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There’s an old adage that goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and nowhere is that sentiment more true than in the kitchen. While it can be tempting to buy the latest gadgets on impulse, most home cooks will find that old-fashioned spares will yield the most satisfying, well-cooked meals at the end of the day. Exhibit A: The Nordic Ware Naturals Basic Half Sheet, making dinner and cookie dreams come true since 1946.

Measuring exactly half the size of a full griddle at 18 inches by 13 inches, this skillet has long been loved by those who love a meal made and forgotten. The kitchen tool is made from pure aluminum, which distributes the heat perfectly evenly so that all your vegetables are also browned and crispy on the outside (while remaining tender in the middle), and the ridges on the side ensure that nothing leaks or topples over. in the base of your oven.

If you didn’t think a baking sheet could have a “cult following”, I’m here to point it out, well, you’d be wrong. The basic half-sheet has garnered 50,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, where it’s ranked number one in sales among plates. Moreover, both the New York Times Wire cutter Staff and intrepid Well+Good editor and kitchen appliance expert Betty Gold consider it a Swiss Army kitchen tool.

Reviews also stan this pan. Many note that unlike other hobs, you can count on Nordic Ware’s creation not to warp, peel or change color over time. “I just received my half plate a few weeks ago and have used it several times already,” writes one reviewer. “Each time I’ve had a nice even cook. The pan is easy to clean and has a good weight. It’s not too heavy to handle, but it’s far from flimsy. To use an expression from Boucle d’Or is just what it takes!”

Of course, you won’t experience the hype firsthand until you take this baby for a spin and make your own perfectly cooked dinners on a plate. Below, check out some of our go-to dinner recipes for busy weeknights (or those long, languid weeknights when you just don’t). feel like the kitchen).

Photo: Minimalist Baker

Set aside 15 minutes of your day to make this beautiful and aromatic curry dinner. 30 minutes later, the chickpeas, onions, cabbage and sweet potatoes will be perfectly cooked and your whole family will be ready to eat. Minimalist Baker finishes this dish with a delicious creamy tahini dressing that will pair well with your crispy veggies.

Photo: Give me oven

Craving those smoky, spicy stir-fry flavors, but don’t want to sit in front of the stove? Understandable. Gimme Some Oven created this bake so you just have to chop, season and let your Nordic Ware do the rest. Replace tofu or tempeh with chicken if you’re vegan.

Photo: Shake Kitchen

Try a twist on the TikTok baked feta phenomenon with this simple dinner. The cherry tomatoes will blister and sweeten in the oven, pairing well with the spiciness of the feta. To make this dish a bit more hearty, you can toss it over a grain like pasta or rice.

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If you want to celebrate Taco Tuesday, try cooking all your veggies and proteins on your half-sheet pan and serve the end result with tortillas, avocado, salsa, and whatever else you like.

Photo: Okonomi Kitchen

Keep your meal vegetarian with Okonomi Kitchen’s beautiful vegetable plate dinner. This recipe encourages you to choose your own favorite root and cruciferous vegetables so you can truly enjoy every bite. Plus, the turmeric tahini dressing is otherworldly.

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