When it comes to hassle-free cooking on hectic weeknights, you can’t beat a sheet pan dinner. Not only does throwing a bunch of ingredients onto a pan and leaving it in the oven take minimal effort, but the clean-up process couldn’t be simpler since you aren’t using a zillion pots and skillets. But did you know that some of the tastiest sheet pan recipes happen to be entirely meat-free? That’s right — whether you’re a full-on vegetarian or you’re just trying to emphasize more plant-based foods in your diet, these vegetarian sheet pan dinner recipes are great weeknight staples.
Below, we rounded up some vegetarian sheet pan dinner recipes that are just as healthy as they are delicious — and more importantly, easy to make.
1. Italian Herb Tofu & Winter Vegetable Sheet Pan Meal
With a combination of crave-worthy caramelized roasted veggies and seasoned crumbled tofu, you won’t believe how easy it is to make this nourishing yet flavorful weeknight dinner. Did we mention that it’s both vegan and gluten-free, too?
Try the recipe at Minimalist Baker.
2. Easy Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner
The American Heart Association recommends aiming to get five servings of vegetables per day — and while it may sound like a lofty feat, this sheet pan dinner can easily help you to meet that goal. With broccoli, red onion, peppers, and sweet potatoes, the recipe is not only loaded with satiating fiber, but also brings a wide variety of nutrients.
It couldn’t possibly be simpler to throw together, too: just toss the veggies and chickpeas in olive oil and seasoning, spread the mixture out onto your sheet pan, and bake for 30 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pro tip: Don’t love chickpeas? Try using shelled edamame instead.
Try the recipe from A Couple Cooks.
3. Sheet Pan Chow Mein
Who says chow mein needs to include chicken, pork, or beef? This meal is the epitome of comfort food — and with crunchy stir-fried vegetables and crispy noodles, this recipe boasts a range of satisfying textures.
Feel free to swap in your preferred veggies — for instance, shredded cabbage, chopped mushrooms, bean sprouts, and water chestnuts would also work perfectly here.
And if gluten is an issue, just substitute the egg noodles with rice noodles.
Try the recipe at Smitten Kitchen.
4. Southwest Sheet Pan Dinner
Whether you can’t handle gluten or you’re lactose intolerant, dietary restrictions are not an issue with this sheet pan recipe — which is gluten-free and can be made vegan by swapping in plant-based cheese or skipping that ingredient altogether.
With a medley of spices including paprika, oregano, and cumin, this meal is packed with flavor. You can serve it straight out of the pan, or pour it over brown rice to make a hearty grain bowl. Don’t have the time or energy to make the avocado sauce? Just top it with salsa, sliced avocado, or even plain Greek yogurt.
Try the recipe at Dietitian Debbie.
5. Veggie Sheet Pan Fajitas
Other than slicing the veggies, there’s basically no prep work necessary for this meal. Plus, it’s packed with protein and fiber thanks to the beans.
The best part about these fajitas is that you can also customize the recipe to your own tastes and preferences, or use up whatever you happen to have in your fridge or pantry. For example, you can swap the pinto beans for lentils, or the peppers for summer squash. Because sour cream and cheese are totally optional, this recipe can also be vegan-friendly.
Try the recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite.
6. Cauliflower Gnocchi with Crispy Kale & Pine Nuts
When a carb craving strikes, this comforting sheet pan dinner should do the trick. While the recipe calls for gluten-free cauliflower gnocchi, you can actually use any gnocchi you like — as long as you don’t have a wheat allergy or intolerance.
What makes this an especially convenient option on busy weeknights is that it comes together in just 20 minutes. Pop the frozen gnocchi, kale, and onions onto a pan lined with parchment paper, add olive oil and seasoning, and roast it all in the oven. For an extra pop of flavor, top the dish with pine nuts and chopped fresh rosemary or sage.
Try the recipe at E.A. Stewart.
7. Sheet Pan Roasted Veggie Tacos
Tacos are a meal the whole family can agree on — even the picky eaters in your household — and you’ll hardly notice that this one-pan recipe happens to pack five different kinds of vegetables. With black beans for protein, sweet potato and cauliflower for fiber, and avocado for healthy fat, this meal is as filling as it is balanced.
Feel free to substitute whatever seasonal veggies you happen to have — for instance, try zucchini, corn, and tomatoes in the summer or Brussels sprouts and butternut squash in the winter. You can also kick up the heat by adding cayenne pepper to the spice mix and topping your tacos with diced jalapeño or cut down the carb content by ditching the tortillas and serving the taco contents over cauliflower rice or mixed greens.
Try the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.
8. Sheet Pan Fried Rice
Skip the Chinese takeout and make this healthy one-pan dish instead — which takes only 10 minutes to prep and calls for less than 10 ingredients.
What makes this recipe so satisfying is the variety of textures and flavors, from sweet pineapple and savory green onions to crunchy, buttery cashews. Sriracha lends just a subtle kick to the sauce — and you can add more or less depending on how much heat you prefer.
This dinner is bound to keep hunger pangs at bay, too: with both edamame and tofu in this recipe, it packs a whopping 18 grams of protein per serving.
Try the recipe at Jessica in the Kitchen.
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