Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIC

So last night my mom and I went to the Kroger over on Forest Drive and they have way more WIC baby food.  Also their milk apparently foams up in the frother, so that's a big win.  I haven't tried it with my milk yet because I'm still drinking up the half and half I made earlier in the week, but we got skim milk and it foams up beautifully.

Anyway, there are still things which make absolutely no sense, like SOME of the combination fruit baby foods are WIC eligible, and others are not.  Makes absolutely no sense.  Anyway, they have the Beech-Nut cereal as well so I will definitely be going back for things.

I am still going to check out Piggly Wiggly and Bi-Lo.

Today I went to the farmer's market and used up my vouchers.  I think that I could do a little better with spending, but I got a lot of zucchini, an eggplant, three peppers (one red, one orange, and one green), a lot of peaches, 4 ears of corn, and 2 huge tomatoes.  I kind of feel like I got something else but I don't really know.

I used a little bit of the orange pepper and the tomato in our salad tonight.  On Monday night I made this amazing Kentucky Butter Cake, which used up 4 eggs.

I have a lot of food now and really need to start cooking!

Monday, July 27, 2015

OMG Lactation Brownies

Okay, so these brownies used up 4 of my WIC eggs, but enough of that.  These brownies are AMAZING.

I used the recipe for King Arthur Flour's Fudge Brownies as my inspiration, but here is my recipe.

At some point I'll try to come back to add photos.

Ingredients:
4 large eggs
1.25 cups cocoa (I used a mix of Dutch process and Hershey's Special Dark cocoas)
1 t salt
1 t baking powder
1 t espresso powder (I actually used a Starbucks Via thingy)
1 T vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2.25 cups sugar
1.5 cups baby oatmeal
1/2 t baking soda (this is to cut bitterness)
4 T flax meal
4 T Brewer's yeast (don't substitute this for a different kind of yeast)
2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9x13 pan.
Combine eggs, cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla in a mixer, and mix for about 3 minutes.
Melt the butter and add the sugar, stirring until sugar is fairly dissolved.  Add this mixture to your mixture and stir until combined (or mix until combined).
Add the oatmeal, baking soda, flax meal, and Brewer's yeast and mix until smooth.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Put in your pan and bake for 30 minutes.

This is designed to make 24 brownies, and they are a good size.  I haven't had a normal person taste test these, but I don't think you would be able to tell they are not just really rich brownies, instead of lactation brownies.

I used baby oatmeal because I have a bunch I am trying to use up (not from WIC, but from an earlier baby...this stuff has a long shelf life!), but I think if you wanted to you could grind up rolled oats in a food processor.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Adventures in WIC and lactation recipes, part 1

I used up about half of my WIC vouchers tonight.
Here is what I got: 16 jars of baby food fruits and vegetables--I don't feel like breaking down by quantity what I bought but I was kind of disappointed with how few choices there were.  I got carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pears, peaches, apple/banana/strawberry, banana, and I think apple.  And maybe peas but I'm not sure about that.
6 jars of baby food meat.
2.75 gallons of 1% milk
1 lb of monterey jack cheese
1 lb of pinto beans
1 dozen eggs
1 box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds
1 16 oz jar of Jif peanut butter--this is for me because I get the organic stuff for the boys.  I grew up with Jif and so I get it for myself.
1 lb of corn tortillas
8 oz of whole grain baby cereal
3 cans of tuna in olive oil
I tried to get 2 46 oz containers of low-sodium V8 juice, but they are not eligible, even though the booklet says they are...you can get the 64 oz size, but moms are only allowed the 48 oz size of juice.  There really isn't much available at that size, and the frozen juice selection sucked and so I didn't get anything.

I still have my $18 in produce to use up, another 1.75 gallons of milk, another dozen eggs, 16 more jars of fruits and vegetables, 10 more jars of meat, another pound of cheese, another pound of beans, a loaf of bread (or tortillas or rice), another 18 oz box of cereal, and a 64 oz juice (I will get orange juice because you can get the not from concentrate I think.  If not I will get V8 juice I guess).  I have to do this before the end of the month, so I guess I will be stockpiling some things.

Refatted milk and half and half
I really resent that they only let you get fat-free or 1% milk.  So I bought some heavy cream and made half and half and whole milk out of my milk.  For half and half, it's 1/3 a cup of cream and 2/3 a cup of half and half.  I'm going to see how this does in my frother in the morning.
Whole milk is 12 ounces of heavy cream and I just poured it into the gallon jug of 1% after having made room from the half and half I created.
I just got the quart size of heavy cream (Publix brand), but I think I see a visit to Costco in my future because I know their cream is from rbgh-free cows, and the Publix doesn't say anything about that.  Their milk is from no rbst cows, but the cream doesn't say anything on it.

I also made lactation tea, but this time I made my faux-Thai iced tea.  
1 can of coconut milk
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
3 bags of lactation tea
2 bags of chai

boil 1 L of water and pour over tea bags.  Let steep for awhile.  Then combine all ingredients and refrigerate.  This is horribly unhealthy I think, thanks to the sweetened condensed milk, but it is delicious and you can't taste the lactation tea at all.