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post #41 of 66
My kids are too old for the new babyfood package, but I use all sorts of babyfood jars of fruits, squash, and sweet potatoes in smoothies. It's a great way to round out groups of fruits/veggies we were light in. You can also use juice concentrates this way, too. I bet you could mix sweet potatoes or carrots into orange juice and freeze to make great pops. And one 4-6 oz jar squash is really good in box mac/cheese. My kids prefer it that way and call it the extra cheese sauce

Before we had to go egg free the favorite use up WIC stuff meal was french toast. Mmmm...

Another use up WIC meal is grilled cheese and soup made with store brand V-8.

Another one that my dh loves is oatmeal no bake cookies. With the oatmeal and PB, I have the main ingredients now I will have to check out the corn flake and rice crispy variations. No chex allowed here, unfortunately. When we lived in a different state, we always had chex mix on hand. YUM!

I am loving the produce allotment It covers most of a weeks worth of veggies if I am careful and we can get organics here
post #42 of 66
My grandfather used to mix fruit baby food with Jello. It was sweet and thicker then Jello of course. Not sure where he got that idea from either.
post #43 of 66
I'm loving the produce allotment too, I haven't really been buying produce OOP since they started giving us that.

I guess I should start getting oatmeal instead of not getting cereal, I could be making cookies with that instead. I just get so sick of all the darn cereal-it's way too much.

Next time I have my WIC appt I have to ask about soy milk, there is only one kind we can get in WA and IDK if my local store gets it, I'll have to ask. I love getting 4lbs of tofu, I can make Tofu Curry now and it costs pretty much nothing because I can get almost all of the ingredients with WIC now, yay. Tofu, brown rice, onions-all WIC the only thing OOP is my coconut milk which I bought on sale with coupons. SO I think I can make dinner for about $1-for a really awesome dinner. YAY-WIC.
post #44 of 66
The milk, people, please help me with the milk. Now that I am preg we will be getting 8 gallons a month. We barely use the 4 we had been getting. I think I will get some soy. I would also like to learn how to make yougurt. Anyone have any good recipes/methods?
post #45 of 66
[QUOTE=Norasmomma;14886047]I guess I should start getting oatmeal instead of not getting cereal, I could be making cookies with that instead. I just get so sick of all the darn cereal-it's way too much.
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Here, the oatmeal is from the bread/whole grain portion. We can get 2 lb per month/child of brown rice, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, or whole wheat or corn tortillas.

My DH is the one who mainly eats the cereal.

To use up lots of milk--cheese sauce or cream of potato soup. Homemade puddings--one large pot for us uses 1-2 quarts milk, about 1/2-3/4c sugar, pinch of salt, 1tbs butter, and 1tbs cornstartch per cup of milk. Or you can make custard pudding with 1 tbs cornstarch per 2 cup of milk, and 1 egg per cup plus one for the pot. Cook over medium until thick, and add some vanilla after it thickens. If you use the eggs, I add them in when the milk is cold, and bring it just til thick enough to coat a spoon over med/med low stirring constantly. Can't do eggs now, though. But before we went egg free, we would sometimes have this with fruit for dinner.
post #46 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.

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!
I cook them in the crock pot (soak over night, drain, then cover and cook on high until they are done) with a bit of garlic. Then I will drain them and scoop out 1-2 cups and put them into freezer bags so I can just grab a bag as easily as I would grab a can. I've had them frozen for a few months without any issues. Another way I want to do is freeze them on a tray then transfer into one freezer bag, that way I can just scoop out the amount I need.

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Originally Posted by maciascl View Post
The milk, people, please help me with the milk. Now that I am preg we will be getting 8 gallons a month. We barely use the 4 we had been getting. I think I will get some soy. I would also like to learn how to make yougurt. Anyone have any good recipes/methods?
Can you trade in the milk for cheese then freeze it?
post #47 of 66
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Originally Posted by queencarr View Post

Here, the oatmeal is from the bread/whole grain portion. We can get 2 lb per month/child of brown rice, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, or whole wheat or corn tortillas.
Yeah here it is now a cereal-we never got it before. The only hot cereal we used to get was Cream of Wheat I just can't deal with 6+ boxes of cereal I don't even like, ugh, so I usually don't get it. I honestly should give it to my friend who gets WIC, but only has a baby on WIC and has a couple older kids-she goes through the cereal.

I now get good bread, brown rice or corn tortillas. We can't WW ones Too bad. Lovin the veggies though, this week our store is having a BIG sale on avocados, cilantro, peppers, green onions, limes, lemons and oranges, so my plan is to use my produce scheck to buy all the ingredients to make guacamole, some yummy orange salsa, get some of the corn tortillas and make homemade taco chips. Sooooo good
post #48 of 66
Leta has posted a good recipe for ricotta made with milk. If you make that, get mozzarella with your cheese allowance, get spinach and eggplant with your produce, then you can just buy spaghetti sauce and pasta to make veggie lasagna or ziti.

