Cooking on a budget?

An easy way to save money is to eat out less and make more meals at home. Plus, you will be able to control what you eat when you make healthy meals at home. The following recipe is taken from the Arkansas WIC Cookbook Let’s Cook! Healthy Meals for the Whole Family which uses several WIC (Women, Infants and Children) approved foods.


The recipe lists the number of servings, serving size, and the nutrition facts for each serving of the recipe. The cookbook has over 80 recipes and healthy ideas for breakfast, snacks, desserts, and kid-friendly recipes.

The cookbook is currently available in English, with a Spanish version due out Fall 2014.


Spicy Pepper Cups
Number of servings: 4. Serving size: 1 cup Ingredients: 2 medium green, red, or yellow bell peppers, halved, seeded, and white membranes removed, ¼ cup minced onion, ½ clove garlic, minced, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 ½ cups cooked brown rice (prepare rice according to package instructions), 1 can (10 ounces) tomatoes with chilies, 4 ounces canned whole-kernel corn, drained, ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded, Non-stick cooking spray.

Instructions: Place pepper halves in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside. Cook onion and garlic in oil in a large skillet on medium heat for 3 minutes. Add rice, tomatoes with chilies, and corn to onion mixture. Mix well. With a spoon mixture into pepper halves. Place pepper halves on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Sprinkle pepper halves with cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 157, Carbohydrate: 28 grams (g), Protein: 5g, Fat: 3g, Fiber: 3g Sodium: 91 milligrams (mg), Cholesterol: 7 mg.
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