Nutrition: School Wellness

Menu planning for health

Menu Planning Tools Check out USDA school menu-planning tools.

The USDA also provides a Food Buying Guide for School Meal Programs.

Standardized recipes
A standardized recipe is a quantity recipe that has been prepared and evaluated for use in a specific food preparation establishment. The recipe must be tested multiple times, the ingredients modified and the equipment adjusted so that quality, yield and taste are consistent regardless of who is preparing the item.

Benefits of using standardized recipes include:

  • Kid appeal
  • Portion control
  • Forecast accuracy
  • Consistent production yield
  • Cost control

Learn more at the Institute of Child Nutrition.

Updated Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 09:35AM