I make yogurt using Alton Brown's method (with a stockpot and quart jar--no fancy equipment). It's really easy.

With milk, we eat a lot of cream soups, biscuits and gravy, custard pie (perfect for taking to covered dishes or just an easy dessert on a day supper is lighter), and macaroni and cheese.
post #49 of 66
We can now get our beans in cans which has been a huge help for me as I always messed beans up trying to use dry beans. I am getting soy milk just on my saying I need it, but for the boys to get soy milk they have to get a prescription from the doctor. The only brand of soy milk covered by WIC in FL is 8th continent and none of the local stores used to carry it. We asked at the local Win-Dixie and the manager said they were working on adding all the new items that WIC was covering. They are now the best place to go shopping for WIC items. They also frequently have buy 1 get 1 sales on produce so that gets even more produce for those checks. I'm still pg so no personal experience with the new baby food packages yet, but I am sure my older kids would be happy eating some of it up if they were fruit or fruit mixes.
post #50 of 66
Bummed - no more evaporated milk.

Baby food for 7-month old starts this month, and although I always make my own baby food, I'm interested in picking some up to use in cooking, like you guys suggested! Thanks!

And I'm definitely going to try some of that soup suggested for beans. Never been excited to cook before
post #51 of 66
The baby food applesauce can be used in place of oil in baking recipes. Carrots are good mixed with spagetti sauce or in smoothies. sweet potatoes are good in pancake/waffle batter.
post #52 of 66
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I make yogurt using Alton Brown's method (with a stockpot and quart jar--no fancy equipment). It's really easy.
That sounds interesting. Do you flavor it? Off to google it. We aren't big milk drinkers so if I could make yogurt that would be great!
post #53 of 66
I know this thread is old but just wanted to revive it and say thanks for all the great ideas. We just started and I was having trouble figuring out what to do with the same food each month. Great ideas here!
post #54 of 66

Now that we can get canned beans on WIC {TX} I've been getting pinto beans and making pinto bean pie. It tastes a lot like pecan pie. There is a butter bean version too that is similar to a buttermilk chess pie - just google it and you'll find them. Both are VERY cheap to make if you don't have to buy the beans. I think you could use cooked dry beans too, but I haven't tried it yet.

 

My daughter only has another 9 months on WIC, and then we'll be forced to buy out of pocket. I don't know what I'll do - I am considering getting dried milk her last 6 months to try to extend it since milk here is very high.

post #55 of 66

http://wicwoes.com/2010/what-meals-do-you-cook

 

That links to a bunch of meals/snacks that are free or close to free when you use WIC foods.

post #56 of 66

Let's see...

 

Split pea soup has been a big hit around here, so peas are what I usually get for the dry beans/peas/lentils.

 

A lot of the fruit gets eaten as is as snacks, veggies get incorporated into meals.

 

I'm partial to putting salmon in fish tacos.

 

WIC fish tacos:

 

1 can salmon

1 head cabbage (fruit/veggie check)

tomatoes

onions

cheese (we're partial to xtra sharp cheddar)

corn tortillas

 

Non-WIC items needed: a bit of salsa, taco mix, or hot sauce, oil

 

Heat the salmon on the stovetop in a bit of oil, with some hot sauce or taco mix. Shred cabbage and cheese, cut up tomatoes and onions. Put tacos together. Yum.

 

We have NO problem drinking all the milk or eating the cereal around here. DD thinks the world is ending if there's no cereal at breakfast (though she may eat something else as well). Eggs also disappear at a rapid rate in this house--omelettes with fresh veggies, french toast, or pancakes, the latter slathered with peanut butter (for me at least) with sliced banana on top.

 

There's not a single WIC item that doesn't get eaten readily in this house, at least until we get to the baby's 6-12 mo. food package. We never had much use for DD's infant cereal and don't expect we will this next time around, either. I recall using some to stretch pancakes; beyond that, I think I wound up donating boxes of it to a food bank because we just weren't going to use it and I didn't want it to go to waste. (I kept thinking we'd find a use for it so I'd get it on the checks). I totally can't stand the texture or smell of baby food, so I'll probably leave it for my partners or child care provider to feed to DS. I guarantee I won't buy a single jar of the stuff that doesn't come for WIC.

post #57 of 66

Using canned salmon for tacos is genius!!  I'm not even on WIC, but I'm definitely putting that on the menu this week.  Thank you.

post #58 of 66

This might sound a little weird but when I was in Chicago a few months ago we had brunch at a place that served french toast that was dipped in frosted flakes. It was REALLY yummy.

post #59 of 66

which reminds me to go get my butt some WIC vouchers! lol

post #60 of 66

Hi, salmon cakes are delicious. You can make dips with salmon also. Yummy

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