Put Your Oven into Good Use with These One-Pan Wonders

If you are looking to prepare something healthy, practical, and delicious, this is the place for you!

Overview

One-pan oven-baked recipes are perfect for healthy meal preps, quick weeknight dinners, and family gatherings. All it takes is for the ingredients to go from the supermarket to the tray, straight to the oven, and then served on the table.

This method of cooking is fuss-free and does not require much attention – simply set the temperature and the timer, and pop your food into the oven. This means that you can tend to other household chores while your oven does its magic. Clean-up is also a breeze as you only need to wash one pan!

In addition to its convenience, baking or roasting is generally a healthier way to cook your food as they don’t usually require the use of additional fat. It can also help you achieve a nice golden brown crust on your food, making it extra tasty.

Before you start using your oven, be sure to check out Oven Basics 101 for tips on how to operate your oven better. But if you know your way around an oven, let’s get straight to cooking! Here are some oven-baked recipe ideas, ranging from mains to sides to desserts, for a complete homemade meal.

Mains

These main courses look and taste like they require a lot of effort to prepare but they are actually very easy to assemble. Placing your choice of meat on a bed of vegetables or fruits, can result in a wide variety of flavours. The possibilities are endless. lemon baked chicken topped with tomato on a bed of cubed beetroot served on a yellow plate

Drizzle some olive oil on a layer of lemon and thyme before placing the chicken pieces over them. Let it bake for 45 to 50 minutes and voila, you’ve got yourself a wholesome dinner with this delicious Lemon Baked Chicken.

Baked salmon topped with cherry tomatoes garnished with lemon and served on a plate

This classic Baked Salmon dish requires only 3 main ingredients. Wrap the salmon and cherry tomatoes in aluminium foil or parchment paper. Then, place the salmon parcels along with the Brussel sprouts on a baking tray before popping it into the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Super simple!

baked chicken on a bed of mixed vegetables with a lemon wedge served in a shallow bowl For a fuss-free One-Pot Chicken Dish, put carrots, potatoes, red onion in an oiled oven-proof dish. Season with salt, black pepper, sugar and thyme before baking it at 180°C for 50 minutes.

Baked pork tenderloin cubes wrapped with bacon served on a long plate To make this savory Bacon Roast Pork Tenderloin, wrap the bacon all around your pork tenderloin as tight as you can, with a slight overlap on the underside. Secure the bacon by piercing through with a piece of dry spaghetti. Place on the prepared baking tray and let it bake for 20 minutes.

Beef slices with sauce over it and baked potatoes on the side served on a plate Serve this Beef and Potatoes Pot Roast at a dinner party and everyone will stop “roasting” your culinary skills. Gently cook and simmer all the ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium heat before transferring it to an oven to complete the cooking process. It’s a long slow cook with 4 full hours of simmering and tenderizing, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

baked vegetarian pizza with corn and cheese served on a woodon plate Pineapples, barbecue sauce, corn, and cheese! Sprinkled with everything you want on a vegetarian pizza, this Pineapple BBQ Pizza would definitely make you go mamma mia!

Sides

These dishes are easy to prepare and they complement your main courses perfectly.

roasted mixed vegetables of carrots brussel sprouts onions with side sauce served on a plate Using an oven, you can achieve the nice char of roasted vegetables without having to go outdoors to barbecue them. Unlike frying, baking or roasting your vegetables in an oven retains more nutrients and uses less oil to cook. Coated with a balsamic glaze, these Roasted Vegetables are so good, you can even eat them on their own.

Baked cauliflower marinated with spice served in a bowl alongside herb salad and orange dip In a baking tray, place the cauliflowers, turmeric, cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix well and let it bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until cauliflower is well-cooked and crispy. Enjoy this Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with herb salad and a hummus dip.

two baked loaded potatoes served on a black serving plate Baked potatoes are an easy dinner fix! For this Jacket Potato recipe, cook the potatoes in the oven for 40 to 60 minutes or until tender. Once they’re done, cut a cross on top of each potato and squeeze base to expose a little bit of the top. Serve with your preferred choice of toppings.

Baked triangular chips with a side of dip garnished with oil Who said chips must be fried? Oven-baking does the trick by drying and baking your chips to a crisp. Thinly slice potatoes, vegetables (like kale!), or even pitas with a little sprinkle of salt and pepper before placing it in the oven for a healthy and delicious alternative to fried snacks.

Dessert

There is always room for dessert, and these one-pan desserts will provide the perfect end to your meal. poached peaches topped with cream and mint leaf garnished with crushed nuts Broiling means to cook food directly using the direct, dry heat from your oven broiler. You can try to broil apricots or peaches to brown the surface and add a caramelized taste to your fruits. This makes your fruit dessert extra sweet and soft to the touch. Add a dollop of whipped cream or fresh ricotta for a quick treat!

baked brownies stacked on each other dusted with icing sugar You can’t possibly go wrong with brownies! Just mix your ingredients in a bowl and pour them into a sheet pan to bake this delightful chocolatey dessert.

Sometimes, one pan and an oven are all you need to prepare a great meal. So let your oven do the cooking, and your food can speak for itself!

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