Weekly Meal Deal: Steak Dinner for Under $3 Per Person

I am so impressed by the A Few Short Cuts Facebook community!  You guys just jumped right in the other day when I asked what was for dinner!  I got some surprising answers.

Becca was having Beef and mushroom risotto.  Katee was having beef gorditas and Heirloom Nitro Tomato soup with guacamole salad.  Katrina was having grilled chicken that had been marinading in a lime juice, honey and garlic mix.. with green beans and couscous.

I then felt ashamed!  Here I am blogging about food, and you guys eat better than me! :)  So I admit, maybe I  had hit a little slump lately.  I needed you guys to help me realize there is more to life than chicken nuggets and pizza.  I live with 3 kids 24/7.  They live on Chicken Nuggets and pizza, the little one throws in some celery occasionally!

I decided that I would share one of my favorite meals with you this week!  Not only because it is my favorite but because everything I needed is on sale at Publix this week!  That is just the cherry on top if you ask me!  Ask my Mom; if it was my birthday or a special  occasion and I got to pick the meal, I wanted Steak and mushrooms.  I know, not the typical kid request.  We raised our own beef when I was little.  So the freezer was always full.  It was what I knew, and it was good!  I am a meat and potatoes girl.  I don’t think I could ever be a vegetarian! :)

So, this week we are having Sirloin Steaks, with sauteed Mushrooms, Steamed Lemon Butter Asparagus, and Roasted potatoes! Take that!

I almost forgot, I wish I would have made these dinner rolls!  It would have been perfect!

Sirloin Steaks

  • 4 Sirloin Steaks
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic (optional)

I try really hard to practice what I preach, but today I forgot! Check the labels on meat! Especially the first day of a sale!  These steaks are on sale this week for $3.79/lb.  Look what they charged me!  $4.49/lb.  Not a huge difference, but big enough.  Guess I am going to have to take the receipt with me next time I go to the store!

Anyway, back to the cooking.

Get a large skillet and get it good and hot over medium- medium high heat.  I put about 1-2 tbsp Olive oil in the pan.

Now, season the steaks with salt and pepper on both sides.  If you have good fresh meat, that is all you will need.

Once the pan is nice and hot lay the steaks in and you should hear that nice sizzle!  That is what we want.  Let it cook on the first side about 3-5 minutes.  Then flip.  Cook on the back side 3-5 minutes.

I like my steak medium.  Everyone is different.  I like to place the lid on my skillet when I flip the steaks.  That way it traps the heat in and helps the steaks cook through faster.  Cook yours to your desired doneness.

A good way to test is to use a spatula and push on the middle of the steak.  If it gives in a good bit, it is rare.  The firmer it is, the more done it is.

Once your steak is done to perfection. Remove it from the pan and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Just enough time to saute’ those mushrooms.

Sauteed Mushrooms

  • 1 Container of Fresh Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 Tsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Onions(optional)

I think the only time I make these is with a steak.  So, I just take the pan that I cooked the steak in.  It has all those yummy bits of steak goodness in there.  I leave it on medium heat and dump the mushrooms, 1 clove of minced garlic, and a little bit of oil if needed.

Let them saute for about 5 minutes if that.  You will know when they are done!  You won’t be able to stand it anymore.  You will just have to have a bite!  You can also slice onions and add them to the mix, or just saute the onions.

Everyone’s personal preferences are different.  I know not everyone likes mushrooms, but they are so good! 😉

Lemon Butter Asparagus

  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt

I am a new asparagus eater.  It is one of those foods I finally tried and decided I liked.  I don’t know why it took so long.

Take the fresh asparagus and wash it.  Then hold toward the end and bend.  They will naturally snap off where they should be cut.  (This is fun for the kids to do)

Once they are all snapped, lay them out on a large piece of aluminum foil.  Top with 1-2 tbsp butter (or margarine), a squirt of lemon juice, and some salt.

Wrap them up tightly and you could grill or place in the oven around 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes. I tossed them in the oven while the potatoes were finishing.  It worked out perfectly!

Roasted Potatoes

I cheated this week and took help from Simply Potatoes since they are BOGO at Publix.  I just lined a pan with foil and sprayed it with some olive oil cooking spray.  Tossed the potatoes down and sprayed them too.  Then, I sprinkled some garlic salt on them and baked as directed.  It takes them about 30 minutes.  I put them in first, and dinner was complete when I pulled them out of the oven!

So, In 30 minutes you can have a steak dinner that is fit for a king! It is so easy, and will cost you a fraction of what it would at a restaurant.  Here is the breakdown!

Meal Deal

This is the price for this meal if you purchased all of the ingredients today from Publix.  You may be able to make this meal for less by shopping at another store.  Some prices may vary by region.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the sale info and matchups!

Buy 2 Simply Potatoes, Homestyle Slices, Shredded or Southwest Style Hash Browns, Diced Potatoes With Onion or Red Potato Wedges, 20 oz bag, BOGO $2.50
Use -$1/2 Publix Smart Savings Booklet (exp 7/31/2010)
Pay $1.50 for 2 bags of potatoes

Sirloin Tip Steaks, $3.79/lb
Buy 4 steaks about 1.5 lbs ($5.69)

Buy 1 Baby Portabella Mushrooms 8 oz pkg, $1.69

Buy 1 Lb Asparagus, $2.49/lb

Total after coupons $11.37

Divide by 4

$2.84 per person!

Sounds like we covered it all!  Delicious, Nutritious, Time Friendly, and Budget friendly! Another A Few Short Cuts success!

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  1. Becca Heflin says

    Another wonderful success, Hon! Your steaks look SO yummy and I’m so humbled that you mentioned me in your blog. I just love that my “fifteen minutes of fame” came from YOUR blog, since it’s my favorite! :-)

    By the way, you should NEVER feel bad about making chicken nuggets if that’s what your kids love. HOWEVER, if you’re interested, I have a recipe that would allow you to make them fresh and they’ll be a little bit healthier, since they won’t have all of the preservatives that come in the ready to bake variety. I don’t want to step on your toes though, because YOU are the queen of knowing how to save. You know where to find me if you want the recipe :-)

  2. says

    Oh NOT what I want to be reading at 7:30am!!! Yummmm….I think I have everything (except the asparagus) in house … not an asparagus person, try to be but just haven’t gotten around to it, may try your way to see how it turns out for my taste! Thanks Amanda, again, for the great recipes!!!

  3. Nancy says

    I made this for dinner tonight…a few tweaks so my kids would eat it. Thank you so much for the idea! :)

  4. Tanya says

    I made this tonight and it was fantastic!!! I did however use some leftover red potatoes for the roasted potatoes, and everything turned out so yummy!! Thanks for all the awesome recipes!!

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