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Parenting => Food and Nutrition => Topic started by: spud on February 04, 2008, 09:16:27 AM

Title: Menu Ideas
Post by: spud on February 04, 2008, 09:16:27 AM
Does anyone want to share some menu ideas? what do you feed kids in your daycare? or what would you like to see your child fed in daycare?
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: spud on February 04, 2008, 10:04:10 AM
I like to use my crock pot, as it is quite difficult to cook meals all day and get dinner ready too. I tend to serve the daycare leftovers from our I cook lots at one time!!
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: spud on February 04, 2008, 10:07:58 AM
By the way, I have no kids so thats why Im posting up a storm lol! I think this post will make it 100 posts for spud lol (then Im leaving!!)
I serve chilli (once per month), stews, homemade soups, homemade mac and cheese casseroles, meatloafs, roasts.....
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: Laura on February 05, 2008, 02:13:43 PM
If you would like some sample menus, let me know. I'll find a way to post them.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: spud on February 05, 2008, 10:06:10 PM
I think this is a worthwhile place to post them. Im sure they would be useful.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: jen ece on February 06, 2008, 05:27:46 PM
As I have a preschool I only serve snacks but I do a big baking day once a month and put everything in the freezer.  When I had a childcare I did the same as spud - doubled dinner and reheated the next day with fresh buttered buns, veggies and dip, salad, milk, fresh fruit, etc.  I think I only served soup and sandwhiches twice a year!  I still have a rotating 6 week menu on file and within that I had a multi-cultural meal once a week (to meet the needs of different cultures)with a special menu choice for birthdays or holidays.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: Laura on February 07, 2008, 03:34:22 AM
This is a very interesting method.  How do the parents feel about the children eating leftovers or frozen foods versus freshly cooked foods? 
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: spud on February 07, 2008, 10:41:06 AM
I do not see that to be of an issue. It was fresh when it was baked and then frozen. Many home centres do this. many families with large families do this ..I do this too actually (especially at CHristmas with my christmas baking and no one ever knows it was froze!), and not only with baked foods, but I sometimes freeze half a chili or something (as I make double batches of everything)..
I would rather have frozed good  homemade food than have my provider or a provider serve from a can or otherwise prepared frozed foods.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: Laura on February 07, 2008, 02:02:17 PM
So very true Spud.  The reason I said this is because I've known parents where i've worked in the past who didn't like the ideas of frozen or left over foods served to their children.  They prefered freshly cooked foods.  I understand totally what you are saying and this is definitely a time safer for everyone.  Who wants to spend most of the time cooking? 
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: spud on February 07, 2008, 02:31:51 PM
and what parent wants their childcare provider spending a good portion of their day cooking? wouldnt they rather the provider providing quality structured care..with a daily routine and a healthy menu.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: Laura on February 07, 2008, 02:33:34 PM
LOL-you just posted exactly what i was trying to post as well.  Funny we were thinking the same thing.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: Laura on February 07, 2008, 02:50:35 PM
Here's a sample menu:
AM-Morning snack
PM-Afternoon snack

i've got more to post later

AM - Pancakes and Syrup
Penne Noodles with Meatballs
Tossed Salad & Dressing
Whole Wheat Bun
Seasonal Fresh Fruit

PM - Carrot Loaf

AM - Cottage Cheese and Melon

BBQ Chicken
Rice with Spinach
Carrots  & Cucumber Coins
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
PM -  Homemade Pizza Square

AM - Egg Salad and English Muffins
Macaroni & Cheese
Marble Rye Bread
Seasonal Fresh Fruit

PM - Fruit Slices and Social Teas

AM - Fruit Muffin or Fruit Loaf
Baked Fish Cake
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Peas
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
PM - Triscuits and Cheese Sticks

AM -Teabiscuit

Caesar Salad
Submarine Sandwiches
Seasonal Fresh Fruit

PM - Rice Cakes and Baba Gounash

Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: jharrisece on February 07, 2008, 06:30:32 PM
Oh, and the 'doubled' dinner would not be leftovers - it would be two seperate dishes just one would be made specifically for the daycare.  My parents loved that their children had homemade, nutritious food.

