Recipe of the Week: Packet Perfection!

Ok, so I almost can’t call this an ‘of the week’ post as of late. This girl’s been busy and it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Anyway, this is week’s recipe is a delightful one I found in the June 2011 issue of Self Magazine. I have made two versions so far and both have been phenomenal. I’m only sharing one version, but once you get the feel of it, it’s easy to get creative and throw one together with what you have lying around. All you need is a quick-cooking starch (i.e. minute rice, couscous, polenta, potato wedges…) a protein, and some veggies I only adjusted this recipe out of convenience and that’s what I’ll be sharing. If you would like the original, go pick up a copy of Self! This packet was Asian inspired with lean steak, a Hoisin-soy marinade, rice, carrots, scallions,  and broccolini. I also made a homemade Champagne Mustard vinaigrette that deliciously dressed the radishes, tomatoes, and goat cheese. It tasted like it should have been a much more labor-intensive dinner. Lucky for us, it was a snap!

Packet assembled

Getting our grill on!

10 minutes... and done!Amazing summer salad

Beef Negimaki with Broccolini and Rice (serves 2)


Non-stick cooking spray

1/8 cup hoisin sauce

1/2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 lb top round, thinly slice and cut into 6 strips

4 scallions, chopped

3/4 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup instant brown rice

1/2 lb broccolini

salt and pepper

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

2 kebob skewers

Heat grill. Fold two 18″ long pieces of foil in half; unfold and coat inside with cooking spray. Combine hoisin, soy sauce, oil and vinegar in a bowl; coat beef with marinade. Roll up beef and thread onto skewers. Place 1/4 cup rice in center of each piece of foil and place a skewer on rice. Place 1/2 of broccolini in each packet; season with salt and pepper. Fold foil to close and crimp 2 sides of each packet, leaving 1 side open; pour 1/4 cup broth in each packet. Crimp third side to seal– be careful not to let skewer pierce the foil! Place on grill, close lid, and cook until packets are fully puffed, 10 minutes. Careful cut foil open and serve!

Nutrition Stats:

381 calories, 7g fat, 44g carbs, 4g fiber, 34g protein


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