Even broke teachers need to eat their veggies.  Here’s a recipe to get you started.


  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 clove garlic if you’re a 5th step or above.  If you’re a new teacher, garlic powder will do.  Buy one of those dollar jars at the cheap store–it’ll last you till 4th step.
  • salt
  • a huge bunch of green beans on sale
  • two or three eggs–eggs are getting expensive, I know, but compared to meat they’re cheap…and you need your protein or your brain will become confused causing your students to run circles around you.  No one wants that!


  1. Steam your beans until they’re soft but not mushy and slimy–about 3 minutes or so.  Taste to check!
  2. Melt your butter in a pan. I’d say “sauté” pan, but any time you translate things to French they get expensive.  Use any cheap pan that won’t flake teflon into your lunch.  I use my grandmother’s cast iron pan.
  3. Sauté the beans in the butter.  We will never ever use margarine on this site–it is not natural.  Instead, we’ll use a combination of affordable oils and stretch the butter when we can.
  4. Add the garlic and sauté a minute more.
  5. Scramble the eggs in a little bowl, and add them to the bean pan.  Cook until nice and done.  This is not an omelet… there are a ton of beans here, and only a few eggs.   This counts as a veggie side-dish with a nice shot of protein.