Substitutes Save Money!

As many home makers are doing these days, I try to stretch those grocery dollars as far as they can possibly go.  Coupon shopping has become the norm for me.  I met a fellow coupon shopper this morning in the store as we were both contemplating the sour cream on sale.  She confessed to being new to the coupon scene and ask a number of questions.  When we parted 15 minutes later, we both felt like we’ve been friends for years!

One money saving idea is to use ground beef instead of cubed steak.  I tried this in a recipe the other day, and it worked beautifully.  Using the left-over gravy in place of the marinara sauce tasted great too!  The entire family raved about it.

Here is the recipe with my adaptations included.  Taken from ‘Great American Recipes.’

Steak Parmesan

1 lg. egg, lightly beaten

2 tbsp. milk

3/4 c. Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

4 beef cube steaks*

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/3 c. marinara sauce*

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Combine the egg and milk in large shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in another shallow bowl.   Sprinkle the steaks with salt and flour.  Coat them in the egg, then in the bread crumb mixture.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add the steaks.  Cook until golden brown on both sides and juices run clear.  Spoon marinara sauce over the steaks.  Sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover the skillet and cook until cheese is melted.

Serve with angel hair, bow tie, or your favorite pasta.

*I made (8) 1/4 pound burgers and used them instead of the cubed steak.   I also used my left over  beef gravy instead of marinara sauce.

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

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