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 387 Results
Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
FS008 BLACK BEAN EMPANADA Vegetarian Yes
FS009 BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS Chicken Yes
FS010 BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND CHICKEN Chicken Yes
FS011 CHEESE CALZONE Vegetarian Yes
FS012 SAUCE CHEESE Dressings, gravies, marinades, sauces Yes
FS013 CHICKEN AND SPINACH QUESADILLA Chicken Yes
FS014 CHICKEN PICCATA Chicken Yes
FS015 CHICKEN STRIPS K-5 Chicken Yes
FS016 CHICKEN STRIPS 6-12 Chicken Yes
FS017 CORN SALAD Vegetable recipes No
FS018 CURRIED CHICKPEAS PK-8 Legumes and Legume Products Yes
FS019 EGGPLANT PARMESAN Vegetarian Yes
FS020 FALL KALE AND APPLE SALAD Vegetable recipes No
FS021 FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE K-8 Main dish recipes Yes
FS022 FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE 9-12 Main dish recipes Yes
FS023 SAUCE BERRY Soups, sauces and gravies No
FS024 SIDE TURKEY SAUS PATTY PK-8 Turkey Yes
FS025 SIDE TURKEY SAUS PATTY 9-12 Turkey Yes
FS026 SIDE GARLIC BREAD Grains Yes
FS027 GUACAMOLE GREEN PEA Vegetable recipes No
FS028 HAM AND CHEESE CROISSANT Sandwich recipes Yes
FS029 SPICY SAUSAGE SANDWICH Sandwich recipes Yes
FS030 KASHMIRI VEG TOFU STIRFRY K-8 Vegetarian Yes
FS031 KASHMIRI VEG TOFU STIRFRY 9-12 Vegetarian Yes
FS032 CHICKEN KUNG PAO BOWL Chicken Yes

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