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

Bi Bim Bap Bowl K-8

Bi Bim Bap Bowl 9-12

Caprese Sliders

Chickpea Masala

Chile Relleno Casserole K-8

Chile Relleno Casserole 9-12

Greek Empanadas

Pineapple Fried Rice K-8

Pineapple Fried Rice 9-12

Quinoa Burger 

Spanakopita Grilled Cheese

Vegetable Lasagna K-8

Vegetable Lasagna 9-12

Veggie and Cheese Flatbread

Zucchini Boats

Existing Recipes 

Bean and Cheese Nachos K-8 

Bean and Cheese Nachos 9-12 

Black Bean and Corn Salad 

Black Bean Empanada 

Black Bean Empanada PK 

Black Bean Veggie Burger 

Burrito, Bean and Cheese 

Burrito, Bean and Cheese 1/2

Burrito, Chicken 

Cauliflower, Squash and Lentils 

Curried Chickpeas PK-8

Curried Chickpeas 9-12 

Enchilada, Cheese K-8 

Enchilada, Cheese 9-12


Hummus, 1 Quart Bulk 

Kashmiri Vegetable Tofu Stirfry PK  

Kashmiri Vegetable Tofu Stirfry K-8 

Kashmiri Vegetable Tofu Stirfry 9-12

Lentil Salad 

Lisa's Bean Salad 

Mediterranean Couscous, 1 Quart 

Mediterranean Couscous, 4 Quarts 

Pork Green Chili Burrito 

Quesadilla, Bean and Cheese K-8 

Quesadilla, Bean and Cheese 9-12 

Side Beans, Baked 

Side Beans, Refried Pinto 

Side Black Beans 

Sweet Chili Tofu PK-8 

Sweet Chili Tofu 9-12 

Sweet and Sour Tofu K-8

Sweet and Sour Tofu 9-12 

Sweet Potato Hummus PK 

Sweet Potato Hummus 

Taco Meat with Lentils 

Teriyaki Tofu Bowl 

Thai Tofu Curry PK-8 

Thai Tofu Curry 9-12 

Three Bean Salad 

Tofu, Crispy K-8 

Tofu, Crispy 9-12 

Vegetable Alfredo Pasta PK-8

Vegetable Alfredo Pasta 9-12 

Vegetable Lo Mein 

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