Jelly donut dog
This is gourmet hot dog (all beef) at Gwinnett schools is inspired by a jelly donut. The bun is brushed with honey glaze and the condiment is blackberry preserves with bacon as a finishing touch.
Another in Gwinnett schools’ line of gourmet dogs, the crunch dog starts with a toasty bun sprayed with garlic mist and sprinkled with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. The hot dog is drizzled with housemade burger sauce and finished with crushed sour cream and onion chips.
Pacos and tots
The paco is Gwinnett schools’ take on breakfast tacos. Pancakes are the “shell,” drizzled with hot sauce and filled with scrambled eggs and house-glazed bacon, served with a side of tater tots.
Chicken churro basket
This easy entrée is already a big hit at Gwinnett schools. Just combine chicken tenders, churros and fresh fruit (blood orange pictured here, but many fruits could work).
Chicken burrito with queso
This beautiful burrito is so new it’s still in recipe development with Brigaid Chef Alex Leigh and crew at New London (Conn.) Public Schools. The burritos are stuffed with spicy chicken and brown rice and the sauce includes red and green peppers, tomato and onion.
Mexican street corn makes corn on the cob way more flavorful and fun at New London Public Schools (NLPS).
Veggie fried rice
Another one from the Brigaid team at NLPS, this veggie fried rice will make an awesome side dish for chicken teriyaki.
Baja hummus veggie plate
San Diego (Calif.) Unified School District’s devoted team is always on the lookout for trends kids will love. This snacky plate is perfect for districts doing distance learning or a hybrid model that requires portable meals.
Also from San Diego schools, this portable plate plays into the enduring fact that kids love to dip.