Oh, and here in BC, most daycares do not include meals.  Parents tend to have to provide their own  - my daughter's daycare is one of them.  In addition, she only provides pre-packaged snacks (granola bars, cheese strings, etc.) because the licencing requirements are starting to change.  Many families DO send leftovers from their previous night dinner:)!  I send a full lunch (ex. today was a sliced peach and yogourt for her AM snack - I prefer to supply her snacks because I want her to be limited to one pre-packaged snack a day, not a consistent diet of them.  Her lunch was waffle sticks with syrup, apple juice and I think she had a cheese string.)   
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: Ccorners on September 23, 2009, 11:42:32 AM
We have started providing a meat free lunch once a week at our centre for example a lentil soup or a 3 bean salad. The children still get their protien but we are cutting back on animal protien. As well we serve fish once a week.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: spud on September 23, 2009, 12:13:35 PM
Not too long ago I went to a Childcare Cooks Conference and we had a speaker there that caters to many Toronto daycares and they promote more beans, lentils diets that are organic..even have meatfree hotdogs made of beans. apparently if introduced slowly once per week, the children eventually do like the food and are receiving very quality food.
Good for your daycare to try this. Keep us posted as to how the children are responding to the new foods!
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: stephenmiller on December 05, 2012, 06:35:40 AM
Most of the parents will not bother about what is there in the menu. They will just wish that what ever their child will eat that should be healthy and full of nutrients and protein. The most important their child should eat food because generally kids create more problem in taking food.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: Stubbynose on December 12, 2012, 09:21:33 PM
I have run a home daycare for over 24 years and have never had 1 issue regarding food. My parents are just thrilled I can get their kids to eat … I make food fun and healthy and the kids inhale it ,never have any complaints. I always have ample fresh fruits, cheese, and protein, and either crackers or homemade buns. We also have mac and cheese, stew, salads, grilled cheese, chicken fingers and french fries, spaghetti just to name a few.
I don't see anything wrong with home made frozen foods…honestly who does? It is home made food…better than some pre packaged high sodium food that has been pre packaged for months if not years! If a parent ever complained about frozen food my comment would be for them to bring their own food!! That simple….
I had surgery 2 years ago, I had asked the parents to bring lunches for that week as I could not make my usual lunches …no wonder they never complained…what some parents brought was almost unbelievable!! Some were nothing but processed crap!! and very little food was sent that I had to give the child more…they were starving!! I take pride in what I feed these kids….they enjoy lunch time and all plates are emptied…. score for us all!!
Snacks are great too…. we have baking days and they give suggestions as to what we should bake..cookies,muffins,pudding, and it served with fruit again. If we ran out of home made goodies then we either have pretzels, granola bars, cereal bars, apple sauce, or yogurt.
Never have troubles in the food department…kids are great suggestion givers…. they learn from the get go I don't have junk food around….they all enjoy us being healthy choosers!!
I even had the parents come to me and tell me what a great example I have been on their children..the kids even tell the parents to make better choices!! lol Too funny….
So keep it healthy and you will do great!!
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: tea and cookies on July 14, 2013, 02:18:35 PM
French toast
In the batter I put the usual 3 eggs, 3% yougert and milk mix, one whole banana, hand full frozen berries, and cinnamon.  It makes a thicker creamier french toast that needs no sugar or syrup.  That with fruit salad and smoothies makes for our special last Friday of the month lunch.  I also use a magic bullet that the older ones love to help with.
Title: Re: Menu Ideas
Post by: Margaret on September 25, 2014, 12:12:27 AM
 When it comes to the ideal meal for kids, parents are always confused regarding what to provide.  My kids used to hate oatmeals. However ever since they started having it from their daycare organisation at Toronto (, they have loved to eat it! Confused with the odds happening, once I asked her daycare nanny why this was happening. Nanny told me that they tell kids that oatmeal has a special secret ingredient that was really capable of making the kids strong! This was indeed their tactic to get the kids eat. I wondered why yes, I could have used the same tactic at home !! Thanks to such cheering ideas from Weewatch !!  ;D