I was really glad that one of the outcomes of my little poll was that you are interested in more of the healthy & simple meal ideas.

For many reasons, but partly because it seems that everyone can use more simple meals ideas, and partly because it is challenging for me. I tend to either go overboard and spend hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals, or, pop in a frozen dinner from Trader Joe’s. Simple, healthy and quick meals are the inspiration I want to share!

So onto the food.

The packets allow you to cook vegetables and protein in one step and only take a few minutes to put together. I microwaved the sweet potatoes for the sake of time, but you could certainly bake or boil if you prefer.

Pesto Fish Packets with Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Mash

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

Keywords: bake entree gluten-free high protein


Ingredients (2 servings)

For the Fish

  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 2 filets of firm white fish
  • 2 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper

For the Sweet Potato Mash

  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper


For the Fish

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Tear off two sheets of aluminum foil or parchment paper, so you have 12 inches squares.

Stir together lemon juice and pesto.

Layer zucchini on foil, top with fish and drizzle with pesto.

Season with salt and pepper.

Seal packets and place on baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until fish is cooked through.

Carefully open pouch and serve.

For the Sweet Potato Mash

Pierce potatoes with fork.

Microwave until soft, about 7 minutes.

Heat butter in small pan and add garlic to pan.

Season with salt and pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Mash sweet potatoes and stir in butter mixture.

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10 Comments (Reply )

  1. erin
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    The bf and I often don’t get home until 8p or later, so healthy + simple – and quick! – meals are exactly what we need! And, this looks delicious! BTW… all the recipes you post look (and taste) delicious :)


    • Emily
      Sep 25, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

      Thank you Erin. :)


  2. Chelsea @ahintofhealthy
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Wow! This meal looks delicious! I absolutely love anything pesto. Just pinned it and can’t wait to try it :)


  3. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Yet another reason for me to love aluminum foil! :) I admire the number of fish recipes that you post- they’re so simple, but so brilliant at the same time! I really need more fish in my life.


  4. Alysha @Shesontherun
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    I always eat sweet potatoes with my fish. They just go together so perfectly!


  5. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    I always forget how much I like cooking with parchment like this – what a fun and healthy to make a meal!


  6. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Your photos are stunning Em! And this is a great easy and healthy weeknight meal idea!


  7. luv what you do
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    This looks awesome! I am a big fan of the healthy meals and this is a great recipe to try!


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