Recipes for School Food Service

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl logo What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

USDA. Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is a searchable collection of recipes and other resources managed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency, namely the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS). This site combines information provided by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) through MyPlate and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for specific federal nutrition assistance programs. These programs consist of the Child Nutrition Programs, the Food Distribution Programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).


Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbooks: Cookbook for Schools Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Schools

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

These recipes feature dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains, and are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.


USDA Recipes for Schools USDA Recipes for Schools

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

A collection of over 150 standardized recipes developed by USDA for use in the National School Lunch Program.


Whipping Up Wellness: Wisconsin Student Chef Competition Cookbook

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

This cookbook contains recipes that were submitted by students during the competition. All recipes had to include Wisconsin grown fruits or vegetables and a Wisconsin dairy product. Additionally, recipes had to contain less than 35% of calories from fat, less than 10% of calories from saturated fat, and less than 600mg of sodium.


New School Cuisine cover New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks (PDF | 22.91 MB)

Vermont FEED; Vermont Agency of Education; School Nutrition Association of Vermont.

This cookbook was developed by Vermont school cooks and features 80 student-tested quantity recipes. Each recipe is in USDA format and includes a nutritional analysis and crediting information.


Chef Cyndie Story Recipes

Iowa Team Nutrition

Ten new recipes that were developed, tested, and standardized by Chef Cyndie Story to assist schools with incorporating more dark green, orange/red vegetables, legumes, and whole grains into school meals. The recipes are a supplement to the existing Iowa Gold Star Recipes and can be a tool for schools as they work towards meeting the new meal pattern requirements.


Recipe Calorie Calculator

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

This spreadsheet tool was created to help schools add calories and saturated fat gram amounts together when developing a recipe.


Showcase of Chefs Recipe Book School Day Just Got Healthier: Showcase of Chefs Recipe Book

Michigan Team Nutrition.

These recipes were compiled to accompany Michigan's Showcase of Chefs culinary trainings.


2011 Michigan Junior Chef Competition Cookbook cover 2011 Michigan Junior Chef Competition Cookbook (PDF | 2.6 MB)

Michigan Team Nutrition.

These recipes include local or USDA foods for school food service operations to offer as part of their meal programs.


Girl with vegetables Now We’re Cooking! A Collection of Simple Scratch Recipes Served in Minnesota Schools (PDF | 701 KB)

University of Minnesota Extension.

This cookbook features 50 simple 'from scratch' recipes from The Great Trays Partnership.


Meeting the Challenge: Recipes and Videos

Michigan Team Nutrition.

These videos illustrate how Michigan Child Nutrition professionals are meeting the school meal regulations. Each video includes a chef sharing tips and demonstrating recipes using whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Recipes used in the videos are available in the Meeting the Challenge Recipe Book.


Chef Designed Recipes for USDA Foods Chef Designed Recipes for USDA Foods

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

Recipe series featuring the following USDA Foods: Black Beans, Whole Grain Pasta, Pollock, Canned Cherries, and Frozen Broccoli. Each recipe has been tested in a school kitchen and includes a short video of Chef Brenda's tips and a description of the students' response to the recipe at the test site.


USDA Foods Recipes by Chef Deanna Olson

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson developed and standardized ten new recipes for schools utilizing USDA Foods.


Menus that Move: Cycle Menus and Recipes

Ohio Department of Education; Ohio State University.

Cycle menus for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer featuring local foods in season. Each season contains 5 weekly menus for grades K-8 and 9-12 with meal components and nutrient standards. Menus meet the Target 1 sodium levels. Resource also contains 50 standardized recipes that use USDA foods.


Sizzling School Lunches: Indiana Cooks with Chef Cyndie (PDF | 11.2 MB)

Indiana Department of Education Office of School and Community Nutrition

A collection of recipes, each focused on a fruit or vegetable.


C.H.E.F. Cookbook and Promising Practices (PDF | 10.7 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education.

This collection of recipes and best practices was developed by 9 CHEF teams in Maryland that received mini grants as part of a Team Nutrition Training Grant. The booklet contains over 50 recipes for school food service, and a section of best practice tips.


Cooking with Whole Grains

Idaho State Department of Education. Child Nutrition Programs; 2010.

This training kit was developed to provide school food service personnel with the knowledge and skills to serve more whole grains in their school meals programs.


Fruit and Veggie Quantity Recipe Cookbook

NH DHHS. Division of Public Health Services. Fruit and Vegetable Program.

A collection of soup, salad, breakfast, side dish, main dish, and other recipes that meet the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters recipe criteria (criteria are listed on page 6 of the booklet). Appendices include family-size recipes, links to information about fruits and vegetables, and taste-test surveys.


Avocado Recipes and Resources

California Avocado Commission.

Includes quantity recipes, tips for selecting, handling, and storing avocados, as well as other resources for food service.


School Foodservice Toolkit

Cranberry Marketing Committee.

Provides usage and storage tips about cranberries and recipes for using cranberries in school food service.


California Raisin Food Service Recipes

California Raisin Marketing Board.

Provides storage and usage tips, as well as several quantity raisin recipes.


Let’s Cook Healthy School Meals cookbook

Project Bread.

Let's Cook Healthy School Meals is a tool to help school administrators and kitchen plan and prepare healthy meals for students. It meets the new 2012 USDA school meal requirements—and offers 100 recipes that have been kid-tested in cafeteria kitchens.


Flavor Shakers

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson created these low-sodium herb/seasoning mixtures to be utilized in child care and schools to decrease sodium consumption.


Dried Plum Recipes for School Food Service

California Dried Plum Board.

Provides tips and recipes for using plums in school food service.