Beef and Mushroom Kebabs – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 26, 2010

I made these the other night…I made an extra trip to the store to get the ingredients needed for this morning’s news segment…and spotted some $.99 whole mushrooms.  I see them often for $.99 in the mark down basket in the produce section. I found more this morning…sliced this time. I don’t typically buy extra food when I’m getting food for news segments, but I couldn’t pass these up!

(Gonna have to change the menu plan to incorporate some of the marked down goodies I found this morning!)

This is simple.

  • Stew beef.
  • Whole mushrooms.
  • Green peppers.
  • Steak seasoning.

That’s it!

Simple…but oh, so yummy!


About 1 lb. stew beef ($2.48) Manager’s Special
1 box whole mushrooms ($.99) Manager’s Special
2 green peppers, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces ($.60) Part of the loot from the farmer’s market
Steak seasoning (free) Used $1 coupon with $1 sale price
1 large yellow squash ($.50) From the farmer’s market the other week
1 cup rice ($.20)


1. Wash and dry the mushrooms.

2. Cut the green peppers.

3. Skewer the meat, mushrooms and peppers. Sprinkle with steak seasoning. (Or marinate with a favorite beef marinade.) Grill for a few minutes on each side, or until beef is cooked to your liking.

4. Steam-saute the yellow squash.

5. Cook the rice as directed while the kebabs are chilling on the grill.

6. Serve Beef and Mushroom Kebabs over Rice with Steam Sauteed Yellow Squash.

Cost $4.77

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Melissa July 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm

These look delicious!


Robin July 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I just got your cookbook. Great frugal facts!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 27, 2010 at 7:18 am


Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! Hope it helps you spend a little less each week at the grocery store!



Kristia@Family Balance Sheet July 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I love kebabs. The possibilities are endless.

Thanks for the carnival.


rona July 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

These kabobs look delicious.


Sugar & Spice Frugal Advice July 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Kabobs are such a great summer no-fuss meal!


karen July 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm

can you make the kebabs w/o the sticks? it would be more like a stir fry, no?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Yes…this would make a great stir-fry…toss a little soy or teriyaki for a flavor boost!


Liz@HoosierHomemade July 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Those are delish! Where did you find your skewers? I haven’t been able to find metal ones anywhere.
Thanks so much for hosting!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 27, 2010 at 7:18 am


I think we got them at Kroger…eons ago?! I’m sure they are out in stores now…being the peak of grilling season?!?



amy July 27, 2010 at 6:59 am

They look great, but is stew meat chew-able if it’s not stewed? I thought it would be too tough to grill.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 27, 2010 at 7:19 am


I had a similar thought…but the meat turned out nicely. I didn’t overgrill it. I thought it was perfect!


Queen of the House July 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

These look fabulous! I think I need to try kabobs…kebabs….I see them spelled both ways…I will have to check the dictionary! LOL! :)


FoodontheTable July 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

Looks delicious. What a deal!


Morganong July 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

I’ve tried similar recipes before using stew meat on kabobs. Even when it’s *just* undercooked, it’s still really, really tough. I would wait till a better, more tender cut of meat is on sale to make these. But I have a sensitive jaw…so it might be fine for others.


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