Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rec: Packet Cooking

Packet cooking is easy, which I think is the best sort of cooking. This is tastiest cooked over a grill, but it works beautifully in the oven as well. It's simple, low calorie and fast. This recipe serves four, but it can be halved for two, or quartered for one. I don't recommend making this for one, because it could just as easily be made for two or four, with the remaining servings frozen as is in the packet, then popped into the microwave for dinner on busy days. The best accompaniment to this is rice. A box rice is easiest, however, I'm posting a Spanish Rice recipe separately for those who are more ambitious. I've filched this recipe from The Change One Diet by the Reader's Digest people.

Snapper and Sugar Snap Peas in a Packet

3 cups sugar snap peas (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 red snapper filets, 6 ounces each (or other delicate fish, such as flounder or sole)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, or prepare the grill.

Toss the sugar snap peas, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a bowl.

Coat four 15-inch lengths of cooking parchment paper or aluminum foil with cooking spray. Place one filet on one-half of each paper then top with about 3/4 of the sugar snap peas. Fold the paper over the fish and peas and fold the edges all around to seal.

Put the packets on a baking sheet to go into the oven, or directly on the grill and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.

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