5 Sheet Pan Dinners That Do Double Duty

Tonight’s dinner is tomorrow’s #lunchgoals.

Food Network Kitchen Sheet Pan Fried Rice.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

There are so many reasons to love sheet pan cooking: the simplicity of making an entire meal in the oven, the perfectly charred edges on tender roasted veggies and all of the dishes you don’t have to wash after dinner. (Honestly, is there anything that your baking sheet can’t do?)

Lately, I’ve been using mine to double my meal prepping power. Whenever I make a sheet pan dinner I cook my next day’s lunch right alongside. A second meal — for almost no extra effort. Just chop one more serving of veggies and toss another piece of meat or seafood into the mix; a strategy that always seems to land my mid-day meal and the phrase “lunch goals” in the same sentence.

Ready to give it a try? Here are five easy recipes that taste just as good the next day.



Food Network Kitchen’s Sheet Pan Caprese Chicken, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Renee Comet

Renee Comet

These juicy baked chicken breasts are perfect for sandwiches and paninis. Give the tomatoes a gentle smoosh and spread them over slices of hearty bread before tucking a piece of mozzarella-topped chicken in between.

Let the leftovers from this healthy dinner cool completely and you’ll be able to layer them over leafy greens for a salad. Just be sure to pack your salad dressing separately so that your lettuce stays crisp and fresh.

Food Network Kitchen Sheet Pan Fried Rice.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Is there anything more crave-worthy than heating up a bowl of yesterday’s fried rice? A night in the refrigerator enhances the flavor — and gives the leftover rice just the right amount of crunch.

Food Network Kitchens Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Fajita fixings make the perfect filling for quesadillas. Top extra tortillas with leftover cheese, peppers and chicken. Warm in a skillet or microwave (just to melt the cheese) and then cool completely before packing in your lunch bag. Even easier? Spoon leftover fajita-spiced chicken and peppers over brown rice for a hearty lunch bowl.

Photo by: Heather Ramsdell

Heather Ramsdell

Don’t want to pack a hoagie for lunch? Cut the sausage and peppers into bite-size pieces and toss with pasta marinara, instead.

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