One Baking Sheet and Dinner for 2

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Heather says:
Today I had the pleasure of appearing on News 4 WCIV’s Lowcountry Live, it’s a Charleston, SC area news and talk show.

I was asked to demo the type of meals I’ll be teaching for Saturday’s workshop Cooking for 1 or 2, part of the You Can Do It series at the Center for Women. I wanted something simple I could share the gist of in under 4 minutes. I came up with roasted garlic potatoes, salmon with lemon and rosemary, and roasted broccoli.

I did quick and dirty roasted potatoes, if you want them to be wonderfully crispy on the outside parboil (boil in salted water for about 10 minutes) the potatoes before baking and reduce their cook-time to around 30 minutes.

  • 2 – 3 Yukon Gold or Idaho potatoes, scrubbed and cut into a 1″ dice
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 425F.  Toss the diced potatoes in the olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.

Spray 1/3rd of the baking sheet with cooking spray. These need to bake for 45 minutes, unless they were parboiled. The potatoes should be in a single layer and take up only the sprayed portion of the baking sheet, place these in the pre-heated oven. Wait 20 minutes to start the rest of the meal.

Salmon with Lemon and Rosemary (Recycling pictures for the win!)

Prepare the lemon, rosemary salmon recipe and place the foil packet in the center of the cooking sheet after 30 minutes have elapsed.  Reduce the heat to 400F. The salmon, provided it is 1.5″ thick will be done in 15 minutes. If it is 2″ thick cook for 20. The potatoes won’t burn with 5 extra minutes.

The remaining 1/3d of the baking sheet is for the broccoli. Prepare as directed in the recipe and place on the sheet to roast, five or ten minutes after the salmon is added to the baking sheet. The recipe for roasted broccoli is on February’s seasonal recipe card. I will be adding the tutorial for roasted broccoli tomorrow as things have been a little nuts.


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9 thoughts on “One Baking Sheet and Dinner for 2”

    • Jan, you are quite astute in your observations. I prepared the meal at 5am and didn't bother taking new pictures. If you check the recipe for salmon, you will see that it was the one I took when I made the tutorial for that recipe.

  1. This looks like one everyone would eat and then ask for more! I may have to try this one out. Bravo for being up at 5am. I'm lucky if I can get up when my alarm goes off at 6.

  2. It's great that I saw this now, I had just been contemplating a meal of roasted potatoes, onions, and marinated cube steak on a single baking sheet…

  3. It is always a challenge for a couple to remain creative when preparing meals night in and night out. Paritcularly if you have a busy work life and social commitments. I like your ideas, they are useful and easy to prepare for those who live life in the fast lane.

  4. This looks really good except for the salmon – it is the one fish I do not like (well besides sardines). Is there something else that would work instead of salmon, could i use a different fish or perhaps chicken?


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