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.
101 - 125 of 382 Results
Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
PF004 CAPRESE SLIDER Vegetarian No
LW003 CHIPOTLE RANCH Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
LW004 CITRUS CILANTRO VINAIGRETTE Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces No
YG006 VEGILICIOUS PASTA SALAD Grains No
YG014 CHICKEN SALAD WITH FRUIT 9-12 Sandwich recipes No
FS004 BEEF AND BROCCOLI K-8 Beef Yes
PV082 SPAGHETTI MARINARA K-8 Vegetarian Yes
FS014 CHICKEN PICCATA Chicken Yes
FS047 SESAME NOODLES CHICKEN K-8 Chicken Yes
MP415 SANDWICH CHICKEN PESTO Sandwich recipes Yes
MP003 CHICKEN ENCHILADA Chicken Yes
LW012 SESAME CHICKEN 9-12 Chicken Yes
MV032 ENCHILADA CHEESE 9-12 Vegetarian Yes
YG010 WHEY GOOD WHITE PIZZA 9-12 Pizza Yes
LW011 BAKED ZITI MEAT Vegetarian Yes
LW002 SESAME CHICKEN K-8 Chicken Yes
LW001 ORANGE CHICKEN Chicken Yes
LW008 MEAT LASAGNA Beef Yes
PF010 ZUCCHINI BOATS Vegetarian Yes
FS111 SIDE BROWN RICE 1/4 CUP PK Grains Yes
FS112 SIDE BISCUIT PK Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie Yes
RSF001 CAULIFLOWER SQUASH AND LENTILS Vegetable recipes Yes
LW005 VEGETABLE LO MEIN Vegetarian Yes
LW010 BAKED ZITI VEGETARIAN Vegetarian Yes
PF001 GREEK EMPANADAS Vegetarian Yes

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