15 Foil Packet Recipes for an Easy Dinner

  • By Jennifer Mulder
  • 7 August 2023
  • 3 minute read
15 Foil Packet Recipes for an Easy Dinner | The Health Sessions

We all know the importance of eating nourishing, nutrient-rich meals. Unfortunately, chronic pain, fatigue and limited range of motion can make it hard to put a healthy dinner on the table.

That’s where foil packets come in.

Foil packets consists of protein and vegetables wrapped up in aluminum foil to create a pouch that seals in the steam as it cooks over a campfire, on the grill or in the oven. Steaming is one of the best cooking methods to preserve vitamins, and requires a just small amount of cooking oil. What’s more, you only need a few healthy ingredients to create a complete and tasty meal.

From a chronic illness standpoint, foil packets can be prepped in advance, during moments when you feel relatively good, and stored in the fridge until dinner time. Compared to standing behind the stove, it’s also a less hands-on form of cooking, especially when you put your foil packets in the oven. That will save you energy on bad days. Finally, because you cook your entire meal in one pouch, there’s less clean up for you to do.

Now I know that aluminum foil is not great for the environment, but my guess is that on high pain days the realistic alternatives – like ordering take-out or getting ready-made meals in the supermarket – all have some negative ecological impact. Also be aware that studies show that aluminum foil can leach into your food, so it’s not something you should use regularly.

As an alternative, you could use biodegradable, unbleached parchment paper up to 420 degrees Fahrenheit or 220 degrees Celsius in the oven – but never place it on a hot grill or over open fire.

No matter if you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner or low-key barbecue dishes, these 15 foil packets are worth a try! 

Dinners

Chicken Fajita Foil Packet Dinners from Foodiecrush

Foil Packet Recipes: Chicken Fajita Foil Packet Dinner from FoodieCrush | The Health Sessions

Miso Butter Cod Foil Packets from Table For Two

Foil Packet Recipes: Miso Butter Cod Foil Packets from Table For Two | The Health Sessions

Garlic Butter and Mushrooms Gnocchi Foil Packets from EatWell 101

Foil Packet Recipes: Garlic Butter and Mushrooms Gnocchi Foil Packets from EatWell 101 | The Health Sessions

Tin Foil Sausage and Veggies Dinner from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Foil Packet Recipes: Tin Foil Sausage and Veggies Dinner from Chelsea's Messy Apron | The Health Sessions

Shrimp and Broccoli Foil Packs with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce from EatWell 101

Foil Packet Recipes: Shrimp and Broccoli Foil Packs with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce from EatWell 101 | The Health Sessions

Lemon Parsley Potatoes in Foil from Skinny Taste

Foil Packet Recipes: Lemon Parsley Potatoes in Foil from Skinny Taste | The Health Sessions

Parchment Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt from Half Baked Harvest

Foil Packet Recipes: Parchment Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt from Half Baked Harvest | The Health Sessions

Foil Pack: Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Foil Packet Recipes: Foil Pack: Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice from Chelsea's Messy Apron | The Health Sessions

Teriyaki Beef Foil Packets from Life Made Sweeter

Foil Packet Recipes: Teriyaki Beef Foil Packets from Life Made Sweeter | The Health Sessions

Seafood Pasta in Parchment Paper from The Pioneer Woman

Foil Packet Recipes: Seafood Pasta in Parchment Paper from The Pioneer Woman | The Health Sessions

Vegetable Foil Packets from HappyFoodsTube

Foil Packet Recipes: Vegetable Foil Packets from HappyFoodsTube | The Health Sessions

Sausage, Potato and Green Bean Foil Packets from Damn Delicious

Foil Packet Recipes: Sausage, Potato and Green Bean Foil Packets from Damn Delicious | The Health Sessions

Desserts

Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets from Recipes From A Pantry

Foil Packet Recipes: Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets from Recipes From A Pantry | The Health Sessions

Pineapple Berry Hobo Pack from Better Homes & Gardens

Foil Packet Recipes: Pineapple Berry Hobo Pack from BHG | The Health Sessions

Campfire Banana Boats from Nutrition Stripped

Foil Packet Recipes: Campfire Banana Boats from Nutrition Stripped | The Health Sessions

Do you ever make foil packet recipes if you want an easy dinner? 

For more energy-saving strategies to put a healthy dinner on the table, check out 10 Nourishing One Tray Meals for Busy Days, 12 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes and 18 Quick Dinner Ideas After a Long & Tiring Day

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