To begin, I want to make it clear. I am not a Vegetarian. That doesn’t mean that a vegetarian cookbook like Sheet Pan Suppers Vegetarian by Raquel Pelzel isn’t of value. It is important to have veggies in your diet and everyone should have a go-to dish when having a Vegetarian over to eat.
As the author says, cooking with a Sheet Pan is easy. A big bonus is the recipes leave you without having to clean up a messy stovetop. There is nothing that can spoil a meal more than a huge pile of dishes and a messy kitchen. Most of these recipes will only need the pan a wooden spoon and a sharp knife.
Most of the recipes included use a 13×8″ pan known as a “half sheet”. It is nice that you don’t need a lot of special tools to make everything. Even if you haven’t used a sheet pan to cook a meal, all the information you need to prepare is in the Introduction. The author even includes tips on getting picky eaters to eat their veggies.
The first Chapter is “Bits, Bites, and Snacks” recipes. This is where you find tasty snacks like potato skins, dips, salsas, and more. With Chapter 2 you find “Soups and Salads”. And yes, apparently you really can use a sheet pan to make a soup. That surprised me.
With Chapter 3 you find “Veggies with A Side of Vegetables”. These recipes can be a main course or side dish as needed. Throughout the book, you will see little tips and tricks for Sheet Pan cooking. They range from preheating your pan to charts for cooking, variations of methods for reheating, and even where to find your ingredients and their benefits to mention only a few. Tips like these are invaluable.
“Grains Bowls and Beyond” is Chapter 4. As surprising as cooking soup in a pan, it is possible to make rice, bulgur, and other grains. There is even a risotto recipe. It does require stirring every 5 minutes but hey, that isn’t too bad! With “Beans and Legumes” in Chapter 5 you find the chili, baked beans, and other recipes. There is even the “Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers” recipe here.
If you want Pizza or Focaccia you will flip straight to Chapter 6 “Pasta, Bread, and Pizza”. There are recipes for Cornbread, a Burritza (a burrito/pizza hybrid) and even Lasagna. Chapter 7 has recipes for “Breakfasts and Brunches”. The various toasts look lovely but I am sure the Roasted Strawberry Danish will become a Sunday Brunch favourite with me!
Tasty Dessert Recipes Too
My favourite Chapter is 8, “Desserts”. Who could resist recipes like “Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Quickest Chocolate Buttercream Frosting” and “Cherry Bomb Bars”? Not me.
In all the book is a good resource if you want to have veggie meals with a minimum of fuss. I like that all of the recipes have an opening description about cooking it or when/how it will work best. The instructions give you the detail I like to see and will make it easy, even for someone like me who has never done any Sheet Pan cooking.
The recipe for “Chocolate-Chocolate Sparklers” is irresistible which is why I have included it below. Enjoy!