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.

Farm to School Recipes (recipe numbers that begin with FS) were created with support from a USDA Farm to School Grant.

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.
76 - 100 of 387 Results
Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
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
SI300 SIDE BISCUIT Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie Yes
DE004 CRISP PEACH Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie Yes
FS112 SIDE BISCUIT PK Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie Yes
DR002 DRESSING RANCH Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
FS012 SAUCE CHEESE Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces Yes
SD032 GRAVY CHICKEN ROUX Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces Yes
SI100 SIDE GRAVY 1 OZ Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces Yes
SD040 SAUCE BECHAMEL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces Yes
DR005 DRESSING HONEY MSTRD Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR006 DRESSING GRN GODDESS Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SD051 SAUCE POBLANO CREAM Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SI102 TURKEY GRAVY Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces Yes
LW003 CHIPOTLE RANCH Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
LW004 CITRUS CILANTRO VINAIGRETTE Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SD010 PIZZA SAUCE COLD Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
FR002 VEGAN RANCH DRESSING Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
FR004 HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
FR001 SESAME GINGER DRESSING Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
FR003 CUCUMBER MINT DRESSING Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR001 DRESSING BALSAMIC Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA811 DRESSING BALSAMIC 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA812 DRESSING RANCH 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No

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