There is hardly a food trend in 2017 that can even touch the sheet pan recipes we’re seeing pop up this fall and for good reason. Making a meal all in one pan then sticking it in the oven to bake is simple, hands-off and makes meal prepping easy. The Recipe Redux food bloggers are all over it, whipping up the most simple, healthy, and delicious recipes around. For this roundup, I made my own teriyaki sauce which turned out amazing. I’m never buying it again. I made a very simple Sheet Pan Teriyaki Tofu with Pineapple and Veggies all on one baking sheet and all in about 30 minutes.
Recipes like this are important for a couple reasons. You need to be eating a rainbow of colors – we’re talking green, orange/yellow, purple/blue, and white. White means garlic, onions, potato and cauliflower – amazing foods for your health. My sweet potato that I bought at the store turned out to be white. That’s ok! I was aiming for yellow/orange but my white matched the tofu and went well with the teriyaki sauce. Orange and yellow veggies (carrots, squash, peppers, and sweet potato) have a lot to offer nutritionally speaking; they containl antioxidants and nutrients like like zeaxanthin, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene to support the immune system, eyes and skin health. This recipe is also well suited for folks who tell you they don’t like broccoli – pro-tip: it’s way better roasted. Or people who don’t like tofu: try extra-firm, bake it and dunk it in spicy sweet teriyaki sauce. DONE.
Teriyaki sauce was fun to make at home. I love knowing the healthy ingredients that are going into it – fresh honey, grated ginger and garlic blend with Siriacha sauce, rice vinegar and tamari for a sweet, spicy, savory combo. You can whip it up in 5 minutes on the stove with a simple cornstarch slurry as a thickener. So simple, I’m never buying teriyaki sauce again.
What do you think? What is your favorite sheet pan recipe?
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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