6 Creative (and Cheap) Ways to Have Your Steak and Eat It, Too

A steak is the ultimate dinner. It’s substantial enough that you only need to serve it with a simple side, and impressive enough that it belies the time it took to prepare. Of course, ease has its price, which is why a traditional steak dinner is usually considered a special treat—but it doesn’t have to be.

There are plenty of ways that you can have your steak and eat it, too—like experimenting with more affordable cuts of meat, such as flank and skirt.

Or you can get really creative with these “steak” dishes, which are just as satisfying, impressive and simple to prepare as a traditional steak dinner. With these six recipes, you'll be using a centerpiece that's infinitely more affordable than filet mignon (cauliflower or turkey, anyone?), giving you the financial freedom to truly think outside the box, which is what home cooking is all about.

You'll find recipes for:

  1. Grilled Flank Steak with Gazpacho Sauce
  2. Turkey Steak Piccata
  3. Salmon Steaks With Basil Vinaigrette
  4. Cauliflower Steaks With Romesco
  5. Polenta Steaks with Asparagus Pesto
  6. Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks With Balsamic

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  • Valerie

    This article is fabulous! I usually cook for 1-2, and it can be a struggle to find ways to enjoy the meals I really like on a budget (like beef steak!).

    Thank you for sharing some affordable inspiration!