The Iowa Gold Star Lunch Menu and Recipes is a revised 5-week cycle menu and recipes that meet the new NSLP meal pattern. The menu meets the K-8 grade group meal pattern with 550-650 calories, 8-9 oz. eq. grains, and 9-10 oz. eq. meat/meat alternates daily.
The menu includes flexibilities in the meat/meat alternate and grain maximums. The revised Iowa Gold Star Lunch Menu meets the Gold criteria for HealthierUS School Challenge and offers healthy USDA Foods. Nutrikids nutritional analysis, menu contribution components, and weekly certification worksheets are available.