“What are some of your hobbies?”
I feel like everyone hates this question. Every time I am asked what hobbies I have, I realize I’m actually a really dull person. Is “none” an appropriate answer??
Okay, I actually do have a hobby: I love to cook! It just doesn’t feel like it counts as a hobby because cooking is such a fundamental part of my everyday life. I’ve always loved to cook but fell out of the habit for a while because I felt too busy to spend time in the kitchen.
The truth is, cooking began to feel like a nuisance when I had so many other responsibilities filling my day. The issue was that I was used to cooking recipes that were fun to make, but way too elaborate. By changing my recipe collection to feature simple sheet pan recipes, I found the perfect balance between fun and functional.
So, what are these sheet pan recipes? Amazing. Here’s the idea:
- Start out by covering a baking sheet with tin foil.
- Mix up some chopped up veggies and meat (if that’s your protein of choice) in some olive oil and seasoning.
- Throw the concoction on the baking sheet and into the oven.
- And voila! Once it’s done cooking, you’re ready to eat.
Not only are these recipes quick to make, but cleanup is a breeze. Even though the concept is simple, these meals are just as delicious as some of my most elaborate dishes. Plus, they pack in tons of good-for-you nutrition and can fit even the strictest diets.
Here are some of my personal favorite baking sheet recipes:
Raise your hand if you love sweet potatoes more than I do (hint: NO hands should be up). I eat sweet potatoes nearly every other day, and this recipe is one of my go-tos for a quick fix. This sheet pan recipe from The Real Food Dietitians is packed full of nutrition and has a fun twist with the addition of cranberries.
Salmon can be a bit bland if not seasoned well, but this dish from Cafe Delites uses a quick and easy sauce that is bursting with flavor. This sheet pan recipe also features the full rainbow of peppers: red, green, and yellow. I like to include orange peppers as well for an added level of sweetness (plus they are my fav of the pepper family!).
I like to have this recipe handy when I feel like doing something a little different from the standard chicken and vegetable meal. Turkey sausage is a healthier alternative to traditional sausage links but still adds a nice full flavor to this dish from Averie Cooks. This recipe features veggies like zucchini, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, so even your tummy will be thanking you!
Asian dishes have always been challenging for me to make but this meal is both simple and delicious. Kelly from Life Made Sweeter features a flavorful homemade teriyaki sauce recipe in this dish, but I have also used Kikkoman’s Teriyaki Sauce as an alternative when time is tight. The results are equally delicious and go well with the pineapple, broccoli, carrots, and edamame beans.
This is one of my personal favorites for the fall months because it leaves my kitchen smelling like an autumn scented candle! This dish from Damn Delicious is a heartier sheet pan recipe that includes a deliciously sweet glaze for the apples and pork chops.
If you haven’t tried out any sheet pan recipes yet, these recipes give you some great ideas of how to get started. It’s tough to find the time (and motivation) to cook during busy work weeks, but these recipes are an awesome solution that pack in lots of flavor and nutrition. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some cooking to do!
Tried one of these sheet pan recipes out? Let me know about your experience! I would love to hear any thoughts or recommendations for other easy cooking ideas. Comment below and share your story.