Happy Family Day to my Canadian friends. And a happy Monday to all of those who don’t have the luxury of having a day off of work dedicated to being with family.
How did you spend your day?
I had the pleasure of hosting my Nana and Papa for dinner. I don’t get to see them as much as I like due to being away at school so whenever I’m home I take every opportunity to see them at least once.
- Baked Basil Pesto Trout and Vegetables in a parchment pouch
- Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Potatoes and Carrots
Here was my plate, which featured squash as potatoes aren’t my thing and I’m an addict.
My Nana and Papa really enjoyed it and I introduced them to a new fish + a new way of baking it!
Guys, if you’re crunched for time parchment pouches (or tin foil tents/pouches) are your friend! They infuse so much flavour and take literally 20-25 minutes if you’re doing fish. Plus it’s a meal in a bag (+ add a carb source). Here’s what you do:
- Pick your veggies. Anything really goes except for potatoes and other really starchy vegetables as they will take too long to cook and you will overdue your fish. Those things taste better roasted anyways. 😉
- Place those veggies in the bottom of the parchment pouch. Season if you want, but you will be seasoning the fish and it’s juices will infuse the veggies nicely as is.
- Pick you favourite fish + a seasoning/sauce. I went with trout + basil pesto but the options are endless here. White fish, fattier red fish, shrimp, whatever, they all work in these bags. You could probably even do mussels and oysters too. MMMMmmm mussels…
- Place your fish on top of your veggies in the pouch.
- Fold the opening of the pouch over a few times to seal it.
- Place it in a preheated oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Salmon, trout and other thicker fish will take longer then your thinner types like sole, tilapia and shell fish.
- Break that thing open (watch the steam!) and enjoy.
And there you go. Fast, easy and full of flavour. Win win in my book!
I will say that this method makes amazing chicken and turkey as well, it just takes longer. For example, I season my chicken breasts with Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning (tomatoe and basil is the bestest ever!) and place it in a foil pouch and bake it at 350 for about 40 minutes and its the most juicy chicken you will ever have because it’s being steamed. Chicken and turkey will never be dry again!
If you choose to do meats, you can put things like potatoes and such in there too and they will cook all the way through no issue and not cause your meat to be over done.
NOTE that because my Dad turns his nose up at fish, his pouch had teryaki chicken and vegetables
Anyways, I hope you can find this useful and I hope you enjoyed your Family Day!
Oh, gotta end off with a snappsie of the Lil Miss being the Queen of her Castle (aka my Dad’s legs)
If you cook for your family, what do you make them?