Sheet pan dinners are one of the easiest ways to get dinner on the table, fast. Plus, if you line your baking pans with foil or parchment paper, there’s virtually no clean-up!
Indeed, you might think these fuss-free meals are limited to a protein and vegetable, but you can easily incorporate carbs like pasta and rice, making sheet pan dinners as versatile as other easy cooking techniques. Below, Maegan shares her tips for her family’s faves:
Sheet Pan Pizza
This one will be a regular on your family’s weekly rotation. “It’s super customizable,” says Maegan. She says: “Use any toppings your family would enjoy most or divide it up and do each quarter of the sheet pan with different toppings.” With lots of family in and out of your house over the holidays, Sheet Pan Pizza can easily accommodate different dietary restrictions and preferences.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Pad Thai
This is another recipe that can be easily customized (swap the shrimp for chicken or tofu). The recipe calls for uncooked noodles to pair with broth right on the pan—no messy wok required! It may be the recipe that changes how you think of sheet pan dinner. “The shrimp come out moist and plump. The vegetables are tender crisp and the sauce is rich and flavorful,” notes Maegan.
Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice
Maegan says this one is a favorite of her children. “Our kids love the way the rice crisps up a bit as it bakes and they love how it’s simply seasoned,” says Maegan. You can omit anything your kids won’t including (for instance, the veggies can be served on the side…or not at all).
Just in time for the holidays, order Maegan’s newest book, Brilliant Bites, with 75 small bites for any event you host.
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