Confession: When we want to whip up a flavorful meal without spending more than an hour in the kitchen, we turn to quick and easy sheet pan dinners. What could be easier than chopping up some hearty vegetables, sprinkling on a mixture of mouthwatering seasonings, and tossing it all in the oven? Spoiler alert: nothing (sorry, it was a rhetorical question).
Because we're of the mindset that weeknight meals shouldn't require a ton of thought, we've rounded up easy dinner recipes (try these easy, delicious pastas too) that don't compromise on flavor just for the sake of saving time. Spanning a Cuban-inspired sheet pan chicken recipe that's brightened up with freshly squeezed lime to a tasty Greek souvlaki that's packed with flavorful potatoes, these simple meals are about to become your new go-tos for weeknight dinners. And the best part is that they all come together in under an hour.
Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken With Citrus Avocado Salsa
The Hero Ingredient: The fresh winter citrus lends fresh, bright flavor to this simple sheet pan dinner, so stock your grocery cart full of ripe oranges and limes.
The Pro Tip: This sheet pan Cuban chicken recipe is the ultimate easy weeknight meal. "I'm all about a dinner that can be made entirely on one pan," confesses recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "Using just one pan means less to clean, minimal hands-on time, and typically a pretty quick-cooking meal."
The Clincher: The avocado salsa. The creaminess of the avocado nicely complements the spiciness of the cayenne pepper–seasoned chicken. When topped with the fresh citrus juice, the salsa brightens up the dish.
Roasted Vegetable Salad With Chimichurri
The Hero Ingredient: The chimichurri. Made with a combination of cilantro and parsley and seasoned with jalapeños, garlic, and avocado, this simple dressing comes together in just 10 minutes in a food processor.
The Pro Tip: Not only is this roasted vegetable salad recipe insanely healthy, but it's also super easy to make. "I've been digging roasted vegetables lately because they're the easiest way to make vegetables tender, delicious, and easier to digest," says Dana of Minimalist Baker. "And even with the roasting time, this remains a 30-minute recipe."
The Clincher: The macadamia nut cheese. Though it's listed as an optional ingredient, this creamy, dairy-free cheese gives this dish an extra dose of creaminess.
Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas
The Hero Ingredient: The poblano peppers. When roasted with sliced bell peppers and onions, these mild chili peppers give these fajitas just the right amount of heat.
The Pro Tip: This sheet pan fajitas recipe can easily be modified to accommodate a vegetarian diet. "If you're a veggie eater, may I suggest swapping the chicken for one can of black beans or chickpeas and then doubling up on the peppers," offers Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "Because as a veggie-loving freak, I think that would be equally amazing," she adds.
The Clincher: A sprinkle of chopped cilantro and a generous squeeze of lime. Topping these tasty fajitas with simple, fresh ingredients brings out the flavor of the Mexican blend spices.
Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
The Hero Ingredient: The roasted chickpeas. Seasoned with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and smoked paprika, these little legumes pack a flavorful punch.
The Pro Tip: The garlic herb sauce served with these Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes really makes this dish. As you're making the sauce, "taste and adjust seasonings as needed," advises Dana of Minimalist Baker. "Add more garlic for more zing, salt for savoriness, lemon juice for freshness, and dill for a more intense herb flavor."
The Clincher: The garlic herb sauce (as mentioned above). Featuring creamy hummus, dried dill, aromatic garlic, and fresh lemon, this tasty sauce will have you licking your plate clean.
Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
The Hero Ingredient: The pomegranate glaze. A mixture of pomegranate molasses, pomegranate juice, sweet chili sauce, ginger, and garlic, this glaze is sweet, slightly spicy, and totally tasty.
The Pro Tip: "Start out by roasting up some brussels sprouts, which if you don't like can easily be swapped for a veggie you do love," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest on this pan-roasted pomegranate glazed salmon recipe. "I think any kind of winter squash would be incredible, as would broccoli."
The Clincher: Bursting with flavor, the fresh pomegranate arils add a bit of crunch and tang to this sweet salmon dish. Be sure to serve with a generous handful for optimal results.
Roasted Vegetable Bowl With Lemon Tahini Dressing
The Hero Ingredient: The roasted vegetables. Who knew that simple roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower florets could taste so good?
The Pro Tip: "For easy prep, cook the grain, make the dressing, and chop the veggies in advance," advises recipe creator Sonja of A Couple Cooks of this roasted vegetable bowl recipe. "The day of, roast the veggies and put together the salad."
The Clincher: The lemon tahini dressing. Trust us, this creamy (yet surprisingly dairy-free dressing) ties the entire dish together, marrying the fresh salad greens, grains, and roasted and raw veggies.
Greek Sheet Pan Souvlaki and Potatoes
The Hero Ingredient: The potatoes. Roasted on the same pan as the chicken, the potatoes soak up all the flavorful spices and juices in the oven as they cook.
The Pro Tip: When chopping the vegetables for this sheet pan souvlaki and potatoes recipe, "It's important to slice the peppers on the thicker side so that they can cook for the same amount of time as the chicken and potatoes," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "For the onions, it's the opposite, I like to cut those pretty thinly so they can caramelize while cooking."
The Clincher: The feta. Crumble chunks of this salty, slightly tangy cheese over the pan once the chicken has had a chance to cool and then devour.