I suspect there were smoke and mirrors involved in the recipe for last night’s dinner. Because last night’s dinner, Shredded Steak Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries, was classified as a healthy weeknight meal. I’m not buying it. How do you take a sandwich roll and fill it with tender beef and cheese, top it with caramelized onions and call that a healthy meal?
It was tasty, for sure. I was more than surprised by how well flank steak braised in chicken broth with smashed garlic tasted. I was pleasantly relieved when this lean cut of meat shredded, as promised, after only an hour in the oven. I did make a slight change to the recipe by substituing the Jalapeño Pub Cheese in my refrigerator for the specified cheddar cheese. I highly recommend this flavor-filled substitution, although I’m not sure how much it changes the healthy quotient. I’m sure sharp cheddar would have been just as good. But, by the time I was done with this sandwich, I couldn’t finish it. It was hearty and filling both in terms of volume and flavor. I’m pretty sure the sautéed Tuscan kale didn’t add much to the volume or fill factor. Neither did the baked sweet potato fries (love, love them, even if a few were overcooked because I forgot they were in the oven. But this was a lot of food.
There’s no way all of this flavor and volume is coming in at just 500 calories. I should be so lucky.