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Simple Ways To Create A Trendy School Lunch

Infuse trendy flavors into your menu while saving time in the new year with these tips and recipes.

cafeteria scene by Land O’Lakes Culinary Center

We’ve all heard the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” For school lunch operators, this often means getting creative with trendy ideas and bold flavors to deliver fun, nutritious meals to kids.
Staying on top of what's new can be fun and exciting with versatile cheese products and a team of culinary experts behind you. Land O Lakes® Ultimate Yellow, Ultimate Jalapeno and Ultimate Creamy White Cheese Sauces are made to serve up smiles for kids and cooks alike, while our Land O Lakes® Macaroni and Cheese products are ready to heat and serve right out of the package. 

Top Trending Flavors

According to K-12 Nutrition and Product Specialist, Susie Berglund, a simple way to stay on trend in 2023 is to pay attention to popular flavors and pair, or incorporate, them with existing menu items.
“Sriracha, poblano, curry, jerk, chili lime and buffalo are just a few flavors Datassential identified as proliferating among chain restaurants kids and families frequent,” explained Chef Susie. “Sauces are especially simple to serve with traditional items like chicken nuggets or fries to transform a standard school lunch into something special.”
Our cheese sauces are designed with convenience in mind. They’re easy to customize with a variety of ingredients to satisfy cravings.

Meals Inspire Your Menu

No matter how you decide to take advantage of trends, we have products to help make it a snap. Here are a couple of our favorite quick and easy recipes to help you serve up the hottest flavors in memorable ways.

Chicken and Roasted Poblanos
with Land O Lakes® Prepared Macaroni and Cheese

Land O Lakes Foodservice I Chicken and Roasted Poblanos

Curry Chicken Salad
with Ultimate Creamy White™ Sauce

Land O Lakes K12 Foodservice I Curry Chicken Salad

Cheesy Caribbean Chicken with Rice and Beans
with Ultimate Creamy White™ Cheese Sauce

Land O Lakes K12 Foodservice I Caribbean Chicken with Rice and Beans


Buffalo Chicken Mac
with Land O Lakes® Prepared Mac & Cheese with Whole Grain

Land O Lakes K12 Foodservice I Buffalo Chicken Mac

“Since saving time is always on trend, we’ve also created a recipe collection with five and fewer ingredients to ensure those with limited time, staff and ingredients can serve up smiles throughout the year,” said Chef Susie.

Let us know how we can help you transform your school menu in 2023. From trainings and menu ideation to customized recipes that match the skills of your team, our culinary experts are excellent resources for your school. To learn more, reach out to your sales representative or send us a message.

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