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Standardizing Recipes

The Child Nutrition Programs Standardizing Recipes online training.

Course Description

By completing this interactive module, you will learn how standardizing recipes for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) is key to ensuring children and adults receive the calories and variety of nutrients they need daily as part of the CNP meal service. Participants will learn to identify steps to accurately increase or decrease recipe yield to meet meal requirements, and access sample standardized recipes and resources to create standardized recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack, or supper.

The content of this training focuses on applying standardized recipes in School Nutrition Programs, however, the information is applicable to meal service in all CNP.

  • Course Number: 655
  • Training Length: 30 minutes
  • Certificate: Available at the end of the training
  • Target Audience: Food Service Director and Staff
  • Mandatory: No
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: August 2017

Online Course

Begin the Standardizing Recipes External link opens in new window or tab. course.

Referenced Resources


  • Crediting: 0.5 hour
  • Key Area: Nutrition (1000)
    • Training Topic: Menu Planning (1100)
      • Learning Objective: Write Standardized Recipes (1140)

For more information on crediting, access the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) web document Professional Standards Learning Objectives External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Additional Information

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the CDE Nutrition Services Division by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
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