Plant Forward Recipes
Plant Forward Recipes
Chef Ann Foundation tests all recipes on The Lunch Box in school kitchens and lunchrooms. Students have tasted and approved these recipes, so you can feel confident serving them in your lunchroom.
Scroll down to see the new More Plants Please! recipes in addition to recipes already on The Lunch Box that fit our plant forward criteria: free of animal protein, vegetarian, or a portion of the meat is replaced with plant-based proteins that credit to the meal pattern.
You can use the recipes individually or together in menu cycles that have already been built out.
Plant Forward Continuum:
The Plant Forward Continuum encourages schools to serve plant forward meals based on what works best for their staff, district and students. Schools can start slowly, beginning by reflecting on the existing menu mix, then strategically adding or adjusting recipes that move the overall menu mix along the continuum. Schools can find recipes that fall along each point of the continuum in the recipe section of The Lunch Box.
How to Use
- Each recipe has been analyzed for the USDA meal components; that information can be found on the “Food Groups/Meal Patterns” tab.
- From each recipe page you can scale the recipe, save it as either a pdf or an Excel file to your computer, and view and save the nutrient analysis and the costing. The costing is based on Boulder Valley School District's procurement since they developed the recipes.
- To scale the recipe, change the “Standard Yield” number and click the “Scale” button. To return to the default standard batch size, click the “Reset” button.
- Ingredient yield factors, where applicable, can be found at the top of the Recipe Instructions tab in “Pre-Preparation Instruction” fields where applicable.
- The recipes are offered in their tested batch sizes. Although they are regularly used for meal counts in excess of 2,000, we recommend scaling batch sizes to be compatible with your equipment. Since seasonings are particularly affected by increased scaling, we suggest taste testing as you increase quantities.
New More Plants Please! Recipes
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