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January 2023: Menu Planning

What is a key ingredient to serving nutritious, appealing, and cost-effect meals? Menus!

Menu planning is the backbone to successfully managing meals. Menus affect all aspects of meal service, from purchasing to preparing to serving. Use this Mealtime Memo as a step-by-step guide when planning and creating menus that meet CACFP requirements and are nutritious and appealing. You will also find many useful resources to help create menus.

Included in this issue:

  • Menu Planning Steps
  • Planning Lunch/Supper Menus
  • Sample Menus
  • Mealtime Discussion Prompts

Menu Ideas

Check out CACFP recipes available in English and Spanish on the Child Nutrition Recipe Box site.

For Spanish recipes, visit

For English recipes, visit

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