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Keepin’ it fresh with fish and herbs

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There’s been some autumn in the air, but there’s still plenty of time to fire up the grill. This recipe not only makes use of the barbecue, but you put to use any herbs you may have growing outdoors.

For convenience, you can prep these Fish and Fresh Herb Veggie Packets the night before or in the morning before going to work. That way, they’re ready to place on the grill when you come home.

While salmon is used here, you can switch up the fish depending on preference and availability. Look for firm fleshed fish such as halibut, tilapia, trout or snapper to substitute for the salmon.

Rather than using the barbecue, you can try this oven variation, just place packets on large baking sheet and bake in preheated 220°C (425°F) oven for about 15 minutes.

Fish and Fresh Herb Veggie Packets

  • 1 bunch of fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 small yellow zucchini (summer squash), sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or chives
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 baby bok choy, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets, skinned (about 125 g/4 oz each)

Cut asparagus stalks in half crosswise and place in large bowl. Add red pepper, zucchini, basil, parsley and garlic. Toss together to combine.

Lay out four large pieces of foil and divide bok choy among them. Top with asparagus mixture; set aside.

In small bowl, whisk together mustard, oil, thyme and pepper. Add salmon and turn to coat evenly. Place one piece of salmon on top of the bok choy- asparagus mixture. Fold foil to seal or place another piece of foil on top to seal and form packets.

Place packets on greased grill over medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes (use a digital food thermometer to check that salmon has reached an internal temperature of 70°C (158°F).

Serves 4

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