USDA Recipes for Schools
Numerical Order


These updated recipes from the 1988 Quantity Recipes for School Food Service and the 1995 Tool Kit for Healthy School Meals reflect the changes made in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs. Revised recipes have been standardized, edited for consistency, and updated with Critical Control Point (CCP) information from the 2003 Food Code supplement. The recipes are available online from ICN, Healthy School Meals Resource System, and Team Nutrition. The recipes are also available on CD-ROM by request from USDA/FNS. 


Also, included are the new Recipes for Healthy Kids (R4HK). The 30 recipes from the R4HK competition are credited to support the whole grain-rich, red/orange, dark green, and beans/peas (legumes) vegetable subgroups for the meal patterns as part of the Nutrition Standards in School Meal Programs. The 30 kid-approved recipes are designated with an "r" at the end of the recipe number. Find these recipes in the Team Nutrition Resource Library:


Food safety information is based on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2001 Food Code as supplemented in 2003. The 2003 Food Code supplement dropped the hot holding temperature from 140 °F to 135 °F. Always check your State or local health codes to determine if they are more restrictive.


Funding for this project was provided by USDA/FNS through a cooperative agreement with ICN.


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NEW RECIPES! (These recipes, and others, can be found at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl)

Chicken Burrito
Creamed Spinach
Fruit Salsa
Hawaiian Ham Coconut Rice
Local Harvest Bake
Mashed Potatoes
Mexicali Taco Boat
Pizza Green Beans
Sesame Asian Noodle Chicken Salad
Sweet and Sassy Chicken
Taco Soup
Volcanic Meatloaf


Recipe Numbers: B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J
All recipes listed numerically | Go to recipe name index

All Grains/Breads
B-01: Master Mix
B-02: Cooking Macaroni, Noodles, and Spaghetti
B-03: Cooking Rice (Oven or Steamer)
B-04: Baking Powder Biscuits
B-05: Banana Bread Squares
B-06: Bread Stuffing
B-06A: Cornbread Stuffing
B-07: Brown Bread
B-08: Cinnamon Rolls
B-09: Cornbread (updated January 2007)
B-10: Fried Rice
B-11: Italian Bread
B-12: Muffin Squares
B-13: Pancakes
B-14: Pizza Crust
B-15: Pourable Pizza Crust
B-16: Rolls (Yeast)
B-17: Spanish Rice
B-18: Sweet Potato-Plum Bread Squares
B-19: White Bread
B-20: Oatmeal Muffin Squares
B-21: Orange Rice Pilaf
B-22: Brown Rice Pilaf
B-23: Rice-Vegetable Casserole
B-24r: Aztec Grain Salad (2013)
B-25r: Mediterranean Quinoa (2013)
B-26r: Oodles of Noodles (2013)
B-27r: Peppy Quinoa (2013)

All Desserts
C-01: Apple Cobbler (updated March 2006)
C-02: Apple Crisp
C-02A: Apple-Honey Crisp
C-03: Applesauce Cake
C-04: Brownies
C-05: Carrot Cake
C-06: Cherry Cobbler (updated March 2006)
C-07: Cherry Crisp
C-08: Chocolate Cake
C-09: Chocolate Chip Cookies
C-10: Oatmeal Cookies (updated January 2007)
C-11: Orange-Pineapple Gelatin (updated March 2006)
C-12: Bottom Pastry Crust (Sheet Pans)
C-12A: Top Pastry Crust (Steamtable Pans)
C-13: Peach Cobbler (updated March 2006)
C-14: Peanut Butter Cookies
C-15: Rice Pudding
C-16: Spice Cake
C-17: Sweet Potato Pie
C-18: Vanilla Cream Frosting
C-19: Whipped Topping
C-20: Yellow Cake
C:21: Royal Brownies (updated March 2006)
C-22: Brownie Icing
C-23: Gingerbread
C-24: Orange Glaze (updated March 2006)
C-25: New Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (updated March 2006)
C-26: Peanut Butter Bars
C-27: Peanut Butter Glaze
C-28: New Spice Cake
C-29: Spice Icing
C-30: Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies (updated March 2006)
C-31: Chocoleana Cake (updated March 2006)
C-32: Chocolate Glaze
C-33: Orange Rice Pudding

