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.
201 - 225 of 382 Results
Recipe No. Recipe Name Food Category Hot?
MB101 PORK RIBS 6-8/ 2 EA Pork Yes
MB102 PORK RIBS 9-12/ 3 EA Pork Yes
MB130 TACOS PORK PULLED SOFT Pork Yes
MP055 EGGROLL CHICKEN ELEM Purchased mixed dishes - lunch entrees/main dishes Yes
MP056 EGGROLL CHICKEN SEC Purchased mixed dishes - lunch entrees/main dishes Yes
PV062 RAVIOLI CHEESE ELEM Purchased mixed dishes - lunch entrees/main dishes Yes
PV063 RAVIOLI CHEESE SEC Purchased mixed dishes - lunch entrees/main dishes Yes
SA305 SALAD BAR MEAL W/ 2 OZ ROLL Salads No
SA690 SALAD BAR SIDE K-5 Salads No
SA691 SALAD BAR SIDE 6-8 Salads No
SA692 SALAD BAR SIDE 9-12 Salads No
SA300 POTATO SALAD BULK Salads Yes
SA902 POTATO SALAD Salads Yes
MB430 SANDWICH COMBO SUB Sandwich recipes No
YG013 CHICKEN SALAD WITH FRUIT K-8 Sandwich recipes No
YG014 CHICKEN SALAD WITH FRUIT 9-12 Sandwich recipes No
FS002 TOASTED BACON AND CHEESE Sandwich recipes Yes
FS028 HAM AND CHEESE CROISSANT Sandwich recipes Yes
FS029 SPICY SAUSAGE SANDWICH Sandwich recipes Yes
FS045 CRISPY CHICKEN SANDWICH Sandwich recipes Yes
FS086 HAM AND CHEESE CROISSANT PK Sandwich recipes Yes
FS092 CRISPY CHICKEN SANDWICH PK Sandwich recipes Yes
MB115 SANDWICH BRATWURST Sandwich recipes Yes
MB431 SANDWICH MEATBALL SUB ELEM Sandwich recipes Yes
MB432 SANDWICH MEATBALL SUB SEC Sandwich recipes Yes

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