Summer and grilling pretty much go hand in hand, so take full advantage of this when meal planning during the warmer months. Utilizing the grill is a great way to keep your kitchen cool while being able to cook restaurant-worthy dishes packed with produce at the same time.
To make meal planning and shopping even easier, utilize the concept of foil packs to please everyone in your household. Since each packet holds an individual serving of food, they can be personalized for different tastes or dietary needs. Plus, they’re fun to put together so the whole family can get hands-on making their own foil pack meal!
Get started by preheating your grill to medium-high heat (375-400 degrees Fahrenheit). Cut large pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Layer ingredients of choice in the middle of the packet and then fold and seal the foil packs by pinching the top and the sides so the steam won’t escape. Be sure to leave some room in the foil pack so the air can circulate. Repeat with remaining packets.
Place packets over the heat on the grill and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. For fish and thin cuts of meat, reduce cooking time to 15 to 20 minutes. (Always be sure to check internal temperatures with an instant-read cooking thermometer to ensure doneness!)
Ready to get grilling? Here are yummy combinations to get started with:
Zesty Ranch Plant-Based Burgers
Layer sliced potatoes and onions then top with your favorite plant-based burger patty. Season burger with salt and pepper then drizzle with ranch dressing.
Top chicken breast with chopped broccoli and red pepper strips. Drizzle with a bit of barbecue sauce and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
Place a salmon portion on foil and season with salt and pepper. Spread prepared pesto over the top then layer sliced tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese.
Easy Seasoned Pork Chops
Season pork chop with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Top with halved Brussels sprouts and baby potatoes. In a separate bowl, combine about 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil with about 1 tablespoon your favorite spice blend. Divide oil mixture evenly over veggies.
Crispy Broccoli and Cauliflower
Mix together broccoli and cauliflower florets then divide between packets. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.