Recipes for Child Care Providers

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl logo What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

USDA. Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is a searchable collection of recipes and other resources managed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency, namely the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS). This site combines information provided by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) through MyPlate and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for specific federal nutrition assistance programs. These programs consist of the Child Nutrition Programs, the Food Distribution Programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).


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

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

These recipes feature dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains, and 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).


Leap of Taste: Child Care Nutrition Standards

West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition.

Child care nutrition standards, divided into four key components: Beverages, Fruits and Vegetables, Grains and Bread, and Meat/Meat Alternates. Materials include food prep videos, administrative tools, menu planning, menus and recipes, and more.


The First Years in the First State Toolkit: Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Quality in Delaware Child Care

Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) for the Delaware Department of Education.

A guide for child care providers to meet Delaware nutrition and physical activity requirements. Includes 16 weeks of approved menu cycles and recipes, shopping lists and tips, age-appropriate physical activities, and ideas for engaging children, staff, parents and the community.


Flavor Shakers

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson created these low-sodium herb/seasoning mixtures to be utilized in child care and schools to decrease sodium consumption.


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.