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Mushroom Steak Sauce

Somehow (maybe because I watch a lot of Food Network?!) Jacob asked me the other day who my favorite chef is on the network.  I’d have to say food wise, it would be Bobby Flay.  A:  Because I love spicy stuff!  B.  I love meat and he’s a grill master and C. I like his throw down show where he cooks with regular home cooks.

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The last time Hannah and I went to Goodwill, I picked up his cookbook Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook for $1.25.  And as much as I don’t read fiction books all that often, I do read a cookbook like a book!  Jacob and I have brought back Meat Monday, even though Hannah is home on Monday nights.  Which is one less night for me to meal plan – now I have Meat Monday, Leftover Thursday and Party Pizza Friday – makes it so much easier to plan!

He makes a steak sauce at his restaurant, and while he says there are purists out there who think a good steak only needs a dusting of salt and pepper, he feels that a great steak sauce can elevate any cut to perfection.  And while I will make his steak sauce one day for myself, I realized after looking at the ingredient list that Jacob may not like a couple of the ingredients – namely the horseradish, honey and maple syrup.   But I did like the idea of having Dijon mustard and ancho chile powder, so below is my cheaters weeknight version of a steak sauce.

Mushroom Steak Sauce
Serves 2
While a great steak is good - sometimes a great steak sauce makes it even better! You'll love the touch of heat from the ancho chile powder.
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
6 min
35 calories
5 g
0 g
0 g
4 g
0 g
138 g
444 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35
Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 444mg
Total Carbohydrates 5g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 tablespoon A-1 steak sauce
  2. 1/3 cup beef broth
  3. 6 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  4. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  1. In a skillet, sauté the mushrooms in Pam (or a tiny pat of butter) until they start to brown a bit.  Add in the steak sauce, beef broth, Dijon mustard and chile powder and heat over medium high heat for a minute, or until the sauce starts to thicken.   This should only take a minute or two.  Remove from heat and serve over grilled steak.
  1. Always make sure your beef is at room temperature before grilling or cooking 😀
Adapted from Bobby Flay
Adapted from Bobby Flay
My Bizzy Kitchen
Now I had an old cast iron skillet that covered two burners and was flat on one side to make pancakes or grates on the other side to grill.  The only problem was that it would smoke out the house whenever I used it, and it weighed a lot and was kind of hard to clean.  I had some money left on a gift card from Christmas and with my 20% Bed Bath and Beyond coupon, I only paid $10 for this one.   It’s cast iron aluminum and I was hoping that it wouldn’t smoke up the house.  Um, guess again!

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That was just after the first flip!  Jacob and I are both so ready for grilling season, although tomorrow starting at 9:00 a.m. there is a winter storm warning and we could get from 1 – 7 inches depending on where you live in the Chicago area.  But with temps back in the 50s by the weekend, it won’t last long.  But I am really ready for spring!  Also note that not all beef are the same points.  Typically lean beef is 1 point per ounce, but since this is a T-bone, and thus more fatty (that’s where all the flavor is!) my 4 ounce portion was 8 points, and my dinner with the potato and sauce was 15 points, but so totally worth it.  It worked within my points, although I think I may start eating bigger meals for breakfast and lunch and a lighter dinner.  We’ll see how that plays out once I am not working. Open-mouthed smile

So what are some other things I’ve been eating this week?

PicMonkey Collage - food

1. Tostadas from Sunday night turned into breakfast tostadas on Monday.  Two corn tostadas (2) topped with two ounces of beef (2) an ounce of light Cabot cheese (2) and half a cup scrambled egg white (1) for 7 smart points.

2.  Cranberry apple parfait.  The picture was taken on my desk.  My THIRD TO LAST BREAKFAST at that desk – whoop!  I made a cranberry apple sauce before work – 1/2 cup frozen cranberries cooked down with 1 chopped Fuji apple, 2 tablespoons of water, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon cornstarch (1 point) mixed with plain Chobani (2) and 1/3 cup Kashi cranberry granola (4) for a 7 smart point breakfast.

3.  Saturday night’s dinner of teriyaki beef and vegetables, turned into that beef and veggie stir fry, and that still didn’t use all of my leftovers!   I mixed 1 tablespoon of stir fry sauce with 1 teaspoon of sriracha (1) and had 4 ounces of beef (4) with two cups of veggies, which I am calling 1 point because even though they were “steamed” veggies, I think there might have been a touch of oil, still not bad for that giant bowl of food for 6 smart points!  It actually should have been a 10 point lunch, but I forgot my rice at home.

4.  Lasagna soup is back!!  I figured out the points and my 1.5 cup serving is 6 smart points, I do leave out the cheesy goodness in the original recipe, and I added 1/2 ounce of light Cabot cheese to the top of mine.  I also measured out 1/2 cup cooked pasta for my bowl.  Still so good – I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of that soup.

Last night the other two secretaries took me out for happy hour.  Wok n Fire near our office has 1/2 price apps from 5-7 – nice!  When the server came to the table and asked what I wanted to drink, I almost instinctively said “I’ll have a glass of Pinot Grigio”, but my mouth actually said “I’ll have unsweetened iced tea with lemon!”  We split three appetizers, and as I had 16 points going into dinner, I am calling it a wash.  Nothing was remotely close on the WW app to enter anyway, so I am not too worried about it.  Thanks ladies!!

