CAN Recipes

Chicken Taquitos


1 Hour or Less


Dinner, Lunch, Finger-Food, Chicken, Beans, Taquitos, Mexican

Taquitos are a fun, hand-held main dish that can be easily made ahead and kept warm for serving. They have many components of a complete meal so it is easy to bring together once the taquitos are made. The chicken can easily be substituted for ground turkey, or beans for a vegetarian meal. Feel free to add in your other favorites like sautéed onions or peppers, hot sauce, or a different kind of cheese to change it up!

Baked Chicken Tenders


1 Hour or Less


Dinner, Lunch, Chicken, Tenders, Healthy, Homemade

Baked chicken tenders are a great, healthy alternative to fried chicken tenders, which are often a kid’s favorite. This dish takes a little extra time to make it healthy, but is worth the wait. Inside scoop: if this recipe looks daunting… healthy, whole-wheat, pre-cooked chicken fingers are sold in the store!

Oatmeal Pancakes


Time Intensive


Breakfast, Pancakes, Oats, Whole-Grain, Vegetarian

These pancakes are a great option for breakfast or even a breakfast-dinner! Because these have oats and whole grains, they have more fiber and protein to make these a sustainable meal. And… they’re delicious!

Avocado Coleslaw

Side Dish

10 Minutes or Less


Side Dish, Coleslaw, Avocado, Healthy, Make Ahead, Fresh

This delicious, fresh version of coleslaw pairs beautifully with the BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches and also makes a great side. This version of coleslaw uses avocado, rather than mayonnaise, for a healthy and fresh-tasting coleslaw! Both kids and staff loved this.

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches


Prep Needed, 1 Hour or Less


Dinner, Lunch, Barbecue, Vegetarian Jackfruit, Sandwich, BBQ

This recipe is a great spinoff of the classic BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. This variation is great for dietary restrictions, as it is vegetarian and pork-free! This was a big hit with the kids and all of them were convinced it was meat. We served this with a fresh tasting avocado coleslaw, which paired perfectly!

Black Bean Quinoa Tacos


Prep Needed, Time Intensive, Assembly Required

Dinner, Lunch, Tacos, Easy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Kid Favorite

This easy and healthy taco recipe is perfect for working around dietary restrictions!

Enchilada Casserole


Prep Needed, Time Intensive


Dinner, Lunch, Casserole, Spicy, Dinner, Nut-Free, Vegetarian

Enchilada Casserole is one of my family’s favorite recipes, which I adjusted to add in some nutritious veggies! With cheese, spices, and tortillas, this makes for a delicious meal. This meal is also easy to prep ahead of time and throw into the oven when you’re ready to cook!

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup


Prep Needed, Time Intensive


Dinner, Lunch, One-Pot Meal, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian, Beans

Pumpkin in a soup? Really? Yes really. This soup was a huge hit with the kids at Bryant Community Center! It is packed with veggies and has an amazing combination of Mexican and Thai flavors. Serve this along with some fun toppings, such as light sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, avocado, cilantro, or cheese!

Roasted Red Pepper Past


Prep Needed, Time Intensive


Kid Favorite, Dinner, Lunch, Veggies, Pasta, Dairy-free, Peppers, Whole-Grain

This meal is delicious and sneaks in veggies in a way that kids love! Using whole grain pasta with this creamy sauce makes this a more filling and healthy meal.

Tortilla Soup


Prep Needed, Time Intensive


Kid Favorite, Dinner, Lunch, Soup, One-Pot Meal, Mexican, Tortillas, Veggies

This delicious soup is packed with veggies and flavor. Kids will love this soup with some of their favorite toppings, such as sour cream, avocado, cheese, and crushed tortilla chips!

Vegetarian Jambalaya


Prep Needed, Time Intensive

Dinner, Lunch, Spicy, One-Pot Meal, Jambalaya, Vegan, Vegetarian, Cajun, Rice

Jambalaya is a great southern dish with some spice! This vegetarian variation of this dish is easy to make and healthy, but still has the rich cajun flavor of the classic jambalaya. This is an easy one-pot recipe.

Black Bean Burgers


Prep Needed, Time Intensive, Assembly Required


Dinner, Lunch, Vegetarian, Vegan, Burger, Beans

This recipe is fairly involved, but a very fun option! When we made this at Bryant Community Center, we wrapped the burgers in deli paper and made our own “Bryant Special” stickers, which the kids loved!

Chickpea Noodle Soup


Prep Needed, Time Intensive


Soup, Dinner, Lunch, Vegetables, Vegan, Vegetarian, Noodles, Chickpeas

This delicious soup takes a tasty twist on the classic vegetable noodle or chicken noodle soup. It is simple to make and tastes delicious. This meal is both affordable and packed with veggies, chickpeas, and noodles to make a wholesome meal. Serve with crackers or bread on a cold winter day.



Prep Needed, Time Intensive, Assembly Required


Dinner, Lunch, Finger-Food, Flautas, Vegetarian, Vegan, Mexican

This recipe is a great option for a finger-food meal! These can be gluten-free if you would like and can be served with salsa, guacamole, or other favorite toppings.



Prep Needed, Time Intensive


Healthy, Lunch, Dinner, Noodles, Vegan, Vegetarian, Ramen, Soup

This recipe takes a healthier spin on one of the kid’s favorite meals-- ramen! The broth does take some time to simmer, but it is easy to get other work done while it cooks. This recipe is much lower in sodium than most prepackaged ramen and you can use your favorite toppings. This meal is also very easy to freeze and is perfect for any cold winter day!

Three Bean Chili


Prep Needed, Set and Forget


Chili, Soup, Spicy, One-Pot Meal, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free

This delicious chili is perfect for any day. It is vegetarian and packed with flavor!

Vegan Nachos


Prep Needed, Time Intensive


Dinner, Lunch, Vegan, Nachos, Kid Favorite

Nachos are a delicious way for kids to make their own plate how they like it. This recipe takes a healthier spin on the traditional nacho cheese with a veggie based cheese sauce. The kids don’t even notice the difference! Feel free to put out your favorite toppings to go along with this-- guacamole, salsa, spanish rice, beans, etc.!

Veggie Pasta


Prep Needed, Time Intensive


Dinner, Lunch, Veggies, Pasta, Marinara, Whole Grain, Vegetarian

Pasta is a fast and simple meal that kids love! This recipe is a great way to have an easy and delicious whole grain pasta meal with some good veggies added in the mix! Serve with parmesan cheese for topping.


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