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.
26 - 50 of 382 Results
Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
PF006 BI BIM BAP K-8 Vegetarian Yes
FS007 BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALAD Vegetable recipes No
FS008 BLACK BEAN EMPANADA Vegetarian Yes
FS076 BLACK BEAN EMPANADA PK Vegetarian Yes
MV401 BLACK BEAN VEGGIE BURGER Vegetarian Yes
CA004 BREAKFAST BURRITO CHICKEN Breakfast recipes No
SA508 BROCCOLI 1/4 PAN Vegetable recipes No
YG002 BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP Soup recipes Yes
CA003 BROWNIES Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie No
FS009 BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS Chicken Yes
FS078 BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS PK Chicken Yes
MV070 BURRITO BEAN N CHEESE Vegetarian Yes
MV071 BURRITO BEAN N CHEESE 1/2 Vegetarian Yes
MP070 BURRITO CHICKEN Chicken Yes
MP071 BURRITO CHICKEN 1/2 K2 Chicken Yes
FS079 BUTTERNUT SQUASH & CHICKEN PK Chicken Yes
FS010 BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND CHICKEN Chicken Yes
PF004 CAPRESE SLIDER Vegetarian No
SA501 CARROTS 1/4 PAN Vegetable recipes No
SA510 CAULIFLOWER 1/4 PAN Vegetable recipes No
RSF001 CAULIFLOWER SQUASH AND LENTILS Vegetable recipes Yes
SA502 CELERY 1/4 PAN Vegetable recipes No
FS011 CHEESE CALZONE Vegetarian Yes
FS080 CHEESE CALZONE PK Vegetarian Yes
LW007 CHEWY GRANOLA BARS Grains No

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