5 Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids

With all the great reasons to incorporate seasonal foods into your program's menu, it's easy to see that seasonal recipes are good for your children's mind and appetite!
5 Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids

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Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids

With grocery stores able to sell most fruits and veggies all year long, it’s easy to forget the importance of seasonal foods! Incorporating seasonal foods into your child care program’s menu is budget-friendly, tastes excellent, and provides variety. Not only that, but seasonal foods also open the door to fantastic opportunities for conversation with children about weather and seasons, gardening, or trying new foods!

During the fall and winter seasons, we can introduce children to foods like sweet corn, apples, sweet potatoes, beets, brussel sprouts, pumpkins, winter squash, and more! This link shares more foods that are best enjoyed in the fall. Fruits and Vegetables in Season in Fall (thespruceeats.com)

With all the great reasons to incorporate seasonal foods into your program’s menu, it’s easy to see that seasonal recipes are good for your children’s mind and appetite!

5 Easy Winter Recipe Ideas

Here are five easy recipe ideas you can try this month to highlight some of this season’s fruits and vegetables.

Baked Carrot Fries with Yogurt-Sunflower Seed Butter Dip Baked Carrot Fries with Yogurt-Sunflower Seed Butter Dip

 USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers – Child Nutrition Recipe Box (theicn.org)

Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids - baked carrots

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers 

Child Nutrition Recipe Box (theicn.org)

Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids - baked sweet potatoes

Berry Medley and Quinoa Breakfast Bake Berry Medley and Quinoa Breakfast Bake

USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers – Child Nutrition Recipe Box (theicn.org)

Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids - Berry medley

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce Roasted Spaghetti Squash With Tomato Sauce

USDA Recipe for Family Child Care Centers – Child Nutrition Recipe Box (theicn.org)

Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids - squash

If you don’t have one already, consider how your program might benefit from a recurring cycle menu! Cycle menus help you save time meal planning, preparing food, and grocery shopping. They also give parents of children with food allergies advance notice to allow for accommodation if the planned menu includes one of their child’s allergens.

Child Care Health Consultants can help you develop a recurring meal plan that fits your program’s needs and your children’s tastes! We can also help you update your menu to stay current with the freshest foods of each season!

  • Jessica Gable
    Child Care Nurse Consultant, Child Care Aware of Kansas

    Jessica joined the CCHC team in May 2022 as a Nurse Consultant, working from her home town of Derby, KS. Before joining Child Care Aware of Kansas, Jessica worked as a pediatric home health nurse. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Nebraska Medical Center Lincoln. In her free time, Jessica enjoys being creative with self-portrait photography and trying out new recipes!