Foil Packets = Easy Dinner Prep

When you have been cooking for a family of 4, then suddenly find yourself cooking for 1 or 2, you have to make some changes.  Over the past 5 years, this has happened:

  • oldest daughter left for college
  • husband passed away
  • oldest daughter graduated from college
  • oldest daughter got married and moved to California
  • youngest daughter became a teenager

So for the past few years, it’s been just my youngest daughter and myself at mealtime.  Quite a bit of food has gone back and been wasted due to my over purchasing food, and not using it up quickly enough.  So it’s been a gradual learning curve of recipes I can scale back for just the two of us, and recipes I can prep and freeze.

An email from Betty Crocker showed up in my inbox last week, and intrigued me.  The idea of using foil packets to assemble and cook meals just makes sense.  So I chose a recipe to try out and see if it would work for us.  Here are the results:

Easy Meal Prep

Grilled Pesto Chicken Packets

So above is the recipe we tried tonight.  And it came out really good!  It was so easy, and I had the chicken and zucchini already, then added some tomatoes from my mom’s garden.  Just spread 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce on the chicken breast, and quartered the small tomatoes and sliced the zucchini in 1/2 inch slices.

Easy Meal Prep

I grilled the packets for about 30 minutes on the Traeger grill.  I decided to cook it at a little lower temperature, but cook it a little longer.  I was really pleased with how it all turned out!  The chicken was fully cooked, very juicy and tender, and absolutely delicious.  Next up:

Grilled Meatloaf Dinner Packets

Here is the link for all 15 recipes from Betty Crocker:

Betty Crocker 15 Foil Packet Dinners

My daughter even said that she loved this recipe!  That is a total win in our house!

Foil Packet


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