I hope that everyone had a great week!  We have been busy girls this week and the weekend promises to be just as busy.  Things around Stillwater are getting busy as Oklahoma State FFA convention approaches and Anna-Lisa helps the OSU Animal Science Department host the livestock judging contest!  Good luck to all the teams competing in the morning!  Amy is in Lubbock spending much-needed family time with her family!  We are so thankful she was able to slip away this last free weekend of the school year!  Today for our mom profile of the week we make our way to Texas to meet Melissa Laurent!

BB –  Tell us about yourself and where you live.

ML– My name is Melissa Laurent and I live in Winnsboro, Texas.  My daughter, Mandy-Jo is a Freshman at Texas Tech and a National Beef Ambassador.  My husband Jim and I maintain a small herd of Brahman Cattle.  I am an online Agvocate for Agriculture…primarily BEEF.

BB– How many kids do you have?

ML– I have one, Mandy-Jo.

BB – On average what is your estimated monthly food budget for your family?

ML- On average, $525.00.

BB – How often do you cook with Beef?

ML – I usually cook with Beef at least 4 times per week.

BB – Did you grow up eating Beef?

ML – Yes I did. 

BB – What advice do have for other mothers about how to adjust their grocery budget to incorporate using more Beef?

ML –  Flat-iron steaks are very inexpensive and tasty.   I like to buy Beef when it is on sale and freeze it for later use–but be careful, you have got to freeze it right!

BB – Where do you buy your Beef ?

ML – I buy Beef at both our local grocery and a local meat market.

BB – What cut do you most often use and what cut do you struggle with most ?

ML – Ribeyes and sirloins the most often.  I guess I’m the least comfortable cooking a filet.  They can be hard to get cooked just right.

BB – Do you use coupons and if so what tips do you have?

ML – I really don’t use coupons very often.

BB – Would you please share your favorite Beef recipe that you make regularly for you family?

ML –  We love the Pioneer Woman’s recipes and this is one we have often: 

Steak Bites

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 2
  • 1 pound Sirloin Steak (without Much Gristle) OR Pre-cut Beef Tips
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
Preparation Instructions

Trim off the large obvious piece of fat that runs along the side of the meat. Next, cut strips less than 1-inch wide. Rotate the meat and cut into small bite-sized pieces. If you see any more large chunks of fat, gristle or long silvery membrane, cut them off.

Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss the meat around a bit to thoroughly coat with the seasonings.

Next, turn on your ventilation fan overhead. Heat the skillet over medium high to high heat. As the pan heats, add about 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet. Allow the butter to melt, then brown, before you add the meat.

Place some of the meat in the pan in a single layer. It should sizzle loudly when it hits the pan – if it doesn’t, the pan isn’t hot enough. Don’t stir or disrupt the meat for 30-45 seconds. You want it to sizzle and brown on one side. Scoop as many steak bites as you can with your spatula and flip them over. Repeat until all the meat is turned. Cook for an additional 30 to 45 seconds—just long enough to sear the outside of the meat but NOT cook the inside.

Remove the meat to a clean plate. Add a little more butter to the pan and repeat the cooking process with the next batch just as before. Lastly, when all the meat is nicely browned and removed to the plate, pour all that browned/blackened butter all over the meat. And enjoy!

Thank you Melissa for your help!  I hope that you all enjoyed this post, we sure enjoy hearing from all you moms across the country.  If you are interested in being featured in a post, simply answer the questions that Melissa answered and email us at beefonabudget@gmail.com.  I hope that everyone has a great and relaxing weekend!

Happy Trails ~ The Girls!