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All-in-One Sheet Pan Dinners!

POSTED February 25, 2020

If the words “what can I make for dinner?” have never anxiously popped into your mind when it’s time for the evening meal, we need your secret! In the meantime, the rest of us are getting ready for a few stress-free, mostly healthy, mouth-watering sheet pan dinners! These recipes are not just a snap — they cover all the food groups AND tasty bases! 

Everything from roasted chicken to jambalaya can be cooked in/on a sheet pan – which by our definition means a rimmed baking sheet used largely to bake cookies or roast veggies. If yours is a little tired and worn, Walmart at 133 Sam Walton Lane in Castle Rock carries the Nordic Ware brand with a lifetime guarantee!

Baked New York Strip and Flank Steak

Averie Cooks has a 15-minute Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli dinner that’s just as tasty as take-out, and takes less time to make than to order! You’ll need soy sauce, garlic, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice vinegar and ground ginger. Add the flank steak, broccoli florets, green onions and sesame seeds and bam! Into the oven for 15 minutes and you’re ready to eat. Averie says you can add cayenne or red pepper flakes for a little kick, but either way it’s healthier than what you can pick up at a neighborhood restaurant. 

As part of its 41 Sheet Pan Dinners collection, the Food Network created the ultimate surf-and-turf with its Steakhouse Sheet Pan Dinner featuring creamed spinach (in ramekins), potatoes au gratin, a few seasoned shrimp and two juicy New York strip steaks! And The Kitchn has a Broiled Steak with Asparagus and Feta that sounds just as tasty. Talk about an easy steak dinner with all the trimmings! 

A Little Different Approach

And who doesn’t like Chicken and Waffles? In a sheet pan! The chicken breasts are crispy and oven-fried and the homestyle waffles are an amazing savory combo, topped with lemon-thyme butter. The secret to this recipe – we think – has to be tossing the chicken pieces in sour cream before coating in thyme-spiced crushed cornflakes.

The Food Network also concocted a little different approach to Vegetarian Chili, spreading it in a sheet pan with 12 cornbread biscuits cooked on top. The chili is a combination of cauliflower, fire-roasted corn, and black beans – with plenty of chili fixings like tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and poblano pepper.

Sheet Pan Chicken with Rainbow Vegetables takes the award for most colorful concoction. With red peppers, carrots, yellow squash and broccoli florets, blogger Erin at Well Plated turned for inspiration to the simplicity of Italian seasoning, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese.

If you like fish, Bon Appétit’s  Baked Snapper with Harissa, new potatoes and spring onions looks easy enough. Harissa (we had to look it up) is a North African hot chili pepper paste and chefs are calling it the new Sriracha. And the Sheet Pan Tilapia and Vegetable Medley from Taste of Home is another healthy seafood find, with fresh sugar snap peas and a tarragon punch (although any mild herb, such as dill, chervil or parsley will do).

Exotic Potatoes and Pork 

Samantha blogs for My Kitchen Love and makes “everyday family meals extraordinary”! Her Za’atar Pork Tenderloin with sweet potatoes and cauliflower is another quick and healthy meal that takes about 30 minutes from prep to table. Samantha calls it a true dump-and-bake meal with za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend that even kids like. You can find it – or make your own with sumac — at the Mythri Indian Groceries store, 15 minutes away in Lone Tree.

The fragrance of anything made with rosemary can make your mouth water and your taste buds anticipate. Blogger Taylor at The Girl on the Bloor adds it to her Sheet Pan Sausage and Root Vegetables dish. Her recipe calls for brussels sprouts, beets and sweet potatoes, and she uses turkey sausage – the link kind — sliced into rounds, but you can use whatever sausage you prefer.

Pull Up a Chair in Crystal Valley

Whether you whip up dinner in a pressure-or-slow cooker, or on a sheet pan, the kitchens in the master-planned community Crystal Valley are the pen-ultimate for home chefs. All the new homes here, from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton are set in natural surroundings with easy access to nearby amenities. Find the new home of your dreams in either a ranch or two-story model, priced from the $300s. 


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