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.