USDA Guidelines For Using Recipes

When serving Homemade Combination Foods as a meat/meat alternate you must have recipes that show each food item in the dish, the amount of ingredients for each food item, and the number of children the recipe serves. Homemade combination foods are single dishes that contain food items from multiple food groups. This includes items such as chicken salad, burritos, casseroles, and lasagna. Your monitor may ask for your recipes during site visits. Meals may be denied if you serve an item that requires a recipe but you do not have the recipe on file.

Typical Recipe Example

Chicken salad recipe 4 cups diced poached chicken, 1 stalk celery, 4 scallions, 1.5 teaspoons fresh dill, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, 1 cup mayonnaise. (Serves 4)


The Karamu Nutrition Program (KNP) is the largest and one of the fastest growing non-profit food program sponsors in Tennessee. Karamu’s founder and Executive Director, Dr. Vera Corley-Sims, is a retired childcare provider and a nationally known advocate for provider and children’s causes.


Karamu is a provider friendly organization which has built a strong reputation of treating its providers with respect and courtesy; Dr. Vera will have it no other way!


Karamu’s mission is to provide a variety of services for childcare providers. However, our core service is CACFP sponsorship. In fact, Dr. Vera originally founded Karamu to serve as a CACFP sponsor.

Karamu Nutrition Program Inc.

2670 Union Ave Ext

Suite 900

Memphis, TN 38112


phone: 901.327.8401 


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