10 Magic Oven Tray Dinner Ideas for Your Busiest Evenings

We've only gone and solved all your weeknight dinner dramas. These 10 easy baking tray meals take all the stress out of cooking. All you need to do is grab a sheet tray, pick three ingredients, and add some cleverly-concocted seasonings. Your oven will do the rest of the work.

Crispy Pork Chops with Squash and Spinach or Chicken Drumsticks, Broccoli and Potatoes are just a couple of the creative combos we've got lined up.


All of our examples feed two, but you can add pasta, rice or a salad to stretch them (or halve the amount to make dinner for one). Genius!

Here are some quick tips for winning one-tray oven dinners to consider before you start playing with different ingredient combos.

1. Line Trays



These dinners are easy enough to set up in the morning, and then cook in the oven when you get home. Line the trays with baking paper beforehand to make washing up a breeze.

2. Choose Pairs Wisely

It's best to pair ingredients that have the same general cooking time (cutting slower-cooking vegetables thinly and quicker-cooking vegetables thickly can help you play with the timing, too). Or start slower-cooking items (like pork chops) about 10 minutes before you add in other ingredients.

3. Prep Your Picks



Season everything before it goes into the oven. Toss vegetables with a light coating of olive oil directly on the pan before you add meat or fish. Place leafy greens and frozen veggies in a foil packet - it'll keep them moist but away from anything that should be crispy.

4. Glaze and Flip

Add any glazes or marinades before you cook, and again towards the end of the cooking process. Flip food at least once during cooking but don't go overboard, or too much heat will escape from the oven.


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Photography by Heather Ramsdell

Consider this your cheat sheet for quick, no-faff dinners that are ready to roast in minutes.
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