Matt holding a plate of Skilly.

How to Make a Skilly (Skinny Philly)

Hey everybody, it’s Matt from Situation Positive. For those of you who’ve been following my weight loss journey. I wanted to share a recipe that, that my wife and I came up with. So one of the foods that I really love is a good Philly cheesesteak sandwich. I love the bread. I love the cheese. To me, it’s the perfect sandwich.

The problem is that on this diet, I can’t have the bread and I can’t have cheese or any dairy. So we wanted to come up with an alternative and we created something that we call the Skilly or skinny Philly.

What you are going to need is:

  • Six ounces of shaved steak
  • One tablespoon of garlic
  • One cup of mushrooms
  • One cup of peppers
  • One teaspoon of onion powder
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of garlic
  • Pam, or other no calorie oil susbstitute
Pictured are the ingredients of the skilly.
Skilly ingredients

You can’t use olive oil or butter or anything like that. So I just give a quick spray of Pam to make sure the ingredients don’t stick. Because of my acid reflux, I can’t eat onions anymore, but I still like the taste. So I used just a little bit of onion powder not enough to overwhelm the dish, but just to get that kind of taste the onion that I love a little black pepper and, and some salt, you know, seasoned to taste, obviously.

So what we do is we, how do you cook the Skilly? First, you’re going to go ahead and you’re going to coat the pan.

You’re going to go ahead and put your garlic in there just for a second.

Once you start to smell that garlic, like a little bit, then you go ahead and put the beef right on top of it and break that up. And you saw that you know six ounces is a good amount of beef. You know, I thought when I started this, that I was going to be giving up a lot of food, but this is still a really nice amount of beef and it actually ends up being a really filling dish but filling in a good way.

So I’m going to let this, this is cook a little bit. And before I put the vegetables on, I’m going to season it. We’re going to give just a little shake of the onion powder, a little pepper, and a little salt

now shaved steak, which I got cooked up pretty quick. You know, and when you’re preparing these kinds of meals if you go to your deli counter, you’re going to see that and you can get a lot of chicken or steak that’s already been cut up. So it saves you a lot of prep time. One of the things we’ve noticed is by eating fresh all the time, there’s a lot more prep time involved.

And when you’re like us and you have kids you know, and you’re working, there’s not, there’s not really a lot you can do. So you try to take advantage of as much prepared stuff as you can. So now we’re going to go ahead and add the peppers in there, and

it’s such an easy meal and it cuts out all the stuff from the Philly. That’s not good for you.

It’s going to take a little bit to break down the vegetables, but then it gets sauteed the beef starts to look good. A few moments later, the Skilly is really coming together. It smells so great in here. I wish you guys could smell it just as proof. I have these two little guys that are hoping for a handout. Here,

The Skilly skillet all cooked and ready to plate.
The finished Skilly skillet

You can see our Skilly has been playing. And it’s a lot of food. It is a nice filling meal. It’s six ounces of steak, a cup of mushrooms, half a cup of peppers, and a tablespoon of garlic. Now for the taste test.

Matt tasting the Skilly.
Matt tasting the Skilly

That’s good. It’s seasoned perfectly. It has that hint of the Philly flavor that I really love. It tastes like Philly steak, right from a sandwich shop. And you know what, I’m not even missing the bread or the cheese because I know the bread and the cheese contributed to my weight gain.

So I can still enjoy the flavors that I love without adding on those extra calories. I mean, this is only 300 calories. And it’s going to keep me full until dinner time. I posted this recipe on our blog. So go ahead and visit And if you would like, and subscribe to our videos, it helps our community grow.

We thank you so much for your support. Once again, my name is Matt with Situation Positive reminding you that. That you can take any situation and turn it positive.

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