How to Create a Sheet Pan Dinner

This post is all about how to choose combinations of veggies and protein to roast together on the same sheet pan for an easy one-pan meal. This method of cooking makes clean-up easier, saves time and effort, and is a great way to put a delicious dinner on the table when you don’t feel like cooking. All you need is some veggies, a protein, a sheet pan, parchment paper or aluminum foil, your cooking oil of choice, and a sprinkle of your favorite seasoning. Keep scrolling and I’ll teach you how to create a delicious sheet pan dinner along with some sheet pan dinner ideas and inspiration.

This kind of meal is perfect for using up odds and ends in your produce drawer. Simply choose a flavor profile, a protein, and some veggies, and build your meal. So simple, and so yummy!!

How to Create a Sheet Pan Dinner

Equipment:

Sheet Pan or Cookie Sheet

A sheet pan is just a big shallow baking tray, or cookie sheet. They work wonderfully for roasting veggies. Deeper roasting pans don’t get enough air flow and the veggies don’t crisp up as nicely.

Parchment Paper or Aluminum Foil

You’ll want to line your sheet pan with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup and to prevent sticking. I prefer parchment because nothing sticks to it, but foil is great too.

Step 1: Choose Your Protein

I suggest building the meal around your protein, as the protein can inspire the flavor direction and choice of veggie pairings.

  • marinated tofu (toss it in a little cornstarch or arrowroot powder for extra crispy tofu)
  • marinated tempeh
  • seasoned chickpeas
  • veggie sausage (I love the large beyond meat sausages… yum)
  • or your animal protein of choice (I don’t eat meat, but I found some great ideas here)

Step 2: Choose Your Veggies

Ask yourself: what veggies work well with your protein and flavor direction?

Note that different veggies have different cooking times, it’s important to group them together on a pan according to their cook time. (See below)

  • carrots
  • bell pepper
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • sunchokes
  • eggplant
  • mushrooms
  • squash
  • zucchini 
  • corn (whole or half cobs)
  • asparagus
  • green beans
  • cherry tomatoes
  • onions (large wedges)
  • beets (small dice)

Shorter Cooking Veggies

10 – 20 Minutes

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • asparagus
  • onions
  • green beans
  • mushrooms
  • cherry tomatoes
  • corn

Longer Cooking Veggies

25 – 45 Minutes

  • squash
  • brussels sprouts
  • beets
  • zucchini
  • bell peppers
  • sunchokes
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes

Step 4: Assemble Your Sheet Pan

Remember that the smaller you cut the veggie, the quicker they’ll cook! So if you are going to put long-cooking veggies on a pan with shorter cooking veggies, compensate with the size of your dice.

Place your protein and veggies together on your parchment or foil lined sheet pan. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil (or your preferred cooking oil) over them and season with salt, pepper, and your seasoning of choice. Toss everything with your hands on the pan to distribute the oil and seasonings.

Step 5: Roast!

Roast in a 400 degree oven. Cook time will vary based on the chosen ingredients, but generally it will take between 25 and 40 minutes.

Delicious Sauces to Try

Sheet pan roasts are excellent as is, but if you want to elevate your meal to the next level, drizzle it with some killer sauce.

Sheet Pan Dinner Combos to Try

Rainbow Root Roast

Mediterranean Sheet Pan

  • Potatoes
  • Red onions
  • Bell peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mediterranean spices (dill, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.)
  • Parsley (garnish)
  • Olives (garnish)
  • Yogurt Herb Sauce

Fajita Sheet Pan

Italian Sheet Pan

  • Bell peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Kale
  • Italian seasoning
  • Italian sausage (I use beyond meat vegan sausage)

Peanut Tofu Sheet Pan

  • Marinated tofu
  • Large wedges of cabbage
  • Broccoli florets
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms (shiitakes and maitakes are my favorites here!)
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Easy Peanut Sauce

BBQ Tempeh Sheet Pan

  • tempeh or tofu marinated in BBQ sauce
  • red onions
  • zucchini or summer squash
  • bell peppers
  • mushrooms
  • eggplant
  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes
  • potatoes

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5 Comments

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  2. Wow! This looks great and convenient! I’ll be sharing this with my clients!

  3. Patty Hurst

    How long does the Beyond Sausage need to cook (compared to the veggies) in the Italian Sheet Pan? Thanks!

    • Katie Gates

      I find they take the same amount of time. I usually cook all of it together for about 20 minutes.

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