Similar in taste to cod, halibut is packed with nutritious omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to protect against cognitive decline.

Health.com
February 13, 2017

If you’ve never done it before, baking food in parchment paper seems hard. How tightly do I wrap it up? How long does it cook for? How do I know when it’s actually done? Contrary to what the novice chef may think, popping a piece of parchment-wrapped protein in the oven is actually one of the easiest things to do—and it tastes totally delicious too. 

Looking for proof? This parchment-baked halibut with pesto and shredded zucchini and carrots should do the trick. All it takes is a few fish filets, a hint of flavor-packed pesto, vitamin-rich veggies, and a dash of white wine for a fresh finish.  

If it sounds indulgent, it’s actually not at all. Similar in taste to cod, halibut is packed with nutritious omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to protect against cognitive decline. Add pesto—made from fresh herbs and olive oil—to the lean protein and you’re all set for a satiating dinner that will leave you feeling satisfied and slim. 

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And at just 250 calories per serving, this light meal is the perfect pick for a healthy dinner party at any time of the year. Even better, it only requires 20 minutes of prep time, so it’s entirely stress-free. Just invite a few friends over to unwrap the balanced goodness right on their plates, then enjoy the dish all together.  

Watch this video to see how simple it is to bake pesto-slathered halibut with zucchini and carrots in parchment paper right in your kitchen.