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School Lunch Recipes

Our Cool Bean School Lunch Recipe Collection is a thoughtfully curated resource to support school nutrition professionals. This selection of kid-tested plant-based recipes has been collected from school nutrition departments around the country – all recipes featuring…

Beans, The Lean & Green Protein!

Each recipe in the collection features a “Cool Bean of the Month,” which can link classroom to cafeteria, with a timely social studies topic (see below), enriching the lessons, and fostering a curiosity and appreciation for our global community. 

Lean and Green Kids wants to support teachers and school food professionals working hard to make more healthy, plant-based school meals a successful part of a comprehensive education experience, and towards that goal, we have created several food education resources, including cafeteria banners and our fun, easy and free  Daily Scoop multi-cultural ​nutrition education program!

​Beans  are cool for so many reasons… they’re versatile, economical, multi-cultural, a superfood and a super green protein! 

*Currently, beans (including tofu & bean burgers) are the allowable whole food, plant-based meat-alternate protein in the National School Lunch Program.

Cool Bean Recipes - Fall

September, INTRO to Cool Beans
Lean and Green Cool Bean Burger
Pasta Power Salad
Cool & Green Turtle Bean Salad/Wrap

October, America’s Bean – Navy Bean
Boston Baked Beans & Baker
Purple Power Wrap
Ship Shape Apple & Grape Salad/Wrap

November, Native American – Kidney Bean
Rainbow Red Bean Bowl
Grateful Harvest Pasta
Three Sisters Salad/Wrap

Cool Bean Recipes - Winter

December, Hanukkah/Middle East – Garbanzo Bean
Rockin’ Moroccan Chili
​Fantastic Falafel
Chicks for World Peas Salad/Wrap

January, MLK Day/Soul Food – Black Eyed Peas
Lucky Soul Chili Bowl
Black Eyed Peas n’ Rice Bowl
​Sweet Potato Soul Salad/Wrap

February, China/Chinese New Year – Soy Bean
Amazing Lo Mein
Tasty Teriyaki Tofu Bowl
Exquisite Edamame and Corn Salad

Cool Bean Recipes - Spring

March, India & The Festival of Colors – Lentils
Spiced Lentil Curry
Shepherd’s Pie
Lentil Mash Up Salad/Wrap

April, Earth Day – Cool Beans Around the World
Tantalizing Tacos
Scrumptious Sloppy Joe’s
Cool Beans n’ Beyond Pasta Bake

May, Mexico & Cinco De Mayo – Pinto
Fiesta Rice Bowl
Enticing Enchiladas
Ensalada Especial Con Frijoles

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