Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care - Cycle Menus ← Knowledge Base The center does not use cycle menus; the cook plans out the meals, etc. for the month, but it varies month to month depending on what produce she can get, etc. She does provide a lot of variety. Is this okay, even though it is not exactly a cycle menu? If a substitution was made on the cycle menu, do the menu worksheets list the food on the cycle menu or the substitution?