It's easy to build simple paleo-friendly dinners by combining healthy meats and veggies on one easy-to-clean baking sheet.
Let's start with several easily adaptable roasted meat recipes, each paired up with a few vegetable options. Once you get the hang of mixing and matching, it's easy to create your own delicious sheet-pan dinners that are perfectly paleo and so simple to clean up.
When combining recipes, adjust the times and temps as needed. For example, with some of these recipes, you'll want to start the more dense veggies first -- like squash and sweet potatoes -- before adding the quicker-roasting meats and more delicate veggies, like salmon or green beans or asparagus. Let's take a look.
Here's a simple roast chicken recipe, which you can match up with any number of roasted veggies. The chicken roasts at 425° F for 35 to 45 minutes.
You might also try Basic Broiled Chicken Breasts.
Pair it up with:
Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts | Give the chicken a 20-minute head start in the 425° F oven.
Roasted Vegetable Medley | You'll start with the yams, parsnips, and carrots, roasting for 30 minutes. Then add the chicken to the hot baking sheet, along with the zucchini and asparagus, keeping an eye on the veggies so they don't overcook.
Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic | Give the chicken a 20-minute head start.
"A simple, no-fuss way to make a savory, melt-in-your-mouth boneless pork loin roast," says Marianne, the recipe submitter. Roasts at 350° F for about an hour.
You might also like this recipe for Roasted Pork Loin.
Pair it up with:
Honey Roasted Carrots | Give the roast pork a 15-minute head start in the oven. Then add the carrots.
Baked Sweet Potatoes | In a 350° F oven, they should be done right around the same time.
Roasted Grapes and Carrots | With about 20 minutes left on roasting the pork, add the grapes, carrots, and red onion. If the roast is done and the carrots need a bit more time, turn the temp up to 375° F and roast a bit more while the roast rests on the counter.
Another terrific go-to recipe for simple sheet pan dinners, the salmon roasts at 400 F for about 20 minutes.
You might also like Baked Salmon II.
Pair it up with:
Easy Roasted Broccoli | The roasting times and temps match up perfectly.
Roasted Delicata | Give the squash a 15-minute head start in the 400° F oven.
Perfectly Roasted Vegetable | Start roasting the vegetables at 425° F for about 20 minutes. Then turn the heat down to 400° F, and add the salmon to the hot baking sheet.
OK, now let's look at some top-rated recipes that are complete, self-contained meals. They're already sheet-pan ready and paleo-friendly, although you may choose to swap an ingredient or two along the way.
Roast marinated chicken in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Then add tomatoes to the baking sheet and cook until the chicken is done.
Leeks and bacon hit the pan first. Then comes a little thyme, some white wine, and your favorite whitefish fillets. Everything is prepped, roasted, and ready in 45 minutes.
A paleo person is nothing if not adaptable. These next few recipes call for white potatoes. Instead, swap in paleo-friendly sweet potatoes. Or leave out the potatoes entirely.
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Brussels sprouts are tossed with a garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil mixture and baked with bacon. Swap in sweet potatoes for the white potatoes if you like. See how it's done!
You'll roast carrots, fennel, and onions for about 45 minutes, then add the pork and roast for another 25 minutes or so. "Delicious and super easy," says starsmed, the recipe submitter. "Chop, roast, and serve!"