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Grill-up dinner: Easy foil packets

Updated: May 15

Summertime is all about grilling, but as we enter our third summer month, you’re not sure if you can handle another night of hot dogs and hamburgers. But don’t abandon your grill for your stovetop just yet. The truth is your grill can do so much more than those barbeque classics.

Grilling can be a great way to serve up an entire healthy meal for your whole family. It’s quick, easy and comes with a very small amount of cleanup. The key is to use the freshest ingredients from Pomegranate Market and a few sheets of foil.

Dinner your way

When preparing your foil packet feast, all it takes is a few minutes of prep work. Whip up your packets as your grill heats up or make them ahead of time and pop them in the fridge so they are ready to go when you are.

First pick out your favorite smattering of vegetables. From zucchini to broccoli and asparagus to Brussels sprouts, there are no bad combinations when it comes to the mixing of veggies. Simply chop your choices to about the same size to ensure even cooking.

Next comes the protein. Chicken is a great option for grilling in a packet. Thighs, drumsticks or breasts will cook quickly, stay juicy and retain a lot of flavor while being steamed inside the foil. The important thing is to cook your chicken to 165° F to ensure all traces of Salmonella are gone.

Now comes the fun part: the seasoning. You could go for a good glug of extra virgin olive oil or a nice little slab of butter for your chicken and veggies. If you want to go the extra mile, try out an herb butter. Pomegranate Market now offers Kerrygold garlic and herb butter to help give your meal an added boost of flavor. You can also stick to the classics like seasoning salt, lemon pepper seasoning or take your dinner to Jamaica with a little jerk chicken seasoning. Whether you make your own concoction or sprinkle on a pre-made variety from Simply Organic, a few good shakes will give you good flavor while still letting the gorgeous taste of your fresh ingredients shine through.

Perfect for picky eaters

And if you have picky eaters in your home, no problem! The great thing about foil packets is that they are easily customizable for each person. Get the whole family involved. Let them pick out what goes in their packets, from the veggies to the seasoning. This way everyone has the dinner they want and will hopefully eat.

Minimal cleanup

Since you’ve cooked everything in the foil packet, your grill stays clean. There is no need to scrub off any pesky residue left behind from your meal.

Using foil packets also means you can also skip the plates altogether if you want. No serving dishes needed here. Take the packets right off the grill and right to the table.

At the end of the day you get to serve your family a healthy meal and only have to wash up a few utensils and a cutting board. Plus, if there are a few s’mores involved afterward, even better.


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