So…this is more of a humble-brag. Steak from Trader Joe’s (“TJ’s”) is a steal, and with a quick side, you’re on your way to saving some dough. (This is low carb, after all.)
So here’s a perfect night’s meal, and this cost me $20.57 for two (and that doesn’t include my leftover savings). A steakhouse that serves this for under $30/person is non-existent in NYC (to the best of my knowledge). Here’s the math:
- 2 steaks from TJ’s ($9.34+$8.94)
- 1 bag of riced broccoli ($2.29)
So I put some garam masala spice in the broccoli…it would have been just as good with salt, pepper and balsamic mixed together and then sautéing over the stove, but how you want to flavor this is up to you. Just don’t hurt the steak.
I seared the steak for about 3 mins per side over high heat in a cast-iron pan on the stove, slabbed on some butter, and devoured. Some swear by putting olive oil on the outside for a good sear, some say don’t use salt as it steams the meat…but really, this is a delicious cut (grass-fed beef strip loin steak, which runs about $8.50-$10 per steak). You have to find what you like…however, our problem was that it was too much. So guess what was served the next day? Steak salad!
- Yesterday’s steak ($0)
- Super Spinach Salad from Trader Joe’s ($3.99)
Chop that spinach up, toss it on the steak, and you are ready to roll.
Speaking of roll…what’s the bank roll for these dishes? The cost of ingredients for 2 dinners and 2 lunches was $24.56. With two meals for two people, that’s $6.14 per person…and we had steak…twice!
Estimated restaurant cost per person (with tax and tip): $30 (dinner) plus $10 (lunch)= $40 for two meals, which comes to $20 per person.
That’s some simmering savings!