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Carrie’s Featured Recipe

BBQ Chicken Tacos

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 pound (500 g) boneless and skinless chicken thighs diced into 1-inch pieces

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/3 cup barbecue sauce

Salt to season

10 stand and stuff taco shells

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/3 of green bell pepper | capsicum deseeded and sliced thinly

1/4 of a red onion sliced thinly

1/4 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tablespoons sliced olives

Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking oil spray; set aside.

Heat the oil in a skillet or pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the chicken and sear until golden and crisp. Add the garlic; fry until fragrant (about 1 minute); then add the barbecue sauce and salt to season (about 1/2 teaspoon salt). Cook until chicken is coated and glossy, and the sauce slightly thickens. Turn off heat.

Arrange taco shells in the baking dish. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of shredded cheese into each taco shell to keep them from going soggy. Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture into each shell on top of the cheese until all the chicken is used. Top with the green pepper slices, onion slices, mushrooms and olives. Top shells with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with the seasoning.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted through. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, or condiments of choice.

No Bake Pumpkin Toffee Icebox Cake

Vanilla wafers graham crackers, or Golden Oreo’s

2 3.4 oz pkgs. pumpkin spice pudding If you can’t find it you could use vanilla

2 c. milk

1 1/2 c. pumpkin puree

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese softened

1/4 c. whipping cream

1 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 8 oz. container whipped topping divided

1 cup toffee chips

I used a 9″ x 9″ square pan. It was almost too much. You could certainly make this in a little bigger pan, even a 9″ x 13″ pan. It would just be a little shorter.

Whisk pudding, pumpkin pie spice, and milk together. Fold in pumpkin. Set aside.

Beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add whipping cream and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat to combine. Fold in one cup of whipped topping. Set aside.

Line the bottom of your pan with Vanilla Wafers (or whatever you are using, we get good at substituting when we don’t live near a grocery store). You might have to break them to make them fit. Don’t worry if it’s not super pretty!

Cover cracker layer with a third of the pumpkin mixture. Spread.

Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over the pumpkin layer. Spread carefully so you don’t mix the layers together.

Sprinkle toffee chips over cream cheese layer. I used a generous sprinkling!

Repeat again beginning with crackers, then a third of the pumpkin, then remaining cream cheese, then toffee chips.

Add one more layer of crackers, then remaining pumpkin.

Spread reserved whipped topping over the final pumpkin layer. Sprinkle more toffee chips.

Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight! I like it better after it’s had lots of time to sit!

Burrito Spaghetti Squash Boats

FOR SPAGHETTI SQUASH

 

2 medium spaghetti squash, halved, seeds removed

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

½ tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. cumin

 

FOR FILLING

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

½ onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. ground beef

1 tbsp. taco seasoning mix

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 (15-oz.) can black beans

1½ c. chopped cherry tomatoes

1 c. corn, canned and drained or frozen

1 c. shredded Monterey jack

½ c. shredded cheddar

2 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°. Drizzle cut sides of spaghetti squash with oil and season with salt, chili powder, and cumin. Place cut side down on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly. Using a fork, break up squash strands.

Meanwhile, make filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add ground beef, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook until beef is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Drain fat.

Stir in taco seasoning, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in black beans, cherry tomatoes, and corn.

Fill each spaghetti squash with beef mixture and top with cheeses. Return to oven to melt cheese, 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Cooking spray, for pan

3 eggs

1 c. granulated sugar

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin purée

2/3 c. heavy cream

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

 

For the topping

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 c. dark brown sugar

Pinch kosher salt

3/4 c. cold butter, in 1/2″ cubes

1 c. chopped pecans

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375°. Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. When smooth and fully combined, add pumpkin, cream, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 tsp kosher salt. Whisk until smooth and blended. Pour into prepared pan.

In the bowl of a food processor (or with a pastry blender) pulse the flour, brown sugar, and salt to combine and break up any clumps of brown sugar. Scatter the cubed butter over the dry ingredients and pulse again until crumbs form. Stir in the pecans.

In the palm of your hand, press handfuls of the topping into rough balls. Break off teaspoon-sized pieces and place over the pumpkin.

Bake until the filling is set and the top is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.