Poor Man's Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

^^This is what PMS looks like at our house.

How was your evening? Ours was pretty good! I came home from work, flopped down on the couch for a few minutes and ate graham crackers while I waited for some lingering waves of chest pain to pass (the onset came out of nowhere while I was sitting at my desk that afternoon. I'm sure it's the result of some unnamed stress or anxiety, but in my mind all I was thinking was, "Heart disease". Darn you, National Heart Month!) Then I bundled up in several layers of clothes and headed outside for a slick 3.5-mile run.

The remaining mounds of snow that melted during the day froze right back up just as I finished lacing up my sneakers. At certain points, I wasn't really running down hills so much as shuffling and wobbling down them like a penguin to avoid slipping.

My overall pace suffered as a result but hey, I didn't fall and break my face.

After a warm shower, Clay and I ate dinner (We finally started buying salmon again. Oh, how I've missed it!) and then I pawed at his side, whining, until he agreed to go to the bookstore with me.

We're trying to save our pennies for my family's upcoming Florida vacation (we booked our tickets to Universal Studios yesterday! Eeeek!), and we reached the agreement that spending $1-2 on a book each week was a perfectly acceptable use of our temporarily limited spending cash.

(Seriously, Molly, your text message telling me about our Half-Priced Books Outlet store CHANGED MY LIFE.)

I picked up Stephen King's On Writing, and I already love it!

I caught up on this week's newest episode of Hoarders, though it mostly served as background noise while I read my book (if you've seen one house coated with animal feces, you've seen them all). Around 10:30 p.m., I excused myself upstairs to snuggle up to my Kindle and watch the documentary Hungry For Change on Netflix.

I'd like to personally thank that documentary for completely turning me off to Diet Coke. What was once considered an impossible feat, you managed to do in less than 10 minutes. I was never ignorant to the chemicals I consumed each time I purchased a fizzy Polar Pop, but when you put it so eloquently as "Diet sodas contain aspartame which produces formaldehyde and that formaldehyde stores in your brain", I knew I was officially done. Formaldehyde is the exact same chemical those to-be-dissected animal specimens stored in our closet are stewing in. Thanks to Hungry for Change, a multiple-times-a-week habit will now be a once-in-a-blue-moon-when-I'm-craving-some-formaldehyde treat.

On that note, who wants a quick and easy weeknight recipe?

I'm married to a man who loves eating a true man's diet (meat, potatoes, meat, more meat, meat with a side of meat—you get the idea), and it's hard to be with someone for almost 10 years and not have some of those tastes rub off on you. Before marrying Clayton, I was content to eat sandwiches for the occasional quick lunch or snack, but eating something like that for dinner was almost unheard of in my family. (Example: To this day, eating Subway for dinner still doesn't feel like a real meal.)

Nothing makes Clayton's eyes light up quite like a hoagie (Not even me. But it's okay, I've made peace with it.), and I just want my man to be happy. So on Monday night I created our own signature hoagie, or what I like to refer to as "The Poor Man's Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich".

To make this sandwich, you will need:
  • 1/2 pound of roast beef (shredded) from the deli counter
  • 4 slices of Provolone cheese (or more if you're awesome)
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small white onion, sliced
  • olive oil
  • mayonnaise
  • your choice sub sandwich bread
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut sub sandwich buns in half and lay upside down on baking sheet. Place in oven and toast for 3 minutes.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet, saute the green pepper and onions in about a tablespoon of olive oil. (Since someone in our family hates onions, I decided to omit this ingredient.) For this recipe, I recommend cutting your veggies into long slices, not chopped little pieces.
  3. Remove vegetables from skillet and set aside. Place roast beef in same skillet (no need to add more olive oil), and let warm for a few minutes. 
  4. Remove sub buns from oven (if you haven't already; you don't want them to burn!) and flip over. Smear one side of the bun with mayonnaise and layer with green peppers and onions. On the other side of the bun, pile on the roast beef and cover with two pieces of cheese. 
  5. Place baking sheet back in the oven and let toast for about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, close the sandwiches and enjoy!
*Makes 2 sandwiches

We served our subs on a garlic herb bread with a broccoli and raisin coleslaw that Kroger tried to charge me $99.51 for (No joke! I was like, "Excuse me, but no."), but any side dish will do.

The sandwiches were delicious! I'm talking about about falling-out-of-the-bread, juice-dribbling-down-your-chin, want-to-take-a-nap-you're-so-full-afterwards delicious! I can't believe we never thought to try this before. My eyes have been opened, and I have officially seen the light!

Happy Wednesday!


  1. You need to come to Philly to find out what a real cheese steak tastes like.....


    1. I know! I know! And taking a vacation specifically to try a sandwich is totally something my husband and I would do!

      I think you're totally right about us coming over there for a baseball game and meeting up with you so you can be our official tour guide of Philly Cheese Steaks.

      Seriously, let's make this happen.


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