With minimal prep (and even less cleanup), sheet pan dinners are where it’s at for simple, convenient meals. If you haven’t jumped on this one-dish meal trend, now’s the time, especially if you’re working toward a weight loss goal. Baking lean proteins with high-fiber veggies on a single sheet pan is an easy-peasy way to load up on nutrients proven to accelerate weight loss.
Specifically, research has shown that people who eat more protein often have more success with shedding pounds. A 2021 meta-analysis of 37 studies found that increasing protein in the diet was more effective for weight loss than upping other nutrients. Including plenty of fiber also paves the way for weight loss by keeping you full long past dinnertime. And leaving ingredients high in simple carbs (like white bread, white pasta, and sweeteners) off your pan—and, therefore, off your plate—helps you steer clear of empty calories.
Looking for recipes you can arrange in gorgeous rainbow layers on a sheet pan? Here are five delicious, colorful combos to add to your weight loss-friendly repertoire. Then, for even more healthy recipe ideas, check out our list of 20+ Easy Dinner Recipes That Will Keep Your Health Goals on Track.
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Committing to a weight loss plan doesn’t mean you have to opt-out of Taco Tuesday—thank goodness! Let the Mexican-themed good times roll with sheet pan tilapia tacos. Tilapia is one of the lowest-calorie fish around, making it a solid choice for a low-cal dinner, while bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes amplify the fiesta without overloading you on calories or carbs.
How to make it: Start by mixing up a DIY taco seasoning of one tablespoon chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon paprika. Cut one red