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Meal Pattern Minute: Healthy Cooking Methods

June 23, 2023

Maybe this is your first-time cooking foods in the Child and Adult Care Food Program or you are well seasoned at creating meals in the kitchen. Whether this is your first or one-hundredth cooked meal, you may be wondering what cooking methods are approved in the CACFP. Perhaps this will help you expand your food preparations or give you the knowledge you need to strive forward in developing healthy meals for those in your care. 

 Find out what healthy cooking methods are approved by USDA for CACFP in this Meal Pattern Minute with Isabel Ramos-Lebron, MS, RDN, LD. She will talk about all the different types of cooking methods you could try in your kitchen! 


For more information on healthy cooking methods in the CACFP, review the free resource below to help guide you in preparing foods in the kitchen.  

Join the free webinar, “Methods for Healthy Cooking,” where USDA Team Nutrition presents on cooking nutritious meals and snacks in the CACFP, using methods such as roasting, baking, steaming, sautéing, stir-frying, grilling and more. 

Free print-outs out on healthy cooking methods in the CACFP can be found at as well as these links below. 


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