Commodities Recipes

The Senior Box Program, also known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, is a program through Second Harvest to provide emergency food box to seniors in our community. These boxes of foods contain a variety of commodity foods (click to learn more).

Often times, we hear from the people using this program that they would like to learn some healthy and easy recipes that use the ingredients found in the box. This fall, The Kitchen was lucky to host Rayshal Spalding of the University of Idaho's Dietetic Program to develop some fabulous recipes using common ingredients found in these boxes.

These recipes have been developed to be easy to prepare with minimal kitchen tools, involve as few ingredients as possible, and taste great!

Check out links the recipes that include many of the ingredients used in this program. If you are an agency partner, some great ways to use these recipes are to:

  • Include in your organization's newsletters
  • Print and distribute with the senior boxes
  • Post in your organization's waiting area or other announcement board
  • Talk to the people you serve about which commodities are not often used



Spiced Apples


White Bean & Vegetable Chili

Lentil Tacos 


Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef Stew


Creamy Broccoli Soup




Chicken & Rice Soup

Curry Chicken Salad 


Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Italian Potatoes


Asian Fried Rice 

Easy Rice Pilaf

Rice Pudding

Savory Southwestern Soup

Spanish Rice

No Bake Cereal Bites