Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil in Foil

This Mark Bittman recipe was in a recent issue of the NY Times and it could not be healthier. Or easier. Simply cook salmon at high heat in a cute little foil package with some aromatics and you’ve got a meal in minutes.

Place a single portion of salmon (I cut a 1.3 lb filet into 3 pieces) in the middle of a square of tin foil. Add several grape tomatoes, halved, along with fresh basil leaves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil over the top. Fold up the foil to create a little packet and cook at 500 for 10-12 minutes. THAT’S IT. And clean up? Just crumple the tin foil and throw away. Done. Note: the recipe called for 6 tomato halves and 4 basil leaves per packet, but I think it can handle more since this is where all the flavor is coming from.

So the health factor is the main thing here, but there’s also something to be said for the efficiency of this recipe. Prep time was 2 minutes, cook time was 12 minutes, and clean time was 8 seconds. Did you hear me? 8 seconds. Gives new meaning to the term “clean eating.”