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Stay at Home & Cook!

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Recent school closures and stay-at-home mandates are changing the way we eat. Our team of chefs and registered dietitians are here to share tools and resources with students and families during this time. This page has an emphasis on pantry-friendly staples and the items that are distributed in our emergency food bags. You'll find recipes, helpful lessons on cooking techniques and an interactive Q&A feature where you can ask our team for help with a cooking or nutrition question.  


Featured: Mexican Chicken Salad

This hearty salad is a perfect winter meal. Savory, tender veggies and flavorful chilies combine for a satisfying dish. Full recipe listed at Cook's Gazette here.

Turn Milk into Yogurt and Ricotta

Inspired by a BVSD parent, Stephen Menyhart, Operations Manager of the School Food Project shares how to use a gallon of milk to make yogurt and ricotta at home.



Make Homemade Pupusas

Learn how to make Pupusas from scratch from School Food Project's Dietetic Intern, Christian. This bean and cheese version is vegetarian but you can try out other fillings too!

Cooking With Kids

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Check out the NY Times guide to Quarantine Cooking with Kids (free access when you create an account).

Also, we love Chop Chop magazine' Kid's Club newsletters.  They contain great kid-friendly recipes, introductions to new cooking techniques, and fun games. Check out their archive below and sign up here to receive future issues.

  • Valentine's Issue: Pink Power Smoothie, how to hull strawberries and more activities.
  • Issue One:  Cuban Black Bean Soup recipe, how to use a can opener, how to cook dried beans from scratch, make your own bean mancala game and more.
  • Issue Two: Banana Bread recipe, how to crack an egg, a-peeling math activity and more.
  • Issue Three: Recipe for World's Fastest Tomato Sauce, how to cook pasta, tomato chemistry activity and more.
  • Issue Four: Recipe for a Frittata, four ways to cook an egg, egg shell gardening and more.

Check out Chop Chop's YouTube channel for some great tutorials for kid's cooking skills-- kids can learn how to boil water, use a blender, and safely use a knife.

Cooking How-tos



Learn to make Filipino Lumpia

School Food Project's Dietetic Intern, Christian, shows you his mom's recipe for traditional Filipino dish “Lumpia”. The dish is the Philippines take on the spring roll that you can bet you’ll find at family gatherings and now you can make it the hit of your parties!


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Ask us anything!

Wondering how to cook certain items from your food bag or pantry? Want to know how to create a nutritional meal with what you have on hand? Ask away and one of our chefs or registered dietitians will respond.

Questions & Answers

Who will answer?

Stephen Menyhart is the Interim Director and a Registered Dietitian for the Boulder Valley School District Food Services Department. He has a BA in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, and a BS in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University. Stephen is the lead for BVSD’s annual Iron Chef competitions, and is passionate about the expansion of food education programs for students and families throughout the district. He is also a proud BVSD parent, with two children at Creekside Elementary.

Tyler Anfinson is a Family & Consumer Science (Food, Facts, and Fun) Teacher at Louisville Middle School. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a private chef in Annapolis, MD. He spends his summers cooking for Fly-Fishing expeditions on the Smith River in central Montana where he grew up. As a teacher, Tyler collaborates with local farms and restaurants to bring a more holistic and inclusive understanding of cooking, agriculture, and nutrition into the classroom.

CLICK HERE for more information about  BVSD Emergency Food Distribution / Distribución de Comida de Emergencia/

If you are a member of the BVSD School Community, but unable to leave home and get to one of the distribution sites at the allotted times, please call the Family Help Line (720 770 0102) and leave a message with your full name and the school(s) your children attend or send an email to We have a back-up delivery network that may be able to assist you.