Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Philly Cheese Steak

I have had a thing for sandwiches lately and since you aren't supposed to eat a lot of lunch meat, if any, while you are pregnant I was searching for an alternative.  Normally I am not much of a cheese person, but for some reason this sounded good and easy...the two most important things!  But first, look at this picture my friend/birthday twin Callie sent me yesterday...I couldn't quite figure out what it was when I first got her message...until I opened it up bigger...

Turnips!! No wonder my belly is getting bigger so quickly!
Now onto the recipe...we ate these as open-faced sandwiches because I didn't leave the buns attached, like a hot dog bun, but cut them totally apart.  I actually liked it better this way becuase we could pile more meat and veggies on top and not get a mouth full of bread!  I used 2 white hogie rolls (they were out of whole wheat - Sunday night at HEB=bare shelves!) but hot dog buns or hamburger buns or wraps or, or, or whatever would work!  I realize that traditionally cheese steak has provolone cheese...but I went with's my recipe after all! =)

You will need:
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 large onion, cut into strips
1 medium sized green bell pepper, cut into strips
garlic powder
~1 pound thinly sliced lean steak (I used .84 pounds - because that's how it came - of top round)
2 hogie rolls
4 slices part skim swiss cheese, cut in half

Start by preheating your oven to the Broil setting.  Once veggies are cleaned and cut, place in a large skillet with the olive oil and a few dashes of garlic powder.

Saute until tender, about 8 minutes or so.  Then add steak and pepper to taste.

Continue stirring frequently until meat is cooked through - only about 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, butter your hogie rolls and place under the broiler to get your buns nice and toasty!  I left Barry's in for about 8 minutes and mine in for about 10-12...hes not a fan of crunchy bread like I am!

Once your bread is toasted how you like it, remove from oven and spoon some of the meat/veggie mix on top of each roll.

Top each half sandwich with a slice of swiss cheese (which you previously cut/folded in half).

Place back under the broiler for 2-3 minutes - until the cheesy is gooey and melted!

And you are done: veggies, protein and carbs all in one at a much lower cost (cholesterol, sodium, & fat) than a restaurant style version...looking at these pictures makes me want to make this again already!

As much as I would like to think I will post again this week, it probably won't happen...we have much to do to get ready for our beach trip this weekend!  Have a wonderful weekend and Happy 4th of July!

One more week till we go back to the doctor and hear Baby B's heartbeat AND leave for a trip to my favorite place in the world!  Three more weeks till we find out if Baby B is a boy or a girl and leave for a trip to Florida!  Lots to look forward to in the next few weeks =)

Off to finish watching SYTYCD - it's so good this season!


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