Recipes

Welcome to The Lunch Box recipe database. Many of these kitchen- and kid-tested recipes come to us courtesy of Boulder Valley School District where the chef and production teams have been refining their scratch cook recipes and expanding kids’ palates over the last seven years.

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 Excel file to your computer, and view and save the nutrient analysis and the costing (which is based on Boulder’s current procurement).
  • 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.
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Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
B-01 MASTER MIX Grains No
CA001 LEMON BARS Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie No
CA002 OATMEAL COOKIES Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie No
CA003 BROWNIES Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie No
CA004 BREAKFAST BURRITO CHICKEN Breakfast recipes No
DE004 CRISP PEACH Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie Yes
DR001 DRESSING BALSAMIC Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR002 DRESSING RANCH Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR004 DRESSING CAESAR Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR005 DRESSING HONEY MSTRD Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR006 DRESSING GRN GODDESS Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR007 DRESSING ITALIAN Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR008 DRESSING 1000 ISLAND 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
FS001 ASIAN BEEF SAUCE Soups, sauces and gravies No
FS002 TOASTED BACON AND CHEESE Sandwich recipes Yes
FS003 BAKED BEEF AND SAUSAGE PENNE Beef Yes
FS004 BEEF AND BROCCOLI K-8 Beef Yes
FS005 BEEF BURRITO BOWL Beef Yes
FS006 BEEF SLIDER Beef Yes
FS007 BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALAD Vegetable recipes No
FS008 BLACK BEAN EMPANADA Vegetarian Yes
FS009 BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS Chicken Yes
FS010 BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND CHICKEN Chicken Yes
FS011 CHEESE CALZONE Vegetarian Yes
FS013 CHICKEN AND SPINACH QUESADILLA Chicken Yes

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