Parchment packet cooking is my JAM lately. I swear I could make breakfast, lunch and dinner in a parchment packet. The best part is that my house would be clean afterwards, because that is the miracle of parchment packets!
If you're not familiar with parchment paper, it's basically like wax paper that can go in the oven. Nana introduced me to it a couple years back and my entire kitchen experience was forever changed. You can lay it out on a baking sheet for easy, non-stick clean-up after baking. Use it to wrap baked goods to gift to friends, or separate stacked meat patties in the freezer. As I'm about to demonstrate, you can even roll a meal up in it for a flavorful and fuss-free dish that's ready in less than half an hour!
- 1 cup brown rice
- 4 (5-ounce) salmon fillets
- 2 small heads baby bok choy
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 cup snow peas
- 1 cup shitake mushrooms, chopped
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp diced green onions
- 2 Tbsp sugar (or coconut sugar)
- ½ tsp grated ginger
- ¼ tsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 4 squares parchment paper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Make ginger soy sauce by whisking together soy sauce, green onions, sugar, ginger and garlic.
- Distribute vegetables evenly between the four parchment pieces, placing them in the center of the squares.
- Place salmon fillets on top of vegetables. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp ginger soy sauce and sprinkle with ½ Tbsp sesame seeds.
- Roll the edges of each parchment square together to form a packet.
- Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook your brown rice by bringing to a boil with 2 cups water and then reducing to a simmer and cooking covered for 20 minutes. Drain when finished.
- Serve salmon over rice.
I've been continuing to test out meal delivery services lately, and One Potato actually had parchment packet salmon as one of their weekly meals! So this dinner was made extra-easy for me since they delivered all of the ingredients pre-portioned and ready to throw together. If you've followed the blog for awhile you probably know that I've tried a bunch of these services, and I inevitably drop off because the kids aren't digging the food or the price is hard to justify or I miss being hands-on in the kitchen. One Potato addresses a lot of that: their pricing is reasonable (especially since it's all organic), the meals are very kid-friendly (we got an enchilada meal and turkey burgers in addition to salmon last week) and their menus are easy and straightforward while leaving a ton of room for creativity.
With this meal, for example, the kids even got involved in constructing the little packets and seasoning their salmon to their own preferences.
The kids like a LOT of sesame seeds, as you can see from the pictures.
When the time's up, simply bust that packet open and serve! No pans to clean, no pots to scrub. Easy peasy parchment packet success.
Does your family use parchment paper? Have you ever tried cooking in a parchment packet?