All Main Dishes
D-11: Barbecued Chicken
D-12: Beef or Pork Burrito (updated March 2006)
D-12A: Bean Burrito (updated March 2006)
D-12B: Beef or Pork Burrito (Using Canned Meats)
D-13: Beef or Pork Taco
D-13A: Bean Taco
D-13B: Beef or Pork Taco (Using Canned Meats)
D-13C: Chicken or Turkey Taco
D-14: Beef Stew
D-15: Beef Tamale Pie
D-15A: Beef and Bean Tamale Pie
D-15B: Chicken or Turkey Tamale Pie
D-16: Chicken or Turkey a la King
D-17: Chicken or Turkey and Noodles
D-18: Chicken or Turkey Chop Suey
D-19: Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie
D-20: Chili con Carne with Beans
D-21: Country Fried Steak
D-22: Ground Beef and Macaroni (With Mexican Seasoning)
D-23: Ground Beef and Spanish Rice
D-24: Ground Beef Stroganoff
D-25: Lasagna with Ground Beef (updated January 2007)
D-25A: Lasagna with Ground Pork and Ground Beef
D-26: Macaroni and Cheese
D-27: Meat Loaf
D-27A: Meat Balls
D-28: Nachos with Ground Beef
D-29: Oven Fried Chicken
D-30: Pizza with Cheese Topping
D-30A: Vegetable Pizza
D-31: Pizza with Ground Beef Topping
D-31A: Pizza with Ground Pork Topping
D-32: Quiche with Self-Forming Crust
D-33: Salisbury Steak
D-34: Scrambled Eggs
D-35: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (updated January 2007)
D-35A: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Ground Beef and Ground Pork) (updated March 2006)
D-36: Sweet and Sour Pork
D-37: Tuna and Noodles
D-38: Turkey and Dressing Supreme
D-39: Chicken Stir-Fry
D-39A: Beef Stir-Fry
D-39B: Pork Stir-Fry (updated March 2006)
D-40: Chicken Fajitas
D-41: Chicken Tomato Bake
D-42: Chicken Tetrazzini
D-43: Beef Shepherds Pie
D-44: Honey-Lemon Chicken
D-45: Beef Taco Pie
D-45A: Taco Pie with Salad Topping
D-45B: Taco Pie with Beans
D-46: Baked Cajun Fish
D-47: Baked Fish Scandia
D-48: Arroz con Queso (Rice with Cheese)
D-49: Vegetable Chili
D-50: Vegetable Lasagna
D-51: New Macaroni and Cheese (updated January 2007)
D-52: Vegetable Quesadilla
D-53r: Chic' Pene (2013)
D-54r: Chicken Alfredo with a Twish (2013)
D-55r: Chicken Curry Casserole (2013)
D-56r: Rainbow Rice (2013)
D-57r: Stir-Fried Green Rice, Eggs, and Ham (2013)
D-58r: Smokin' Powerhouse Chili (2013)
D-59r: Squish Squash Lasagna (2013)
D-60r: Stir-Fry Fajita Chicken, Squash, and Corn (2013)
D-61r: Eagle Pizza (2013)
D-62r: Fiesta Mexican Lasagna (2013)
D-63r: Vegetable Chili Boat (2013)

