WIC-friendly Rating: 9/10
1 Sweet Potato
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Peel, rinse, and slice sweet potato. Cutting it into fry-shaped pieces is optional and for funsies. Just make sure it is cut into small pieces. Place on a baking sheet into preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, depending on desired crispiness.
- While potato fries are baking, wash and spiralize the zucchini. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just chop it up. Zoodles are just for funsies. Place in a sprayed skillet and heat to desired temperature. Add butter and seasoning if desired. I love Tony Chachere’s on just about everything.
- Once zoodles are nice and hot, pour them onto a plate. Use the yummy butter sauce remnants for the fried eggs. Cook eggs to desired consistency. I love a runny yolk so that it gets all over my zoodles. Yum.
- The sweet potato fries ought to be about done. Once they are ready, dump them on your plate.
My life’s story about this recipe:
It bugs me to no end to try to find a recipe for my family and have to scroll through a novel’s worth of backstory in order to get to the recipe portion. As such, I’ve decided to save my entire life’s story for the end of the recipe.
The WIC-friendly Rating is the score that I give a recipe based on how many of the ingredients can be found on the WIC grocery list. Our family spent many years on WIC, and I had to learn how to make easy and nutritious meals with very little money. The words “cheap,” “inexpensive,” and “budget-friendly” mean very different things to different people. While I was on WIC, most “cheap, budget-friendly” recipes were beyond my reach. But if I would have come across recipes with a WIC-friendly Rating, that would have spoken to me. I did come across recipes occasionally that would have qualified as WIC-friendly in my opinion, but most of the time, I just had to get creative. My creativity became useful during my pregnancies when it became super important for me to eat as healthy as I could. It was stressful to try to make that food stretch AND to make something healthy out of it, but I succeeded more than I realized. It was hard for me to see how well I was doing at the time. If I could, I’d go back in time and give that mama a hug.
Although we are no longer on WIC, I still use the ideas and tools I learned from being on that program. I’m thankful for it. I’m thankful we had it. It was hard to feel thankful at the time. It was hard to get used to the burn in my cheeks every time I had to pay for food using my WIC card. But I did it for my family.
I am hoping that through those experiences, I can share some cheap, easy, and healthy recipes that I learned during that time that have a high WIC-friendly rating. Enjoy!