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Any teacher can tell you that the grief felt at the end of the yearly holiday break feels like the death of something special. I am so grateful to work in a career that affords me a chance to recollect and renew myself to start the year off successfully. My holidays were filled with hours-long Netflix binges, daily cuddles with my pup, and multiple gatherings with friends, so naturally I had some last-minute prep that needed to be done before returning to my classroom this past Thursday. I needed a recipe with no-fuss prep, cheap ingredients, and a punch of flavor. Cue this gem from Budget Bytes.
I have long been a fan of Beth’s recipes because they’re affordable and simple, but they don’t sacrifice flavor for cost. As I’ve gotten more comfortable in the kitchen, I’ve loved the process of taking a recipe I see online and modifying it for what’s in my kitchen and the time I have on any given day to devote to cooking. Since Wednesday was filled with last-minute house cleaning and lesson-planning, I took inspiration from Beth to create a set-it-and-forget-it meal that was light on prep thanks to my slow cooker. And thus, I birthed my first culinary creation of 2019: