2010 Mealtime Memo


2010-12: Convenience or home cooked? Factors to consider.
There are pros and cons to using convenience foods in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) menus. Here is a brief look at some of them, aimed towards family day care home providers. Published 2010.
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2010-11: Get Going Green!
Model green habits and involve children in earth-friendly lessons and activities. Includes a recipe for Baked Whole Wheat Doughnuts A-07 and a week’s menus. Published 2010.
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2010-10: Fall Foods
Explore harvest foods like pumpkins and sweet potatoes in this issue. Enjoy Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apples I-08. A weeks menus are included. Published 2010.
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2010-09: Serving Quality Foods
Serve fresh, tasty, and nutritious foods. Pasta Toss with Vegetables D-14 recipe. Breakfast, lunch, and snack menus for a week. Published 2010.
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2010-08: Serving Safe Food in Child Care
Overview of the four principles of food safety in the child care environment: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Recipe for Taco Salad E-13. Use the weeks' worth of breakfast, lunch, and snack menus. Published 2010. Updated 2012.
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2010-07: Snacks as Mini-Meals
Snacks that emphasize whole grains, fruits, and vegetables help to meet children’s nutrient needs. Bean Dip G-02 and whole wheat pita wedges. A week’s worth of breakfast, lunch, and snack menus are included. Published 2010.
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2010-06: Developing Healthy Eating Habits with MyPlate for Preschoolers
MyPlate for Preschoolers. Cheese Sauce C-07A. Week's worth of breakfast, lunch, and snack menus. Revised September 2013.
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2010-05: Plenty of Local Produce
Learn how local produce is a terrific choice for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meals. Try the recipe for Broccoli Quiche D-80. Use the weeks' worth of breakfast, lunch, and snack menus. Published 2010.
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2010-04: Gardening with Children
Gardening with young children is a fun way to teach them where the food they eat comes from. Young children are often more interested in eating fresh vegetables when they've helped grow them. Learn about planning and planting a garden. Tips for indoor gardening are included. Recipe for Oven-Baked Three-Grain Pancakes A-06B with Spiced Apple Topping C-04 and a week's breakfast, lunch, and snack menus. Published 2010.
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2010-03: Accommodating Vegetarian Diets
Learn how minor adjustments to recipes and menus can still meet vegetarian children's nutritional needs. Try the recipe for Egg Salad Sandwich F-10 and use a week's worth of breakfast, lunch, and snack menus in your program. Published 2010. Updated 2012.
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2010-02: Feeding Young Children in Group Settings
Since mealtime is an important time to develop social skills, children can learn many life skills in a family style meal service. Recipe for Beef-Turkey Loaf is featured along with a week's worth of breakfast, lunch, and snack menus. 2010.
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2010-01: Nutrition and Cognitive Development
Learn how research has identified the importance of nutrition in learning. Recipe for chicken Burrito D-30. A week's worth of breakfast, lunch, and snack menus. Published 2010.
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