10 new chef-inspired school meal recipes

Happy National Nutrition month! If your school(s) have quick scratch cooking capability, do we have a deal for you! In 2018 Chefs from K-12 schools and industry were invited to participate in a recipe development summit. Ideas were generated, and recipes created, samples were taste tested. From a list of over 25 recipes the top 10 were selected for testing in schools. You now have the opportunity to try them out.


Explore all 10 new recipes at a glance (include link to “10 New Chef Inspired Recipes Brochure 2018). These on-trend, fun and tasty school meal recipes are a great way to help ensure every student is fueled and ready to learn.  Several of the recipes are highlighting new food trends such as totcho, curry and queso – all dishes that can spice up menus. All recipes are sized for school kitchens. As a marketing idea, send the recipes home to parents to help promote your program. Download a PDF of all 10 of the new recipes.



Recipes continue to be a valuable resource and there’s no doubt that’s desire to have new and exciting ideas to serve students. Consider them as a part of your menu calendar, taste testing and/or special menu offerings such as limited time offers.

  • Many recipes include a full or half serving of cheese or yogurt as a meat/meat alternative and a serving of whole grains. Many also include ½ cup of fruit. 
  • The recipes are quick-scratch, easy to prepare, designed to help meet school cost constraints and are suitable for breakfast and lunch cafeteria service, grab-n-go and BIC. 
  • The recipes have been tested in a real world setting and are proven winners with both students and schools!


We recognize the ability to prepare quick-scratch items in schools is not universal, so this is not a solution for every school or every district. However, for those schools with quick scratch cooking capability, they offer new ways to make school meals exciting for students.


NOTE: Samples of some of the recipes will be available at this years SNA summer conferences in Idaho and Utah, during the vendor fair.

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