5 One Tray Recipes That Are Perfect For Summer

Quick, healthy - and with minimal washing up

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The transition from winter to summer means an end to the period of hibernation and less time cooped up with slow-cooked meats and warming stews. Even if you haven't been eating quite such Dickensian food, the change in weather often means our tastebuds cry out for lighter and brighter flavours.

One tray recipes are perfect for summer for three reasons: they're free of heavy sauces so great for the warmer months, they focus on roast meat and vegetables so they'll help you get beach body ready and they're quick to make with only one tray to wash up, meaning you can throw it together after your Thursday night Peroni session.

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Here's five of our favourite one pan recipes:

Roasted prawns and vegetables

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Food writer Laney's recipe combines prawns with broccoli, red onion, pepper and mushrooms for crunchy textures and sweet flavours from the roasted peppers and onion. Simply add the ingredients and seasoning to the pan and roast for 15 minutes. Serve with cous cous or rice if you're feeling hungry or had two pints at lunch.

Tequila lime chicken nachos

One of 20 one pan ideas on the Pure Wow blog, this one tray nacho recipe adds taco seasoning to chicken then mixes with tortilla crisps, cheese, and chopped onion, coriander and tomato. Plus a tablespoon of tequila, naturally. A great pre-BBQ snack if you're entertaining hungry mouths, or it equally works well to eat hungover in your garden alone

Honey mustard salmon and rainbow vegetables

Both healthy and low-maintenance this honey mustard salmon tray by food blog Cooking Classy has a delicious and simple marinade which you roast the salmon in for only 15 minutes. The lemon juice drizzled on top of the salmon gives a fresh and zesty taste, ideal for the end of a heavy weekend of summer drinking.

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken with vegetables

The Recipe Critic's teriyaki chicken tray is a great weeknight meal that will keep you full and is packed with protein and nutrients. The sweet asian sauce keeps the dish from tasting bland and gives it an amazing tangy taste.

Cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast

Olive Magazine's low calorie oven baked cod recipe is another 15 minutes wonder and the saltiness of the parma ham tastes great with the bitter olives and sweet roasted tomatoes. They recommend you serve with a bowl of grains or mop up the juices with crusty bread.