Autumn Childcare Menu
*Developed by a Professional Nutritionist and Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher

Autumn, the days are getting cooler, and the harvest is in full swing. We can find
fresh vegetables and apples, pears and nuts everywhere. Children are hungry for
warming grains, sweet fruits and hardy vegetables. Here you will find plenty of
inspiration to keep your menus and vibrant as the Fall colors.

This menu is set using the daily grains specified by Rudolph Steiner and widely
used in Waldorf Kindergartens and homes the world over. We have also
included many recipes that are easily doubled or tripled so that you can serve
homemade wholesome foods every day without having to spend all day in the

These recipes invite story telling, either while preparing, serving or at the table.
Think about making the Squirrel Nibbles. Tell a story about a squirrel who is
preparing for winter. He scurries around finding nuts and seeds and fruits and
brings them back to his hole (the bowl). There they get stirred around and then
the squirrel shares his bounty with the kids.

The Autumn Menu is a full week of recipes that are meant to be rotated
throughout the season.  This is done to create a predictable rhythm to mealtime in
the home that the children and caregiver can depend upon each day, warming the
child both spiritually and physically throughout the season.  

Each day offers a recipe for breakfast, two snacks and lunch.  Keep in mind that
some of these foods do require a good amount of cooking and baking time - a
process that the children should be involved in each day.  Many of the meals are
easily frozen, however, for those of you who wish to cook in bulk ahead of time
for convenience.

Autumn Menu Index

Monday - Rice, Purple
Breakfast:  Apple Pie Autumn Smoothie
Snack 1:  Coconut Brown Rice with Raisins and Cinnamon
Lunch:  Simple Chicken Soup
Snack 2:  Squirrel Nibbles

Tuesday - Oats, Red
Breakfast:  Simple Breakfast Burritos
Snack 1:  Oat Porridge
Lunch:  Fruit and Nut Sandwiches
Snack 2:  Hummus with Veggie Sticks

Wednesday - Millet, Yellow
Breakfast:  Bear Mush
Snack 1:  Toasted Millet Squares
Lunch:  Fall Veggie Quiche
Snack 2:  Yogurt and Fruit

Thursday - Barley, Orange
Breakfast:  Orange Barley Cakes
Snack 1:  Coconut Flour Apple Muffins
Lunch:  Eggie Pasta
Snack 2:  Popcorn with Cheese

Friday - Rye, Green
Breakfast:  Broccoli Breakfast Casserole
Snack 1:  Rye Bars
Lunch:  Home-made Pizza
Snack 2:  Fruits and Nuts
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