What’s a Sheet Pan Meal and Why Does Chrissy Teigen Love Them so Much?

We have all been there–hectic work day, the kids are screaming, the house is a mess, and everyone in the family is hungry yet exhausted. While picking up the phone to order a pizza is more than tempting, it is not the greatest solution for those trying to stay healthy in a world where cheese and sugar is so abundant. So, what is a person to do? As celebrity mom, Chrissy Teigen, declares, “Any meal over five steps is a no,” which leaves very little options in the kitchen, right? Wrong! Sheet meals are here and they are perfect for the busy person who is not trying to part with their relaxation time.

“I am fascinated by “sheet pan meals” right now – sides and main cooked on the same temp at the same time on the same pan,” said Teigen, who just gave birth to her second child. After admitting that one child is difficult, the actress stated that cooking was far easier back then. With the expansion of her brood, though, she is anything but forgiving when it comes to time consuming meals. Because of this, she has developed an obsession with sheet pan meals, as has the rest of the world. They are simple, they are fast, but what else is so great about them?

Rather than cooking each component of a meal separately, sheet pan meals cook everything together with little effort. Simply washing and chopping produce, picking a protein, seasoning everything uniformly, and baking are the only steps required for these meals, something that is absolutely amazing for those with a typically busy schedule. From chicken and tomatoes with pesto to salmon with asparagus and lemon, sheet pan meals rock and we thank Chrissy T for validating that!

Teigen’s newfound love for cooking everything at once has allowed her to post some of her favorite recipes, like chicken with chickpeas, cumin, and tumeric in a yogurt marinade she recently posted on her Twitter account. If fans can pull themselves out of the kitchen long enough to follow the celeb, there is no denying that these handy hack meals will remain relevant for a long time.