Today’s guest post is written by Teaspoon Communications’ intern, Taryn Berry. Taryn is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University studying Food Marketing – which is right up her alley because she loves all things food.
We’ve all heard of the “Freshman 15” – plaguing college kids on campuses everywhere across America. Between being in a new environment, lack of home-cooked meals and a tight budget, many of us college-age folk resort to processed or unhealthy foods because of their taste and convenience.
As a student going to college in Philly, it can be extra difficult trying to eat well – it is home of the cheesesteak after all! So, how do I cope? I have a roommate that loves to cook and has introduced me to some super easy, yet healthy meals. Over the past three years (with much trial and error), I have learned how to whip up a few things that don’t break the bank, are good for you – and most importantly, tasty.
So, since I am in Philadelphia, I thought it would only make sense to share a recipe for a healthy cheesesteak. The greatest part about this (besides how satisfied you feel after eating it), is how quick and simple it is – something I treasure as I usually don’t have much time to cook.
- Shaved beef steak from Trader Joe’s
- Veggies of your choice (i.e. peppers, mushrooms, onions…whatever toppings you like)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Whole wheat roll or tortilla
We used three peppers and one onion, sliced them thinly and threw them in an oiled pan. We then seasoned with salt and pepper and once they reached a softer texture, we swapped them for the steak which we seasoned as well. Once the steak was cooked, we added the peppers back in and voila!
Now, for the cheese part, it’s up to you. Provolone is a popular and traditional choice, but this time we used pepper jack. Also, since I couldn’t find any good rolls, I opted for a whole wheat tortilla (good enough for me!) So, just melt the cheese, add in the sliced steak and veggies, and enjoy!
Have you ever had a real Philly cheesesteak? Have you ever “healthified” a favorite local dish?