Aluminum foil—if you think that it is just used for storing food in the freezer or for making toys for cats, think again. Cheap and multipurpose, aluminum foil is one of the most convenient items to keep in your kitchen.
Case in point: you can use aluminum foil to make delicious, hearty meals for you and your family that are finished in a fraction of time of a conventionally cooked meal. Cooking a meal in aluminum foil also means that you can round up your ingredients ahead of time, and In this list, we will round up some of our favorite aluminum foil meals on the net.
Did you know that fries are one of the most famous Belgian delicacies, right up there with chocolate? In fact, fries are so commonly enjoyed in Belgium that nobody would bat your eye if you insisted that they constituted a whole meal. They especially won’t bat an eye if you serve these delicious garlic fries served in a foil pack.
Sweet Chili Chicken and Vegetables
Sweet chili-flavored sauces offer the best of both worlds: sweet with a salty/spicy kick! A healthy and tasty, easy meal that the entire family will love! If you can’t get enough of this sweet chili flavor and want to go beyond making a conventional stir fry, check out this recipe for foil sweet chili chicken and vegetables.,
Baked Sweet Potatoes and Chili
This meal idea from Fresh Off the Grid is intended to be enjoyed exactly like that: off the grid. And while it is undeniably delicious when cooked over a campfire, you can also adapt it so that it can be enjoyed at home. Sweet potatoes cooked in foil are incredibly delicious—crunchy on the outside and soft and aromatic on the inside. The addition of delightful chili brings this meal from “good” to “extraordinary.”
Shrimp and Asparagus
Shrimp lovers rejoice: here is a meal idea that goes beyond your typical shrimp pasta. The complementary nuance of shrimp, asparagus, and lemon flavors shine through in this foil meal. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect summer meal.
Fajitas are one of the easiest, most delicious meals that you can put together. But cooking them in a foil meal is a way to make this meal’s preparation even easier. Packed with protein, these steak fajitas come out moist and delicious and ready to serve!
Chicken Bacon Ranch
Who doesn’t like bacon? And who doesn’t like bacon when it’s paired with chicken? And finally—perhaps most importantly of all—who doesn’t like ranch? If you are a fan of all three of these delicious things, you’re going to love them all together. Not the healthiest of foil meals on this list, but one of the tastiest. Check it out here.
Porkchops and Potatoes
Could there be any meal more classic than steak and potatoes? Regardless of your thoughts on this common meal, you likely have never quite had it prepared in foil. This adds an extra tenderness to a meal option that is already boasting flavor. It’s a great option if you’re entertaining and unsure of whether or not your guests have a picky palette. See the recipe here.
Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Ham and cheese sandwiches: not just for your elementary school lunchbox! If you think that we suggest that you make a simple wonderbread ham and cheese sandwich in the oven, think again. These foil ham and cheese melts are decadent enough to rival the French cuisine by which they are inspired.
Pineapple Baked BBQ Chicken
Pineapple is a controversial food ingredient when you think about it (or least that’s the case if we’re talking about pizza). But anyone who takes a single bite of this pineapple-baked BBQ chicken foil recipe will no longer ever see pineapple as a controversial flavor again.
A lot of foil meal ideas involve meat as the main course (it makes sense because the use of foil means that meat cooks a lot quicker than it would with traditional methods), this can leave vegetarians feeling a little bit left out. Fortunately, there are a lot of vegetarian-friendly foil meals that work great as both a side dish or a main course. Case in point: this delectable zucchini parmesan.
Cabbage and Sausage
Cabbage is an underrated food, at least in North American cuisine. While many North Americans think that cabbage is bland and flavorless food, it is commonly used in many kinds of delicious meals across parts of Europe and Asia. So chances are if you aren’t enjoying cabbage, you just haven’t found the right recipe for you yet. One taste of this foil cabbage and sausage meal, and you will be rethinking the way you think about cabbage.
Cajun Chicken and Veggies
Cajun seasoning is some of the most delicious seasonings on the planet! If you are looking for a new meal idea that incorporates classic Cajun tastes, then allow us to point you in the direction of our latest favorite Cajun meal: foil pack chicken and veggies. Ready in minutes, it’s a great way to treat your family to a restaurant-quality meal without taking them to an actual restaurant.
This one is for anyone who finds themselves buying fast food breakfast burritos regularly. You can make your breakfast burritos in foil that are more nutritious and more delicious! These are perfect for making ahead of time and enjoying on the go. Get the recipe here.
If you have never tried paella before, you’ve been missing out. Paella is a dish traditionally from Spain made from rice, spices, vegetables, and a type of protein (most commonly seafood). While typically made in a large skillet, you can also make delicious paella using tin foil. Find out how this magic works here.
Horseradish Corn on the Cob
Horseradish is what we could call an acquired taste. Pungent and spicy, it’s not a taste that will agree with every palette. However, those who love horseradish really, genuinely love it and feel the desire to incorporate it into every recipe! So here is an excellent tin foil meal recipe that involves horseradish, and it’s a real doozy: horseradish corn on the cob.
Grilled Cheddar Burgers
Who doesn’t love a good burger as a meal? The only thing that makes a grilled hamburger better is cheddar and a flavorful foil cooking method. Check out this crowd-pleasing recipe here.
Here is another tasty foil fish recipe. Tilapia is an inexpensive and nutritious kind of fish that is high in vitamin B12 and potassium. It pairs well with some lemon asparagus. Find the foil recipe here.
Here’s another option for the shrimp lovers out there. This one will require a bit more prep work (you’ll have to bring the soft tacos and chopped veggies with you separately), but the result is delicious and perfect for feeding a crowd.
We didn’t forget about you, dessert-lovers. Sometimes you just want to eat a sweet dessert for a meal, and we understand this. Fortunately, it is possible to make some lovely meals in a foil pack, too. Take this delicious french toast recipe, for example. This recipe uses strawberries, but you can use any fruit that you have lying around.
Tin Foil Stew
Stew is usually associated with a thick broth, but did you know that you can make stew in a foil pack? Here’s how. This is the perfect hearty meal for cold weather or for entertaining.
Butter Garlic Herb Steak
This is an option for anyone who has had a hard time making steak. If you find that your steak always turns out dry or overcooked, try your hand at a tin foil cooking process as outlined here. You can follow the recipe and use butter, garlic, and herb for seasoning, or you can use your favorite seasonings instead.
Feeling hungry yet? It’s time to break out the tin foil and prepare to feast. Make sure that you make a list of your favorite meals on this list so that you can enjoy them at a later date. Bon appetit!