Have I mentioned before how much I love CookSmarts? I’m pretty sure I have. I joined them just over a year ago, and my membership renewed recently. Pssst…. You can sign up for free and get three free weeks worth of meal plans. I’ll do a full review later, but I wanted to share last night’s dinner success.
I love how much I learn from CookSmarts. For instance, have you ever cooked in packets? That’s called en papillote. Very cool, huh? So, I modified this delicious tilapia dish from an older recipe.
Both David and I loved this recipe. It’s easily scalable for two people and wonderfully versatile. The tilapia doesn’t dry out because this cooking method steams it in the sauce. Cook’s note: LOW MESS! Seriously! Cooking like this involved minimal clean-up. I’ll be doing this again!
Modifying Tilapia En Papillote
The recipe calls for miso paste. If it’s unavailable in your store, find it on Amazon or just double the soy sauce. If sodium content concerns you, use low-sodium brands.
I used Reynold’s Parchment Cookie baking sheets to make the packets. You can use foil or rolled parchment if you prefer. I got a free box of them from Influenster. Cookie baking isn’t my thing, but these are the perfect size for this meal! While I am sure these parchment sheets work great for cookies, I’m using them for other things, instead.
CookSmarts calls for half the ginger in the sauce and uses brown sugar. I substitute raw agave syrup since it’s low-glycemic. Since we didn’t have any cilantro, I snipped some parsley from our garden. Cilantro is a better choice, however.
These instructions produce crunchy carrots. If you prefer them softer, be sure to cut them thin, or buy the pre-cut carrot coins. In the future, I will likely microwave them for a minute before tossing them with the ginger miso sauce.
I would love to try this with mahi-mahi, too. Next time, I will also sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds along with the cilantro.
If you’ve never used parchment for making packets, here’s a quick 1-minute video tutorial.
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