I’ve been making steak dinners for Chris for over two years, and the main thing I’ve discovered is the only thing you need is salt, pepper, butter, and a good cast iron skillet. Without a grill, the meat makes more even contact and gets a much better crust. I also prefer to serve steak with mashed potatoes since they soak up resting juices or pan sauce better than just about anything. The steak itself also doesn’t need to be an expensive cut as long as it is cooked and cut correctly to avoid chewiness. This dinner all together cost less than ten dollars for 2 hungry people.
One of my all time favorite meals has to be a nice big Crockpot roast, but one roast can cost upwards of ten dollars, which (for me) makes it more of a special ocassion meal. By using stew/goulash meat, you’ll save a ton of money and still get the same flavor as the roast.