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September 2021 Smart Lunches Menu

Sep 9, 2021 11:34:08 AM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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September marks the beginning of harvest season - a food fanatic's favorite time of the year. Peaches and apples. Zucchini and cucumbers. Peas, carrots, corn. Plus, the spices, curries and chilis we associate with hearty, full-flavored autumn recipes. You'll find all of this on our September menu...and more. 

New selections on the September menu include:

  • Veggie Nuggets
  • Fish Stick Tacos

These new selections join existing favorites like:

  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Teriyaki Veggie Noodles
  • Turkey Chili with Whole Grain Rice
  • Whole Grain Pizza Bread Sticks

Download the complete menu for September 2021. 

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August 2021 Smart Lunches Menu

Aug 3, 2021 5:43:44 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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Even in the middle of summer, our culinary team is cooking up new recipes, adding variety, and introducing new flavors for our lunchers to enjoy. There's something for everyone, from chicken and turkey selections, to beef and fish, as well as daily vegetarian and gluten free options.

New selections on the August menu include:

  • Chicken Patty on a Whole Grain Bun
  • Chicken Salad with Whole Wheat Bread
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Veggie Sausage Pasta Bake

These new selections join existing favorites like:

  • Grilled Chicken with Whole Grain Rice
  • Lentil Curry with Whole Grain Rice
  • BBQ Meatloaf with Whole Grain Biscuits
  • Mac and Cheese

Download the complete menu for August 2021. 

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NUGGETS Episode 6

Jul 21, 2021 10:23:17 AM / by Rob Teplansky posted in eat healthy, Health & Wellness, healthy eating, Smart Lunches, child care, NUGGETS, preschool, David Morris, cacfp

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Evaluate and Improve Your Food Program: Part 3 of our Interview with Culinary Nutrition Specialist, Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

"At the core of it, the CACFP guidelines have been a powerful framework for us in establishing our operating parameters and being able to say with confidence to our partners, this is a good lunch."

- David Morris, CEO, Smart Lunches

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July 2021 Smart Lunches Menu

Jul 14, 2021 3:56:40 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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Summer is for BBQ, and our July menu offers ample opportunities to celebrate! Selections include:

  • BBQ meatloaf with whole grain biscuits
  • BBQ tofu with whole wheat pita
  • Korean BBQ turkey
  • BBQ chicken with whole grain rice

Download the complete menu for July 2021. 

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NUGGETS Episode 5

Jul 8, 2021 6:44:44 AM / by Rob Teplansky posted in eat healthy, Health & Wellness, healthy eating, Smart Lunches, child care, NUGGETS, preschool, David Morris

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Get Picky Eaters to Step Outside of Their Comfort Zone: Part 2 of our Interview with Culinary Nutrition Specialist, Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

"It's a flavor adventure! They get to try new things, and I really believe it sets them up for being willing to try new things in their life in general."

- Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

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NUGGETS Episode 4

Jun 23, 2021 1:30:42 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in eat healthy, Health & Wellness, healthy eating, Smart Lunches, child care, NUGGETS, preschool, David Morris

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Interview with Culinary Nutrition Specialist, Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

"Changing the trajectory is crucial, because eating habits are established during early childhood and those tend to continue into adult years."

- Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

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June 2021 Smart Lunches Menu

Jun 10, 2021 11:55:13 AM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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As summer approaches, we're adding a summer favorite to the menu. Be sure to try our new Turkey Patty Melt! You'll also find BBQ Chicken, Beef Tacos and a Veggie Chili Mac. Download the complete menu for June 2021. 

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May 2021 Smart Lunches Menu

Apr 26, 2021 3:25:01 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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Happy Spring! Here's what's on the menu in May 2021. 

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April 2021 Smart Lunches Menu

Mar 25, 2021 3:11:32 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in smart lunches menu, child care, family style, preschool, cacfp

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Happy Spring! Here's what's on the menu in April 2021. 

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Smart Lunches Salutes CACFP During CACFP Week

Mar 15, 2021 4:47:01 PM / by Smart Lunches posted in Smart Lunches, child care, preschool, cacfp

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Participation in the CACFP is a good indicator of high quality child care.

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