Simple, fast and fresh, these are the meals that are often the most satisfying. Nothing extravagant or rare, just good quality ingredients to make the meal special. Fresh food is something I really enjoy, living in a somewhat rural setting, most often my produce is less than perfect. My fridge freezes every head of lettuce I put into it, and my grocery bills often suffer for this. I know the solution would be to buy less, and to go shopping more frequently but honestly? I can not commit. I hate going out, I hate traffic, stores, and rude, loud and/or stupid people. Man meat teases me because I complain when I have to “go out two days in a row,” or even two days in one week. With homeschooling, house work and everything else going on, the task of wasting an entire day to traffic and shopping just overwhelms me. It’s not as simple as grabbing some milk and eggs. It’s getting ready, sitting in traffic, and shuffling through the store often forgetting why I was there in the first place. For me, it is at least a four hour process. By the time I get home my mind is shot and there is no shortage of work and preparation to be done. Put the groceries away, prepare whatever produce I have to (to prevent spoilage and wilting if possible), and finally make supper.
Wait? Supper? Pfft, I don’t think so. Homemade flat-bread pizza’s, or fried eggs are my go-to last minute meal. Any complaints can be filed with the I don’t care department. This year I am un-winding and letting go of my expectations of perfection. So this meal was a post apocalyptic lunch. A simple saute of fresh peas, mushrooms and onions with a little piece of cube steak that I scored on clearance. Perfect with homemade ketchup
, and of course it is only better with a fried egg on top!
Cube Steaks with Fresh Peas, Mushrooms and Onions
This quantity is just enough for a two person lunch. A total of about $12, seeing that fresh produce and decent beef can be costly. Substitute frozen peas if desired, use flank steak or whatever you have around. Even chicken will work!
1-2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces, baby bella mushrooms
8 ounces fresh peas
1/2 large onion, sliced
1/4 cup water
1 medium sized cube steak, 1/3 of a pound
salt, pepper, parsley
A Splash, Worcestershire Sauce
In a cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Saute onion until softened, two to three minutes. Toss in peas and water. In a separate skillet brown the steak and mushrooms (separately). For perfectly browned mushrooms place the mushrooms onto the pan with buter, do not over crowd the pan. I very lazily sauteed them, then tossed them into the pan with the onions and peas. The cubed steak will take only a minute or so to cook on each side. Combine peas, mushrooms and onions. Strain excess juice to serve.
Garnish with fresh herbs, parsley mint or even basil.