How-To: Using Food Processor's Menu Plan Module

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How-To: Using Food Processor's Menu Plan Module

Food Processor’s Menu Plan add-on module lets you create an unlimited number of menus that you can tailor to the needs of the community you serve (university students, hospital patients, nursing home residents, etc.). You can then develop weekly (or monthly, bi-monthly, etc.) menu plans (“Cycles”) from the Days.

This blog will discuss the general workflow and there are tutorials linked at the end that go into more detail.

Getting Started WIth Your New Menu

When you create a new Menu Plan, you will see a blank Food Pick List and a blank Day 1. At this point, you have two options: (a) Set up the full menu of all available food items by populating the Food Pick List first or (b) start adding foods to Day 1, which will populate the Food Pick List, too.

Adding Foods to Your Menu

When you create a new Menu Plan, you will see a blank Food Pick List and a blank Day 1. At this point, you have two options: (a) Set up the full menu of all available food items by populating the Food Pick List first or (b) start adding foods to Day 1, which will populate the Food Pick List, too.

To Populate the Food Pick List First

  1. Right-click in the Food Pick List panel and select Add Item.
  2. Search for and add an Ingredients and/or Recipes to be used to create your menus.
  3. Enter serving size and organize food by Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, etc.) and/or Collection (Beverages, Breads, etc.).

To Populate Day 1 

  1. Search for and add Ingredients and/or Recipes using the Search box like you would for any Intake.
  2. Enter serving size and organize food by Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, etc.) and/or Collection (Beverages, Breads, etc.).
  3. This method will add foods to both Day 1 and the Food Pick List.

To add items from the Food Picklist to a Day, double-click on the individual food you would like to add and it will appear on your Menu.

Adding and Renaming Additional Days

To Create Additional Days:

  1. Click Day from the ribbon and select Add Day.
  2. Choose foods from the Food Pick List or search for and enter additional Ingredients and Recipes. Remember, any Ingredients or Recipes you enter will be automatically added to the Food Pick List.
  3. Do this for as many Days as necessary.

The name for each new Day added defaults to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc. To rename a Day, click Day from the ribbon then select Modify Day and enter your new name.

Creating and Renaming a Additional Cycles

To Create Additional Cycles:

  1. Click Cycle from the ribbon and select Add Cycle. 
  2. Add Days to the Cycle from the Day Pick List.
  3. A Cycle can be as many Days as needed and you can repeat Days within a Cycle. 

The name for each new Cycle added defaults to Cycle 1, Cycle 2, Cycle 3, etc. To rename a Cycle, Click Cycle from the ribbon and select Modify Cycle and enter your new name. 

View the nutritional breakdown of your menu

  1. Click on a report — these look and act like Recipe and Intake reports — to see the nutrient analysis of your Menu Plan.
  2. Choose to either view the analysis for the currently selected Day or for an entire Cycle.

Learn More! Menu Plan Tutorial Series:

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