Since it was only 7 when we went our separate ways, I decided to hit up the gym on my way home.  I did 10 minutes of upper body, then a 2 mile job and then 25 flights on the stair master before my blood sugar started to drop.  When I got home it was 71 – not too bad!  I ate a banana and it was all good.

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So now only TWO days left of work!  I did my last Sam’s Club run for the office yesterday and I’ll just say it out loud, I won’t miss that task at all.   I was asked to “stock up” so that it will be a while before anyone else has to do another run, and it’s up for debate who will get the task because basically no one wants it.

I have Cooking Club tomorrow night at Courtney’s house and I am the head chef!   I decided to show everyone how to make Chicago deep dish pizza at home, except I am making my dough gluten free because one of our members has a gluten allergy.  I’ll post the recap with pics on Friday.  I’ve had several people tell me that they were so happy to make a gluten free pizza at home that didn’t taste like cardboard – and I’ll have to say that I really love how this pizza crust tastes – and I don’t even think I could tell it was gluten free if I didn’t make it myself.  The secret is using Bob’s Red mill Gluten 1 to 1 Baking Flour and like my deep dish pizza dough, I add a bit of butter.  Um, pretty sure butter makes everything better.  Like bacon! Open-mouthed smile

Next time you read this blog I’ll be self-employed!  That’s what I am calling my work hiatus, because I do make $50 a month on this blog, and that is income, right?! 

Make it a great day!

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  • Jacky
    February 24, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Bobby Flay has grown on me, I used to think he was a tool. But I will say, his cookbooks are the best!

    Enjoy your last couple of days of work!

    • Biz
      February 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Yeah, he might be a tool in real life, I think he’s been divorced three times? But I love his food! 😀

  • Lala
    February 24, 2016 at 8:01 am

    You don’t like going to SAMs? Only 10 more days until we see your pretty mug face. Anything you want to do while you are here?

    • Biz
      February 25, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Not for the office when I have to push a cart with six 30 packs of diet coke! 😀 I’ll message you on Facebook about the trip 😀

  • Shelley B
    February 24, 2016 at 8:07 am

    TWO DAYS LEFT!!!! So excited for you.

    Laughing that they had you stock up at Sam’s Club. They are going to feel your absence in more ways than they realize!

    • Biz
      February 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Last day today!!! Yep, I think they will – all the little things I just do go unnoticed. Not anymore though 😀

  • Kym
    February 24, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I can’t wait to see the cooking club post. I love looking at all the food, decorations and the great candid shots you get. I find it amusingly funny no one wants the Sam’s club task. Wait until someone gets stuck with all of the other tedious “Biz” task you have been stuck with all these years. Isn’t is great to have three days of your meal planning days “set.” Let me know if you ever figure out a way not to smoke up the house with the cast iron on the stove. I also could use some tips on how to prevent “smoking” when you try a healthy alternative to frying chicken bites. The panko crumbs sprayed with Pam at 450 degrees left my house smelling smoky for two days!

    • Biz
      February 25, 2016 at 9:29 am

      I am hoping I didn’t oversell my gluten free pizza to the ladies of the cooking club – we’ll see! I have no idea how to quell the smoke. Doesn’t seem to matter what kind of griddle I use either 😛

      Thanks for cheering me on Kym!

  • Helen
    February 24, 2016 at 8:43 am

    One of the reasons we have a gas grill is because we like to grill year ’round. I know people who feel that isn’t purist grilled but whatever. I would like to have a small smoker to use in the summer though!

    I would think once you’re self-employed it would be easy to have your steak for dinner and your stirfry for lunch if that’s what you want to do. Just think, YOU GET TO TO DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO in just 48 hours!

    • Biz
      February 25, 2016 at 9:30 am

      I waited too long last summer to get a gas grill, by the time I was ready to buy, they already replaced the grills with snowblowers! Definitely getting one though because it’s quick – although now I’ll have the time to set up the Weber!

      I am so excited! 😀

  • Roz@lens3
    February 25, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Have fun in your last couple of work days at your current job! Big things ahead!!!!

  • Pubsgal
    February 25, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I remember thinking, “Ugh, who IS this guy???” when he jumped on the cutting board in Iron Chef Japan. But I think being cocky is part of Flay’s “brand” – otherwise, why the popularity of the show where people try to beat him at cooking? 😉 That said, his food always does look pretty tasty!

    Wooo, happy 2 days left! My dad is retiring a week from today, and he is over the moon! (He was retired for a brief time and hated it, but then went back to work because he was bored. I think he might have gotten the rest of his boredom out of his system now!)

  • Fran
    February 26, 2016 at 4:06 am

    That mushroom sauce looks delicious, reminds me that I need to make mushroom sauce someday soon again too.

    By now you are self-employed! Congratulations and may all your dreams come true. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

    And I read on IG that last night was a huge success, look forward to the report.

    Enjoy your first Friday off work Biz.

  • Erin
    February 26, 2016 at 4:15 am

    I gave up soda for Lent, and I am living on unsweetened tea with lemon. I’m always surprised when my mouth actually says it when ordering! PS – it’s super early on Friday morning and that steak is killing me. Maybe I’ll have steak tomorrow night for supper… 🙂