Saving Time with Char
Oo-La-La…Veggies en Papillote
Oh, I know, it sounds so fancy. Broccoli en Papillote. But, really, all you are doing is using unbleached parchment paper to steam vegetables in the oven. And better than a quick and delicious meal? Super-fast clean up!! You will be like a whirling magician when it is time to clean up! Presto en Papillote.
All you need to do is take a 12 inch piece of parchment, place your veggie subjects on one side of the paper, fold it in half, and crimp the edges together. That is all! And you are done. Place them on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.
If you want to get your kids engaged in the plant-strong kitchen, let them assemble their own veggies en papillote. They will have so much fun. And it is SO easy. Frozen veggies also work very well, just pore in some frozen veggies, and season. This is also a fun thing to do for parties. Create a veggie bar and allow everyone to create a beautiful dish!
I also like to take half of a baked potato and cover it in vegetables, and then slather on some fat-free pasta sauce. Wrap it up tidy as can be, place in a 350 degree oven, and steam for about twenty minutes. All that’s left is to watch as the packages are unwrapped at the table to a chorus of “This looks awesome!!!” Suddenly your plant-strong main course is the focal point of a great dinner. A stash of unbleached parchment paper, preferably white rather than brown, ensures the parcels portray an aesthetic and crisp look.
These parchment parcels function not just as a staple recipe, but as a functioning blueprint. Follow your fancy and…
• Vary the vegetables, adding baby bok choy or sugar snaps or bean sprouts or thinly sliced carrots or whole scallions or, well, you get the idea.
• Slip in other aromatics in place of lemon, snips of fresh herbs, lemongrass, or a slice of ginger. I also love slices of oranges.
• Strew the vegetables with other flavorings, like finely chopped olives or sesame seeds. The possibilities are endless. Salsa is another favorite.
I would take caution when opening your plant-strong parcel, and make certain that it isn’t steaming too much when it is opening. Easy. So flavorful. And no clean-up!
Quick. Delicious. No Fuss. And more time for you!
I always like the “more time for me” part.