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?
SI403 FRUIT SIDE 9-12 Fruits and fruit juices No
SA904 TABOULI SALAD Grains No
SA010 TABOULI SALAD 1.5 QT BULK Grains No
DR002 DRESSING RANCH Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
DR007 DRESSING ITALIAN Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
SA023 SOUTH WEST QUINOA SALAD BULK 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
SI511 BEANS GARBANZO VEG PROTEIN HS Legumes and Legume Products No
LW006 LISA'S BEAN SALAD Legumes and Legume Products No
SA905 MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS Grains No
SA906 WHEAT BERRY SALAD Grains No
SA907 HUMMUS Legumes and Legume Products No
FS087 SPICY SLAW PK Vegetable recipes No
FS017 CORN SALAD Vegetable recipes No
FS114 FRUIT SIDE PK Fruits and fruit juices No
YG013 CHICKEN SALAD WITH FRUIT K-8 Sandwich recipes No
FS104 SWEET POTATO HUMMUS PK Legumes and Legume Products No
FS113 SIDE SALAD PK Vegetable recipes No
FS106 TUNA WITH LEMON AND DILL PK Fish No
FS107 WILD RICE ORANGE SALAD PK Grains No
FS110 SIDE RADISH SLAW PK Vegetable recipes No
FS109 SIDE BALSAMIC BEETS PK Vegetable recipes No

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