Before I discovered sheet pan dinners, an existential dread used to wash over me every weekday at about 5 p.m., aka when I was confronted with the question of what to make for dinner. As I recently confessed, I don't love to cook, so the idea of throwing together an elaborate meal à la Martha Stewart wasn't (and, honestly, still isn't) very appealing. I'm of the mindset that a weeknight meal shouldn't require spending more than 30 minutes in the kitchen.
Enter sheet pan dinners. The ultimate in lazy cooking, these easy recipes simply require slicing up veggies, reaching for staple pantry spices, and tossing everything together on a single sheet pan before placing it all in the oven. Ahead, I'm sharing the sheet pan dinners that I keep on constant rotation. Spanning easy poblano chicken fajitas to a pan roasted pomegranate glazed salmon, these simple recipes are why my sheet pan is the most used tool in my kitchen, period.
Honey Mustard Chicken With Vegetables
The Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken With Vegetables
Why I Love It: I've come to terms with the fact that I shouldn't attempt recipes requiring more than five minutes of marinating time. Enter this flavorful sheet pan honey mustard chicken, which calls for mixing together a nine-ingredient marinade that you simply brush onto the protein just before popping it into the oven. It's simple, delicious, and, most important, easy.
Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas
The Recipe: Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas
Why I Love It: Tacos are a staple meal in my apartment, and this easy sheet pan recipe is the only thing that stops me from spending all my money at Reuben's Tacos (which is 100% delicious, if you ever find yourself in Los Angeles). While this recipe calls for a homemade mixture of spices (as opposed to the store-bought variety), it's surprisingly simple to make.
Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
The Recipe: Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
Why I Love It: From start to finish, this recipe is ready in 30 minutes flat, making it the ideal meal for busy weeknights. Although it can be a bit tricky to track down the pomegranate molasses, trust me: It's worth the extra effort to make a special trip to Whole Foods. If it's any consolation, you'll use every last drop of the rich sauce making this recipe on repeat.
Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie "Stir-Fry"
The Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie "Stir-Fry"
Why I Love It: For dinner that doubles as tomorrow's lunch, this is my go-to recipe. Served over brown rice, this chicken and veggie sheet pan "stir-fry" makes for a great midday meal. I will say, in the interest of full disclosure, that I have omitted the oyster sauce and red wine vinegar from the stir-fry sauce on multiple occasions in the interest of saving time while grocery shopping.
Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
The Recipe: Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
Why I Love It: This recipe contains all the elements of a great sheet pan dinner: a little protein, lots of veggies, and a generous amount of flavorful spices. While this recipe specifically calls for Old Bay seasoning, you can simply use a combination of garlic salt, ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, and paprika if you don't want to add another container to your pantry.
Harissa Chicken With Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
Why I Love It: Made with harissa, a hot chili pepper paste, this healthy sheet pan dinner is brimming with flavor. I typically buy the spicy seasoning at Trader Joe's, but, as Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest notes in the recipe, it's also available at Whole Foods or Amazon. I make this recipe so often that harissa has officially earned a permanent spot among my pantry essentials.
One-Pan Healthy Sausage, Chickpeas, and Veggies
The Recipe: One-Pan Healthy Sausage, Chickpeas, and Veggies
Why I Love It: Not to sound overly dramatic, but the discovery of Trader Joe's chicken sausage changed my life. With flavors ranging from spicy jalapeño to sweet apple, there are plenty of options to keep this sheet pan dinner from getting old. (Ed. note: This post is not sponsored by Trader Joe's. I'm just a genuine fan of its products.)