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Foil Packets

How to Please Everyone

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Making individual foil packets is a great way to please everyone at dinner time. If you want fish but everyone else wants chicken, it's easy to do, without creating a big clean-up. It's also a perfect way to cook low fat meals in general. The food is essentially steamed, which makes for moist and succulent meat or fish.

Place each family member’s choice of entree in the center of their own 12-inch by 18-inch sheet of foil wrap. Top with condiments and toppings of their choice—-say, some salsa, black beans and sweet corn, or tomatoes, olives and herbs, or simply a brush of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. Seal the foil packets by folding the top edge and sides, leaving enough room inside the packet for air to circulate.

Place packets on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 450-degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Fish will cook quicker, about 15 minutes, depending on thickness of the fish. Make a batch of whole grain rice or couscous and an almost mess-free dinner is served.

Foil packets can also be cooked on the grill.

Caution: Be careful when unsealing the foil packets as the escaping steam will be very hot.

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