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.
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Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
SA750 SB SOUP POTATO Soup recipes No
SA811 DRESSING BALSAMIC 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA812 DRESSING RANCH 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA813 DRESSING BBQ RANCH 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA814 DRESSING CAESAR 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA815 DRESSING HONEY MUSTARD 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA816 DRESSING GREEN GOD 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SD010 PIZZA SAUCE COLD Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA022 LENTIL SALAD BULK Legumes and Legume Products No
SD043 PICO DE GALLO SALSA Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA020 MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS 4 QT Grains No
SA120 MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS 1 QT Grains No
DR008 DRESSING 1000 ISLAND 1/2 GAL Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
FS020 FALL KALE AND APPLE SALAD Vegetable recipes No
SA121 WHEAT BERRY SALAD 1 QT BULK Grains No
SA130 THREE BEAN SALAD 1 QT BULK Legumes and Legume Products No
SA305 SALAD BAR MEAL W/ 2 OZ ROLL Salads No
SI664 SIDE PORK SLAW Vegetable recipes No
SA505 JICAMA 1/4 PAN Vegetable recipes No
SI660 SIDE BALSAMIC BEETS Vegetable recipes No
SA501 CARROTS 1/4 PAN Vegetable recipes No
SA502 CELERY 1/4 PAN Vegetable recipes No
LW007 CHEWY GRANOLA BARS Grains No
SI401 FRUIT SIDE K5 Fruits and fruit juices No
SI402 FRUIT SIDE 6-8 Fruits and fruit juices No

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