Day 4 – Dinner

Steak Diane with Potato Gratin and Almondine Green Beans with Chocolate Chip Cookie with Raspberry Whipped Cream

Steak Diane

adapted from Lorrie Corvin, Cooking Light, JULY 2005
servings – 1 4 oz steak (but I make 2 because I’ll need one for tomorrow’s lunch)

STEAK
2 4 oz steak – $3.29
2 tsp olive oil – $0.19
Salt and pepper to taste – $0.10

Total for recipe – $1.79 per serving
Calories: 326 Fat: 21.4 Protein: 32  

Bring steak to room temp.
Heat pan to moderate heat.
Season steak on both sides.
Add oil to pan.
Sear steak 4 minutes each side or until medium rare.
Take steaks off and rest.
Once the second one comes to room temp, I stash it in the fridge for tomorrow.

DIANE SAUCE
1/2 teaspoon butter $0.02
1/4 cup finely chopped onions $0.08**
2 ounces water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce $0.20
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice $0.04 ***
3/4 teaspoon white wine $0.04
1/4 teaspoon salt $0.01

Total for recipe – $0.39 per serving
Calories: 50 Fat: 2 Protein: 0  

Melt butter in pan over medium heat.
Add onions, and cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
Add water and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
Reduce heat, and simmer 1 minute.
Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Spoon sauce over steak.

**Shallots are sweeter and more mellow but significantly more expensive. When I have some splurge money, I buy some shallots and substitute them in my sauces that aren’t bbq. I don’t think for everyday cooking the difference is worth the expense. Plus, I love onions. With the caveat that if when used raw, shallots may be worth the expense.
*** Lemons. They’re expensive. Lemon juice. It’s inexpensive. Here’s how I decide – Lemons
Time to repurpose that Potato Gratin from yesterday.

Potato Gratin

Preheat oven to 350F.
If you’re gratin is in a ramekin, just pop the whole thing back in.
If it’s in a slice, put the slice on foil, and pop that in. Be careful if it’s on foil to pick up both edges so your gratin doesn’t go flying.
Heat until warm, about 10 minutes.
Leave oven on for dessert

Total for recipe – $0.96 per serving
Calories: 110 Fat: 4.1 Protein: 5  
Here are the promised green beans – the reason I did one ramekin without spinach

Almondine Grean Beans

Servings 1

3 oz fresh green beans $0.62
Salt $0.10
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter $0.05
1/2 clove garlic, about 1/4 teaspoon $0.03
1/4 oz slivered almonds (optional) $0.31
1/2 teaspoon lemon $0.03

Total for recipe – $1.14 per serving
Calories: 121 Fat: 9.5 Protein: 3  

Cut the ends of the green beans and rinse.
Put a large pot of water on to boil with a lot of salt (more than you think you need. Trust me.)
Add green beans.
Keep it to a high boil. The faster the cooking, the better the flavor and color.
Cook until just tender.
Shock the beans in an ice bath. This will fix the color.
Drain when cold. Do not leave them in the ice bath. Nutrient and color will leech into the water.
Melt butter in a saute pan.
Add almonds and garlic and cook until the nuts are just beginning to brown, about 1-2 minutes.
Add green beans to the pan and saute briefly, another minute.
Sprinkle with lemon juice.
Serve.

Chocolate Chip Cookie with Raspberry Whipped Cream

I made mine on Sunday but Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough can go from nothing on the counter to cookies in the oven in 20 minutes.

I know chocolate chip cookies aren’t gourmet. Chocolate chip cookies don’t need to be gourmet. They are everyone’s favorite cookie for a reason. What’s more gourmet than deliciousness? The rapsberry whipped cream really takes it over the top.

Take out a cookie (or two), put on a sheet pan sprayed with cooking spray, and bake for 12-15 minutes, until cookie is done (remember, you need to make up for the fact that it’s frozen).
Measure 2 Tablespoons cream into a bowl.
Use a wire whisk to beat it into shape. I know, it seems ridiculous to whip this little an amount. It’s not. It’s portion control, and it takes about a commercial break to get it going.
I then sprinkle some sugar in the cream and add one frozen raspberry microwaved for 15 seconds and cooled, (another rare use for the microwave).
I continue to whip that until fluffy.
Top the cookie with half. Eat the cookie. Praise the cookie.

Total for 1 cookie with 1 tablespoon whipped cream – $0.19 per serving
Calories: 123 Fat: 7.3 Protein: .85  

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Totals for dinner

Total for dinner – $4.47
Calories: 720
Fat: 44.3 (55%)
Protein: 40.85 (22%)

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