I have given myself a challenge. For one month I plan to make at least one meal per day that feeds a family of four based almost entirely on what you can get using WIC (seasoning. spices, condiments, salad dressing etc. is not covered and will be the only items used that are not covered by WIC.) My goal in this is to prove that you CAN in fact eat healthy and tasty food on a tight budget.
ETA: Several people have asked this....no, I do not think that you can make one per day on what you get from WIC. *I* am going to make and (hopefully!) post one meal per day, for a month, based on what is available through WIC. I do believe that one or two complete meals could be replaced per week, bringing the grocery budget down.
If you are a WIC recipient, this meal will cost you less than $1.00 and feed a family of four. If you are not on WIC, this meal will cost you roughly $7.00. These are not per serving prices, but total cost for the whole meal. Costs are, of course, estimates and will vary depending on where you live.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
4 green peppers halved length-wise
Filling: (this will make about five cups, use half, reserve other half for another meal)
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
- 1 16 oz bag of frozen corn
- One cup of brown rice (I make mine with one cube of bullion to add flavor)
- One package of taco seasoning (WIC does not cover this, cost is about .50 for store brand)
- 1/2 cup grated cheese sprinkled on top.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 mins
Red Cabbage Salad
- Shred 1/2 a head of red cabbage
- Cube one cucumber
- Cube two roma tomatoes
- Top with two slices of avocado
- Salad dressing of your choice (WIC does not cover this, but the cost of salad dressing is nominal for an entire salad. I used about four teaspoons for the whole salad.)
Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips
Cut two white corn tortillas into four wedges and bake at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes.