Fall in Love With These Healthy CACFP Recipes

///Fall in Love With These Healthy CACFP Recipes

Fall in Love With These Healthy CACFP Recipes

Fall time is all about warm plates, creamy soups, and beautiful, seasonal vegetables. These delicious and healthy Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) recipes are sure to have you ready to cozy up next to the fire with a good book or movie. Pile your plate with these simple CACFP recipes, and let us know some of your favorite fall recipes for children in the comment section below!

All recipes are provided by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service in Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Child Care Centers.

Stir-Fry Fajita Chicken, Squash, Corn

Spice up your meal with colorful produce, fajita chicken strips, and whole grains.

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 “This dish combines the mildly sweet flavor of butternut squash and the individual flavors of onions, corn, red peppers, and diced chilies brought together with a blend of black pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and diced tomatoes. The Stir-Fry Fajita Chicken, Squash, and Corn dish uses the natural flavors from vegetables and spices to make a savory meal, which can only be matched by the aroma produced when cooking.”

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Harvest Stew

This wholesome dish is loaded with healthy ingredients including spinach, sweet potatoes, and beans.

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“This hearty dish is a perfect blend of spinach, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, northern beans, tomatoes, and chicken. To round out the dish, the flavors of carrots, celery, onions, and garlic take this stew to the next level!”

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Squish Squash Lasagna

Dark green and orange vegetables fill this meatless lasagna for a healthy and tasty spin on the classic lasagna dish.

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“This savory recipe is made with a slightly sweet tomato sauce deliciously tucked between layers of whole-wheat lasagna noodles, butternut squash, and spinach, all nestled under part-skim mozzarella cheese.”

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Tuscan Smoked Turkey and Bean Soup

Nothing starts the holiday season more like a tasty turkey dish!

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“This hearty soup will surely tantalize taste buds with tender smoked turkey chunks, Navy beans, and a colorful array of veggies, all simmered in a deliciously seasoned broth.”

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Vegetable Chili Boat

Enjoy the chilly weather with a nice, warm vegetable chili boat. This meatless chili is filled with flavorful spices and blends that will definitely impress your entire dinner table


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“This warm and wonderful vegetarian chili will light up your palate with three flavorful beans mixed together with vegetables and spices, surrounded by crunchy corn tortilla chips, and sprinkled with a blend of cheeses.”

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Central Valley Harvest Bake

Your kids will go crazy over this side dish! Enjoy the tastes of the season and unique textures of this creative harvest bake.


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“This succulent side dish combines the sweetness of butternut squash with the spicy kick of jalapenos and red peppers and is baked together with black beans, red quinoa, and granola for an absolutely delightful mouthful. It complements a variety of entrees, including grilled chicken or roast turkey.”

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Lentils of the Southwest

This underrated legume is packed with many health benefits and is very flavorful, especially in this nourishing dish.


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Lentils are “packed with protein, vitamins, and fiver, they are easy to cook and have great versatility. Lentils of the Southwest can be served as a side dish to make the perfect New Mexican lunch. When accompanied by brown rice, this lentil recipe becomes a tasty and hearty main dish…Flavored with ground red chili, cumin, garlic, and a touch of tomatoes, these lentils have a “salsa flavor” that kids are sure to love. “

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To find more filling CACFP recipes, check out the Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook! You will find many healthy meals for children that will keep everyone satisfied, happy, and wanting seconds.

Related: Adding Whole Grain-Rich Foods to Your CACFP Menu

 

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