12 Simple and Healthy Sheet Pan Dinners for Winter

Background and History:

Sheet pan dinners are a modern solution to busy lives. They originated from the need to create easy, one-pan meals that save time and reduce the hassle of cooking and cleaning up. In winter, these meals offer the added bonus of warmth and comfort. Let’s explore 12 simple and healthy sheet pan dinners perfect for the colder months.

1. Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken and Veggies

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Ingredients:

    • 4 chicken thighs
    • 4 cups mixed veggies (carrots, broccoli, bell peppers)
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 lemon, sliced
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions:

    • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
    • Toss veggies and chicken with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper on a sheet pan.
    • Place lemon slices on top.
    • Roast for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Nutrition Facts:

    • Calories: 350
    • Protein: 25g
    • Carbs: 15g
    • Fat: 20g
  • Notes:

    • Customize veggies to your liking.
    • Serve with a side of brown rice for a complete meal.
  • Allergy Warning:

    • Contains poultry.

2. Salmon and Asparagus with Dill Sauce

  • Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Ingredients:

    • 2 salmon fillets
    • 1 bunch asparagus
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
    • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. Place salmon and asparagus on a sheet pan.
    3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until salmon flakes easily.
  • Nutrition Facts:

    • Calories: 350
    • Protein: 30g
    • Carbs: 8g
    • Fat: 20g
  • Notes:

    • Drizzle dill sauce (made with lemon juice, zest, and dill) over salmon before serving.
  • Allergy Warning:

    • Contains fish.

(Continue with similar formatting for the remaining 10 sheet pan dinner recipes.)

3. Spiced Roasted Root Vegetables

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes
  • Ingredients:

    • 4 cups mixed root veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips)
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
    2. Toss veggies with olive oil and spices.
    3. Roast for 30-35 minutes until tender, stirring once.
  • Nutrition Facts:

    • Calories: 180
    • Protein: 2g
    • Carbs: 30g
    • Fat: 6g
  • Notes:

    • Add a drizzle of honey for extra sweetness.
  • Allergy Warning:

    • None.

4. Maple Glazed Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts

  • Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Ingredients:

    • 2 bone-in pork chops
    • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. Mix maple syrup, olive oil, and mustard.
    3. Coat pork chops and sprouts with the mixture.
    4. Roast for 20-25 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts:

    • Calories: 350
    • Protein: 25g
    • Carbs: 20g
    • Fat: 20g
  • Notes:

    • Baste with extra glaze halfway through cooking.
  • Allergy Warning:

    • None.
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