Monday, August 23, 2010

Southwest Skillet Steaks

In case you haven't noticed... at our house, we eat chicken, chicken, chicken, some ground turkey, and more chicken.  That's mainly due to a particularly picky boyfriend.  He's not a big fan of red meat, he won't eat any fish or most cuts of pork.  Kinda limits what I can cook up.  And for you means the majority of what you will see here will fall into the poultry category.  Once in a while however, I get brave... like tonight.  My thought process was since I know my dearest enjoys a good ole hamburger, why not try something with a cubed steak.  It's pretty close to hamburger and it will break up the chicken routine.  Cubed steaks are already tenderized before you buy them.  And they cook quickly, which makes them a great choice for meals you need to make in a hurry.

Oh and in case you are wondering... he didn't care for it, but I did, so more leftovers for me!  Enjoy!

Southwest Skillet Steaks
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp onion salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
4 4-oz lean beef cubed steaks, lightly seasoned with salt & pepper
Nonstick cooking spray
1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
1 4 1/2 oz can diced green chili peppers, drained
1/3 cup tomato paste (1/2 of a 6 oz can)
1 Tbls fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

In a shallow dish stir together flour, garlic salt, cumin & ground red pepper.  Coat steaks with flour mixture, shaking off any excess.  Spray an unheated 12 inch skillet with nonstick cooking spray.  Preheat over medium-high heat.  Add steaks and cook for 8-12 minutes or until no pink remains.  (Reduce heat if necessary to prevent burning while steaks cook.)

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine tomatoes, chili peppers, tomato paste, oregano, sugar & salt.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered about 5 minutes or until of desired consistency.  Serve tomato mixture over meat.  If desired serve with hot cooked noodles and top with sweet bell pepper strips.  (I served with black beans and a fiesta salad.) Makes 4 servings.
Calories 241, Fat 7g

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