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4 steak dinners for the price of 1

By Michelle Edelbaum, July 9, 2010 - 12:17pm

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Steak dinners are a special treat in my house. In fact, my husband and I don’t usually buy steak to make at home because it can be expensive. So I save my steak splurges for restaurant meals.

But last week I was craving steak and trying to justify the cost as I stood in front of the meat case at the supermarket when I realized how silly my thinking is. I could make 5 steak dinners at home for the price I would pay for one meal in a restaurant.

Related Link: 30-minute dinner recipes that serve 4 for $3 or less per serving.

These five steak recipes come in at less than $3 per serving—I can serve 4 people for less than $12. I’d definitely pay more than that if I were eating out—even at a chain steakhouse restaurant. And they’re healthier than what I’d get out too—these entrees all clock in at less than 400 calories per serving. Now I can splurge and save—that’s a real treat.

Grilled Steak with Pepper Relish: This recipe uses extra lean sirloin to keep it healthy. Toss colorful bell peppers in a balsamic-herb vinaigrette and grill them in a foil packet at the same time as the steak. Serve with corn on the cob. (Under $2.50 per serving)

Steak & Potato Salad with Horseradish Dressing: The classic combination of steak and potatoes gets a summer makeover with the addition of fresh grilled corn and green beans. Reserve some of the tangy horseradish dressing if you like and toss it with lettuce as a bed for the steak salad. Serve with a glass of cold pilsner. (Under $3 per serving)

Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Escarole: The tangy tomato vinaigrette and lightly grilled escarole is irresistible with juicy beef tenderloin. This simple, 30-minute dinner is great served with a grilled baguette. (Under $2.50 per serving)

Cube Steak with Mushroom Sherry Sauce: This satisfying supper comes together in just 20 minutes! Cube steak, which cooks quickly and is inexpensive, is pounded to make it tender. Pre-sliced mushrooms can save even more time on prep. (Under $2.50 per serving)

What meals do you splurge on at a restaurant but not at home? Tell us what you think below.

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Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the digital editor for EatingWell Media Group. She puts her background in journalism to work online at EatingWell.com and in EatingWell Magazine, authoring the Good Questions interview with interesting people in the world of food and health.

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