There are a lot of healthy foods you can make in a pinch, but nothing compares to the preptime:foodfanciness ratio than this recipe for salmon en papillote. Two reasons why I make this meal:
1. Taste. Only the slightest bit of salt & pepper, olive oil, and lemon are used, making this dinner fancy without being pretentious. The whole foods are cooked only enough that their natural flavors are enhanced to full potential juiciness (especially the cherry tomatoes aka flavor bombs of the mouth hole).
2. Easy as shit to make. Less than 10 minutes of prep time, 20 cook time, and minimal dishes left behind.
Things you will need:
- Salmon fillet (At 7.99/lb., we only eat government-sponsored salmon filets, thanks Linc Card day!)
- Cherry tomatoes, handful
- 1 cubed sweet potato, cut into small half inch cubes
- .5 onion, chopped thick
- Asparagus,thick spears cut slightly shorter than normal
- Salt, pepper
- Lemon, half sliced for placing, half sliced for squeezing
- Olive Oil
- Parchment paper, about 2 ft, but I didn’t think to measure, or take pictures, so use good present-wrapping judgement!)
- Twine, toothpicks, or above-average folding skills
- Preheat the oven to 400. Lay out a good sized amount of parchment paper (best present wrapping judgement) and lay out your salmon fillet. Squeeze some lemon,rub the whole thing with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Place sliced lemon on top.
- Fill one side with asparagus and tomatoes topped with squeezed lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper.
- On the opposite side, place cubed sweet potato and onion. Drizzle olive oil and salt.
- Fold it up! I always MAcGyver a different way to fold this up depending on what materials are nearby. Websites suggest twine, but my newest discovery is toothpicks. See picture to get an idea, but anyway you can keep it closed up will work. TIP: Leave the seam on the top, so you can easily check to see if the fish is flakey.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Fish is done when pink/white and flakey. Everything else should be done as well.
It is important to get thick asparagus spears that DON’t get too mushy, and cube potatoes small enough that they DO get mushy.
If you’re the kind of person who plans and acts ahead, it would be easy to prep this in the morning and keep in the fridge for a fancy, low stress meal in the evening when you get home from a long day and need to re-up on your Omegas and Vitamin A and what ever else nutrients are packed into this meal.