Recipes for Child Care Providers

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Find standardized recipes, quantity recipes, USDA recipes, and more in this searchable database. Preset searches are available for fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and bean recipes.


Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbooks: Cookbook for Child Care Centers Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbooks: Cookbook for Child Care Centers

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

The recipes in this cookbook feature foods both children and adults should consume more of: dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains. All of these healthy recipes are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.


USDA Recipes for Child Care

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

A collection of over 150 standardized recipes developed by USDA for use in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACPF).


Snacks That Count: Recipes for Nutritious Snacks (PDF | 17 MB)

Texas Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Division.

Fun, instructive recipes that satisfy meal component requirements for CACFP. For children under 5.


Mealtime Memo for Child Care

National Food Service Management Institute.

Two-page fact sheet for child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, published six times per year. Includes a wide variety of topics related to child care. Menus, recipes, and activities are often featured. Also available in Spanish.


Making It Balance and Kickin' It Up- A Cycle Menu for Montana Child Care

Montana Team Nutrition. Montana Office of Public Instruction.

This toolkit contains menus, with accompanying recipes and resources, to assist childcare providers in serving healthy meals that are cost effective, easy to prepare, and appealing to children.


What's Cookin' II: A Collection of Recipes from Nebraska Family Child Care Providers

Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services.

These 171 recipes, each with a suggested menu, have been child-tested and checked for nutrition quality, CACFP creditability, ease of preparation, and cost. There are also cooking tips and directions for increasing quantities.