Food-Service Friendly Recipes

Becky O'Connor, Farm to School Coordinator, WNY & Finger Lakes
Harvest New York

May 5, 2020
Food-Service Friendly Recipes

To supplement the Harvest of the Month program, Harvest NY has curated a list of popular recipes from school districts. Expand your school lunch menu with one of these yummy recipes!

To submit a recipe to us for inclusion on this list, contact Becky O'Connor, Harvest New York's Farm to Institution Coordinator

To access the Buffalo F2S recipes listed below, follow the link and then click on the corresponding Harvest of the Month!

Apples and Pears

Apple Crisp

Apple Muffin Squares

Baked Apples

Cucumber Apple Salad (pg. 104)

Golden Apple Oatmeal

Pear and Kale Salad


Farm Fresh Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Sesame Roasted Green Beans (pg. 89; option to use Asparagus)

Steamed Asparagus with Light Alfredo Sauce

Bell Peppers

Asian Salad with Brown Rice and Sesame Ginger Dressing

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Confetti Corn Salad (pg. 33)

Fiesta Corn

Pepper Slaw

Ratatouille (pg. 77)

Roasted Rosemary Vegetables (pg. 86)

Southwestern White Bean Soup (pg. 49)


Berry Cane Smoothie

Blueberry Delight

Fruit and Bran Muffins (pg. 117)

Fruity Yogurt Popsicles

Mixed Berry Crumble

Strawberry Spinach Salad (pg. 54)

Very Berry Overnight Oats

Yogurt Parfait

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Broccoli and Cauliflower Ribbon Salad

Cheesy Broccoli Potato Mash

Cream of Broccoli Soup (pg. 24)

Geeze Louise Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Lemon Zest Broccoli (pg. 22)

Mac and Trees (pg. 115)

Potato, Corn, and Cauliflower Chowder

Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric (pg. 81)

Sesame Roasted Green Beans (pg. 89; option to use Broccoli)

Steamed Broccoli and Roasted Cauliflower (pg. 26)

Sweet and Sour Chicken Rice Bowl (pg. 46; try making it a "Your Way Chicken Rice Bowl" and let students choose their toppings)

Brussels Sprouts

Blazin' Brussels Sprouts

Honey Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Maple Syrup Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Asian Coleslaw

Asian Salad with Brown Rice and Sesame Ginger Dressing

Black Bean and Rice Veggie Wrap

Broccoli and Cauliflower Ribbon Salad

Cabbage Salad

Cider Braised Cabbage and Apples

Gingered Cabbage Salad (pg. 39)

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage (consider for salad bar)

Rainbow Salad

Red & Green Cabbage Salad with Thai-Style Fresh Herb Dressing


Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Eyed Pea Stew with Fresh Corn and Tomatoes (pg. 96)

Cherry Tomato, Corn, and Bean Salad

Corn and Edamame Salad (pg. 21)

Corn Chowder (pg. 98)

Fiesta Corn

Goat Cheese and Roasted Corn Quesadillas

Marinated Black Bean Salad

Potato, Corn, and Cauliflower Chowder

Santa Fe Wrap (pg. 42)

Summer Squash and Corn Soup

Dried Beans

Arroz con Queso (listed under Grains)

Bandit Beans

Bean Burrito

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Rice Veggie Wrap

Black Bean Vegetable Wrap

Marinated Black Bean Salad

NY Black Bean Soup

NY Pinto Beans

Refried Beans

Traditional Boston Baked Beans

Zesty Black Bean Burgers

Garlic and Onions

Beets and Sweets

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)


Marinated Black Bean Salad

Potato Soup

Honey and Maple Syrup

Baked Apples


Apple, Cranberry, and Kale Salad

Braised Beans and Greens (pg. 63)

Cheesy Chorizo Quesadilla (pg. 12)

Cheesy Kale Bake (pg. 139)

Fall Kale and Apple Salad

Kale and White Bean Ragout

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Chips

Kale Chips (pg. 73)

Kale Parmesan Salad

Kale Pesto (pg. 75)

Kale Quesadillas

Rainbow Salad

Sweet Apple and Kale Salad

Tic-Tac-Toe Salad


Cheesy Broccoli Potato Mash

Corn, Potato, and Cauliflower Soup

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes (pg. 70)

Potato Salad

Potato Salad with Lemon and Garlic (pg. 80)

Potato, Corn, and Cauliflower Soup

Potato Soup

Roasted Potato Wedges (pg. 74)

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted Rosemary Vegetables (pg. 86)

Roasted Ruby Red Potatoes

Smashed Taters

Spud Salad

Root Vegetables

Baked Carrots

Beets and Sweets

Braised Carrots with Rosemary

Carrot Fries

Carrot Souffle (pg. 65)

Glazed Carrots

Parsnip Fries

Parsnip Fries with Rosemary and Garlic

Rainbow Salad

Roasted Root Vegetable Hash

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley

Roasted Root Vegetables (pg. 41)

Roasted Root Veggies

Root Vegetable Gratin (pg. 87)

Shepherd's Pie

Southwestern White Bean Soup (pg. 49)

Salad Greens

Black Beans and Veggie Wrap

Cucumber Apple Salad (pg. 104)

Greek Grilled Chicken Salad (pg. 30)

