Five Savory Foil Packet Cooking Recipes

The weather has been getting colder, which is giving us an excuse to get the oven going. We love ovens, the way they heat the kitchen in the winter, the way our families always end up in the kitchen, chatting as dinner cooks. What’s the one thing we don’t like about the oven in the fall? Clean up.

We hate scrubbing baking dishes and trays at this time of year. When it’s cool but not cold, scrubbing can take us from pleasantly warm to sweating in mere moments. To enjoy the benefits of the oven — and avoid the sweat associated with washing cooking containers — this week, we are looking at meals cooked in foil packets. We love foil packets: there are no dishes afterward, and the packet keeps food moist and tasty as it cooks! Here are some great recipes with under 10 grams of carbs and 450 calories!

Lemon and Garlic Beef


This easy recipe is low and slow: the meat cooks for three hours at 300 degrees. With six ingredients — including the seasoning — this is a simple meal you can throw together and enjoy. A serving is 421 calories with just under one gram of carbs! Get the recipe. (

Salmon with Pesto


White wine, cherry tomatoes and salmon pair for a delicious fish meal. The steam helps cook this fish to flakey perfection. It cooks fast, and the pesto is added after the fish comes off the heat. The quick meal is attractive and tasty: perfect for impressing guests. With 393 calories and four grams of carbs, this may become one of your favorites! Get the recipe. (  

Kielbasa and Veggies


We love sausage and are always thrilled to find a way to bring more veggies into our diet in tasty recipes. Squash, mushrooms and zucchini pair up with kielbasa for a great meal! With 342 calories and less than nine grams of carbs, any fan of easy meals is sure to love this. Get the recipe. (  

Chicken Fajita


Fajitas are one of our favorite Tex-Mex dishes. We like that this recipe gives you spice mix instructions. Store-bought spice mixes can be filled with sugar or other additives. When you make it yourself, you know exactly what’s going into it. The recipe yields four servings with 131 calories and seven grams of carbs. Get the recipe. (  

Shrimp with Zucchini


Shrimp is a favorite of ours, and it’s in season! We like this slightly spicy dish that’s so easy to throw together. It’s packed with flavor from the shellfish, veggies and spices. A serving only has 170 calories and nine grams of carbs. Get the recipe. (  

We hope these foil-cooked dinners keep you warm on those cooler nights without giving you more work in the kitchen!

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