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Holiday Menu Planning ($)

Holiday Menu Planning in the CACFP? Yes! Healthy and festive. Looking for ideas to replace traditional holiday sweets and treats with healthy and nutritious foods? Want to learn more about what #CACFPCreditable Holiday meals look like among different cultures?

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Menu Planning Made Easy ($)

CACFP home and commercial kitchens operate at their best with well-planned menus. Menus drive budgets, kitchen efficiency, purchasing/grocery shopping, receiving, customer satisfaction, and so much more. Join Chef Brenda to learn how to cr

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More on Meal Patterns

We’re here to clarify your meal pattern questions! At this free training, we will answer commonly asked questions, show how to access training from USDA Team Nutrition, and explore online resources.

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Safe Foods, Healthy Bodies ($)

Learn how food can become unsafe, and explore methods to reduce risk of food-borne illness in child care settings. Understand how to handle, prepare and store foods safely. Review CACFP crediting information for infant foods and combination foods. Gain resources to train this workshop for CACFP participants.

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Standardizing Recipes ($)

Standardized recipes are a critical tool to scratch cooking in the CACFP. This session focuses on some key concepts that are essential to understanding, developing, and serving standardized recipes to meet desired meal pattern contributions. This results in consistent product yields, reducing food costs, and efficiency in the kitchen. Learn how to create standardized recipes for your centers and how to guide your home providers so they can be sure their recipes are #CACFPCreditable.

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Making Multiple Meals from Just a Few Ingredients ($)

Variety is the spice of life! However, adding variety to your menu while managing a budget, food waste, storage space and more can be a real challenge in a food and nutrition program. Ease some of these issues by learning how to menu plan using multipurpose menu products. We’ll share successful menu planning techniques, tips and tricks, and chef-led demos.

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Baby Steps: Ounce Equivalents for Grains and Infants

Get ready to use ounce equivalents to determine the amount of grains to serve to infants in the CACFP! Learn about the requirement going into effect on October 1, 2021 and tools that make implementation easier. Participants will leave this session knowing how much cereal, crackers, and bread are needed to meet meal pattern requirements for infants.

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Menu Planning for the CACFP ($)

Develop meal planning techniques that can be used to serve healthy and appealing meals and snacks that meet CACFP and preschool meal pattern requirements. Learn how to accommodate food allergies, incorporate multicultural recipes and locally sourced foods, develop strategies for creating custom menus, and go home with menus you can use immediately or as inspiration.

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