Friday, October 25, 2013

A Quick Dinner Menu: Seasoned Oven Fries, Craisin Coleslaw, and Salisbury Steak

If you arrive home from work tired and frazzled, read on.

Do you open up the freezer and ask yourself, "What am I going to cook for supper? Do I cook a frozen dinner or do I order take out?"

It's decision time and I want to help you make that choice.

I'm going to share one of the meals that I rely on when the hubby is hungry and I'm dragging from a long day of commuting and work.

Seasoned oven fries cooked in your toaster over, a mixed green salad or craisin coleslaw, and a microwaved main dish.

AND it will be ready in about an hour.





The Menu

  • Seasoned Oven Fries ala Toaster Oven
  • Craisin Coleslaw or mixed salad greens
  • Salisbury Steak with Gravy, family size package (28 ounces)

To feed a hungry husband, you need to cook the whole package of Salisbury Steak. Two patties weigh 4 ozs. and make a skinny gal portion. Three patties weigh 6 ozs. and make a he-man portion. Plus, the 28 ounce package includes two cups of gravy which can be poured over the oven fries or used for another meal.

 The Meal

  1. Put mixed salad greens or coleslaw mix in a bowl and add desired toppings. I love Craisin Coleslaw. It is quick and easy to assemble. Coleslaw is best if it can sit in the frig for 30 minutes (or more) before serving it.
  2. Prepare the potatoes for Seasoned Fries Ala Toaster Oven and begin baking.
  3. Follow the package directions for microwaving ( about 20 minutes total time) or baking the Salisbury Steak with Gravy (about 50 minutes). I microwave mine.

The Seasoned Fries Ala Toaster Oven


2 medium sized potatoes, peeled
canola oil
garlic powder
black pepper I like to use fresh ground black pepper.


  • Slice each potato in half
  • Slice each half once, then stack and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Put in a one quart bowl
  • Add 1 TBSP canola oil, sprinkle with about 1/8 tsp. each garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper, and paprika. Add more if you wish.
  • Stir potatoes cubes until they are well coated with the oil and seasoning
  • Remove toaster oven tray from your toaster oven. Put 1 tsp. of canola oil on the tray and spread it out to coat the tray. 
  • Place potatoes in a single layer on your toaster oven tray
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Carefully remove hot tray, turn cubes over with a spatula, and replace hot tray back into toaster oven.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes more (until potatoes are golden and tender.)