Tin foil dinners | Cooking with Essential Oils

Dinner is Served
As I’ve said before, I’m not such a fan of cooking… However, thanks to many of your suggestions and a recent change of heart – I am making great strides.
Making healthy meals that taste good without investing too much time and energy into it all can be a little overwhelming. Time and energy are two things I am lacking (and the young moms everywhere said, “amen”).
But, I’ve found something that doesn’t require much of either of those things: tin foil dinners.
When you hear “tin foil dinner” you probably visualize a grill, or the great outdoors and camping trips, but hear me out. Tin foils can be just as good at the dinner table! Here’s four reasons why:
1. They’re super simple!
2. It’s easy to make them balanced and healthy.
3. Done right, they taste amazing!
4. They are easy! The effort to prepare them and cook them is minimal.
Sounds like a winner to me. All it takes is some heavy duty tin foil, your choice of protein and veggies, adding spices, sauces, and essential oils to taste, pop that little sucker in the oven or on that grill and – voila! Le dîner de feuille d’stain!
This recipe is a great combination

Simple Vegetable Ground Beef Dinner
Makes 4 servings

1 pound ground beef  

2 sweet potatoes, diced
2 large potatoes, diced  

2 medium-size carrots
1 large onion, chopped 

1 clove garlic minced
2 large zucchinis, diced  

Salt and pepper to taste
1 drop doTERRA Lemon essential oil 

Heavy duty tin foil

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix salt and pepper into raw meat. Cut the meat into fourths, one portion for each tin foil dinner.
  3. Tear off a sheet of foil large enough (at least 12 inches long) to cover and seal your dinner. Use heavy duty foil to avoid ripping.
  4. Place the food in the middle of the foil. Place the food on the shiny side of the tin foil to help food cook faster and more evenly. Pro-tips: spray or coat the inside of the tin foil with your favorite cooking oil before adding your ingredients. Put the meat in first, then add softer vegetables (like onions) in the middle to prevent burning, then root veggies. Add your seasoning, and drizzle some extra olive oil, butter, or ghee for added flavor and moisture.
  5.  Double wrap your dinner, especially if your food is heavy!
  6. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Cooking time may vary, depending on ingredients.
Let cool for a bit, unwrap, and dig in!
If you need some more inspiration, refer to the following chart. There are so many possibilities! And these tin foil dinners are great if you have picky eaters.
 Saving the Best for Last
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up tin foil desserts! The right combination of fresh fruit (e.g., peaches, apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple…I dare you to get creative!) with a (moderate) amount of sweet toppings is a tasty way to bring your meal to a close.
I highly recommend trying out these tasty tin foil cinnamon apples:

Cinnamon Apples
Makes 4 servings

4 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or
1 drop 
dōTERRA Cinnamon essential oil

1.   Mix apple slices with brown sugar and ground cinnamon or Cinnamon essential oil in bowl.
2.  Divide apple slices into equal portions on piece of foil; double wrap.
3.  Place in the coals of a campfire; cook 10–15 minutes, until softened.

For more great ideas on tin foil dinners, check out this post on the dōTERRA blog! And, for additional resources on cooking with essential oils, hop on over to EOS for these neat EatPlant handouts.
What is your favorite tin foil dinner combination? Comment below, share on Facebook, or tag me in your creation on Instagram: @littleblogcabin!

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