We used to spend our summers grilling and making somewhat complicated meals that we loved. Three kids later, and this summer I found myself in a huge rut with over a month left before we are back to our normal school routine. Our budget has been maxed out going out to eat and extra trips to the grocery store spending money on food that we weren’t using. Then I stumbled upon sheet pan dinners, which are amazing! They have helped me take back control with short prep times and healthy, yummy food!
In just five to ten minutes, I simply cut up a few veggies, potatoes, and some sort of protein, put it on a couple of sheet pans, drizzle with spices and olive oil, and throw it in the oven for thirty minutes. This thirty minutes gives me time to get a few things done while our dinner cooks. It is more manageable as two 2-year-olds claw at my feet in the early evening. These magical sheet pan meals have been a lifesaver to beat the summertime blues of cooking.
This week I am challenging myself to cook a few different recipes to find the ones that we really like. You can keep them low-carb by serving them alone, or with cauliflower rice, or stretch them a little longer with some brown rice. I think they are the perfect summer time dinner and totally budget friendly!
Here are some links to sheet pan meals I have tried, and am planning to try…
- Chicken Broccoli and Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner from Cooking Classy
- Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake from Damn Delicious
- Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables from i heart naptime
- Boneless Pork Chops and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner from eat at home