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Culinary program

Full of Flavor
and Fun

Our culinary team creates meals that expand young palates, one bite at a time!

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Meals Packed with flavor

Healthy eating is important, but we also firmly believe that mealtime should be engaging and fun! Our recipes come from around the world, and incorporate a variety of textures and flavors that develop young taste buds. 

We believe children deserve great food too – no chicken nuggets or pizza here. We’ve proven that healthy meals can taste good too! In just a single week, children in our program will taste a dozen different vegetables, explore new proteins like shrimp and garbanzo beans, and broaden their palate with spices from around the world.

Even our littlest learners have the opportunity to enjoy our culinary program. Using organic ingredients, we prepare from scratch purees for our infants because we recognize a child’s first meals are often their most important.

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Infants enjoy freshly prepared purees made from organic fruits and vegetables.
Fruits, Vegetables, and Rice plated for lunch time.
A toddler enjoys feeding himself lunch using a spoon.
A selection of organic ingredients used in the Kitchen at Tierra Encantada.
Our chefs prepare breakfast, lunch, and snacks using organic ingredients.
Lentil soup with, mushrooms, celery, onions, and beans.

Ingredients selected with care and intention

Every appetizing recipe begins with quality ingredients, and our meals are no different.
Our recipes are designed to use simple, clean, and organic ingredients to provide children the opportunity to taste unique and existing flavors. We have absolute control over our curated menu and prepare all meals onsite from scratch. All centers have a licensed commercial kitchen that complies with stringent safety standards to produce the highest quality meals for the children in our care.

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Our community says it best

“Let’s talk about the food- these kids are eating better than most adults I know. For example, Tuesday they are having couscous with tofu and Thursdays is shrimp whole grain pasta fresca. I love knowing that my son is getting nutrient rich foods. Can’t say enough good things about Tierra. We actually moved to a different city and still drive him there because we are so happy.”

Lana P. – Mom
Minneapolis, MN

“They are the true definition of family partnership. My child has allergies and they go above and beyond to meet his needs. They print me weekly menus with the ingredients, so we can see what my child can eat. They have amazing communication and response time.”

Danielle V. – Mom
Alexandria, VA

“The food they serve is great – I’ve stopped during meal times and it’s so much better than the menus we saw at other centers. She has developed a great palate for different food because of the variety she gets at Tierra Encantada. She happily eats vegetables and fruit, avocados, beans, eggs, and quinoa! I can’t imagine sending her anywhere else.”

Kristi S. – Mom
Eagan, MN

More about our program

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experience the Difference

Our differences truly make us better and as a Tierra Encantada parent, you can take pride in knowing your child is receiving the best care and early learning experience available.

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It’s More than a language

Spanish immersion is at the heart of our program, and we enrich your child’s experience with social and emotional development, a play-based S-T-E-A-M curriculum, and more!

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our classrooms

Each classroom is designed from the beginning with the staff and children’s experience in mind. From the furniture to the toys and music, find out why parents rave about our classrooms.

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“I can’t give Tierra enough praise! On paper, the center had exactly what we were looking for – Spanish immersion, organic food, cloth diapers, a strong curriculum – but in practice, all you ever really want for your kids is for them to be cared for and loved by their caretakers and that’s where Tierra excels above the rest.” – Meg V., Minneapolis, MN

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