Minute Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli
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    How much do we love Chinese takeout? So, so much. However, we know that it isn't really the healthiest thing in the entire world -- and it's also not the best for our budgets to be ordering out all the time. Solution: 15-minute sheet pan beef and broccoli. Cheap, easy, delicious.

  • Honey Lemon Chicken With Asparagus

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    Honey Lemon Chicken With Asparagus
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    If it's hard to get kids to eat good food, this honey lemon chicken with asparagus is the absolute answer. The honey turns into this great, sweet-and-savory glaze that everyone adores.

  • Sheet Pan Pesto Pizza with Artichokes & Broccoli

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    Sheet Pan Pesto Pizza with Artichokes and Broccoli
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    Every kid loves pizza night, and it's easy to justify doing it at least once a week when there are healthy, yummy options such as this amazing sheet pan pesto pizza with artichokes and broccoli.

  • Sheet Pan Lemon Herb Tuna Steaks & Potatoes

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    Sheet Pan Lemon Herb Tuna Steaks and Potatoes
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    Seriously, we would serve this sheet pan lemon herb tuna steaks and potatoes to our in-laws literally any day. It looks so elegant, and it takes just 15 minutes of prep time and then 15 minutes in the oven. That's amazing, right?

  • Sheet Pan Buddha Bowls With Turmeric Tahini Dressing

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    Sheet Pan Buddha Bowls with Turmeric Tahini Dressing
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    Buddha bowls are all the rage, and we can understand why -- we all need to eat more veggies. This recipe for sheet pan Buddha bowls with turmeric tahini dressing is so tasty and colorful too!

  • Old Bay Shrimp & Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

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    Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
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    We love the flavors of Chesapeake Bay, but we rarely want to spend the time needed to make them sing. However, sheet pans to the rescue again! This Old Bay shrimp and sausage sheet pan dinner is so flavorful and amazing. 

  • Easy Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner

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    Easy Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner
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    This easy sheet pan lamb dinner is so perfect for spring holidays -- whether celebrating Easter or Passover, we love using lamb, and we especially love not having to clean up from it splattering all over the stovetop. 

  • Baked Crispy Tofu & Peanut Sauce Stir Fry

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    Think kids would never go for tofu? Try adding peanut butter to it. This baked crispy tofu & peanut sauce stir fry takes all the yumminess of a stir fry and makes it healthier and even crispier by baking it in the oven. We love it. 

  • Sheet Pan Gnocchi & Roast Vegetables

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    Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Roast Vegetables
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    How in the world had sheet pan gnocchi never occurred to us before this recipe?! We don't know, but we're never going back. Sheet pan gnocchi and roast vegetables creates these perfect little bites with rich, roasted flavors that sing.

  • Sheet Pan Jambalaya

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    Sheet Pan Jambalaya
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    We love Louisiana flavors, but we never have time to make a true jambalaya, which takes forever. This sheet pan jambalaya, however, is such an incredible substitute, we can take a virtual trip to New Orleans whenever we feel like it. 

  • Sheet Pan Nachos

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    Want to win the "mom of the year" award? Let kids design their own sheet pan nachos with just the right amount of toppings and cheese on all the parts. (Plus, hey, if they're in charge of assembling, it's less work for us.)

  • Sheet Pan Ranch Pork Loin

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    Sheet Pan Ranch Pork Loin
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    This dinner is so easy and delicious, but comes out looking so good, it's perfect for either a regular weeknight or a cute stay-at-home date night. Simple and inexpensive, sheet pan ranch pork loin also makes for delicious leftovers.

  • Sheet Pan Greek Chicken & Veggies

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    Sheet Pan Greek Chicken & Veggies
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    This sheet pan Greek chicken & veggies packs so much flavor. It's healthy, yummy, and a wonderful way to get kids to eat their vegetables. Plus, the leftovers are delicious the next day for veggie-packed gyros (or just reheating).

  • Sheet Pan Lemon Dijon Salmon & Asparagus

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    Sheet Pan Lemon Dijon Salmon & Asparagus
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    Who even knew that throwing a whole chunk of fish in the oven like this was an option? This sheet pan lemon Dijon salmon & asparagus is so tasty and elegant-looking, without taking basically any work at all. Win/win!

  • Sheet Pan Steak & Fries

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    Sheet Pan Steak and Fries
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    Sometimes we just don't have to overthink it. Sheet pan steak and fries is going to be a family favorite for a reason. And even though no, the fries aren't the world's healthiest side, they're definitely better for us than regular deep-fried fries!

  • Chipotle Pork Chop Sheet Pan Dinner

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    Chipotle Pork Chop Sheet Pan Dinner
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    So flavorful! This chipotle pork chop sheet pan dinner gives us all the bright, smoky, spiciness we're looking for without having to fire up the grill. It's perfect for a rainy spring night when grilling isn't really an option.

  • Sheet Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken & Broccoli

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    One of the most time-honored ways to get kids to eat more veggies? Add cheese. Sheet pan parmesan crusted chicken and broccoli is no exception, and it's sure to be beloved by everyone in the family.

  • Sheet Pan Tilapia Tacos

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    Sheet Pan Tilapia Tacos
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    We adore taco night, and never more than with these amazingly delicious sheet pan tilapia tacos. We love how the flaky, firm, mild tilapia absorbs the taco spices without imparting a whole lot of "fishy" flavor -- and so do kids. 

  • 15-Minute Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken & Pineapple

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    15-Minute Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple

    15-Minute sheet pan teriyaki chicken and pineapple is one of those meals that kids will ask for and we can easily smile and say "sure" because it takes 15 minutes to slap together. It's healthy enough, and we love it too. 

  • Sheet Pan Chili Lime Shrimp Fajitas

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    Sheet Pan Chili Lime Shrimp Fajitas
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    The recipe for this ultra delicious sheet pan chili lime shrimp fajitas calls for raw shrimp, but we keep a big bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer at all times for these kind of occasions. It's so easy to make it all come together!

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    Save these sheet pan meals to your Pinterest boards as your guide on how to cook delicious dishes that takes very little effort.

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