Recipe: Easy Onion Roasted Potatoes

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Easy Onion Roasted PotatoesEstimated Cost:  $3.00

Prep Time:  5 minutes

Baking Time:  35 minutes

Serves:  4

Recipes don’t get much easier then this, or more affordable, and they are definitely delicious.  I prepare these spuds, often times, at the end of the month when the grocery budget is nil and supplies are waning.  A great recipe for the novice chef to the seasoned vet.  Thank you Lipton!

1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
4 medium all-purpose potatoes, cut into large chunks
1/3 cup vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 425°F

2. In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients; toss to coat. Pour mixture into a 13×9-inch baking pan.

3. Bake at 425°F for 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Mike’s comments:

These are in the oven as I type this post!


Recipe: Taco Fries

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Taco FriesEstimated Cost:  $5.00

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Baking Time:  25 minutes

Serves:  6

Nothing could be easier to make then these oven baked fries.  A packet of your favorite taco seasoning adds just the right zip to these delicious spuds.  One of my favorite “kids of all ages will love” recipes.

3 med. Idaho or russet potatoes (about 1 1/4 lb), peeled
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
2 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. taco seasoning mix (1.25 oz. pkg.)

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a cookie sheet.

2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 4 wedges (about 1 1/2 inches on the wide side); place cut side down in pan.

3. In a large bowl, combine the sliced potatoes, oil, and taco seasoning mix. Toss until potatoes are evenly coated. Arrange potatoes in single layer in pan.

4. Bake at 450°F, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until bottoms are crispy. Turn potatoes. Bake about 5 minutes longer or until bottoms are crispy.

Mike’s comments:

These fries are equal parts affordable, easy to prepare, and tasty! I like to get creative with condiments for dipping. Ketchup, taco sauce, salsa, and sour cream are some of my favorites. Sometimes I even sprinkle some shredded cheese over the fries when I turn them in the oven. Mmmmmmmm!

Recipe: Easy Sausage and Veggie Bake

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Easy Sausage and Veggie BakeEstimated Cost:  $6.50

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Cooking Time:  45 minutes

Serves:  4

This recipe is so delicious and foolproof it should be in every Cooking 101 book.   The sauce it creates while it bakes has to be tasted to be believed.  Try this one, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

1 tsp. olive oil OR vegetable oil
1 pkg. (14 oz.) smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 Tbs. olive oil OR vegetable oil
2 lg. potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into wedges
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into wedges
2 med. onions, cut into wedges
1/3 cup white wine OR vinegar
1/3 cup chicken stock
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. oregano
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Heat 1 tsp. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook till its browned. Transfer the cooked sausage into a large baking dish (casserole).

3. Pour 1 tbs. oil into the skillet; add potatoes. Cook potatoes, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Place the potatoes into the baking dish with the sausage.

4. Add peppers and onions to the skillet. Cook and stir the peppers and onions in the hot skillet until they are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the vegetables to the baking dish.

5. Mix the wine, chicken stock and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Pour liquid over the sausage and veggies into the baking dish. Sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper.

6. Bake at 400°F until hot and bubbling, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Mike’s comments:

I’ve never had leftovers when I make this yummy and easy meal. I’ve doubled this recipe a number of times with perfect results. Simply double all the ingredients and follow directions as listed.

Recipe: Grilled Herbed Red Potatoes

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Grilled Herbed Red PotatoesEstimated Cost:  $2.50

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Grill Time:  25 minutes

Serves:  4

Yum Factor:  TBA

One of my all time favorite way to grill taters.



2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crumbled
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
8 sm. red potatoes, cut in quarters


1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crumbled
1/4 tsp. lemon pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1. Prepare grill for direct heat. In large bowl, mix oil, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper and the salt. Add potatoes; toss to coat. Wrap potato mixture in heavy-duty aluminum foil and ensure a good seal.

2. Grill potatoes over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes, flipping packet every 3-5 minutes, until tender.

3. In small bowl, mix all sauce ingredients. Serve with potatoes.

Mike’s comments:

I usually make a double batch because everyone LOVES these. Not able to grill today? Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and follow the same directions.