A lightened-up version of the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Made in under 20 minutes, Lean Beef Cheesesteak Skillet is a simple weeknight meal that’s high in protein and low in cost.
If there’s a food trend that’s hitting my kitchen this year it’s skillet meals. I have no idea if this is a national trend or a real culinary trend, but I’m proclaiming it a Serbinski one. And for good reason: skillet meals, like this lean beef cheesesteak skillet, are a one-pan meal, which means easy cleanup. I also find them to be easy on our budget— as you can see by these pictures, a few ingredients go a long way and can serve a few more than a family of four! A true cook once and dine twice meal concept.
While I could go on and on about being the cook and cleanup person in my house [when do toddler’s learn to do this?], let’s get back to the budget part and why this lean beef cheesesteak recipe is budget-friendly. Before kids, I never noticed how much we spent on groceries. Two full-time incomes and not many expenses meant I grocery shopped blindfolded— and realize what a privilege that was. Now that I have two little boys eating at our table, I’m amazed at how much I CAN spend on groceries. But with a little planning and taking the time to plan meals around circular deals, I make it a point to stretch our budget while still getting plenty of healthy foods in our tummies.
Lean ground beef is something you can usually find on sale once or twice a month at the grocery store— so be sure to stock up and freeze it when you find it! And as for the mozzarella cheese, you can usually do a brand comparison and choose from there. I like to shred my own even though you can find pre-shredded— which is another money-saving trick. Add some fresh onion and green bell pepper, and you have yourself a $10 lean beef cheesesteak skillet dinner. This meal can also be a cook once dine twice meal. Serve on mini dinner rolls one night and as filling in quesadillas or a topping for baked potatoes the next.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- ½ green bell pepper, diced
- 1 pound lean ground beef [93% lean or leaner]
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup beef broth
- 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Heat olive oil in a large case iron skillet or large fry pan. Add onions and green bell pepper. Sautee until tender, about 7-10 minutes.
- Add ground beef and cook until browned. Once beef is cooked through, add Worcestershire sauce, broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil.
- Turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and serve immediately with whole wheat rolls or flatbread.
If you’re interested in some more money-saving, skillet dinners, be sure to check out the recipe section of the Milk Means More website— you’ll find healthy skillet meals such as Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet, Mexican Beef Skillet with Quinoa, and Skillet Lasagna. And be sure to check out the other skillet recipes that are trending in the Serbinski house!
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