Nutrition Program

Our Chef and Food Educator derives inspiration from organically grown, local, sustainable produce, student interest and special needs, the work of Alice Waters, and other local farm-to-table chefs to create the Little Owl Preschool weekly menus. The Chef makes lunch, and two snacks daily, using student collaboration whenever possible. Menus are based on local and sustainable, produce, fish, hormone-free dairy, whole grains, and simple recipes to make fresh and flavorful food. Meals are served family style so that students can engage with food and learn skills to become independent. Little Owl Preschool is a peanut-free environment.


Our Menu

Little Owl is a proponent of the culinary philosophy that maintains cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. The Little Owl kitchen advocates for a food economy that is "good, clean, and fair." We collaborate with a community of local farmers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures our kitchen a weekly supply of fresh and delicious ingredients.

In September 2012 Little Owl Preschool became part of The Edible Schoolyard Project http://edibleschoolyard.org/program/little-owl-preschool. Our teachers engage students in an “eco-gastronomic” curriculum. By actively involving students in all aspects of the food cycle, The Little Owl Edible Schoolyard is an education program that instills the knowledge and values needed to build a humane and sustainable future. Little Owl Preschool integrates gardening, cooking, and sharing meals and snacks into the core curriculum. We use food traditions to teach, nurture, and empower preschool students.

The following principles are used for menu planning guidelines:

  • Appropriate portion sizes for each required meal component set by U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • Consideration of students food allergies and special needs.
  • Local, seasonal, and sustainable produce.
  • Collaboration with the curriculum and planning of the Little Owl Preschool teaching staff and students.
  • Guidelines and menu ideas from farmtopreschool.org
  • Using Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard Project as a model.
  • Recipes, experiences, and thoughts from "The Languages of Food", by Reggio Children, "The Art of Simple Food" and " Edible Schoolyard", by Alice Waters.
  • Ideas and recipes from local farm-to-table chefs and farmers.

Some of the ways in which we involve our students in food preparation, learning, and enjoyment: :

  • Engage the senses: smell the aromas, notice the colors, feel, compare & contrast textures
  • Discuss presentation
  • Discuss seasonality
  • Cultivating, planting, harvesting
  • Prepare ingredients, organize components of a recipe, meis en plas
  • Practice safe and healthy food preparation habits
  • Combine ingredients together
  • Add spices to taste
  • Set the table together, present the dish
  • Practice closure of a meal by cleaning up and practicing gratitude and reflecting on the food
  • And so much more -- the combination of possibilities are endless!

Our Reggio-inspired kitchen is a place of symbolic and cultural significance, expressing care, attention to our community, and the value of differences in customs and traditions. Our kitchen is open to students, teachers, and families. Several of our parents volunteer to help the chef in preparation, clean-up, and facilitating student involvement, thus opening the rich, fragrant, and delicate dialogue between children and the kitchen to their families and home kitchens as well.

