When I make shopping trips out to Queens, my mom always does me the favor of driving me and my load back to my apartment. Since she’s making the drive to the city, I figure it’s a good opportunity for her to have dinner at our place. Conveniently, my dad and brother can come after work and join us. The only problem is that these are meals that we have to whip up very quickly. We usually arrive, unpack, and have dinner within 30 minutes.

I usually don’t write about these meals because I don’t have time to write any recipes and this night was no different, but you don’t need a recipe. That’s how easy this meal was. So when you need a quick, yet satisfying, almost glorious meal, here’s what you need: steaks, onions, mushrooms, parsley, bread, salad ingredients of your choice. (I’m assuming you have basics like butter, salt, and pepper.) This makes you a Steakhouse-like meal in no time for way less money.

Buy whatever kind of steak you like. Tonight, I wanted Ribeye Steaks. Look at the marbling! We threw them on our grill but you can do it with a pan, broiler, or whichever way you like your steak.

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Cut up some onions and sautee them with butter and season. I used both red and yellow onions. Use whatever you have.

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Sautee mushrooms in butter (hey, I said this was a Steakhouse-like meal). I used white button mushrooms, brown beech mushrooms, and oyster mushrooms, but you can use any kind you like. Throw in some chopped parsley at the end and season.
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Your salad can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Here, you have Boston lettuce, radicchio, beets, cucumbers, and tomatoes, dressed with an aged balsamic and olive oil.
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That’s all! Just serve with bread (with butter or olive oil) and your done.
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If you don’t like one or all of these sides, here are some more quick options that stick with the Steakhouse theme:

  • Sauteed Spinach
  • Sauteed Green Beans
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Mash
  • Peas with Garlic
  • Corn-on-the-cob
  • Creamed Corn
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Steamed Broccoli

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