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We're receiving WIC, and it's generally been a help with the grocery bill, but the items we get aren't things I would have necessarily bought without the WIC, and now I have a stockpile of foods that I'm not sure what to do with. I'm not an experienced cook, but you can only eat so many peanut butter sandwiches and hard-boiled eggs, you know? So can anyone offer suggestions for healthy meals or snacks I can make with any of these ingredients?<br><br>
peanut butter<br>
eggs<br>
milk (2 gallons per week!)<br>
tuna<br>
100% juice concentrate<br><br>
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i just get the pb and juice with mine since i dont eat the other items.
 

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We're milk drinkers here, but we also do alot of cooking with it. If you don't drink as much, can you get powdered milk on yours? (We can here.)<br><br>
Eggs can be made to make casseroles, fritatas, etc. (If you don't go through them fast enough, you can break them into an ice cube tray and freeze them.)<br><br>
Peanut butter can be used to make a sauce for peanut noodles, stirred into oatmeal, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"><br><br>
If all else fails...you can always donate to a woman's shelter or food bank. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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You can use the eggs in all kinds of things -- thicken soups. Make quiche or frittata. Deviled eggs of course (but if you're sick of boiled, that might not work)<br><br>
Make yogurt from your milk.<br><br>
My mom makes a great salad that uses tuna. Its prime ingredients are boiled potatoes and green beans. The dressing is a vinegar/oil type. It also has olives and, ideally, pine nuts (if we have them).
 

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I found that I just saved most of the PB, juice and cereal because I knew we wouldn't always be getting them for free. I wish I had known how to make yogurt when we were getting wic, because I mostly didn't even get the milk. Check out the yogurt making threads here at MDC. It is pretty easy if I can do it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
And I would always offer to bring juice to events where they wanted juice or snacks.<br><br>
I'm on my last jar of Pb now, after about 8 months wic free. So sad to be buying it. But it was great for us when we got it. Although I never got tuna as a nursing mom.<br><br>
Hope the yogurt works for you.
 

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I donate some juice to ds's school, we drink a little watered down 50/50, and I make jelly out of the rest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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how do you make jelly out of juice?
 

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Omlettes, scrambled eggs, quiche, pancakes, egg salad, egg drop soup, chowders, for the eggs and/or milk.<br><br>
Tuna- stew (use potaotes, green beans and all your veggie favs, plus chuncks of tuna & some diced tomatoes--it sounds weird, but it's rather good), tuna chunked up in salad is really good. Tuna wraps are delish.<br><br>
Peanut butter is great in cookies, and it makes a wonderful sauce for pasta-- I like to use linguine or udon noodles (sometimes I can get udon on sale in the produce dept, near the mung beans). A container of chunked, sauteed tofu, some pasta, and peanut butter warmed with spices and water poured over it all makes a really great meal. Add some broc and it's delish.<br><br>
Juice is good in smoothies (banana, yogurt, juice etc) , and you can use it in baking. You can also freeze it to save for when it's hot, or the kids have sore throats. If your kids are not used to drinking water, I would use it to add flavor to water, and decrease the amount as they get used to water.
 

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Here are some thoughts for the peanut butter:<br>
I worked at a restaurant that served <a href="http://food4.epicurious.com/HyperNews/get/archive_swap101-200/149/1.html" target="_blank">African peanut soup</a> similar to the link. A Southeast Asian condiment that includes peanuts is <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,satay_peanut_sauce,FF.html" target="_blank">Satay</a> and it can be used with a variety of foods. I also use peanut butter when making granola and peanut butter cookies are tastey. One last thought, peanut butter playdough, here is the <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,peanut_butter_playdough,FF.html" target="_blank">recipe</a>
 

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tuna spinache salad<br>
mix w/ tuna<br>
tomatoes, onions, celary, g peppers, yogurt instead of mayo, sunflower seeds and whatever else you think would taste good and plop it over a bed of spinache<br><br>
edited to add milk - I make shakes with milk, bananna is the most common I used to put a ton of wheat germ in it that was really good but having like 4 cups daily for sev months gets old fast, strawberry and peanut butter shakes, pineapple strawberry rasberry,<br><br>
use the mango juicyjuice with bananna and real mango with milk<br><br>
get creative with the fruits I have wic too, I always use all the milk and end up having to buy 2 gallons to finish off the month!
 

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I also have huge stock pile from wic since i've been on it for about 6 years now starting when i was pregnant with my first. For the milk can you cut down the # of gallons and get some cheese to you also, i think (in our state anyways) you can cut back to 1/2 and 1/2 and we use cheese a lot around here and there are tons of a varities of cheese you can get (again in our area not sure about all).<br>
For the tuna wich i still have about 20 + can's of in my cabnits since i got a total of about 50 cans for the full year of breastfeeding, i finally found a way to get my kids to eat it, i make quadillas (sp?) out of it. i had been making them with streaded chiken and the kids loved them and one day i just used tuna instead to see if they would notice, nope they eat them right up and said they were great. i also eat them too.I also make tuna padies with them with an egg, bread crumbs and bake or fry.<br>
peanut butter i wish wish wish they would find a better protein substitue, oh myabe one day soon they will. for now i use it in cookies, cakes, toast, pancakes, oatmeal, always make desert items with it to take to family events and such.<br>
Juice well we end up using it through the month i drink most of it b/c i get sick of plain water and usally mix 1/2 and 1/2. I also let the kids drink about 1 glass a day of 1/2 and 1/2 with water.
 

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thanks for the idea about making yogurt with the milk. I never would have thought of that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> We get 11 gallons of milk from wic each month and usually we give it away to friends and family because there is no way we would use that much, and I even have daycare kids that I use it for
 

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when I was getting WIC we got more cheese than milk. Also, you can ask to get powdered milk which is good for baking, etc. And evaporated milk is also for WIC (at least here it is). I got more of those because they kept longer. If I didn't need the milk at the time, I just didn't get it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Loved getting the pb though - lots of good suggestions for that so far. I did pb whole wheat muffins that my kids loved.
 

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! These are great ideas. I will ask about switching some of the milk for cheese or powdered milk. I have IBS and can't drink much of it at once. The yogurt sounds like a good idea too, and I'm excited about using the peanut butter in different ways.
 

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I limit tuna and other fish to once or twice a week (and don't eat the fish highest in mercury at all), but on a low income, I feel like tuna is an affordable (free in this case) source of some important nutrients. I don't have any kids eating solids yet.
 

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I only use the milk ( I only use 2 gallons of the 7 gallons of milk they give us every months) and eggs in recipes. I use the tuna in my salads. Eat the carrots raw or steamed, don't drink the juice, use the beans for chili, don't eat the cereal, use the cheese to top stuff, use the peanut butter for sandwiches.
 
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