Nutrition: School Wellness

Menu planning for health

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

The USDA also provides resources on procurement.


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:

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

Learn more at the Institute of Child Nutrition.


Menu planning, calories and portion sizes practice standards:
The Dietary Managers Association is a national non-profit association that represents more than 14,000 professionals dedicated to the mission of providing optimum nutritional care through foodservice management.


Updated Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 12:10PM