How to Use

  • Each recipe is 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 as a pdf or Excel file, and view and save the nutrient analysis. 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.
  • The recipes default to their tested batch sizes. We recommend scaling batch sizes to be compatible with your equipment and operational model.
  • Ingredients reflected in the recipes are commonly found USDA Foods or are products available commercially. Items that are unique to a specific manufacturer will be identified in the ingredient description. 
  • Note that many recipes reference subrecipes as an ingredient. The user must search for the subrecipe and scale according to the amount specified once the main recipe has been scaled.
  • Ingredient yield factors, where applicable, can be found at the top of the Recipe Instructions tab in “Pre-Preparation Instruction” fields.
  • Since seasonings are particularly affected by increased scaling, we suggest taste testing as you increase quantities.
  • We recommend that any recipe selected for use in your district be tested in your kitchens prior to adding to your menu to ensure that the methods and yields are compatible when prepared with your equipment.
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Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
SI660 SIDE BALSAMIC BEETS Vegetable recipes No
SI663 SIDE RADISH SLAW Vegetable recipes No
SI664 SIDE PORK SLAW Vegetable recipes No
FS033 LEMON GARLIC SPINACH Vegetable recipes Yes
FS044 RUBY RICE & BUTTERNUT SALAD Vegetable recipes Yes
FS093 RUBY RICE & BUTTERNUT SALAD PK Vegetable recipes Yes
FS108 SIDE SPAGHETTI SQUASH PK Vegetable recipes Yes
HK2233 Thai Sweet Potato Fries Vegetable recipes Yes
HK2238 Calabacitas con Elote Vegetable recipes Yes
HK2277 Chili Roasted Sweeet Potatoes Vegetable recipes Yes
MV202 ROASTED VEG FOR POLENTA Vegetable recipes Yes
SI002 SIDE POTATO MASHED Vegetable recipes Yes
SI012 SIDE MASH SWEET POT Vegetable recipes Yes
SI013 SIDE SWEET POTATO CHIPS Vegetable recipes Yes
SI200 SIDE OVEN FRIES Vegetable recipes Yes
SI201 SIDE SWEET POTATO FRIES Vegetable recipes Yes
SI600 SIDE GREEN PEAS Vegetable recipes Yes
SI610 SIDE CORN Vegetable recipes Yes
SI611 SIDE FIESTA CORN Vegetable recipes Yes
SI640 SIDE ZUCCHINI ROASTED Vegetable recipes Yes
SI646 SIDE SPAGHETTI SQUASH Vegetable recipes Yes
SI647 SIDE BUTTERNUT SQUASH Vegetable recipes Yes
SI648 ROASTED SUMMER SQUASH Vegetable recipes Yes

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