Surviving Dinner – Roasted Potatoes & Sausage

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.


Don’t you love it when you throw something together out of desperation and you suddenly discover a new weeknight staple?  We’ve had this once a week for at least the last month or so, after I bought a big bag of potatoes and wanted to use them up before they went bad.  The prep is lightning fast.  The cook time is 45 minutes, but you can spend quality time with your family or get a jump-start on your chores while it bakes!  If you want to make this dinner a bit more virtuous, you could always throw in a veggie like onion or broccoli or something.  This is totally customizable, and a great way to use up stuff in the fridge!

Survival Menu:

  • Roasted potatoes & sausage


  • 5 medium red potatoes, or 3 large russet potatoes – cut into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces
  • pre-browned sausage, sliced kielbasa, or any meat you feel like eating
  • cheddar cheese
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • cajun seasoning, seasoned salt, or other quick flavoring

1.  Preaheat oven to 425.

2.  Toss together potatoes, oil, garlic powder, and your chosen seasoning.  Throw in sausage.  Transfer to a baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray.

3.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Stir.  Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

4.  Top with cheese and bake for 5 additional minutes, until cheese is melted.

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


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