One pan, one pot, one bowl. When we’re cooking and eating, we firmly believe the fewer dishes, the better. And with cool weather on its way, there’s nothing we crave more than a big tray of roasted vegetables or a cheese-oozing casserole. Enter the one-tray dinner. Since these meals are meatless, you can also expect your grocery bill to dip. Does it get any better? (No, it does not!) Throw on your oven mitts and pull one of these seven one-tray vegetarian meals from the oven.
1. Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Nothing says cozy dinner quite like eggplant parm (can we just stare at that cheese pull for a while?). Ditch the fry oil: It’s time everyone gets on the oven-frying in Panko-wave. This baked version of the classic casserole is still saucy and full of stringy mozzarella, but not so rich that you’ll be moaning on the couch for hours.
2. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers: You pin the dish constantly yet never actually put in the effort to make a batch. Time to break the cycle. Because—spoiler alert—they’re actually way easy. Not to mention that the Spanish-style bean and quinoa mixture is an uber-filling meatless and gluten-free option for taco night with special-diet friends. PS. Save time by cooking a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week, then scoop as needed for dinners like these.
3. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
We’re not saying that you need to make this mac ASAP… OK, maybe we are. And you’ll see why the moment you pull up a forkful. We’re all about a mega-creamy pasta, but we all hit our cheese limits at some point. Mix puréed butternut squash with a standard cheese sauce for a bake that tastes drown-your-feelings worthy, and tell that box of of powdered mac and cheese “boy bye” (Beyonce fans, you know).
4. Garden Greens Pizza
We don’t usually think of pizza as a one-dish meal, but (hell yes) it is! DIY that pesto with fresh basil if you want, but we all know store-bought is just fine too. While this recipe suggests goat and Fontina cheese, feel free to experiment with your favorites—same goes for the greens.
5. Roasted Broccoli and Tofu Bowls
Broccoli and tofu make a much more exciting dinner than chicken and veg. You know it’s true. Roast the two powerhouse ingredients on the same baking sheet, because who has time to do that many dishes? Toss with the citrusy glaze and go to town, and serve over brown rice or greens if you’re looking for more to munch.
6. Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Ah, baked eggs. So tasty. So cozy. So simple. Sauté spinach and garlic in a cast iron skillet, then add tomato sauce, artichokes, and Burrata cheese (sub in mozzarella or ricotta in a pinch). Crack a few eggs over the top, then bake until the yolks are cooked to your liking. Best eaten scooped straight from the pan with a big piece of toast.
7. Kale and Eggplant Baked Ziti
Just because it’s a pasta bake doesn’t mean you’ll feel like a limp noodle after your meal. This whole-wheat baked ziti is half-pasta and half-veg—with a good shaving of cheese, because duh. Scoop yourself a big bowl after a long rainy walk home. You deserve it.