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post #21 of 66
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Originally Posted by thixle View Post
Anyone have ideas for what to do with ALL these jars of baby food? I have a lot of variety, but don't know how to sneak it in. DD was eating it, but decided she only wants to eat thing she can pick up Meats (lamb, beef, ham), veggies, and fruit. And when I say a lot, I'd estimate close to 200 jars

Salmon pattis are so yummy, and so is salmon pot pie with biscuit topping!

My state has a WIC cookbook that I'll try to dig out tonight.
ETA- google "WIC cookbook" and you'll get several states' books!
The fruit & veggie ones you can use to make breads {pumpkin bread, carrot bread, etc}. Also there is a cookbook called "Deceptively Delicious" that is all about how to sneak veggies into regular dishes, and it uses baby food a lot.
post #22 of 66
Corn Flakes can be used in cereal bars.

DH brings them home from work and they are hellagood.

Here's a simple recipe. Then, you can melt chocolate chips and pour that over the top. Mmmm...
post #23 of 66
I'm getting 4lbs of tofu now a month, I made tofu lasagna for my vegan friends. I also make tofu manicotti yummy.

I am loving the new packages, I stopped getting most of my cereal though, it's just too much. I love getting produce and brown rice, good stuff.

Salmon cakes sound good to me.
post #24 of 66
Thread Starter 
These are some great ideas!

How do you make ice cream?
post #25 of 66
We make salmon patties. I use the veggie juice for Spanish rice.
I get mostly the fruit baby food and I use it to dip my waffles in- I also plan to use it like applesauce in baking. I use the milk to make yogurt- I can make 4 quarts with 1 gallon. I also make ricotta with the milk.
post #26 of 66
I use the fruit, sweet potato, squash, and carrot baby food in bread/muffin baking. I've also dumped the vegetable/squash varieties in soups. I've crushed up chex and put it in meatloaf and used it for breading (we are gluten free).
post #27 of 66
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Originally Posted by miss_sonja View Post
If it's whole milk, you can make paneer (Indian cheese). Very tasty. Just google to find directions.
Thank you for posting this. I have never heard of this before but will try it out.

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Paneer-(Indian-Cheese)
post #28 of 66
Man, I wish I could get brown rice and tofu!
post #29 of 66
you should be able to at least get brown rice-the new food packages went into effect in October.

I'm going to try those cornflake bars, they sound good. I'm also going to try out the hot buttered cheerios I read about on another thread.
post #30 of 66
I've heard people suggest using the baby food meats in soups/stews.
post #31 of 66
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Originally Posted by Usually Curious View Post
Man, I wish I could get brown rice and tofu!
I had to trade some of my milk for tofu, is that not an option in your state? I thought all states could get brown rice now.
post #32 of 66
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Originally Posted by thixle View Post
Anyone have ideas for what to do with ALL these jars of baby food? I have a lot of variety, but don't know how to sneak it in. DD was eating it, but decided she only wants to eat thing she can pick up Meats (lamb, beef, ham), veggies, and fruit. And when I say a lot, I'd estimate close to 200 jars

Salmon pattis are so yummy, and so is salmon pot pie with biscuit topping!

My state has a WIC cookbook that I'll try to dig out tonight.
ETA- google "WIC cookbook" and you'll get several states' books!
I can't remember the name of the book but it was by Jessica Seinfeld and she uses lots of recipes that include pureed veggies to healthen up recipes. Like pureed squash added to mac n cheese. That would be a good starting place perhaps.

If it's fruit you could spread it out on wax paper and put it in a dehydrator to make fruit leather
post #33 of 66
The Jessica Seinfeld book is called Deceptively Delicious. The Sneaky Chef is another one using the puree concept.

So I'm a dry beans dunce, although I'd love to learn to use those. Any good recipes? I'd like to try a slow cooker soup with dry beans or something.

Also, once cooked, how long do the beans keep? I wish I could cook up a whole bunch of beans and keep them as long as the cans, until I need them, because I'm sooo lazy to cook just enough for one recipe each time I need it. Please share your tricks/tips! My beans are piling up!
post #34 of 66
I make huge pots of beans & freeze them in glass canning jars. I even do big batches of baked beans & refried beans & freeze them. You'd just need to have lots of freezer space. We have a big freezer in the basement.
post #35 of 66
I've traded cheese for milk, but never asked about the tofu. Never asked about the brown rice either. I'll have to ask when I recertify on the 17th. We get so much milk, it's obscene! I get 11 gallons fresh milk, 1 box of dried milk and 4 cans of evap. milk a month. That's for two toddlers and a pregnant woman! We have more than enough milk for all 8 of us!
post #36 of 66
I was excited to start getting the salmon since I wasn't a big fan of tuna, but I can only have so many salmon patties before I get tired of them, lol. Someone on my Facebook suggested Salmon quesadillas, and they were pretty good. I just spooned the salmon straight out of the can onto a tortilla, sprinkled w/ some shredded cheese, and covered w/ another tortilla. Another time, I got some salmon grill seasoning and mixed that in w/ the salmon.

As for all the baby food... I'm enjoying those ideas as well. When DD was younger, we didn't do a ton of the pre-pureed babyfood, but I'd take a fruit and some of the cereal and mix it w/ plain yogurt and let her eat it.
post #37 of 66
we did a lot of chex mix and peanutbutter rice crispy bars. at a LLL pot luck you could always tell who the wic moms were we brought the cereal based treats.

lots of pudding.

you can use salmon in place of tuna in any recipe.

our wic office gave out recipes every month. ask your wic people if they have any recipe suggestions.

OH!!! we got carrots for our first year if we were nursing so I made carrot cake for her first birthday

and then there were the juice shots.......i made teething biscuits out of the baby cereal.
post #38 of 66
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post
I think I must have the only kid who doesn't like rice krispie treats! Go figure.

I'm debating trying to crush them and use them like corn flakes for crumbs & breading.

I have about 15 boxes to use up - it just keeps getting put in the pantry and never used.

Melt chocolate, mix in rice krispies, put in cupcake papers, chill.
Way better than the marshmallow ones.
post #39 of 66
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Originally Posted by akichan View Post

So I'm a dry beans dunce, although I'd love to learn to use those. Any good recipes? I'd like to try a slow cooker soup with dry beans or something.
Put dry beans in a crock pot, and cover with about 3 inches water, add salt, red pepper flakes, cumin, bay leaf, and garlic. Turn on high for about three hours. Add more water if needed. You can also do this in the oven in a covered casserole dish, or on the stove in a saucepan with a tight fitting lid.

No need to soak!

Especially good with black and pinto beans.
post #40 of 66
Taco-sagne

Brown some ground beef or turkey
add some WIC beans (red or pinto)
season w/taco seasoning
layer (like lasagne) in a pan with WIC tortillas and WIC cheese

Bake at 350 or so until cheese melts and it looks yummy


I use the baby food fruit in pancakes. Just dump it in some pancake mix and add water or juice until it is the right consistency.

Baby food veggies I put in meatloaf or spaghetti sauce.

Great thread!
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