A Happy, Healthy Family

6.20.2016

Foil Packet Salmon and Vegetables


Several years ago, when I was a newlywed and learning how to cook, foil packets were a fun, easy way to make dinner. It was always sort of magical when the raw meat and vegetables turned into a meal, mostly because I couldn't see what was happening in that little packet.

Then, as we began eating less meat, I just forgot about this handy little method of cooking.

Today I'm bringing it back with a rare non-vegetarian recipe! I am, for the most part, a vegetarian, but I do occasionally eat fish, mostly wild-caught salmon.

This dish combines healthy, flavorful salmon with fresh vegetables for a dinner that can come together with very little prep. If you can get your kids involved in chopping, sprinkling the herbs, or even just folding up the foil to make the packets, maybe you can get them to try some, too! My son loves salmon!




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Foil Packet Salmon and Vegetables
This dish looks like it took a lot of effort, but it comes together quickly, and the clean-up is a snap!
Ingredients
  • 3 c cooked brown rice
  • 4 wild-caught salmon fillets
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced into coins and then halved
  • 2 medium yellow squash, sliced into coins and then halved
  • 1/2 c yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c broccoli florets
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 T avocado oil
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t black pepper
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay out four large pieces of aluminum foil on two baking sheets.2. In middle of foil, spread zucchini, yellow squash, onion, broccoli, garlic, and spinach. Be sure to leave ample room around the edges to later fold the packets.3. Sprinkle thyme and oregano over vegetables.4. Place salmon on top of vegetables.5. Drizzle avocado oil and lemon juice over salmon and vegetables.6. Layer tomatoes over salmon.7. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over salmon and vegetables.8. Fold up all edges of foil to seal. Bake packets on pans in oven for 25-30 minutes. Be careful when opening packets, as there will be steam.9. Serve over a bed of brown rice.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings






Source: Adapted from Cooking Classy

Enjoy!

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