Recipe of the Month

The cooks at our schools aren't the only members of the Opaa! family with culinary flair. In fact, each month we feature frequently requested, unique and tasty recipes submitted by fellow Opaa! employees. We hope you enjoy this month's selection:

Cheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus June 18 Photo

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

15 mins

Total Time

20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus spears, woody ends removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (or 4 cloves garlic, minced)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray. 
  2. Arrange asparagus on baking sheet. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle the oil mixture over the asparagus and toss to evenly coat.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until vibrant and just beginning to get tender.
  5. Remove from oven and top with the mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and broil (or grill) until the cheese melts and becomes golden (about 4-5 minutes).
  6. Adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately.

Prep time                     Churro Puppy Chow May 18 Photo                   

5 mins

Total time

5 mins

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 5 cups rice chex cereal
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pour rice cereal into a very large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine powdered sugar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the white chocolate chips in 30 second increments, stopping to stir between each heating (one minute total did the trick for me). Once the chocolate is completely melted and no lumps remain after stirring, pour the white chocolate over the rice cereal, mixing very well to evenly coat all squares.
  4. Moving quickly. Sprinkle the sugar cinnamon mixture over the chocolate coated cereal, and stir until all of the cereal is evenly coated, gently breaking up cereal chunks that may form.
  5. Transfer to a large piece of parchment paper to cool and set.

Yield:Garlic Roasted Carrots April 18 Photo6 servings                                                                                                                                                                                      

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 24 baby carrots, tops trimmed to 2 inches
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Place carrots in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine.
  3. Place into oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
  • Prep Ttime: 10 mins                                                                                                                                                                                                Tomato Bruschetta March 18 Photo
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tomatoes, pitted and diced (about 4 roma tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced (about 1/4 red onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •  1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  •  1/2 loaf of French baguette, sliced into ½ inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

Tomato Mixture:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, olive oil and salt and pepper. Toss to combine and store in the refrigerator for one hour (you don’t have to wait this long, but it is recommended to bring out all the flavours).

Balsamic Glaze:

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the balsamic vinegar over medium heat until it boils. Continue to cook for 4-5 minutes until the sauce is reduced by half.
  2. Pour the glaze into a small bowl and set aside. The glaze will continue to thicken when removed from heat.

Make the Bruschetta:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and garlic powder.
  3. Brush the top side of each baguette slice with the olive oil mixture.
  4. Place slices onto a lined baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes, until light golden brown.
  5. Top each slice with a spoonful of the tomato mixture.
  6. Drizzle the balsamic glaze onto each bruschetta and serve

Prep time                                                                                                                                                                                                       Homemade Heart Marshmallows Feb 18 Photo    

15 minutes

Cook time

3 hours chilling

Total time

3 hours 15 minutes

Serves: 36 2-inch hearts or 100 1-inch squares

Ingredients

  • 3 packages (1/4-ounce each) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cool water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided

Directions

  1. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray (glass or ceramic is best.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup cool water. Let soak.
  3. In a small, deep saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup cool water. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar completely dissolves. Raise the heat to high and bring to a rapid boil. Allow to boil, without stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  4. Using a handheld mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the softened gelatin. Increase the speed to high, and whip until the mixture is very thick and fluffy, and has cooled to lukewarm, about 10 minutes. Add in the vanilla and beat to incorporate.
  5. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly using a greased spatula. Sprinkle 1/4 cup powdered sugar over the top, and place in the refrigerator, uncovered, for at least 3 hours (or overnight) before cutting.
  6. Use a greased cookie cutter to make heart shapes and gently separate. Place heart shaped marshmallows in a bowl with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and gently toss to coat them on all sides. Shake off any excess.
  7. You can store the marshmallows in an airtight container, at cool room temperature, for up to 5 days.