Beef Tips with Mushrooms

Well, we have a new favorite recipe in our house after eating this last night! My hubby was still smacking his lips a half hour after dinner was over! Way yummy, very, very economical, and healthy. If you’re on the 5 and 1 plan, this absolutely falls within your lean and green parameters (makes 2 servings).

1 tbsp garlic infused olive oil
     (to make your own, just heat the olive oil in your skillet, add minced garlic,
     and saute over high heat for about 1 minute)
12-14 ounces Steak, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
     (I used petite sirloin, which I bought in a family pack for $1.99/lb)
1 medium Shallot, minced 
     (I didn’t have any shallots, so I substituted a little chopped onion)
6-8 ounces Mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup beef bouillon 
     (I had 1 beef bouillon cube, so I dissolved it in low-sodium organic vegetable 
     stock & used that)
Natural Sea Salt & Tricolor Peppercorns (ground) to taste

Heat roasted garlic oil in medium frying pan over high heat. Add beef and cook for 2 minutes on each side until browned. Set beef aside. Put pan back over medium-high heat and add shallots. Cook one minute until translucent. Add remaining ingredients, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove all the extra browned bits. Reduce heat to medium and bring ingredients to a simmer. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes or until liquid has reduced by half. Add beef back into pan and stir until heated, being careful not to overcook the meat and make it tough. Serve warm. 

I added green beans to round out the “green” portion of our evening meal. If you wanted to add a starch with this, it would be incredible over some whole grain pasta or brown rice. Or even a baked potato would work. The entire meal took about 10 minutes to make, cost me about $3 to make, and it fed all 3 of us. This is seriously the kind of meal you go to a restaurant and pay anywhere from $15 to $25 for … and an individual portion cost me about $1 to make. Hard to go wrong doing that kind of math! And it’s healthy. This is the perfect trifecta for me when cooking a meal – quick, cheap and healthy!

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