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.

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.
51 - 75 of 367 Results
Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
MP001 CHICKEN STREET TACO ELEM Chicken Yes
MP002 CHICKEN STREET TACOS SEC Chicken Yes
MP003 CHICKEN ENCHILADA Chicken Yes
MP007 QUESADILLA CHICKEN SEC Chicken Yes
MP061 CHICKEN CRISPY BOWL Chicken Yes
MP070 BURRITO CHICKEN Chicken Yes
MP071 BURRITO CHICKEN 1/2 K2 Chicken Yes
MP081 CHICKEN FAJITA SEC Chicken Yes
MP300 CHICKEN PLAIN ROASTED DRUM Chicken Yes
MP301 CHICKEN PLAIN ROASTED THIGH Chicken Yes
MP310 CHICKEN SWEET N SOUR DRUM Chicken Yes
MP311 CHICKEN SWEET N SOUR THIGH Chicken Yes
MP320 CHICKEN OVEN FRY DRUM Chicken Yes
MP321 CHICKEN OVEN FRY THIGH Chicken Yes
RSF002 GREEN MAC AND CHICKEN BAKE K-8 Chicken Yes
RSF003 GREEN MAC & CHICKEN BAKE 9-12 Chicken Yes
SI801 POTATO CHICKEN SALAD Chicken Yes
TT001 TIKKA MASALA TACOS Chicken Yes
SA509 EGGS 1/4 PAN Dairy: butter, cheese, eggs, milk, yogurt No
SI702 RICOTTA FILLING Dairy: butter, cheese, eggs, milk, yogurt Yes
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
DE004 CRISP PEACH Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie Yes
FS112 SIDE BISCUIT PK Desserts, bread, cakes, cookies, pie Yes

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