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3 Delicious Sheet Pan Meals to Try This Week


In today's fast-paced world, finding quick, delicious, healthy meal options can be challenging. A sheet pan meal is a complete dinner cooked on a single baking sheet, requiring minimal prep, little-to-no cleanup, and, most importantly, maximum flavor.

The Benefits of Sheet Pan Meals

Time and Energy Efficient: Preparing a sheet pan meal often requires chopping veggies, seasoning your protein, and placing everything on a baking sheet. Within 30-45 minutes, you'll have a complete meal ready to serve.

Easy Cleanup: Say goodbye to piles of dirty pots and pans. With a sheet pan meal, all you'll need to wash is the pan itself, saving you time and effort in the kitchen.

Customizable: The possibilities are endless! Mix and match your favorite proteins, veggies, and seasonings to create a meal that caters to your unique taste buds and dietary preferences.

Tips for Creating Healthy Sheet Pan Meals

Choose a Lean Protein: Opt for lean proteins like chicken breast, turkey, fish, or tofu to keep your sheet pan meals nutritious and heart-healthy.

Use an Abundance of Veggies: Fill your pan with a colorful array of veggies for a nutrient-dense meal. Choose veggies with varying textures and flavors to create a more satisfying dining experience.

Season Wisely: Opt for herbs, spices, and low-sodium marinades to add flavor without unnecessary salt or unhealthy additives.

Make It Balanced: Aim for a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats in your sheet pan meal. Including a variety of foods will help you feel more satisfied.

Sheet Pan Recipes to Try

Lemon Herb Chicken and Veggie Sheet Pan

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved

  • 1 lb. baby potatoes, halved

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and thyme in a small bowl. Place chicken, Brussels sprouts, and baby potatoes on a large sheet pan and drizzle with the lemon herb mixture. Toss to coat evenly and arrange in a single layer on the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and the vegetables are tender. Serve and enjoy!

Chili-Lime Shrimp and Asparagus Sheet Pan

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tsp. chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Combine lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, and cumin in a small bowl. Place shrimp and asparagus on a large sheet pan and drizzle with the chili-lime mixture. Toss to coat evenly and arrange in a single layer on the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 8-10 minutes until the shrimp are pink and cooked through and the asparagus is tender. Serve with quinoa or brown rice for a complete meal.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon and Root Vegetables Sheet Pan

Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon fillets

  • 1 lb. baby carrots

  • 1 lb. parsnips, peeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tbsp. honey

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, and garlic in a small bowl. Place salmon, baby carrots, parsnips, and red onion on a large sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat the vegetables evenly and arrange in a single layer around the salmon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 15 minutes, then brush the salmon with the balsamic glaze. Continue roasting for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork and vegetables are tender. Serve and enjoy!

Sheet pan meals are an excellent solution for anyone seeking a healthy, convenient, and delicious way to prepare dinner. With endless flavor combinations and the ability to tailor each dish to your specific dietary needs, sheet pan meals are perfect for busy weeknights, meal prepping, or entertaining guests.


Bonus

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I hope to see you soon!

Dr. Jennifer Dillman, ND, FNTP



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