5 QUICK & EASY SHEET PAN DINNERS TO FEED A FAMILY | Stephanie Dreyer

5 QUICK & EASY SHEET PAN DINNERS TO FEED A FAMILY | Stephanie Dreyer

5 QUICK & EASY SHEET PAN DINNERS TO FEED A FAMILY

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Last week was a busy one. After picking up the kids from school and shuttling them to activities and appointments, I raced off to my own appointments and conference calls. Then, I picked up the kids and raced home to make dinner, with any other spare minute in between used to finalize preparations for Alex’s bat mitzvah in 3 weeks. Every moment seemed to have a task to complete!

The last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day was cook dinner or think about meal prep for the next day. Still, I managed to get a home cooked meal on the table every night (and lunch made for me and the kids). Thank goodness for batch cooking on the weekend! My other saving grace was the sheet pan dinner. I’m kinda new to the sheet pan dinner party. In case you are too, let me explain.

Sheet pan dinners are where you place some combo of veggies and protein on a sheet pan and let the oven do all the work for you. When the sheet pan is ready, dinner is served. It’s easy and convenient (You only have to wash one pan!). It’s also a great way to clean out your fridge and use up whatever produce is lying around.

As I prepped the Italian Roasted Veggie Bowls below, I started thinking about all of the other fun ways you could mix up sheet pan dinners. I challenged myself to come up with four more. Check them out below!

It takes about 20-30ish minutes to roast the contents on your sheet pan. If you batch cook your grains and prep your dressings or sauces on the weekend, you can get your meal on the table in less than 40 minutes. Healthy, homemade and fun. Dinner is served!

Change up what's for dinner with one of these plant-based sheet pan dinners. Your family will love these roasted veggie bowls, pita pockets, nachos (and more!) and you'll love the easy prep and clean up.

5 Quick & Easy Sheet Pan Dinners

1. Italian Roasted Veggies + Tofu Orzo Bowls

On the sheet pan:

Cherry tomatoes

Cubed tofu

Broccoli

Cremini mushrooms

Whole garlic cloves

Toss all of the above with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, an Italian herbs seasoning blend, salt and pepper. Roast at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve over cooked orzo and top with one or more of the dressing and toss-in options below.

Dressing and sauce options:

Italian dressing

Caesar

Lemon-garlic tahini sauce

Tasty toss-ins:

Kite Hill Ricotta

Pine nuts

Freshly, chopped basil

 

2. Greek Quinoa “Tabbouleh” Pita Pockets

On the sheet pan:

Cauliflower florets

Chickpeas (drained, rinsed and patted dry)

Kalamata olives (pitted)

Artichoke hearts

Pita bread

Toss all of the veggies and chickpeas with olive oil, dill and oregano (or Greek seasoning blend), garlic powder, salt and pepper. Roast at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (Place pita on the sheet pan about 5 minutes before the veggies are done. Toss the veggies and chickpeas with the quinoa and serve inside sliced pita halves with one or more of the dressing or toss-in options below.

Dressing and sauce options:

Red wine vinaigrette

Tahini sauce

Hummus

Tasty toss-ins:

Chopped cucumber

Fresh dill

Sun-dried tomatoes

 

3. Southwestern Tempeh & Corn Burritos

On the sheet pan:

Cubed tempeh

Corn (cut off the cob or canned, drained and rinsed)

Red bell pepper, chopped

Red onion, sliced

Toss all of the veggies and tempeh with olive oil and your favorite taco seasoning. Roast at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. About 5 minutes before the veggies and tempeh are done, place the flour tortillas on the sheet pan. When done cooking, scoop the tempeh and vegetable filling into the tortillas and top with one or more of the dressing and toss-in options below.

Dressing and sauce options:

Salsa

Taco sauce

Dairy-free sour cream

Tasty toss-ins:

Black beans (drained and rinsed) or refried beans

Sliced black olives

Sliced avocado

 

4. Black Bean & Vegan Beef Nachos

On the sheet pan:

Tortilla chips

Black beans (canned, drained and rinsed)

Veggie ground “beef”

Dairy-free cheddar cheese

Spread the tortilla chips out across the sheet pan. Srinkle the remaining ingredients on top, with the cheese last. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. When done cooking, top with one or more of the sauce and toss-in options below.

Sauce options:

Taco sauce

Guacamole

Dairy-free sour cream

Tasty toss-ins:

Cilantro

Chopped tomato

Chopped red onion

Chopped avocado

What do you think of this fun and easy meal idea for the family?

5. Cauliflower, Potato + Chickpea Curry Bowls

On the sheet pan:

Cauliflower florets

Chickpeas (canned, drained and rinsed)

Potatoes (scrubbed and cubed)

Toss all of the above with olive oil, curry powder and garam masala. Roast at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve over cooked jasmine rice and top with one or more of the dressing and toss-in options below.

Sauce options:

Bottled curry sauce (My family loves Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry)

Lime juice

Dairy-free Greek-style yogurt

Tasty toss-ins:

Cilantro

Peas

Peanuts

What do you think of this fun and easy meal idea for the family?



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