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8 30-Minute Sheet Pan Recipes to Streamline Dinner

February 3, 2024
Courtesy of Kara Lydon

The daily dinnertime grind can really wear you down. After a long day, it can be hard to muster up the motivation for lots of prep, not to mention washing dishes. That’s why 30-minute sheet pan dinners are clutch: They’re fast, they’re simple, and cleanup is a snap. The trick is finding recipes that fit this bill that are also healthy, tasty, and satisfying. Here are 8 recipes for every taste and craving, and all will leave you happier than ordering takeout. 

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1. Sheet Pan Vegan Roasted Ratatouille

Sheet pan ratatouille

Courtesy of The Baking Fairy

We experience food with our eyes first, which is one of the reasons this sheet pan meal is so appealing: It’s colorful. It’s also really simple, and plant-based (though it would also be fantastic with fried eggs on top). Change up the spices for a different flavor, if you like.

Try this recipe from The Baking Fairy.

2. 20-Minute Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos

Sheet pan chicken nachos

Courtesy of Joyful Healthy Eats

OK, we’re not saying nachos are the absolute healthiest meal ever… but with chicken, black beans, and cheese, they’re rich in protein, and you can pile on the veggie toppings as well. Use your favorite baked tortilla chips (we love these grain-free ones).

Try this recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats.

3. Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Tofu

Sheet pan lemon-pepper tofu

Courtesy of Simple Veganista

Sometimes you just want a really simple dinner, and this plant-based recipe fits the bill. With 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep, it’s perfect for those nights when you. Just. Can’t. Pro tip: If you use high-protein tofu, you don’t have to press it, saving you a step.

Try this recipe from Simple Veganista.

4. Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Sheet pan shrimp fajitas

Courtesy of Number 2 Pencil

Sizzling fajitas are always a crowd pleaser – and they’ll please you, too, with simple prep and cleanup. Tender shrimp, colorful bell peppers, and onions come together with spices for a zesty meal. Warm tortillas or toss a salad while it cooks, and don’t forget the guac and sour cream. Use a pre-made taco seasoning blend to save even more time, if you like.

Try this recipe from Number 2 Pencil.

5. Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Sheet pan maple-mustard sweet potatoes

Courtesy of Running to the Kitchen

Here’s a new chicken dish to add to your rotation, with economical bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, and crunchy pecans. Maple syrup, mustard, apple cider vinegar, and spices tie the ingredients together and make this quick and easy dish extra-flavorful.

Try this recipe from Running to the Kitchen.

6. Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies

Pesto salmon and vegetables

Courtesy of Kara Lydon

Store-bought pesto is your secret weapon to give this super-healthy meal tons of flavor quickly. With plenty of protein, healthy omega-3 fats, and colorful, nutrient-rich vegetables, this is one sheet pan that really delivers. Swap out the vegetables in the recipe for whatever you have on hand. 

Try this recipe from Kara Lydon.

7. 30-Minute BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ chicken pizza

Courtesy of Ahead of Thyme

Sure, you could have a pizza delivered in 30 minutes – but when you DIY, you get to control what’s in it. We love the scallions, cilantro, and microgreens on this one, and the smoky barbecue sauce gives it something special. Buy some fresh dough from your local pizza place, or try a healthy frozen crust, like this one or this one.

Try this recipe from Ahead of Thyme.

8. One-Pan Honey Mustard Pork Chops and Veggies

Sheet pan honey mustard pork chops

Courtesy of The Real Food Dietitians

Lean boneless pork chops are great for weeknights, because they cook quickly, they’re easy on the wallet, and they’re super versatile. Here you season them simply and then cook them on a sheet pan along with potatoes and green beans. While that’s going, you whip up a quick but flavorful honey-mustard sauce to drizzle over. This is a meat and potatoes dish you’ll love, especially when there’s only one pan to wash.

Try this recipe from The Real Food Dietitians.

Read next: 6 Mediterranean Diet Sheet Pan Recipes for Easy Weeknights


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