Summer Days are quickly coming to an end. As a teacher this is a bittersweet time of year. I have the fortunate opportunity to have a true “teacher” schedule. I work when my kids are in school and I am able to be home with them for most days off (there is always a random Professional Development Day that Dad on the Run needs to step in). We have had an amazing summer and it will be sad to see it end.
Being in the kitchen, especially when its a little muggy is the last place I want to be. I have been trying as much as I can to grill outside because I am soaking up as much of summer as I can. I also can get a lot of cooking done in a short amount of time. I usually make extra chicken breasts for salad, burgers for lunches, and veggie foil packs with whatever came fresh from the garden. Extra bonus is that there is usually very little clean up!
My Pinterest Page and Blog feeds have been filled with many versions of Foil Dinners that looked too delicious not to create in my own kitchen. The best thing with cooking in foil packs is that you can easily control what you are eating by weighing each ingredient that goes into your creation. This is extremely helpful when you are using Macros. Last night I needed to eat more protein to meet my Macro numbers in that area, so my foil pack was Protein and Veggie Packed. If I needed more carbs I would have added some baby potatoes or corn. With a sprinkle of Cajun Spice and a small amount of butter(I used Ghee) this delicious dinner not only smelled amazing while cooking, but filled me up to satisfaction.
Healthy Foil Shrimp and Sausage "Boil" Packs
- 1 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning
- 113 g Cleaned large shrimp
- 71 g Turkey/Chicken Andouille sausage Applegate, very thinly sliced
- 50 g Zucchini sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
- 50 g Yellow Squash sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
- 5 ml Ghee Trader Joe's Brand
In a large bowl combine shrimp, sausage, squashes and ghee. Season with cajun seasoning.
Pour ingredients on a sheet of aluminum foil. Gently fold the sides of foil up so that all the food inside is wrapped around the foil.
Grill Method: Cook on preheated grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes on one side, then flip and cook another 5-6 minutes on the second side
Baking method (On those days you can't get to your grill): Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake foil packets 15-20 minutes.
If you are looking for a way to eat within your points, calories, or Macros in a short amount of time and easy cleanup, than this is the recipe for you!
What would you add to your foil packs?