Getting Your Grill On: Foil Packets
So when starting this blog I promised recipes. Lets get one thing straight; I am no Bobby Flay or Rachael Ray…but I do my best and I will say that we don’t have many left overs in our house!
I love using my grill! It’s hands down my favorite way to cook. We’re besties. Inseparable. Sometimes I ‘overuse’ him (nice way of saying catch the whole thing on fire) and he keeps on loving me through it.
The best part about grilling is the speed. Prep time usually takes me longer than actual cook time, and even then I can have most meals on the table in about 30 minutes start to finish.
Moral of the story- if you want a fast dinner that can be made extremely healthy, get a grill.
I’m going to have a series here on StrongMomBlog.com that will run throughout the summer and fall called Getting Your Grill On. I will share tips and tricks along with some of my favorite recipes. I promise all of the recipes will take less than 30 minutes to prepare, in order to cater to all of you with a busy life like myself! They will include ideas from side dishes to desserts and everything in between.
Tonight we’re talking grill packets. They are one of my absolute favorite side dishes. There are so many different ways to manipulate them in order to have a different tasting packet every night.
Pre-prep: Start your grill. By doing this first, your grill will be hot and ready to go once you’ve finished prep.
Step 1: Get together some veggies. Tonight I grabbed broccoli, a yellow squash, a zucchini, and a tomato.
Step 2: Cut your veg into bite size pieces, lightly dress with olive oil (sometimes I use coconut oil instead), and then add your favorite seasonings. Tonight I went simple; salt, pepper, and garlic. Sometimes I will add in Dill, Oregano, Mrs. Dash, or any seasonings for that matter. Honestly it just depends on the day and the veggies that I am preparing.
Step 3: Grab your aluminum foil. Tonight since I was making two packets I pulled off two different pieces (about 12″ long). Place your veggies on the foil and wrap everything up.
Step 4: Place your packets onto a hot grill. My grill has a temp gauge so I like to have that around 550-600 degrees. Cook for about 7 minutes and then go ahead and move the veggies around within the packet so that the pieces on the bottom don’t get burnt. BE CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH THE FOIL WITH BARE HANDS! It will be HOT! I usually just use a couple of forks or a set of tongs. Cook another 5 minutes(approx.).
Step 5: Use tongs to take your packets off of the grill. (Again, they will be hot, so be careful!) I usually have a sheet tray ready so that I can carry everything into the house easily and don’t have to worry about getting burnt. Let your packets sit CLOSED for about 2 minutes in order for them to cool enough to be handled.
Step 6: Open up your packets and empty onto a plate! That’s it! You’re done! Time to eat!
I would love it if you would try out this recipe! Put your own spin on it! Let me know some of your favorite seasonings and vegetables to use!