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Make One Pot (Or Sheet Pan!) Dinners When You Don't Want To Fuss With Sides

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When I was growing up, my mom made dinner almost every night. And I mean full dinner: protein, salad, vegetable, carbohydrate, and sometimes dessert. I know: I’m incredibly (incredibly!) lucky. Flash forward to today, where I struggle to cobble together a dinner/lunch-tomorrow meal in a postage-stamp-sized apartment (sans kitchen table) at 8 pm.

I love cooking, but limited time and energy usually mean I only make one recipe. Sometimes I’ll boil rice or pasta to bulk up my meal, but that means more pots to clean. The alternative is a side dish dinner. Sure, I’m full after eating a bowl of garlic-y, delicious tahini broccoli, but I’m not satisfied.

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Which is why I jump on making recipes that do it all: dinners that pack protein with vegetables or pasta or grains into one bowl (or pot or sheet pan). Not only is it less clean-up, but I don’t get bored after my fifth bite. If you, too, want a meal with built-in sides, here are 26 recipes you’ll love. They’re not mom’s, but they actually feel like dinner.

Chicken

Creole Chicken with Mushroom Dirty Rice
Creole Chicken with Mushroom Dirty Rice
Sheet Pan Chicken and Cauliflower "Shawarma"

Sheet Pan Chicken and Cauliflower "Shawarma" by Alexandra Stafford

Harissa Chicken with Leeks, Potatoes, and Yogurt

Harissa Chicken with Leeks, Potatoes, and Yogurt by Melissa Clark

Chicken Thighs with Tomato, Orzo, Olives, and Feta
Chicken Thighs with Tomato, Orzo, Olives, and Feta
Moroccan-Spiced Chicken and Rice with Dates and Pistachios

Moroccan-Spiced Chicken and Rice with Dates and Pistachios by Alexandra Stafford

Sheet Pan Roast Chicken and Cabbage

Sheet Pan Roast Chicken and Cabbage by Alexandra Stafford

Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous
Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous
Chicken Thighs with Chickpea Ratatouille
Chicken Thighs with Chickpea Ratatouille
Extraordinary Marinated and Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, and Chickpeas

Extraordinary Marinated and Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, an... by Selma | Selma's Table

Chicken Drumsticks with Jewel Vegetables & Herbed Yogurt

Chicken Drumsticks with Jewel Vegetables & Herbed Yogurt by Sarah Waldman

Sausage

Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna
Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna
Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans by EmilyC

Lamb Meatballs with Spinach and Orzo

Lamb Meatballs with Spinach and Orzo by Molly Gilbert

Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata

Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata by Hadyourtea?

Roasted Sausage with Broccoli and Fennel

Roasted Sausage with Broccoli and Fennel by EmilyC

Southern Slow Cooker Choucroute
Southern Slow Cooker Choucroute

Seafood

Comfort Fish and Chickpea Pilaf
Comfort Fish and Chickpea Pilaf
Skillet Potatoes with Smoked Fish and Smoked Paprika Aioli

Skillet Potatoes with Smoked Fish and Smoked Paprika Aioli by fiveandspice

20 Minute One-Pan Mediterranean Shrimp and Couscous

20 Minute One-Pan Mediterranean Shrimp and Couscous by Alexandra V. Jones

One-Pot Pastalaya

One-Pot Pastalaya by inpatskitchen

Pasta with Slow-Cooked Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Garlic

Pasta with Slow-Cooked Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Garlic by Alexandra Stafford

Vegetarian

Farro Risotto with Greens and Feta
Farro Risotto with Greens and Feta
Baked Tofu with Coconut Kale

Baked Tofu with Coconut Kale by Alexandra Stafford

Savory 'Venn Pongal' (South Indian Style Rice & Mung Bean Risotto)

Savory 'Venn Pongal' (South Indian Style Rice & Mung Bean... by Panfusine

Roasted Mushroom Ragout with Cannellini Beans and Artichoke Hearts

Roasted Mushroom Ragout with Cannellini Beans and Articho... by EmilyC

Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli

Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli by Vicky | Things I Made Today

How do you add variety to your dinners? Do you have staples at the ready in the freezer? Batch cook on weekends? Let us know in the comments!


Tags: sheet pan dinner, easy cleanup