Learn how to bake mixed vegetables in parchment paper for a quick and simple gluten-free, vegan, Paleo, and Whole30 side dish recipe. This easy mixed vegetable recipe is full of lemon flavor, fresh herbs, baked in the oven, and loaded with nutrition!
Vegetables en Papillote AKA Vegetables in Parchment Paper
At a food blogging conference I attend annually, we were taught how to prepare “vegetables en papillote”, or in other words, “vegetables in parchment paper.”
After being taught how to properly cut our assortment of mixed vegetables, we were then shown how to place them in parchment paper and then twist them into cute little packets.
Something I once thought was a difficult and impressive side dish to prepare, actually was not-so-hard to achieve!
But wait… Can you bake with parchment paper?
Yes! You absolutely can. In fact, that is what parchment paper is primarily used for!
I use parchment paper in everything from baking cookies and lining cake pans, to wrapping up my mixed vegetables to roast in the oven.
These pre-cut parchment paper sheets are my new favorite. They fit most sheet pans perfectly!
Is Wax Paper the same as Parchment Paper?
No, no, and absolutely no! Please do not make the pivotal mistake and use wax paper instead of parchment paper.
Wax paper has a layer of, well, wax that when baked at high temperatures does what wax does… it melts.
Is Parchment Paper Safer than Aluminum Foil?
If you are aware of heavy metal consumption and the levels you have in your body, then these mixed vegetables in parchment paper are for you.
When we use aluminum foil to wrap and then cook our foods, a good amount of it will eventually leach into your food.
Now don’t go throwing out your trusty roll of aluminum foil just yet, but please do be aware of the alternatives (like parchment paper!) that you can use in lieu of foil!
How Can You Evolve these Mixed Vegetables in Parchment Paper?
What I absolutely LOVE about these vegetables en papillote (say this to your friends… I’m sure they’ll be impressed!) is that this recipe is COMPLETELY versatile. Imagine what you read below as a template to let your veggie-loving-self experiment with.
While this recipe already has summer squash, zucchini, carrots, and asparagus, here are a few different ingredients for you to try out:
- Try limes or oranges in place of the lemon.
- Use green beans instead of the asparagus.
- Add in broccoli or mushrooms to change it up even more.
- Any other fresh herbs you have on hand will work splendidly, too!
Mixed Vegetables in Parchment Paper
Mixed Vegetables in Parchment Paper | Learn how to bake mixed vegetables in parchment paper for a quick and simple gluten-free, vegan, Paleo, and Whole30 side dish recipe. This easy mixed vegetable recipe is full of lemon flavor, fresh herbs, baked in the oven, and loaded with nutrition!
- 1 ½ cups zucchini thinly sliced
- 1 ½ cups summer squash thinly sliced
- 1 ½ cups carrots thinly sliced
- ¾ cup sweet onion thinly sliced
- 1 ½ cups asparagus cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 lemon cut into 8 slices
- 1 tsp. fresh rosemary finely chopped
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme finely chopped
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 8 pieces parchment paper cut into 6-inch x 8-inch pieces
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a large bowl combine zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onion, asparagus, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Toss to completely coat the vegetables.
- Place ¾ cup vegetables in the center of a piece of parchment paper. Top with 1 thin slice of lemon.
- Fold one 6-inch end of parchment paper to meet the other 6-inch end. Starting from the far right corner, make a ½-inch fold.*
- Overlap the next ½-inch fold slightly with the first and continue making ½-inch folds until the far left corner is met. Ensure your veggie packet is sealed and repeat with the remaining vegetables and parchment paper.
- Place vegetable parchment paper packets on a large baking sheet and bake for 17-20 minutes.
Serve immediately with additional fresh herbs, if desired, and enjoy!
*I made my packets pretty tight. If you are having difficulty sealing off the packets, try using a slightly larger piece of parchment paper so you have more to work with. (i.e. 7 x 10 inch piece)