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Salmon Baked in a Foil Parcel with Green Beans and Pesto

Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? How does 3 minutes and no dishes sound? Not fancy, but fabulous. The fact that this meal was phenomenal, and incredibly healthy, is just the cherry on the cake. This recipe is for all the busy moms, or people who work long days. For the people who hate to do dishes, or want a quick meal that’s also very healthy.

Look, it’s as easy as this:



Bake. Voila!


Salmon Baked in a Foil Parcel with Green Beans and Pesto adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

3 cups fresh green beans
1 lemon
2 (6 oz) wild salmon fillets, skin on
2 Tbsp pesto (I used homemade, but prepared is fine, too!)
2 tsp olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat your oven to 400. Rinse and trim beans. Halve both of the lemons.

Pull out a sheet of aluminum foil, about a yard long, and fold it in half to give two layers. Put a handful of green beans in the middle of the foil. Lay a salmon fillet, skin side down, across the beans and spoon over pesto. Drizzle each filet with 1 tsp olive oil. Squeeze over juice from one of the lemons, and season with salt and pepper. Pull the aluminum foil edges together and scrunch them up to seal the parcel. Repeat these steps to make the second parcel. Place both foil parcels on a sheet pan.

Put the baking sheet into your oven and cook for 15-17 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it stand for a minute before carefully unwrapping it. Either serve the parcels on plates as they are or carefully unwrap them before serving. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 431 calories; 24 g. fat; 108 mg. cholesterol; 410 mg. sodium; 8.5 g. carbohydrate; 4 g. fiber; 38.5 g. protein

Result: Simple, quick, light, flavorful, and very healthy! I can’t wait to make this again. Note to self: a dinner doesn’t always have to be complex and with a ton of ingredients to be divine! Enjoy!


Mr. Prevention got an emergency call from work at 3am and showered and went in. Maybe tonight will be my evening of sound rest! At least I got in a killer run (first 2 miles were torture, and it was effortless from there on out) and made this delicious meal! Because there was no clean-up and the meal was a quick one, I was settling in for the evening by 7pm. That almost never happens. Reason #294380 I love this recipe 😉

Tonight is dinner with Gina (Candid RD) and Nick! Very excited! 😀

Question: What meals do you love because they’re quick or require very little clean-up?

TGIF!! 😀

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  1. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate
    May 20, 2011 / 8:55 am

    Totally adding this to my dinner menu last week!

  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    May 20, 2011 / 8:57 am

    Great dinner! Love the colors, flavors, and the clean up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have fun with Gina & Nick!!!

    • Nicole
      May 20, 2011 / 11:52 am

      The clean up was the best part! Other than eating it ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend, Andrea!

  3. Liz
    May 20, 2011 / 10:31 am

    All week you’ve been making recipes that are right up my hubby’s alley…. chocolate donuts, coffee smoothie, pretzel rolls, but this is perfect for both of us! I’ve cooked fish using this mehtod before – it is one of our go to meals in the summer. I’ve never used salmon or thought to add pesto or green beans. I think this will be on the menu next week!!!

    • Nicole
      May 20, 2011 / 11:53 am

      I know, I have the palate most would say pleases the opposite sex. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you BOTH enjoy this recipe…we sure did ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. thehealthyapron
    May 20, 2011 / 11:36 am

    Have fun tonight with Gina! Your meal looks so simple, easy, and tasty! I love it! I wanted salmon so bad last night but we opted for shrimp instead (not my fave).

    Thanks for your comments on my site! You’re right, it IS hard to help others when I also struggle myself. BUT I also think it makes me a better dietitian. I deal with many people who have the same struggles and I think it makes it easier toempathize and give advice that has helped me. I also feel like I can demonstrate how I’m trying my best and while I still regress, it IS getting easier to pull through my moments self-defeat. It only shows I’m human. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a wonderful weekend Nicole!!

    • Nicole
      May 20, 2011 / 11:54 am

      I totally agree! I think our imperfections are what makes us better practitioners! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. May 20, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    That looks amazing and I love an easy clean up! Thanks for a great recipe!

    Hope you get a good nights sleep soon!

  6. Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    May 20, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    This dinner sounds amazing!
    I hate those nights where you don’t get to sit down and rest. Last night, I didn’t sit down until 9. I am so ready for the weekend! Glad you got to relax.
    Have a great weekend, Nicole!

  7. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    May 20, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    No dishes? That’s my favorite! I love making homemade pizza with store bought dough because there are hardly any dishes to clean up. Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Sophiegoose
    May 20, 2011 / 1:46 pm

    I’m so excited pesto time is coming around again! Yay fresh herbs!

  9. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    May 20, 2011 / 2:36 pm

    I hate doing dishes so this is definitely a meal I’ll be making soon!

  10. Roz
    May 20, 2011 / 3:05 pm

    Hi Nicole, oh yum. ANYTHING with pesto is a good recipe in my books. And no cleanup? Bring it on! Have a great weekend.

  11. Biz
    May 20, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    I wish I liked salmon – I need to give it another try. ๐Ÿ˜€ Have fun with Gina! I haven’t stopped by her blog in ages.

    Have a great weekend!

  12. Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)
    May 20, 2011 / 5:24 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I had salmon but this looks so yummy. My dad foiled up tilapia last night and popped it in the bbq. So easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Regan Jones RD
    May 20, 2011 / 8:25 pm

    Quesadillas… they’re my go to easy, simple clean up meal. I usually stir together a black bean/corn salsa to up the veggie quota & just use later in a veggie wrap.

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  15. Abbie
    June 6, 2011 / 2:19 pm

    Made this last week! Both me and my boyfriend (who isn’t always too excited about all of the healthy things I cook) loved it! Currently perusing your site for tonight’s dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole
      June 6, 2011 / 5:19 pm

      Aw, thanks for letting me know – I’m so glad to hear it! I want to make several versions of this — so easy, so good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you find something good for tonight ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Selene@ABCsofMealtime
    June 8, 2011 / 11:27 pm

    This looks so yummy and is perfect after a long work day! Also, my garden is producing green beans like crazy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

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  18. Bekkah
    April 22, 2012 / 11:06 am

    This looks amazing! I was looking for a healthy fish dish for dinner tonight and I just knew I could find something perfect if I browsed through your recipe index. You never let me down! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jessie
    May 13, 2012 / 11:26 am

    I’m making this for Mother’s Day lunch this afternoon. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Nicole, RD
      May 13, 2012 / 12:06 pm

      I hope you love it!

      • Jessie
        May 15, 2012 / 9:08 am

        It was FANTASTIC! That was my first time working with a fish of any sort and it was delicious! Thanks so much for this recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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