Easy Weekday Sheet Pan Dinner

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Since I started working a normal schedule (and operate on a fixed budget) I’m always looking for easy ways to cook meals during the week without wasting any food, or doing prep work for hours. This sheet pan dinner was SO easy and the concept can be used with a variety of different meals – perfect for cooking exact portions (dinner for 1 or 10). The Salmon, asparagus and bag of sweet potatoes I bought at Walmart, and combined, the price for all of that was around $18.00. (And none of it went to waste!)

Let’s talk ingredients:

  • 2 filets of salmon
  • stalk of fresh asparagus
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • lemon
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

Things you’ll need:

  • parchment paper
  • aluminum foil
  • chopping knife

Instructions

To begin, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Since the potatoes take much longer to cook, you’ll need to start with those in the oven for a good 45 minutes. Wash each potato with cold water, and dry thoroughly. Using a fork, poke several holes throughout each potato to avoid explosion. Once that’s done, cover the potatoes in olive oil and then wrap each tightly with aluminum foil. Place the wrapped potatoes directly on the oven rack and set a timer for 45 minutes. 

Prep work for the asparagus and salmon is fairly quick. To start, line your sheet pan with parchment paper. You’ll then wash the asparagus in cold water, dry thoroughly, and cut the bottom stems off. Then drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper, and use your hands to evenly distribute the oil/seasoning mixture. Cover the salmon filets with the same oil/salt/pepper combination. Place the salmon and asparagus onto the parchment paper in the sheet pan. Garnish both with minced garlic and parmesan cheese (I didn’t have any or I would have). When the potatoes’ 45 minutes are up, place the sheet pan on the top rack and set a timer for 15 minutes. Check the potatoes for softness, and let them bake longer if needed.

The asparagus and salmon will be ready in 15 minutes, and the potatoes should be soft enough by then as well! Garnish the asparagus and salmon with lemon juice. Enjoy!

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