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Cooking in packets: 7 no-mess meals

These easy packet meals save you the time of clean up and kids love the presentation! Baking your dinners in foil or parchment boosts the flavor but rests your dishwasher.

By Madeline Morra
Cooking in packets: 7 no-mess meals

Cooking in packets: 7 no-mess meals

No-mess meals

The beauty of packet meals is the ease of clean-up, but you’ll love how much easier they are to prepare as well. Try one of these ideas for a tasty and tidy meal tonight!

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Foil baked salmon with spinach

Baked in a foil pouch, the salmon is steam-cooked to perfection, creating something moist and tasty that neither parents nor their toddlers can resist. Serve with rice or orzo pasta.

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Photo by Jules:stonesoup via Flickr

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Sausage and peppers

Keep the rich flavor of sausage, peppers and potatoes without the oil regular cooking pans require. Baking this recipe in foil cuts your need for oil in half.

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Cooking in packets: 7 no-mess mealsPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Fish and green bean packages

Baking in parchment (en papillote) allows the fish to steam while it cooks, creating a super-moist and flavour-infused dish. Tucking the beans in along with the fish makes this an all-in-one meal — and kids love the fun presentation.

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Parchment paper parcels

The lightness of parchment paper keeps your veggies fresh and crisp so no one complains, “Mom! This is soggy!”

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Cooking in packets: 7 no-mess mealsPhoto: Jodi Pudge

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Baked apple packets

Here's a delicious, easy dessert. Serve straight from the packet or spoon over yogurt or ice cream. Also excellent with pancakes.

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Cooking in packets: 7 no-mess meals

Chicken and veggie packets

Arrange all the ingredients in separate bowls and let your child wrap up her own surprise packet for dinner. To avoid mix-ups, label each one with the name of the little rascal who made it.

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Photo by Artizone via Flickr

Cooking in packets: 7 no-mess mealsphoto: Artizone/Flickr

Rosemary potato packets

Put this on the barbecue about 20 minutes before you begin grilling the main course so that it has enough time to cook through. Keep warm on the warming rack of the barbecue or in the oven.

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Photo by panini.happy via Flickr

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This article was originally published on Aug 14, 2012

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