Salmon with Veggies and Creamy Mustard Sauce {Guest Post and Giveaway}

I’d like to introduce you to Brette Sember. She is the author of The Parchment Paper Cookbook, which might be the best idea ever. Imagine 180 recipes that you can prepare without getting a single pot or pan dirty! I’m in, are you?

I’ll pass the microphone (or keyboard, I guess) over to Brette and she can tell you more. I asked her to bring us a fish recipe since you don’t really get any from me. I’m not a huge fish fan, but I figured that at least one or two of you might be.

Parchment Paper Means No Clean Up!
By Brette Sember

I love cooking, but sometimes the clean up gets to me. I set out to find a way to make dinner without having to do a sink full of dishes—and I found it in parchment paper! Parchment paper packet cooking is a wonderful, revolutionary method that decreases the amount of fat needed for cooking and locks in flavor and nutrients. Best of all, with parchment paper cooking, there is no mess to clean up– no pots and pans to scrub. The food cooks in a parchment paper packet in the oven, making this perfect for busy moms, people with small kitchens, and anyone tired of doing a sink full of dishes after dinner.

Parchment paper is recyclable and compostable. Cooking with parchment also means you can cook your entire meal in one oven without turning any burners or using lots of hot water to scrub pots and pans.

You can buy parchment paper in your grocery store next to the foil and plastic wrap, or online from sellers like Amazon. Wilton and Reynolds both make parchment. The secret of parchment paper is that it is coated with silicone, which keeps moisture and flavors in, and keeps food from sticking. You layer your food onto the paper (no pots, pans, or big mixing bowls needed), fold it and bake. It’s that simple!

Parchment paper packets are a snap to cook with. Cut off an 18-20 inch piece of parchment and place your food in the center. Leave at least 4 inches on the sides. Now, grab the long ends of the paper and have them meet in the air in the middle, then just fold them down until you get to the food. You’ll end up with a long package. Now all you have to do is simply twist each end. (You can see illustrations at: Place the packets on a baking sheet or toaster oven tray for easy in moving them around.

Salmon with Veggies and Creamy Mustard Sauce
Serves 2

2 salmon fillets
1 cup snap peas
1/4 cup light sour cream
1 tbsp honey mustard
1 tbsp lime juice
4 baby carrots, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dill

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the salmon on the parchment and place the peas on top and around it. Mix the other ingredients in a bowl then pour over the top. Fold the parchment and bake for 20 minutes.

Brette Sember is the author of The Parchment Paper Cookbook, published by Adams Media. She blogs about parchment paper cooking at She also writes the popular food blog She is also the author of the upcoming titles The Organized Kitchen and The Muffin Tin Cook Book from Adams Media. Sember is a former attorney and author of more than 35 other books, including How to Parent with Your Ex, The Complete Credit Repair Kit, The Divorce Organizer & Planner, and The Complete Divorce. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband, two children, and two golden retrievers. Her web site is and you can follow her on Twitter @brettesember.


UPDATE: GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. The winner is Lindsay @ biking before bed! Congrats!

One winner will receive one copy of The Parchment Paper Cookbook. Only open to US residents.

To Enter:

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4. Tweet about this giveaway! You can use this if you want: “Enter to win The Parchment Paper Cookbook from @brettesember and @not_rachaelray!”
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That’s up to seven chances to win! Enter by Tuesday night (11/15) and I’ll choose a winner using on Wednesday morning (11/16). Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose another winner. Prize will be shipped by me. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book for free. However, all opinions expressed in this post are, as always, 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post other than the free book.

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  2. Great recipe!

  3. I have always wanted to try fish in parchment. Thanks for the great post!

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  5. what a great idea – I have only used parchment for baking cookies and under a baking chicken

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  11. I haven’t cooked salmon in so long… that has got to change.

  12. I have cooked in foil packet before and loved not having any clean up!

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  22. This looks like a very nice cookbook using a technique that could make foods really taste great. Would love to win a copy!

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  25. This sounds like my kind of cookin’- I really dislike cleaning up after dinner. I would love to try out a parchment recipe but not fish :)

  26. I love salmon and this looks like a great way to prepare it. I’ll try this one soon!

  27. I’m subscribed to your blog by email :)

  28. Wow, Brette’s cookbook looks great! I love the idea of no-clean up meals! I’d love to win :)

  29. I love no mess meals, and this looks delicious!!

  30. The book looks good!

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  32. That book looks great.

  33. This will help me use up the 2000 sheets of parchment I have. Yep, that many. Bought 1000 sheets of full-sheet size at a restaurant supply house for cheap, had it cut in half to fit home-sized half-sheet pans, and gave some away. Still have probably 1500 sheets. I use it like it’s free.

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  41. What a great idea!

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  46. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing this and this delicious recipe for Salmon. I love salmon and love trying new recipes for it!

  47. I follow you on twitter And what a great idea for a cookbook!

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    Good Luck Everyone!

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  52. Great Giveaway! I love cooking with parchment paper. The less to clean up the better! Hope to win!!!

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  63. love the idea of not using a pots and pans!

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  65. Just tweeted about le giveaway (apparently I’m feeling French today).

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  68. I do, in fact, love fish! Excited to see a recipe on your blog–plus this whole parchment paper thing sounds right up my alley. Yay! :)

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  70. That salmon dish sounds really good. We aren’t huge fish fans either, but we do love salmon. I’m definitely trying that recipe.

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