All Salads and Salad Dressing
E-04: Carrot-Raisin Salad (updated March 2006)
E-05: Chicken or Turkey Salad
E-06: Creamy Cole Slaw
E-07: Macaroni Salad
E-08: Pasta Salad (updated March 2006)
E-09: Potato Salad
E-10: Taco Salad
E-11: Three Bean Salad
E-12: Waldorf Fruit Salad
E-13: Creamy Dip for Fresh Vegetables
E-14: French Dressing
E-15: Italian Dressing
E-16: Thousand Island Dressing
E-17: Broccoli Salad
E-18: Clear Dressing
E-19: Ranch Dressing
E-20: Honey Dressing
E-21: Marinated Black Bean Salad
E-22: New Italian Dressing
E-23: Tabouleh (tah-BUHL-lee)
E-24: Hummus (updated March 2006)

All Sandwiches
F-02: Barbecued Beef or Pork on Roll (Using Canned Meats)
F-03: Egg Salad Sandwich
F-04: Pizzaburger on Roll
F-05: Sloppy Joe on Roll
F-06: Stromboli
F-06A: Stromboli with Tomato Sauce
F-06B: Vegetable Stromboli (updated January 2007)
F-07: Toasted Cheese Sandwich (updated April 2007)
F-07A: Toasted Turkey Ham and Cheese Sandwich (updated April 2007)
F-08: Tuna Salad Sandwich
F-09: Vegetable Wraps (updated March 2006)
F-10r: Porcupine Slides (2013)
F-11r: Bok Choy Wrappers (2013)
F-12r: Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap (2013)
F-13r: Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap (2013)
F-14r: Fiesta Wrap (2013)
F-15r: Purple Power Bean Wrap (2013)

All Sauces, Gravies, and Seasoning Mixes
G-01: Italian Seasoning Mix
G-01A: Mexican Seasoning Mix
G-02: Barbeque Sauce
G-03: Brown Gravy
G-03A: Chicken or Turkey Gravy
G-03B: Cream Gravy
G-04: Nacho Cheese Sauce
G-05: Sweet and Sour Sauce
G-06: Tartar Sauce
G-07: Tomato Sauce (Meatless)
G-08: White Sauce
G-08A: Cheese Sauce
G-09: Spiced Apple Topping
G-10: Honey Barbecue Sauce
G-11: Stir-Fry Sauce
G-12: Teriyaki Sauce
G-13: Cucumber Sauce

All Soups
H-01: Bean Soup
H-02: Chicken or Turkey Noodle Soup
H-02A: Chicken or Turkey Rice Soup
H-03: Cream of Vegetable Soup
H-04: Vegetable Soup
H-04A: Beef Vegetable Soup
H-04B: Chicken or Turkey Vegetable Soup
H-05: Thick Vegetable Soup
H-06: Cream of Chicken Soup
H-07: Minestrone
H-08r: Sweet Potatoe and Black Bean Stew (2013)
H-09r: Confetti Soup (2013)
H-10r: Harvest Soup (2013)
H-11r: Spanish Chickpea Stew (2013)
H-12r: Tuscan Smoked Turkey and Bean Soup (2013)

All Vegetables
I-05: Preparing Instant Mashed Potatoes
I-06: Baked Beans (Using Canned Vegetarian Beans)
I-07: Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples
I-08: Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole
I-09: Chinese Style Vegetables
I-10: Corn Pudding
I-11: Green Beans in Cheese Sauce
I-12: Mexicali Corn
I-13: Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes
I-13A: Orange Glazed Carrots
I-14: Potatoes Au Gratin (Using Dehydrated Sliced Potatoes)
I-15: Refried Beans (updated January 2007)
I-16: Scalloped Potatoes (Using Dehydrated Sliced Potatoes)
I-16A: Scalloped Potatoes (Using Fresh Potatoes)
I-17: Quick Baked Potatoes
I-18: Herbed Broccoli and Cauliflower Polonaise
I-19: Corn and Green Bean Casserole
I-20r: Central Valley Harvest Bake (2013)
I-21r: Harvest Delight (2013)
I-23r: Tasty Tots (2013)
I-24r: Lentils of the Southwest (2013)

All Breakfast
J-01: Granola
J-02: Breakfast Burrito with Salsa
J-03: Baked French Toast Strips