This section provides a variety of ideas for recipes to consider when planning your menu. However, all the recipes on this page are not standardized for child nutrition programs and do not supply the documentation needed to determine the meal pattern contribution. All sponsors of child nutrition programs must use standardized recipes. A standardized recipe is a recipe that has been tested to provide an established yield (based on the USDA Food Buying Guide and/or manufacturer product specifications) and quantity, using the same ingredients for both measurement and preparation methods. This includes recipe variations and theme bar recipes. Standardized recipes may be either USDA recipes or any other local recipe that has been tested and incorporated into the planned menu. If using any of the recipes in this section, each recipe must be tested and adjusted for the particular Child Nutrition Program operation it is intended.