For a printable version of the menus, CLICK HERE

Menu: December 11th - December 15th
  Continental Breakfast Bar:
7:00-7:50 AM ONLY
(FULL TIME ONLY)
Morning Snack:
10:30 AM
Lunch:
11:45 AM
Afternoon Snack:
2:30 PM
Monday:
  • Gluten-free cereal
    Apples
    rBst-free milk
  • Warm maple-cinnamon apple sauce
    Rice cakes
    basil-orange water
  • Vegetarian pasta Bolognese
    Parmesan cheese
    Green Salad with vinaigrette
    Fresh fruit
    organic milk
  • Honey & spice yogurt
    Asian pears
    orange-ginger water
Tuesday:
  • Multigrain pancakes
    bananas
    rBst-free milk
  • Sourdough crostini
    goat cheese spread
    pears and honey
    pear-orange water
  • Roasted autumn squash soup with
    coconut milk and brown rice
    Garlic naan bread
    Apples and raisins
    organic milk
  • organic hard-boiled eggs
    seaweed chips
    lime-orange water
Wednesday:
  • Oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins
    Fresh fruit
    rBst-free milk
  • whole wheat griddle cakes
    roasted apples and raisins
    spiced yogurt
    hibiscus-orange water
  • Ginger chicken and vegetable stir-fry
    Coconut-scallion brown rice
    Fresh fruit
    organic milk
  • Olive oil and sea salt popcorn
    tangerines
    lime-orange water
Thursday:
  • Fresh fruit
    Honey yogurt
    whole grain cereal
    rBst-free milk
  • cream cheese and cucumber
    finger sandwiches on
    whole grain bread
    pear-ginger water
  • Taco Tuesday! On Thursday!!
    Black bean and roasted veggie filling
    Avocado and cheese
    Warm corn tortillas
    fresh fruit
    organic milk
  • oven baked sweet potato fries
    whole grain mustard dip
    basil-orange water
Friday:
  • whole grain cereal
    fresh fruit
    rBst-free milk
  • Avocado hummus
    Carrot and celery sticks
    carrot-mint water
  • Japanese udon noodle salad
    with tofu, sweet potatoes, and broccoli
    Ginger-citrus dressing
    Fresh fruit
    organic milk
  • graham crackers
    cinnamon cream cheese
    dried fruit mix
    celery-green apple water
Our menu is eggless on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in an effort to be more inclusive for those with food allergies
Menu: December 18th - December 22nd
  Continental Breakfast Bar:
7:00-7:50 AM ONLY
(FULL TIME ONLY)
Morning Snack:
10:30 AM
Lunch:
11:45 AM
Afternoon Snack:
2:30 PM
Monday:
  • Gluten-free cereal
    Apples
    rBst-free milk
  • toasted mini bagels
    cinnamon cream cheese
    green apple-cinnamon water
  • Tuna salad sandwiches on
    whole grain bread
    Roasted broccoli and quinoa salad
    Fresh fruit
    rBst-free milk
  • asian pears
    honey-spice yogurt
    cucumber-grapefruit water
Tuesday:
  • Multigrain pancakes
    bananas
    rBst-free milk
  • whole wheat griddle cakes
    roasted apples and raisins
    spiced yogurt
    hibiscus-orange water
  • Tomato, spinach, and brown rice soup
    mini grilled cheese on whole grain bread
    citrus salad
    rBst-free milk
  • Organic egg salad finger sandwiches
    on whole wheat bread
    apple-cinnamon water
Wednesday:
  • Oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins
    Fresh fruit
    rBst-free milk
  • Warm maple-cinnamon apple sauce
    Rice cakes
    basil-orange water
  • Vegetarian bolognese pasta
    Parmesan cheese
    Romaine salad with herbed dressing
    Fresh fruit
    rBst-free milk
  • Grilled polenta sticks
    warm marinara dipping sauce
    tangerine-mint water
Thursday:
  • Fresh fruit
    Honey yogurt
    whole grain cereal
    rBst-free milk
  • graham crackers
    cinnamon cream cheese
    dried fruit mix
    celery-green apple water
  • Spinach and goat cheese quesadilla
    slow cooked black beans
    Avocado mash
    Orange and jicama salad
    rBst-free milk
  • Sourdough crostini
    goat cheese spread
    pears and honey
    pear-orange water
Friday:
  • whole grain cereal
    fresh fruit
    rBst-free milk
  • avocado hummus
    carrot sticks
    carrot-lime water
  • Cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches
    on whole grain bread
    mixed lettuce salad with vinaigrette
    rBst-free milk
  • Olive oil and sea salt popcorn
    tangerines
    lime-orange water
Our menu is eggless on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in an effort to be more inclusive for those with food allergies

Accommodations/food substitutions will be made for dietary restrictions when applicable.
Some vegetables, & herbs organically grown on site.
Subject to change with availability of ingredients, please see kitchen white board for updates!

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3426 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807