Welcome to the month with the shortest name and that says goodbye to April showers to deliver those beautiful May flowers.
We’re back with our monthly theme of what to make for dinner for each day of the month, because I think we can all agree, we can all use a nudge to get out of the dinner time rut.
The month of May surprisingly sneaks up on the home cook, especially if you’re one who is feeding kids. We haven’t quite yet moved all the way into the flexibility of grill season so there’s still a need for meal planning going on thanks to end of the year homework and spring sports practices topping out the schedule. And don’t even get me started on where to find time to master the next level of Candy Crush.
Thankfully, sheet pan dinners are here to save the day. They’re a welcome way to plop a bunch of ingredients onto a foil-lined baking sheet (it’s the secret to easy clean-up) and roast an all-in-one meal. Plus, they’re generally more on the healthy side given there’s no need for frying or layering of oils, gravies, or other comfort food creations you’ve been ladling on dinners all winter long.
Your swimsuit and your schedule will thank you later.
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All right already, let’s dive into these salad bowls!
May 1: Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan
The Cookie Rookie
This recipe is an Italian classic that moves these crispy chicken cutlets from the fryer to the baking sheet for a healthier family fave.
Lemons for Lulu
Chicken thighs and drumsticks are what beat our drum in this boozy spiked all-in-one dinner.
May 3: One-Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
No. 2 Pencil
A simple toss in Mexican seasonings, then cooked with peppers and wrapped in tortillas, these shrimpys will make you scream, “Olé!”
Chelsea’s Messy Apron
If you’re like me who craves the sweet bite of balsamic, this simple 20-minute chicken dinner will be your weeknight winner.
This Mess Is Ours
This recipe takes all the hassle out of weeknight eats with hasselback sweet potatoes as the centerpiece of these healthy sheet pan tacos.
Gimme Some Oven
Stir fry chicken with all the crispy edges and crevasses you only get when you let the oven do all the work.
No need to don a cowboy hat or round up the horses, this dinner will make everyone on the ranch happy.
If you have 20 minutes, this all-in-one salmon dinner is basted, baked, and ready for bites the whole family will love.
Life Made Sweeter
Sheet pan dinners are prime candidates for weekly meal prep routines and this chicken with asparagus and broccoli makes for a week of easy lunches. Just add pasta or rice and you’re on your way.
Sweet Peas and Saffron
A simple, homemade spice rub turns boneless chicken breasts with roasted veggies into a tropical dream. And word to the wise, don’t forget the mango!
Honey, dijon and apple cider vinegar create a sweet and spiced crust pork roast over roasted veggies that makes one impressive dinner.
If you haven’t tried baby kalettes yet—a hybrid of kale and brussels sprouts—this sheet pan dinner is the perfect excuse to do so. NOW!
A simple Greek marinade pulls all of these flavors together, with chunks of salty feta for the goddess of cheese finishes.
May 14: Mustard Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner
Wild caught salmon with asparagus and potatoes make this a full meal deal on one pan. Pro tip: Line the sheet pan with aluminum foil for the easiest clean up.
Taste and Tell Blog
Summer’s seasonal veggies saddle up to plump shrimp, all bathed in a simple balsamic glaze and perfectly paired with cous cous, pasta or slices of bread for sopping.
Running to the Kitchen
High in protein, low in carbs, you’ll know the lamb is done as soon as the cherry tomatoes start to burst with even more flavor.
Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon and thyme go together like peanut butter and jelly in this simple chicken and potatoes sheet pan dinner that even the most stringent meat and potatoes guy will love.
May 18: Sheet Pan Roasted Jambalaya
The Candid Appetite
This original sheet pan recipe captures the classic Cajun flavors of traditional jambalaya but in a fried rice form. It’s the perfect reason to cook an extra bowl of rice on the weekend.
May 19: Sheet Pan Green Chile Nachos
How Sweet It Is
Cheesy nachos with hearty beef bites are topped with a green chile cream that takes dipping your chips to a whole new level of decadence.
I Heart Naptime
Any sort of light, white flaky fish will do—think snapper, tilapia, haddock—with this simple cheesy crust that pairs perfectly with crispy baked fries.
Gnocchi gets a crisp up when it bakes next to juicy chicken thighs and healthy broccoli rabe with a squeeze of fresh, lemony sunshine.
The Wanderlust Chicken
Roasted lemons become caramel-y and sweet when baked in the oven. Paired with salty olives and a paprika-spiked rubbed chicken, this sheet pan dinner makes exotic easy.
May 23: Sheet Pan Tofu and Veggie Dinner
A veg-heavy dinner is the perfect way to try a detox clean-out of the kitchen and the body. Toast the tofu roast!
May 24: Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon
Lemony, sweet and ready in minutes, this sheet pan salmon pairs perfectly with rice, potatoes or pasta too.
Food Faith Fitness
Crispy. Crunchy. Curry. This chicken recipe follows the 3 C’s in the best of sheet pan dinner ways with a side of veg and one more C—cucumber.
These baby peppers are bursting with roasted sweetness for a low carb, sausage sheet pan meal where you won’t even miss the rice, potatoes, or pasta.
May 27: Broiled Miso Cod with Vegetables
Japanese miso creates a sweetened sauce for ultra flaky cod that has an almost buttery bite with a simple sheet pan broil.
May 28: Sheet Pan Buddha Bowls
Roasting a rainbow of veggies rounded up from the fridge make meal planning simple. Bring on the buddha bowls.
May 29: 30-Minute Sheet Pan Tuna Nicoise
Fast, flavorful and full of health benefits, this is one simple dinner that’s easy enough for busy weeknights but elegant enough for entertaining.
Flavor the Moments
May 30: Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan
Crispy panko subs in for bread crumbs for a crispy eggplant that’s baked instead of fried. And even though this is a healthy version of the classic, don’t even think about leaving out the cheese.
The Two Bite Club
May 31: Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli
This favorite Asian stir-fry bypasses the wok and heads straight to the sheet pan for a healthy and easy dinner.
Eazy Peazy Mealz
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