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:

6-8 servings



2   C   Mozzarella, shredded

½  C   Sour Cream

¼  C   Parmesan, shredded

¼   t    Black Pepper

3  clv  Garlic, minced

1  can Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped

8   oz  Cream Cheese

½ pkg Frozen chopped Spinach, thawed and drained



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Reserve ½ cup Mozzarella and 2 T Parmesan, set aside. Mix all other ingredients together until well blended.
  • Spoon into a baking dish; spread top with reserved cheese.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with Pita Chips.

                 Per Serving: 363 kcal, 28 gm fat, 18 gm sat fat, 666 mg Na

4  servings


12   oz    Mushrooms, sliced

1    clv    Garlic (minced)

1/4  ea    Yellow Onion (chopped fine)

1/4   tsp   Kosher Salt

1/4   tsp   Black Pepper 

1/3   C   White Wine

1/4   tsp  Thyme

¼     #    Goat Cheese

¼     C   Plain Dried Bread Crumbs

1      T    Fresh, finely chopped Parsley   

2     sheet   Phyllo Dough  

2       T       Butter, melted



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separately, saute Mushroom, Garlic & Onion (about 10 minutes or until golden brown). Season with Thyme, Salt & Pepper.
  2. Add  wine and reduce. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
  3.  Add Cheese, Parsley and Bread Crumbs; mix well. Set aside. 
  4. On flat surface, lay out one dough sheet and brush with butter. Top with other dough sheet and brush with butter. 
  5. Place mushroom mixture along short end, a few inches from edge. Starting at that end, roll dough up to the end. Brush top with remaining butter. 
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown 

 4 servings (per serving): 247 kcal, 15 gm fat, 9 gm sat fat, 447 mg Na


4 - 6 servings


1   ea   Butternut Squash (medium diced)

1   clv  Garlic (minced)

½  ea   Yellow Onion (medium diced)

½    tsp   Kosher Salt

½    tsp   Black Pepper

½    tsp   Thyme

½    tsp   Oregano

¼    tsp   Basil

3   T     Olive Oil



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Peel squash, clean out seeds and dice;
  3. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to evenly coat
  4. Spread out on sheet pan in sparse, single layer
  5. Roast for approximately 30-40 minutes; until tender.

Per Serving: 88 kcal, 8 gm fat, 1 gm sat fat, 238 mg Na

Crust and Topping

2 1/2      C   AP flour

1            C   Sugar

1/2         C   Ground slivered almonds (pulverize in a food processor)

1            tsp Baking powder

¼           tsp Salt

1            C   Butter, cold  

1            ea  Egg

1/4         tsp Ground Cinnamon


4           C    Cranberries

1 1/4     C    Sugar

1           oz   Orange Juice

1           T     Cornstarch

1           tsp  Vanilla Extract



  • Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, mix flour, 1 cup sugar, the almonds, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter, until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in egg. Press 2 1/2 cups of crumb mixture in bottom of pan. Stir cinnamon into remaining crumb mixture; set aside.
  • In bowl, stir all filling ingredients and spread over crust. Spoon reserved crumb mixture evenly over filling.
  • Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until top is light golden brown. Cool completely. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

Makes 12 bars




1.5   C    Oats

1      C    Vanilla Yogurt

2      oz   Milk

2      C    Quinoa, cooked

.5     C    Craisins

.5     C    Dried Apricots, chopped

.5     C    Dried Blueberries

1/3   C    Honey

½     tsp Cinnamon

¼     tsp Salt

½     tsp Vanilla



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine Oats, Yogurt, and Milk. Soak 30 min to 1 hour.
  3. Add cooked Quinoa and all other ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Lightly spray a 9 x 9 pan. Pour mixture into pan and spread evenly; pressing down to compact.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until edges are starting to brown and pulling away slightly from the pan.
  6. Let cool; wrap and store in refrigerator.