7 Foil-Packet Recipes That Make Cleanup NBD


Sheet-pan recipes and one-pot meals are simple to prep and cook, but why not make things even easier? Foil-packet meals pair high-quality (and great-tasting) ingredients with minimal prep—a weeknight dinner dream team. Simply wrap the ingredients and cook, then just crumble and toss the foil after eating. From grilled coconut shrimp to baked chicken Caprese, the following zero-fuss meals will have you out of the kitchen in no time.

Blend shredded coconut with lime, fresh cilantro, soy sauce, onion and garlic into a tropical marinade for juicy shrimp. The shellfish soak up the marinade for a few hours in the fridge before getting a quick char on the grill. We dare you not to lick your fingers (and the inside of the foil packet) at the end of the meal.

No messy taco shells crumbling all over your face here! Pack all the sweet potatoes, spinach, and beans your heart desires into these foil-packet tacos, with a chef’s choice of ground turkey or beef (or even crumbled tofu) for protein. Pile on the toppings and grab a fork after baking—there’s no shell needed.

Omega-3 superstar salmon gets cozy with bright asparagus in this foil bake. Thinly sliced lemon and fresh herb sprigs add layers of flavor without overpowering the delicate fish. And did we mention the whole dish comes together in less than 30 minutes?

We can’t decide what we love most about this Indian-inspired foil packet meal: the curry-seasoned potatoes or the rich baked egg. Actually, the best part might be that (if you cook the potatoes beforehand) the whole dish comes together in just 10 minutes. Add your favorite vegetables for extra color and health benefits and get ready for your new favorite savory breakfast.

Have you ever gone to town on a plate of Caprese salad instead of fixing an actual meal? We know the feeling, and this foil-wrapped Italian-inspired dinner is pretty much the next best thing. Each packet is a fat stack of flavor bursting with melted mozzarella and Roma tomatoes, and the chicken peeks out from under a thick blanket of pesto on the bottom.

Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, and creamy feta bring a Mediterranean flavor profile to this foil-packet meal. Toss shrimp in a simple garlic and white wine sauce with a dash of paprika for a kick. Grill the shrimp over a bed of zucchini noodles, then serve it with extra marinade spooned on top for brightness.

For a protein and veg-packed meal, look no further than this simple chicken foil packet. Offset garlicky chicken with sweet roasted vegetables—plus, each packet is dotted with a bit of butter for added oomph. To really take advantage of the fast and easy elements of this dish, make a double batch and take leftovers for lunch.

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