Welcome to a new week! Hopefully everyone got to spend some time celebrating our nations birthday last week with friends and family. Overall my week was low-key until this weekend. Saturday I spent the day in Door County with Belle and my parents. Yesterday we were at a graduation party all day. Good times – but I need a day to recuperate!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but every week during the summer we tend to have steaks on the grill. Might seem a bit excessive, but we love steak! I wanted to share with you my grocery secret to buy steaks (relatively) inexpensive so that we can afford to treat ourselves every week.
Our go to steak is a New York Strip. Don’t ask me why, we just love them. There’s a small, local gourmet grocery store with the BEST New York Strips where we can spend about $20/lb. They are delicious but, not quite in our weekly budget. Our regular grocery store sells prime New York Strips (usually grass fed but not always) for about $15/lb. That’s definitely a better price but I tend to look for the smallest steaks which doesn’t make Mike a happy boy.
Enter the whole beef loin. Our grocery store sells end pieces of a choice whole beef loin for $5/lb. Yep, you read that right, $5/lb. Now, at that price there’s a little bit of work to be done! When I first noticed these loins earlier this year I went ahead and bought it knowing I’d be able to cut it up but not quite sure how it would work. After doing a bit of online research, I came across this tutorial that helped me cut up the loin into New York Strip steaks. All I can say is be careful, at times it was a bit like wrestling a greased pig but I did get the hang of it after a while. The steaks turned out delicious and inexpensive enough for us to add it into our weekly menu. Success!
This week I also decided to go ahead and get a Plated.com box. I like doing that because 1) we eat healthier and 2) it really allows me not to think! Some weeks the thought of thinking about what to put on the table is a bit overwhelming! Because I buy so much from Plated, I get a number of boxes for free weeks (a completely free week of Plated) to give away. I get no benefit from them other than sharing my love for a great product. If you’d like to try a week of Plated for free (all I ask is that if you request a link you actually use the box, it irritates me when I give a link that isn’t used because then someone else doesn’t get to try it) drop me a note here. I’ll email you over a link so that you can try Plated for FREE! How great is that?
Shall we get on to this week’s menu?