WIC supports breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice!

WIC supports breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Three-Year-Old Approved Lentil Soup!

We tested this recipe with Bon Secours' Class-A-Roll, I'esha Hornes the GapToothDiva and her smart, charismatic three-year-old son Dash. The recipe was quick and easy to make, and he loved the sweet and tart flavor of the soup. We hope you enjoy it too!

Lentil Soup
Recipe by: Suleyka Davila
Serves: 4 – 6
Total Time: 65 minutes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced*
  • 3 garlic cloves minced*
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste*
  • 2 stalks of celery finely diced*
  • 1 carrot finely diced*
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley*
  • 1 ½ cup lentils*
  • ½ tbsp of Dijon or yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
*WIC approved items

  1. Heat large pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Saut̩ onions for 5 Р7 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste to onion (be careful not to burn the tomato paste). Add garlic, celery, carrot, bay leaves and parsley. Cook 3 minutes.
  3. Add lentils, 2 quarts water and ½ tsp salt. Bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat and simmer, partially covered, until lentils are tender, about 25 – 35 minutes. Stir in mustard and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves.

Friday, January 29, 2016

WIC Book Club: "I am Super Kid"

Every parent knows eating fruits and vegetables can give you superpowers: energy, strength and intelligence! However, we know it isn't always easy to convince your children of this fact.

To encourage your children to try new fruits and vegetables, we recommend reading I am Super Kid! with them. This playful book follows Milo, the neighborhood's spunky new hero, as he completes daring feats. Fruits and veggies are his secret.

Photo from Scholastic
If you need tips or tricks to encourage your child to eat their fruits and veggies, consult your WIC nutritionist. Your WIC nutritionist can also provide suggestions on how to maximize your fruit and vegetable cash voucher so you make the most out of every cent!

Have you read I am Super Kid!? Let us know what you think of the book in the comments.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Poached Pears

Take a bite out of these flavorful poached pears, seasoned with cinnamon and two WIC approved ingredients: 100% grape juice and orange rinds. Next time you eat an orange, save the peels because you'll want to use them to flavor this irresistible dessert.

Poached Pears in Grape Juice
Recipe by: Fruits and Veggies More Matters

Photo from Chicago Parent

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups of 100% grape juice*
  • 4 pears peeled and halved leaving the stem in tact*
  • 2 strips of orange rind*
*WIC approved items

  1. In a medium sauce pan bring grape juice, cinnamon sticks and orange rind to boil.
  2. place pears upright with stem on top into the sauce pan and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes on medium to low heat.
  3. Remove the pears from the sauce, reserve and cool completely.
  4. Simmer the remaining sauce and reduce it to about 1/3 of a cup. Remove from heat and cool. Drizzle the sauce over the pears when ready to serve.