There won’t be any filet mignon encircled in bacon in my future culinary journey any time soon. I get that. And I’m not going to confine my appetite to slow cooker beef stews either. As my mother used to say: “There’s always another way to skin a cat“. No pun intended. Human Beings were meant to eat beef and I’m not going to let a little old, run-away Biden inflationary era interfere with my hunger for beef. REAL BEEF!

Apparently, my fave grocery store, Aldi, knows just how to keep the affordable beef products flowing by offering some interesting, cheaper cuts of beef. There’s the flat iron steak (great marinated and grilled), cube steak (perfect for country fried steak) shaved beef (makes the tastiest Philly steak sandwich) and remember Sloppy Joe’s? Well, he’s back! And everything is priced around $5. We all can come up with five dollars!

Here’s what I’m going to be cooking up in the next two weeks:

Today I made Philly Cheese Steaks. I bought the shaved beef from Aldi (14 oz for $6.18 BUT I found out I can buy a low-cost London Broil @$3.99 per 16 oz, put the meat in the freezer for 15 minutes and shave the beef myself for much less money). I first got the idea for low-cost beef dishes when I saw the shaved meat, for the first time, for sale at my local Aldi yesterday. I didn’t know what shaved beef was so I looked it up when I got home and saw these amazing, low cost recipes. I went back to Aldi today, purchased a package of shaved beef (as well as a flat-iron steak, 4 cubed steaks and some 80/20 chopped beef. All prices were between $5 and $7) I never once had a Philly Cheese steak, but after cooking them up this afternoon, I have since been converted.

You can follow the recipe for the Philly Cheese Steaks by clicking here. Aldi didn’t have hoagie rolls so I substituted brioche rolls (note: it was the last package on the shelf!) The recipe calls for 2 to 3 pounds of shaved beef but I only had a 14 ounce package (note again: it was the last one left on the shelf!) The recipe also called for 7 slices of provolone cheese. I only used 4 slices. Plus I adjusted the amount of peppers and onions accordingly (2 peppers and 1 large onion). All in all, I made enough for 6 sandwiches which means each sandwich was under $1.50! Not bad for a frugal beef lover, such as myself. The sandwiches were delicious. I had them with a side glass of (lite) beer……..DH and I were in heaven!

Here’s what I cooked up for lunch today (and for the next 2 days…yes!)

Next week I’m going to utilize the cube steaks (I never cooked with cube steaks before, so this is a new adventure) I am going to prepare the Southern Country Fried Steaks (click here for the recipe) with a side of mashed potatoes (5 lbs on sale for $1.50!!) and white gravy. I am also going to prepare another round of cube steaks and make them following this recipe (click here) and make them smothered in brown gravy served up with another round of fresh mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.

I’m also going to try my hand at making Sloppy Joe’s (click here for that recipe). If anyone gets to any of these recipes before I do, give me a shout out and tell me how they came out.

Let’s not be swayed with all the inflationary hype. We’ll find a way through the maze (despite Hamburger Helper) and keep on enjoying beef one way or another. And we don’t need any expensive red wine to do so. A six pack of Miller Lite will work just fine! Who knew?

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