CARE Connection: Food Preparation for Child Care

Lessons on preparing healthful and appealing meals that meet the children's nutrition needs as well as the USDA CACFP Meal Pattern requirements.

Grab and Go Lesson - Cooking Fresh Vegetables
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Grab and Go Lesson - Cutting the Fat
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Grab and Go Lesson - Fun with Seasoning
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Grab and Go Lesson - Making the Most of Convenience Foods
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Grab and Go Lesson - Meat and Meat Alternate Recipe Ideas
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Grab and Go Lesson - Reduce the Salt in Child Care Menus
Use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to reduce added salt. Revised 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson - Reduce the Sugar in Child Care Menus
Use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to reduce sugar. Revised 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson - Serve the Right Amount and Kind of Fat in Child Care Menus
Guidelines from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Revised 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson - Timesaving Tips
Preparing meals in child care is time consuming. These tips suggest ways to save time and effort.
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Grab and Go Lesson: Using Standardized Recipes in Child Care
This resource provides tips and strategies for creating standardized recipes in child care programs. 2013.
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Food Preparation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Video - Flash Version
Video lesson introduces basic food preparation techniques. RT 18 min. View online in streaming video. 2009.
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Food Preparation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Video - Windows Media Video Version
Video lesson introduces basic food preparation techniques. RT 18 min. Download this Windows Media Video (WMV) version to your computer. 2009.
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Food Preparation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Video Lesson Plan - PDF Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video for training. 2010.
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Food Preparation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Video Lesson Plan - Microsoft Word® Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video for training. 2010.
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Children’s Activity - Measuring and Pouring
Give children practice in measuring and pouring while making pancakes. 2010.
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Children’s Activity - Growing Potato Plants and Spud-U-Like
Nutrition education activity for young children helps them learn about where potatoes come from, with a cooking activity.
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Children’s Activity - Let’s Learn about Herbs
Nutrition education activity includes growing herbs indoors and tasting foods seasoned with fresh herbs.
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Children’s Activity - Who Eats Green?
Use story time to tell children about animals who eat green plants. Talk about the green plants people like to eat, too.
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Family Materials - Change Recipes to be Just Right
Handout to send home with parents with instructions and tips for adjusting the yield of a recipe. 2010.
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Family Materials - Fresh Ways to Cook Fresh Vegetables
Four ways to cook fresh vegetables, recipes included. 2010.
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Family Meals in Minutes
Family Materials. Time saving tips for preparing healthy family meals. 2010.
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Family Materials - Finding Healthy Recipes Online
Recipe resources. 2010.
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Lesson Plan - Reducing Fat in the Child Care Menu
15 minute training. PDF format.
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Lesson Plan - Reducing Fat in the Child Care Menu
15 minute training. MS Word format.
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Lesson Plan - Reducing Sugar in the Child Care Menu
15 minute training. PDF format.
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Lesson Plan - Reducing Sugar in the Child Care Menu
15 minute training. MS Word format.
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Lesson Plan - Reducing Salt in the Child Care Menu
15 minute training. PDF format.
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Lesson Plan - Reducing Salt in the Child Care Menu
15 minute training. MS Word format.
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Choosing the Right Knife
Mini-Poster. Three commonly used knives with a short explanation of how they are used.
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Grains and Breads
Whole and enriched grains provide fuel for learning and play. Make great grain choices.
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Measuring Dry Ingredients
Learn to accurately measure dry ingredients.
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Measuring Liquid Ingredients
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Measuring Spoons
Become familiar with measuring spoons.
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Weighing with Scales
Learn to use scales properly in preparing recipes.
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