Santa Fe Wrap (pg. 42)

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Super Summer Salad

Vegetable Wraps

Summer Squash

Ratatouille (pg. 77)

Roasted Summer Squash

Summer Squash and Corn Soup

Summer Squash Lasagna


Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Fiesta Salad (pg. 11)

Cherry Tomato and Corn Salsa (pg. 29)

Chickpeas and Pasta (pg. 151)

Easy Caprese Spread

Fresh Tomato Salsa (pg. 94)

Greek Grilled Chicken Salad (pg. 30)

Italian Bean and Pasta Salad (pg. 32)

Pasta Salad with Cannellini Beans (pg. 36)

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes

Pico de Gallo

Santa Fe Wrap (pg. 42)

Tomato and Bean Burritos

Vegetarian Pizza (pg. 53)

Winter Squash

Butternut and Sweet Potato Bake (pg. 38)

Butternut Barley (pg. 107)

Butternut Bisque (pg. 40)

Butternut Mashed Potatoes (pg. 34)

Butternut Rice Pilaf

Butternut Squash Squared

Butternutty Mac and Cheese

Butternutty Mac and Cheese - Hamburg CSD

Cider Glazed Squash

Delicata Smiles (pg. 69)


Quinoa, Black Bean, & Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Feta Cheese (pg. 123)

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar (pg. 36)

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary

Roasted Winter Squash Soup

Spaghetti Squash Bake (pg. 91)

Three Sisters Soup (pg. 55)


NY Ranch Dressing

Plant-Based Meals

Coalition for Healthy School Food curated quantity recipes for schools. These recipes are plant-based, and all include meal components met. Also indicated are ingredients grown in NY State.

Upcoming Events

Seed Sowing Workshop

March 25, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust and Brooklyn Grange invite you to create customized flats for your garden in this not-your-typical seed sowing workshop with Kwesi Joseph, Urban Garden Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest New York.

Learn to sow seeds in a commercial greenhouse setting and leave them to grow for eight weeks while the Brooklyn Grange Farmers lovingly tend to the seedlings. This workshop is aimed at gardeners of all experience levels. Please come if you want to grow plants that are not usually found at traditional plant giveaways, local hardware stores, or nurseries. Participants are encouraged to bring (and share!) seeds, especially ancestral seeds, culturally important seeds, or seeds with a story. Brooklyn Grange will also supply seeds the day of.


New Ag Climate Factsheet Released

The intersection of agricultural production and greenhouse gases is gathering increasing attention. This is an opportune time to consider how vegetable production interacts with carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions, and how using cover crops may alter this picture.

The factsheet, Greenhouse Gases and Soil Organic Carbon in Vegetable Production and the Role of Cover Crops, written by Zach Spangler, Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist with CCE Harvest NY, and Elizabeth Buck, Fresh Market Vegetable Specialist, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, discusses:
  • Sequestration of atmospheric carbon in agricultural soils as soil organic carbon (SOC). Is vegetable production impacting SOC?
  • Net greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O), and methane (CH4) from the soil.
  • Impact of cover crops on soil organic carbon, nitrous oxide emissions, and other GHG emissions.

The NY Food Hub Collaborative Takes Root!

Cornell Cooperative Extension has received a USDA Regional Food Systems Partnership Planning and Development grant for the NY Food Hub Collaborative. This is a 2-year project.

The NY Food Hub Collaborative brings together 29 local food system stakeholders representing 21 organizations to realize the long-term goal of improving the economic viability of mid-tier value chain partners targeting local markets by improving efficiencies, maximizing profits, and increasing demand for NY food products. Three objectives guide the project tea toward that goal:

1. Establish a Collaborative of interdependent food hubs designed to work collaboratively to efficiently, affordably, and effectively market NY food products to institutional markets.

2. Identify the potential for small, mid-size, and socially disadvantaged producers to be competitive in state agency and institutional contracts.

3. Develop strategic business relationships between mid-tier value chain partners including food hubs, producers, processors, distributors, and markets that emphasize organizational interdependence, trust, and transparency and equitably distribute responsibilities and rewards.

Objectives will be met through strategic planning amongst Collaborative partners, virtual field trips to learn best practices from national partners, business-to-business development opportunities, producer and market partner training, and a series of outputs. Outputs include an interactive local food system asset map, a procurement guide on selling NY food products to various institutional markets, an analysis of existing procurement policies across institutions and recommendations for improvement, market analyses of key institutional market partners, a NY Collaborative product guide, and an implementation plan that provides a framework to operationalize the NY Food Hub Collaborative.

Project Partners:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome, Oneida, Essex, and Saratoga Counties
  • Farm Fare
  • Syracuse University
  • Upstate Growers & Packers
  • Eden Valley Growers
  • Capital Roots
  • Farm Fresh First
  • 607CSA
  • Hub on the Hill
  • Headwater Food Hub
  • Syracuse Onondaga Food Systems Alliance
  • Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp.
  • Center for Agriculture Development and Entrepreneurship
  • NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Buffalo City School District
  • Syracuse City School District
  • NYC Citywide Administrative Services
Additional project partners will be identified as the project takes root. If you're interested in learning more or getting involved, please reach out to Project Director, Cheryl Bilinski,