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Menu Planning Guidance Recipe

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Cliti Shafer
Added: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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When you serve as the cook, it doesn't mean that you alone set the menu. There are certain items you must consider before making a menu.

Using nutritious foods is a requirement.

Checking with everyone you are cooking for (in your patrol and any other people assigned to your patrol for meal times) is important because as the cook, you need to know about the following items:

Allergies, religious, and cultural requirements concerning food.

Some people are allergic to certain foods. For example, some people are allergic to peanuts, dairy products (items with milk in them), wheat, corn, shellfish (items like shrimp or clams), strawberries, and various other foods. Serving these foods can have a bad effect on them. This effect can range from a minor irritation, such as mild itching, to a life threatening reaction called anaphylactic shock.

We are a diverse area of the country and our Troop reflects this fact. It is therefore expected that Scouts and their families who join our Troop may come from different religious or cultural backgrounds. This provides many opportunities to learn new things about each other and cooking and food is no exception.

Did you know that certain religions do not permit the consumption of certain foods. For example, observant Muslims and Jews do not eat pork. Hindus do not eat beef. Some people are vegetarians, meaning they do not eat meat at all. These are just several very basic examples. To find out if there are any menu limitations, ask your patrol members! If there are, plan to serve something that will work for everyone or offer to make an alternative menu item for those who aren't able to eat what you're planning to serve. Also, ask them to give the cook ideas on what menu items that you all can enjoy together.

Another thing that you should attempt to take under consideration is personal preference for or against a certain food. Some Scouts may want a certain food on every campout. There is no requirement to provide this item unless it reasonably fits into the menu plan. Other people may not eat certain foods for a reason other than a religious or cultural requirement. While it is good to know this, you can still make these foods if desired.

It is not difficult to offer an easy inexpensive alternative to those who prefer not to eat the menu item or make some adjustments, such as adding meat to a dish last so person who doesn't eat meat can have their serving without it. Or the person with the personal food preference or aversion may decide to bring their own food if no alternative can be reached. However, a reasonable effort should be made to be inclusive whenever possible.

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For example, it is easy to have peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches as an alternative for your patrol members if they are not able to eat what you plan to cook.

When menu planning, the only way to know about people's needs and preferences about food is to ask first before you set the menu and do the shopping.

 

 

 

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