Steak Dinner or Steak-n-Shake?


Would you believe that you could have a steak dinner for your family cheaper than going to Steak-n-shake?  It’s true.  Tonight my family had grilled marinated top sirloin steak, steamed sugar snap peas in sea salt and rice vinegar, heirloom tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and lemonade.  Would you believe that to feed my husband, myself, and my three-year old daughter the total cost of the meal was under $10.00?  It’s true.  Here’s how:

  • When grocery shopping, keep your eyes open for the daily specials and discounts.  We saved over $12 on 1-1 1/2  inch cut sirloin steaks and paid around $12 for three.  For this dinner we were able to split one large steak into 2 50z portions and a small 2oz portion for our daughter. (This is a perfect portion for a toddler because she also had sugar snap peas, hardboiled eggs, and heirloom tomatoes to munch on, for fruit and dairy we also added a blueberry yogurt to her dinner).
  • Frozen steam-in-a-bag vegetables are a healthy, nutritious, quick and easy sides that can be enhanced with a little seasoning.  One bag costs around $2-3.00, the grocery brand that we bought on sale was $2.00 or 3 for $5.00
  • Grow your own vegetables! I’m not talking about farming.  We planted 2 tomato plants, 2 pepper plants, fresh basil and thyme in a small 3’x6′ box on the side of our deck.      
  • Portion control.
  • Eggs are a cheap “miracle” food.  A dozen fresh organic eggs run less than $3.00. The grocery store brand is less than $1.00.  One large egg provides 13 essential nutrients in varying amounts. Eggs are an excellent source of choline and a good source of the highest quality protein and riboflavin. Many of the egg’s incredible nutrients are found in the egg yolk, including choline, folate, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin D.                     

              Steak Marinade   

  •     1/8 cup  extra virgin olive oil
  •     Kosher Salt & Cracked Black Pepper
  •     1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce  
  •     2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
  •     2 TBSP  Yellow Mustard
  •     * 2 dashes of Franks Hot Sauce
  •     3 TBSP Canadian Steak Seasoning

* (my favorite brand)

First rub the steak with olive oil and season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Whisk all other ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Add the steak and make sure it is well coated.  Leave in refrigerator to marinate for 30min- 1hr (if time permits).

Grill on medium to low heat for 10 minutes (5 minutes on each side). Every grill is different so if you have a meat thermometer (add this to your kitchen essentials list)  medium rare is 130-135 degrees, medium is 140-150 degrees, and medium well is 155-165 degrees.  Anything cooked past that is just overcooked. (only my opinion)

Fresh steamed vegetables in a bag are an easy way to quickly prepare a side when you’re rushing to get dinner together during the middle of the week.  Steam for 5min and pour into a bowl,  for sugar snap peas add 1 TBSP of Rice Vinegar and Fresh Course Sea Salt.

Hard Boiled Eggs! To tell the truth, this is not a skill I mastered very easily.  Eggs are temperamental but thanks to my Mamaw I have perfect hard-boiled eggs every time.  Place your eggs in the saucepan while the water is luke warm and bring the water to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil remove it from the heat and let eggs sit for 10min.  Your eggs will be perfect!  Not runny and not to dry and crumbly.

Fresh tomatoes off our own vine in the summertime! Drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle with fresh basil, season with salt and pepper.  (You could also add fresh mozzarella cheese and drizzle some balsamic vinegar and voila!  Caprese Salad)

That’s all folks!  A fully satisfying meal with steak, fresh vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs for less than $10 for a family. At steak-n-shake you could get 2 steakburger meals with fries & a drink, one kids meal, plus tax for at the very least $15.00.  The steak dinner at home is not only cheaper but qualifies as a low carb dinner and prepared in less than 25 minutes.  Please enjoy, save your money, and get together around the dinner table.

(Note:  I am not taking into account the fraction of the cost of a bottle of Rice Vinegar, or a box of kosher salt, or the marinade used on the steak because these will become Pantry staple items that you will keep on hand for the majority of all recipes. ) Stay tuned for the Pantry Essentials Checklist.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s