Become a packet queen! Packet Cooking is a low hassle, high reward way to make great meals.
Take a long a small propane grill and cook your entire meal on it - no dishes to wash!
Make sealed foil packets of veggies (can be done at home) and then a separate packet for some wedged up potatoes. Keep the packets fairly small so they cook quickly. You can cook enough veggies for two or three in one packet.
The trick here is to use veggies that cook at the same rate. For instance fresh green beans and baby carrots makes a good mix. Sprinkle them with some salt and pepper and any seasoning and then drizzle on a little olive oil. Seal it up and cook, turning once. Do the same for potatoes - cut in large bite sized pieces. These will take about 20 minutes on a medium hot grill and you can cook some meat alongside.
Packet cooking is also great for meats that a re messy on the grill - salmon fillets, shrimp, etc. Again - you can do these ahead and keep in the fridge for a day or two or just make them on site. Be sure to tightly close the packets!
Good combos using fresh ingredients
- Asparagus and button mushrooms
- Sliced zucchini and red peppers
- Green beans and carrots
- Boneless Chicken breasts with 1/2 ears of corn and tomato edges
- Salmon w/ asparagus spears and lemon
- Frozen, cleaned Shrimp w/ frozen corn, sliced peppers and tomato wedges and some cajun seasoning (serve over a pot of rice)
- Italian green beans (flat beans) with sliced onion and wedged tomatoes, season with garlic, oregano and basil and use extra olive oil. Serve over boiled pasta with a steak on the side.
Here's a link to a bunch of good ideas: 50 Things to Grill in Foil : Recipes and Cooking : Food Network