Winter Childcare Menu
*Developed by a Professional Nutritionist and Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher
Winter, the days are crisp and the nights are long. Our children come in with red
cheeks and sparkling eyes and rumbling tummies needing warming and nourishing foods. This season’s menu is filled with such foods.
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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 also invite storytelling, either while preparing, serving or at the
table. Think about making the Raisin Muffins and let the children “hide” the raisins
in the dough, just like the seeds are now hiding in the ground.
The Winter 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
Winter Menu Index
Monday - Rice, Purple
Breakfast: Banana Pancakes
Snack 1: Rice Crackers with Nut Butter
Lunch: Coconut Squash Soup
Snack 2: Creamy Pears
Tuesday - Oats, Red
Breakfast: Winter Breakfast Burrito
Snack 1: Baked Winter Oatmeal
Lunch: Pumpkin and Nut Sandwiches
Snack 2: Apricot Yummies
Wednesday - Millet, Yellow
Breakfast: Millet and Sweet Potato Congee
Snack 1: Black Bean Dip with Veggies
Lunch: Winter Greens Quiche
Snack 2: Stewed Fruit with Honey Yogurt
Thursday - Barley, Orange
Breakfast: Poppy and Pear Pancakes
Snack 1: Raisin Muffins
Lunch: Pasta with Greens
Snack 2: Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast
Friday - Rye, Green
Breakfast: Finnish Rye Casserole
Snack 1: Spiced Applesauce with Nutty Granola
Lunch: Winter Pizza
Snack 2: Crispy Chickpeas
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