10 Sheet Pan Recipes for Easy Plant-Based Dinners
The sheet pan is a humble piece of cookware but that doesn’t mean it can’t be your best friend in the kitchen.
Sheet pan cooking is one of the simplest ways to build a meal from scratch. All you need is a few different vegetables, some beans and tofu, your favorite spices and seasonings, a drizzle of oil, and a hot oven. With this combination, you can create hundreds of different plant-based recipes that taste great and don’t require too much prep work, cook time, or clean up. You’re basically making the oven do all the work, roasting everything all at once and taking it out 20-30 minutes later.
And although it may seem too good to be true, this modest style of cooking produces some delicious results without having to rely on dairy or meat. When you put broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips, sweet potatoes, and other plant-based foods in the oven, good things start to happen: vegetables will take on a natural sweetness, tofu develops a nice chew, and any sauce or marinade melts into a yummy sticky coating.
The recipes below are from online food bloggers and cover a range of cuisines and ingredients. Follow them exactly or use them as inspiration to create your own special sheet pan experiment this Monday.
This straightforward recipe from The Simple Veganista showcases the power of the oven. Baby carrots, tiny potatoes, yellow onion, and chickpeas take on new life after getting a good char in the oven. Make a big batch for leftovers throughout the week.
For the Herbed Potato, Asparagus, and Chickpea Sheet Pan Dinner from The Simple Veganista, click here.
Roasted Greek Vegetables
For a quick, one-pan side dish, try these roasted Greek vegetables from Eazy Peazy Mealz. So what sets these veggies apart from the others? It’s all about the custom seasoning blend, which uses tons of big spices, like basil, oregano, garlic, rosemary, dill, marjoram, thyme, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Serve these roasted vegetables alongside a warm pita and some refreshing minty yogurt sauce
For the Roasted Greek Vegetables recipe fromEazy Peazy Mealz, click here.
Get your taco (or burrito) fix with this plant-based recipe from Glue and Glitter. The roasted butternut squash, black beans, and mushrooms are served with a tangy tomatillo salsa, which makes for a zesty combo. Load your tortillas up with some filling and add some fresh shredded cabbage for extra crunch.
For the Sheet Pan Butternut Squash Tacos recipe from Glue and Glitter, click here.
Who says nachos can’t be healthy? This recipe from Damn Delicious ups the vegetable content of this classic finger food by roasting big chunks of cauliflower before adding the chips, black beans, and cheese (non-dairy works, too) to the sheet pan. After everything is nice and hot add your favorite toppings and serve!
For the Sheet Pan Cauliflower Nachos recipe from Damn Delicious, click here.
Didn’t think you could make gnocchi in the oven? Well think again! This clever recipe from Contentedness Cooking is so simple to prepare and also a quick clean up. Just add the gnocchi, zucchini, onions, eggplant, tomatoes, and bell peppers onto a sheet pan, cover with olive oil and seasonings, and bake in the oven. Twenty minutes later, your Italian-style ratatouille gnocchi is ready to serve.
For the Sheet Pan Ratatouille Gnocchi recipe from Contentedness Cooking, click here.
Recreate the heat and aroma of tandoori chicken with this plant-based recipe from Vegan Lovlie. Marinade the tofu and canned jackfruit in a blend of spices, sugar, yogurt (can be non-dairy), and lime juice before skewering and roasting in the oven. The kebabs come out fragrant with just the right amount of char. Serve with rice or salad for a total meal.
For the Sheet Pan Tandoori Tofu Jackfruit Kebabs recipe from Vegan Lovlie, click here.
This plant-based shawarma bowl from The Real Food Dietitians is loaded with Mediterranean flavors thanks to a generous use of bold seasonings like coriander, cumin, smoke paprika, and turmeric. The lemon tahini dressing adds a tangy and richness that goes well with the roasted vegetables.
For the Sheet Pan Veggie Shawarma with Lemon Tahini Dressing from The Real Food Dietitians, click here.
This recipe from Inspector Gorgeous is a terrific spin on the traditional fajita plate, but we think it’s an improvement on the classic, given it only requires one pan to clean. Roasting the thick, seasoned strips of mushroom gives them a meaty texture that’s reminiscent of grilled chicken or steak. Wrap the filling up in tortillas or lettuce wraps and you’re all set to go!
For the Spicy Portobello Sheet Pan Fajitas recipe from Inspector Gorgeous, click here.
For a light yet satisfying dinner, try this simple sheet pan meal from Rabbit & Wolves. Using fresh rosemary, Dijon mustard, and loads of fresh lemon brings bright flavors without the need for a heavy sauce.
For the Vegan Dijon Rosemary Sheet Pan Dinner recipe from Rabbit & Wolves, click here.
Whenever you have the opportunity to combine tofu and butternut squash—do it! This recipe from Eating Bird Food uses a yummy blend of tamari and maple syrup to bring some savory-sweet complexity to these ordinary plant-based ingredients.
For the Vegetarian Sheet Pan Dinner with Tofu, Chickpeas, and Butternut Squash by Eating Bird Food, click here.
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