June 10, 2013

Dinner in a Pouch

We are currently in transition waiting to move into our house in Germany.  We are a family of 4 living in a tiny one bedroom German apartment.  It's functional but small. I've been trying to figure out some simple and healthy dishes to fix so we can stop living off of microwavable foods.:)

After searching Pinterest for inspiration I came up with what I like to call "Dinner in a pouch."  I used to work at a Ranch and we made something similar to it...potatoes, onion, carrots, and ground seasoned beef in a tin foil pouch cooked over a campfire. 

This version is slightly healthier.
Here is my German kitchen to cook in. 
I have 2 pots and one pan, but no cookie sheet so tin foil has become my best friend.
Here is what you'll need:
tin foil
bell peppers (how many and which kind is your preference)
polish sausage
salt and pepper and whatever additional seasonings you want
(I made a tin foil pouch, one per person).

Take a medium sized piece of tin foil and lay it out on your counter.  Make sure you give yourself extra on the edges to fold in and create a seal (this will be more clear as you read on).  Cut your bell pepper, sausage, onions, and mushrooms and place them on the tin foil.  The size and amount of veggies and meat is completely up to you. You can also add different veggies than the ones listed-be creative since you will be the one eating it.

You will not need to spray the tin foil with pam or anything to prevent sticking.
Season the meat and veggies with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you want.  I also used garlic salt and a little Italian dressing.  Tear a second piece of tin foil the same size as your base tin foil and place it on top.  Fold the sides of the tin foil in to create a seal.  Place in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes on 350 degrees. 
BE CAREFUL when you open the pouches to check on their progress and when opening to eat due to steam escaping.  You can eat it right out of the tin foil or put it on a plate and serve with rice.  Very yummy!
So, whether you live in a tiny apartment or want something good to eat while camping, this is a great dish to enjoy.
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