Monday, February 2, 2015

Easy Dinners with Foil Packets

It Doesn't Matter Where - The Home Team Still Needs to Be Rooted On!

Notice the Tiny Kitchen on the Right! (Pet Bed on Left!)

Roy has always dreamed of journeying around the country in an RV. I love to travel, but I wasn't sure that either one of us really understood what that life style would be like. So, right after New Year's, we drove to Florida and rented one from a place in Orlando. Then we made our way over the state, going all the way down to the Keys and back. Our trip ended at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground. We stayed in some lovely sites as well as a couple that were downright scary.  It was a lot of fun and it turned out to be something we would definitely enjoy doing again. One of my main concerns was figuring out how I was going to cook in such a tiny space. When we met up with our friends

 Carla and Jim in the Keys, I got a blast from the past. One night when we were sharing a super, she served us pork chops and thin slices of sweet potatoes that she had cooked on the grill in foil packets. I had forgotten all about cooking this way.  The girls used to love it when I put meat and veggies in foil pouches and cooked them in the oven.  The food basically gets steamed, and it comes out tender and tasty. Later on the trip, we used foil packets to cook chicken, and after we got home, I even did fish in the oven. It's a fun family meal because every one can individualize their own packet with the vegetables and seasonings they choose, and either a grill, campfire, or the oven can be used. By the way, Roy surprised me with his fire building skills and I couldn't resist making a little video to document his talent. Click HERE to view.

Ingredients and Directions for Assembling Foil Packet Dinners:

If you want to include a grain, choose one that cooks quickly. Good options are: brown or white quick cooking rice, tiny red or beluga (black) lentils, or even quinoa.  Put two tablespoons of the grain on top of 12 inch piece of foil. Sprinkle two tablespoons of water or broth over it.

Next, place the meat on top of the grain. Use fish, chicken breasts, or even a pork chop.

Wash and slice vegetables and place on top of the meat. Lemon is nice with fish. Zucchini and summer squash add moisture.

Finally, sprinkle on a teaspoon or two of any seasoning that would complement meat and veggies that are chosen. Lemon pepper, Greek seasoning, and fajita spice mix are always good additions. Drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil over the top and seal.

Bring the top and bottom edges of the foil together, and fold them over to lay flat. Fold each side edge together, to seal the packet.

Grill 10 minutes per side, or bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Open carefully, the steam will be hot. Transfer to a plate and enjoy.

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