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:


  • 1 Large head Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Small head Boston Bibb Lettuce
  • 1 Cup Fresh Strawberry Slices
  • ½ Cup Mandarin Orange Slices - Drained
  • ½ Cup Pineapple Chunks - Drained
  • ½ Cup Red Pepper Slices or Strips
  • ¼ Cup Shredded Carrots
  • ½ Cup Almond Slices (you may use pecans if preferred)
  • 4 Medium Chicken Breast - Grilled and sliced into thin strips
  • ¼ Cup Shredded Cheddar/Colby Cheese Mix
  • Chow Mien Noodles for Garnish

Carefully wash lettuces and drain well before starting. Tear lettuce into bite size pieces. Slice red pepper into strips, shred carrots, toss with lettuce. Toss well drained pineapple and oranges with lettuce mix. Plate and top with the seasoned chicken strips. Use one chicken breast for each salad. Add a few strawberry slices for garnish. Top with Poppy Seed Dressing. Garnish with shredded cheese and Chow Mien Noodles.

Poppy Seed Dressing: Yields 1 cup

  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 T. Poppy Seeds

Heat Sugar and Vinegar then whisk in remaining ingredients. Cool before topping salads.

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!


  • 4 Cups peeled apples thinly sliced
  • 2 Cups Sugar

Stir together

Sift Together:

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Stir well and add to apple and sugar mixture

In a large bowl stir just to blend:

  • 2 Eggs
  • ¾ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Add to dry ingredients

  • Fold in 1 cup pecan pieces

Place in lightly greased cake pan (9x13 pan) and bake at 325 degrees for approx 35 -40 minutes. Test cake by inserting a toothpick into the center of pan, When cake is done remove from oven and allow to cool before topping with the Butter Cream Sauce.

Butter Cream Sauce

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Butter - Do Not Substitute
  • ½ C. Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring all ingredients to a boil and cook 3 minutes.

Poor sauce over cooled cake, top with whipped cream - Delicious!!!

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!
Serves 10


  • 1 medium head Napa Cabbage
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 3-5 Tbsp. margarine
  • 2 -3oz. pkgs. Oriental noodles
  • 2 ½ oz Sliced Almonds
  • 4 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • ½ cup Sugar

Thinly slice cabbage. Add onions. Melt margarine and brown noodles. Be sure to break noodles into small pieces and do not use the packaged noodle seasoning. When noodles are golden brown, add almonds and sesame seeds, finish browning, watch carefully. Remove and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and boil one minute. Let cool. Stir dressing well. Toss with salad greens and noodle mixture 15-30 minutes before serving.

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!


  • 2 Quarts Chopped Tomato
  • 1 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onion
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Green Peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. Chicken Base
  • 2 Tbsp. Margarine
  • 1 tsp. crushed dried Basil leaves (do not use ground basil)
  • ½ t. parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp. cracked pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • Salt to taste

Sauté celery, onions, and pepper in margarine until soft. In large soup pot, add shopped tomatoes, sautéed vegetables, chicken base, and seasonings. Simmer over low heat at least 1 hour. Remove from heat, add milk and cornstarch. Return to heat and whisk until thickened. Do not boil.

Garnish each bowl with 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped tomatoes and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!
This is a favorite Holiday Treat!


  • 10 oz. Mini Pretzels
  • 5 C. Cheerios
  • 5 C. Corn Chex
  • 2 Cups Mixed Nuts
  • 1 lb. M&M's
  • 24 oz. White Chocolate
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil

In a large bowl combine the first 5 ingredients; set aside. In microwave-safe bowl heat chips and oil on medium high for 2 minutes, stirring once. Microwave on high for 10 more seconds. Stir until smooth. Pour over cereal mixture; mix well. Spread onto waxed paper lined baking sheets.

Cool; break apart. Serve or store in air tight containers.

Yields approx. 20 cups of mix.

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!