Use WIC approved foods to make these Halloween stuffed peppers!
1 cup steamed rice
1 can black beans
½ can of corn
1 cup of diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
½ cup minced cilantro
1 cup shredded cheese
4 large bell peppers
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl, then mix in ¾ of the shredded cheese.
Use a small knife to cut the bell peppers like a jack-o-lantern and use a spoon to fill the bell peppers with the mixture. Set the filled peppers into a baking tray and top with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 25 minutes then let them cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Texas WIC has announced that the expanded fruit and vegetable benefits will be extended through Nov. 17th.
WIC clients are offered Cash Value Benefits through the WIC program. The extended benefits are:
- Children get $26 each month
- Pregnant, postpartum women get $47 each month
- Breastfeeding WIC clients get $52 each month
According to Texas WIC, all clients who receive benefits on or before November 17 will get the higher amounts for the entire month of November.
“if you are pregnant and have two children (ages 1-5) receiving WIC, you will get $99 ($47 mom + $26 child + $26 child = $99) each month in October and November to buy fruit and vegetables,” according to the Texas WIC website. “If you already have benefits on your card for October and November contact your local WIC office for a time to update your benefits.”
If changes are not approved by congress, the fruit and vegetable cash value benefit amount will return to its original levels on Nov. 18th. The original benefit levels are $12 for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and $10 for children ages 1 to 5.