Farm Boy Sheet Pan Dinner Three Ways

January 23rd, 2020

Sheet Pan Dinner Three Ways

If someone tells me that I have half an hour to get dinner ready, for anywhere from two to ten people, chances are I’m making a sheet pan meal. What do I mean by that? Just what it sounds like: tossing 4 or 5 items onto a sheet pan (I’ll bet you have at least one sitting in your kitchen) and popping it into the oven. Minimal effort, maximum results.

Finding the right combination of items for the perfect sheet pan dinner is a little bit of an art form. For me, the best mixes include a protein, at least one veggie, a starch, and a lot of flavour. 

Here are a few of my favourite Farm Boy combinations for crowd-pleasing sheet pan dinners that easily scale up and down, are wholesome and colourful, and require very little effort. Perfect for weeknights, busy parents, and anyone looking to gobble down a whole lot of goodness.

1. Italian Sub-Style Sheet Pan

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What you’ll need:

Farm Boy Medium Italian Sausages + Farm Boy Giardinera + Farm Boy Gnocchi + Veggies (Fennel + Grape Tomatoes)

Toppings: Shredded Parmesan, Fennel Fronds, Red Pepper Flakes

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This is reminiscent of an Italian sandwich with all the pickled veggies in the giardinera. The beauty of this recipe is that the sausages (we use the raw version) release flavour and moisture while cooking, so the fennel caramelizes, and soft gnocchi cooks through. 

 

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Directions:

  • Slice fennel bulb into chunky pieces on mandoline slicer. 
  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl, using enough Giardiniera to coat everything – I used half a jar, including the oil, for my sheet pan with 4 sausages. 
  • Distribute evenly on sheet pan, and roast at 450° for 30 minutes, flipping sausages halfway through until everything is bubbling and juicy. 
  • Top with parmesan, red pepper flakes, and fennel fronds. Serve & enjoy!

Pro tip: line your pan with parchment paper for a much easier cleanup – no scraping!

 

2. Mediterranean Halibut Sheet Pan

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What you’ll need:

Farm Boy Halibut + Farm Boy Mediterranean Dressing + Baby Potatoes + Veggies (Peppers + Tomatoes

Toppings: Feta Cheese, Fresh Dill

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This is a fantastic meal, and a good way to showcase our beautiful new halibut. We take a shortcut with our bottled Mediterranean dressing – again, negating the need for half a dozen spices, oils, and vinegars. Phew! Weeknight hero. White fish is such a wholesome option – and light enough that you’ll have room for dessert! 

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Directions:

  • Thaw halibut, either overnight in the fridge, or by submerging sealed packet in cold water. *Note: I only used 2 fillets here, but each box in store comes with 3 fillets. 
  • Chop vegetables – potatoes into thin discs, peppers into strips, tomatoes into halves. Because we aren’t working with an oily/juicy ingredient, it’s important to halve the tomatoes so they add the moisture needed for tenderness!
  • Add all ingredients – except halibut – to a large mixing bowl, toss with desired amount of dressing. Be generous and make sure items are coated evenly. 
  • Distribute evenly on sheet pan, and roast at 450° for 20 minutes, flipping veggies halfway through. 
  • Salt halibut fillets, and drizzle extra dressing over top. 
  • Slice lemon thinly.
  • Add halibut to sheet pan, lay sliced lemon directly onto halibut, to the sheet pan and bake for a further 10 minutes.
  • Top with crumbled feta, and freshly chopped dill.

Pro tip: Toppings will take a sheet pan dinner from “meh” to “more please!” Get creative with cheeses, fresh herbs, toasted and chopped nuts, breadcrumbs…need I go on?

 

3. Sesame Shrimp & Broccoli Sheet Pan

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What you’ll need:

Farm Boy Argentinian Shrimp + Farm Boy Sesame Ginger Dressing + Broccoli 

Toppings: Sesame Seeds, Green Onion 

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A short ingredient list certainly doesn’t mean a boring meal. Our Sesame Ginger Dressing is a total flavour bomb, and combined with the meaty, lobster-like Argentinian shrimp, and a whole head of broccoli (let’s be conscious of our food waste), you’ve got a perfect dinner. Any leftovers are easily saved in the fridge, and make an excellent lunch over grains or salad. 

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Directions:

  • Thaw shrimp, either overnight in the fridge, or by submerging sealed bag in cold water. 
  • Chop broccoli into smaller florets. 
  • Use mandoline to slice broccoli stems into thin pieces – we’re using the whole head here. 
  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl, toss with desired amount of sesame dressing. Be generous and make sure items are coated evenly. 
  • Distribute evenly on sheet pan, and roast at 400° for 10 minutes, flipping everything halfway through. 
  • Top with thinly sliced green onions, and a handful of sesame seeds.

*Note: I like to serve this over brown rice, but you could equally use quinoa, farro, or pasta. So you will have to have a tiny bit of forethought to get a grain ready if that idea strikes you!

 

There you have it, 3 sheet pan dinners, the Farm Boy way. A quick shopping trip – think express checkout only – and dinner on the table in around 30 minutes start to finish. And most of those minutes, you won’t be actively cooking.

Ever done a sheet pan dinner? What’s your favourite combination?

Emily

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