Ok, y’all this one is so simple I feel guilty calling it a “recipe”! These are super-quick and easy little dinner packets that your family will love. They also are low-mess, which I love! You can cook your packets on the grill, in the oven, or in the firepit – so many different modifications work well too! I will tell you what we did this time, but get your crazy on and fill up your packets with whatever suits your fancy….or cleans our your fridge!
You’ll Need – for three people
(measurements are not exact – this is a creative, throw-it-together kind of dinner!)
3 boneless salmon fillets (mine were frozen, but you can do fresh as well)
1 large zucchini
handful of baby carrots, about 5 per person
salt and pepper
dash balsamic vinegar
swizzle of olive oil
Rice and quinoa (optional)
What To Do:
To start, lay out three rectangles of aluminum foil on your countertop, making sure they are large enough to fit all your goodies in and still have a good fold to keep in the steam. Drizzle the center of each with a little olive oil – I like to gently fold the edges of each sheet up so that you don’t end up with oil all over the place.
Place a piece of salmon in the center of each rectangle. Slice zucchini up into large chunks and lay on top of salmon. Cut carrots into smaller pieces, as they take longer to cook, and lay on top as well. Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar if desired, and sprinkle with salt and pepper (it is also delicious to do this with lemon juice, olive oil, and a little red chili).
Fold up the long sides of your packet and fold them together to make a seal on the top. Fold in the ends – keep in mind you want everything sealed tightly, and all the folds to be on top so that the juices stay IN the packet!
Place packets on a baking tray if you are cooking them in the oven – I cooked mine at 400 degrees for 35 minutes and they came out perfectly. If you have thawed fish, you don’t need as long, but you may need to adjust your fillings as carrots take quite awhile to cook.
I had separately made a rice and quinoa mix in the pressure cooker and served each packet over a bed of sesame oil-topped rice/quinoa mix. If your rice is already made, add it to the packet before cooking! It gets a lot of flavor this way, and is ready to go!
Other things that work well in packets are chicken, broccoli, diced potatoes, and yellow squash. They are DELICIOUS when made on the grill, and that’s my preferred method, but we just don’t have access to a grill at the moment, so oven it is.
So there you have it! Whip yourselves up some yummy dinner packets and let me know what combinations you like! Enjoy!