I accidentally created the best tasting Philly Cheese Steak sandwich that will leave me feeling guilt free. It's low calorie and low-carb. It's not what locals from Philadelphia would claim as the best Philly Cheese Steak and nor would I, however, I'm claiming that it's the best Philly Cheese Steak when watching your weight--big difference. Only 13 net carbs and 414 calories.
Today my husband told me he was craving cheese ravioli and spaghetti sauce for dinner with garlic bread on the side. This meal is a no-no for me because of the calories and most importantly the carbohydrate content, which stinks because I loveeeeee cheese ravioli!
I was put into a corner because I had already planned the nights dinner of baked chicken and vegetables and there was no way I was going to eat baked chicken and vegetables while my family ate cheesy, saucy and garlicky heaven on a plate. This was a moment of bullsh!t if you ask me. Not fair. My husband never gains weight, yet I gain weight from cooking the food.
Best Philly Cheese Steak When Watching Your Weight:
I had already had the ingredients needed for my family's ravioli but I didn't have anything for myself aside from the boring baked chicken or ingredients for a salad. Bleh! I love that stuff but not when people around me are eating my favorites--I have limited willpower around Italian and Mexican Food.
→ I certainly wasn't going to go to the grocery store just for a couple items so I checked my freezer.
Lo and behold I found an already opened bag of Light Flatout bread dating back to April 2015. It's now 2016.
The reason for this is since I'm the only person in the house that is actively watching calories and carbs I tend to take a piece of my "special bread" (my husband named it that) and then I don't get to it again until after it expires and develops mold. So I began freezing the package and taking one out at a time but somehow my flatout bread got shoved to the back by new freezer items.
I'm Babbling...onto the meat of the story
Now I have flatout bread giving me endless opportunities (very versatile) and discovered an already opened box of Philly Gourmet cooked portion steak sheets (Philadelphia locals are probably getting mad at this post "Lady! That's not the steak used for our subs!") but it's what I had on-hand for a make shift low carb Philly Cheese Steak.
I always have green peppers, mushrooms and onions on-hand so I didn't need to search for that but what about the cheese? I wasn't going to use the same cheese that I needed for the cheese ravioli so I searched the fridge. Found my favorite pepper jack cheese-oh hell yeah-and before you say anything you scary Philadelphia peeps just here me out. I know the proper cheese is provolone and cheese whiz I don't live under a rock and have visited Philadelphia to try your awesome subs but AGAIN, I'M WORKING WITH STUFF ON-HAND AND WANTING TO WATCH MY WEIGHT, ha, so please forgive me. I'm not trying to destroy a favorite. 🙂
Low Carb & Low Calorie Philly Cheese Steak
- 24.6 g of carbs but only 13.9 g net grams of carbs!
- 414 Calories per serving
- Light Flatout Bread
- Yellow Onion
- Portabella Mushroom
- Green Pepper
- Slice Pepper Jack Cheese
- Cento's Hot Pepper Spread (not pictured)
- Philly Gourmet Steak (You can use Steam-umm too!)
You're probably scratching your head at the Cento's hoagie spread but TRY IT! I'm from the north and we use a lot of "hots" on our sub sandwiches especially on Italian subs and Philly Subs. It really gives a nice kick. It's sliced hot cherry peppers. I get my hoagie spread at my local grocery store but they didn't always have it or have enough in stock so I had to order it off of Amazon, so if your store doesn't carry it you can get it from Amazon Cento Diced Hot Cherry Pepper and they sell them in packs of two. *I have a yummy Turkey and Cheese wrap article that includes the centos hoagie spread with a bit more info here.
On a frying pan, spray zero calorie cooking spray (or if your daily allowance has room for butter) and saute your onions, green peppers and mushrooms.
Add the sheets of steak (they are individually portioned in two sheets in-between wax paper) and cook one minute on each side mixed in with the sauteed mixture--melt cheese on top. Simple. I like to add pepper (salt is optional but I don't like adding too much salt to meals loaded with sodium).
I normally would sprinkle some Worcestershire sauce but omitted it for the hot pepper spread.
Toast the flatout bread in a toaster oven or just warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave. Toasting it lightly is so yummy and gives it a little crunch when using a thinner bread.
Wallah -- the best Philly Cheese Steak when watching your weight is ready to be eaten and you can thank me in the comments section for this awesome guilt free Philly Cheese Steak.