Sunday, February 6, 2011

Easy steak for a family of four around $3.97

saving on steak
Buy Steak on Sale and Serve it in a Dish
Steak is a luxury we all crave and in this tough economy it is often a menu item cut in lu of it's less expensive counterpart the ground beef.  Steak however can be a flavorful and affordable option when prepared at home.  The trick is knowing what cut of steak to buy and how to prepare it.

Don't let price shy you away from the better cuts of meat.  Fry's food and drug often has Boneless Rib eye, New York Strip and T-Bones on sale.  This week Boneless Rib eye is on sale for $3.97 per pound.  Purchase the higher quality meat in smaller portions.

Do take the time to marinate and grill your meat purchase properly.  I like to keep my marinate simple, seasoned salt and olive oil over night in the back of the fridge.  I grill my steak to medium rare and then let the meat rest for five minutes to retain the juices.  Once the steak is ready, I slice it against the grain so it will be tender. 
Steak Alfredo Pasta

1 box Alfredo noodles
1 envelope Knorr Alfredo sauce mix
1 pound sliced steak

Steak Fajitas

1 bag frozen fajita mix veggies
1 package fajita seasoning mix
1 pound sliced steak
12 flour tortillas

Purchasing a higher quality of meat in smaller portion is not only a great way to save money it is also a good way to afford organic, grass fed beefSliced steak will make just about any recipe where you normally use ground beef more rich and satisfying.  You will be saving money and still eating like a king.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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