Gourmet Daycare Meal Planning

One of the little known things about me is I created a Meal Planning E-Book called 200 Weeknight Dinners. It is basically 40 weeks of dinners organised for you - with your budget in mind so you NEVER have to think about what's for dinner!


It's a pretty great resource when I was working full time! It's not so much cooking that's the big deal but it's coming up with the ideas that can be so time consuming. 


Today I thought I would do something a little similar and provide some inspiration & take the guess work out of creating your menu for the youngsters in your daycare. I have  created a "Gourmet Daycare Menu" plan for one month. 


With this resource you can download it and display it for parents to see each week. Don't be afraid to reuse your menus - especially if they are working for you!

Breakfast Daycare Menu Ideas

Keep breakfasts simple and predictable for children who come early to your daycare. This will provide familiarity and help as they transition from home to your care. Mornings are often hectic for busy parents so this can be one less thing each child will have to get used to. 

  • Selection of seasonal fruits, cereal, wholemeal toast & crumpets


Considerations when Planning your Menu....

  • Select recipes that can be easily mashed to desired consistencies for your babies & toddlers. You don't want to be making different dishes for each age group that you have.
  • If you have a large freezer always double the batch ready for another week!
  • Make your dinner at the same time!

Snack Daycare Menu Ideas

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Crackers & Cream Cheese
  • Pineapple Cubes & Cheese
  • Pita Bread & Tzatziki Dip
  • Breadsticks & Raisins
  • Capsicum & Cucumber Strips
  • Cucumber & Carrots & Sour Cream Dip
  • Oatcakes & Sultanas
  • Rice Cakes & Salsa Dip
  • Capsicum & Italian Breadsticks
  • Oatcakes & Chive Dip
  • Rice Crackers & Dip
  • Oatcakes & Cream Cheese
  • Oatcakes & Sultanas
  • Pitta Bread & Red Capsicum Dip
  • Crackers & Tsatziki

Lunch Daycare Menu Ideas

  • Spaghetti Bolognese & Hidden Veg
  • Sausage & Mash with Beans
  • Pie & Garden Vegetables
  • Mediterranean Chicken Rice
  • Meatballs with Rice & Salsa
  • Fruity Chicken Curry Rice
  • Fishcakes & White Sauce with Sweetcorn
  • Herby Chicken & Spring Veg Tray Bake
  • Homemade Pizza & Seasoned Wedges
  • Sausage & Bean Cous Cous
  • Chicken & Broccoli Cheesy Pasta Bake
  • Greek Beef & Veg
  • Mexican Chicken & Cous Cous
  • Fish & Spinach Pie
  • Fish & New Potatoes and Peas
  • Italian Beef & Vegetable Lasagne
  • Chicken Jambalaya
  • Tuna Bake
  • Sweet & Sour Noodles & Chicken

Dessert Daycare Menu Ideas

  • Greek Yogurt & Mango Mash
  • Peaches & Cream
  • Eton Mess
  • Apricot Bread & Butter Pudding
  • Lemon Sorbet
  • Greek Yogurt & Mixed Berries
  • Fruit Jelly
  • Easy Pudding
  • Apricot Flapjacks
  • Greek Yogurt & Strawberries
  • Greek Yogurt & Tropical Fruit
  • Goosberry Fool
  • Lemon Sponge
  • Pear & Apple Oaty Crumble with Cream
  • Pancakes with Summer Berries
  • Busy Bee Pineapple Cake
  • Banana & Sultana Flapjacks
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
  • Ruthie's Banana Cake
  • Pears & Ice Cream
  • Banana & Cream
  • Seasonal Fruit & Yogurt
  • Sugar Free Sticky Date Muffins
  • Tropical Pudding
  • Yummy Chocolate Cake
  • Melon Slices
  • Yummy Trifle
  • Ice Cream &Mixed Berries
  • Banana & Custard
  • Fresh Fruit Salad

Dinner Daycare Menu Ideas

  • Chicken Wraps & Potato Salad
  • Meatballs & Coleslaw
  • Baked Potatoes & Chicken
  • Tuna Pasta Bake
  • Scrambled Eggs & Toast
  • Granny May's Homemade Cheese Scones with Sliced Meats
  • Baked Beans on Toast
  • Mexican Fish Wraps & Salad
  • Ploughman's Platter & Dinner Rolls
  • Cheese & Tomato Pin Wheels & Cucumber Sticks
  • Chipolatas in Pitta Pockets with Salad
  • Sandwich Platter & Veggie Sticks
  • Fish Stars & Savoury Rice
  • Potatoe Wedges with Baked Beans
  • Selection of filled Wraps

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