8 Healthy & Easy Winter Sheet Pan Dinners You’ll Love
The worst part about making a homemade dinner for friends or family is cleaning up afterward. It seems as if there’s always an endless pile of dishes after most meals. But that’s not the case when you make a sheet pan dinner, as everything is cooked on one (or two, depending on how much food you want to cook) sheet pan, resulting in minimal dishes. Not only is the cleanup easy, but most winter sheet pan dinners are relatively simple to make as well, and with a combination of protein and vegetables, are typically very healthy.
These winter sheet pan dinners are also customizable, as you can cook whatever you have in the fridge — including in-season winter fruits and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, apples, and sweet potatoes.
1. Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Brussels Sprouts
It’s not often that you see apples represented well on the dinner plate, but the winter fruit shines in this sheet pan recipe, which also utilizes perfectly-marinated chicken, and winter vegetables like sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. The weather’s cold out, so this simple sheet meal is the perfect way to warm up and fill up as each serving contains 30 grams of protein.
Try the recipe from Well Plated.
2. Italian Herb Tofu and Winter Vegetable
Just because it seems as if the world goes into hibernation during the winter doesn’t mean that everything has to stop growing. This recipe, which features seasoned tofu, butternut squash, red cabbage, and red onion proves that point as the three vegetables thrive in the winter season. They also thrive in this recipe, which only contains 342 calories per serving.
Try the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
3. Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies
It’s always fun to eat foods like hot wings and veggie trays during game days, and this recipe is able to capture those flavors while also making them suitable for a family dinner. Not only that, but the recipe also uses winter vegetables like cauliflower for a perfectly-balanced and in-season meal.
Try the recipe from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.
4. Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sheet Pan Chicken
With all of the components of a perfect summer cookout, this barbecue chicken dish also works well in the winter, and conveniently only takes 30 minutes to cook in the oven. This recipe calls for cooking up asparagus alongside the chicken and potatoes, but feel free to swap for another in-season vegetable, like Brussels sprouts or broccoli.
Try the recipe from Killing Thyme.
5. Sheet Pan Cauliflower Fajitas with Black Beans
Sometimes it can be hard to get non-vegetarians to eat a meal without meat, but not in the case of this flavor-packed, nutritious recipe that swaps meat for winter vegetable cauliflower and black beans for some extra plant-based protein. The sheet pan meal is seasoned with cumin, chili powder, and paprika, so it’s packing a lot of flavors and some heat as well.
Try the recipe from How Sweet Eats.
6. Sheet Pan Piri Piri Chicken
This whole chicken recipe may seem a little complex at first, especially the part where you have to cook the entire bird on a single sheet pan, but it’s not too tricky once you master the art of spatchcocking the chicken, a rather intimidating term for something as simple as just removing the backbone. The best part of this recipe? It’s so simple to make, and only has six ingredients, including fresh winter vegetables like sweet potatoes.
Try the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.
7. Sheet Pan Szechuan Chicken and Brussels Sprouts
Skip the takeout for a night and make this recipe instead, which only requires 20 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven. If you don’t like chicken or are a vegetarian, then you can easily swap out the protein in this recipe for tofu. Well-cooked and deliciously-seasoned brussels sprouts serve as an optimal side in winter when they’re fresh.
Try the recipe from Feasting at Home.
8. Sheet Pan Eggs
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, so why not have it twice? This sheet pan recipe is great not only when you feel like having breakfast for dinner, but also want something healthy. This protein-packed recipe calls for red peppers and mushrooms to be cooked in with the eggs, but you can use whatever veggies are in season, like brussels sprouts or broccoli during the winter.
Try the recipe from Little Sunny Kitchen.