Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Grilled Chicken and Pasta Alfredo

This past Thursday our lunch was grilled chicken, pasta Alfredo, vegetables, (because it can change I am not very specific) and a roll. 

Little Valley Academy (infant to K4) gets chicken tenders instead of grilled chicken. You might ask why? Because there is an increase of orders  from 25% to 35% MORE with tenders versus grilled chicken. Parents know what their children will eat. At least while their young. Most of the time. Hahahaha!

Valley Fellowship Christian Academy K5 - 12TH

We  make from scratch AND sometimes use a mix for the Alfredo sauce. Chicken is grilled outside and finished in the oven (to guarantee its cooked to the proper temperature with no doubt). Here we have a purchased roll like a Hawaiian bread roll, but we often make the bread/roll ourselves. And of course the green beans which I usually season to taste. Yes, those are Land-O-Lakes REAL BUTTER pats, I don't use margarine in my kitchen, only butter and olive oil. Occasionally I use canola/vegetable oil for certain things like baking.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cheeseburgers, Fries, and Cookies!

Thursday: Cheeseburgers, Fries, and Cookies!
The first thing we do is roll out the grill! Who wants burger patties cooked in an oven? Unless of course it may be raining, in which case we would definitely season them up for a different cooking process!

Little Valley Academy (Infant - K4)

Valley Fellowship Christian Academy (K5-12TH)
Sure, we would all like to have "fried" fries but ours are cooked in the oven. They still come out hot and crispy! The burger is 100% ground beef. Grilled with just a pinch of salt on it. Nothing fancy, just a pure american classic!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Homemade Spaghetti & Bread Sticks!

Wednesday Lunch: Spaghetti & Meat Sauce, Green Beans, and Bread Stick(s)
Little Valley Academy
[update: I should point out that we use shells or shaped pasta for LVA because we feel the spaghetti noodle is a potential choking hazard for children this young]
Here we have Mr. John, the greatest "on time" delivery service to LVA!

Valley Fellowship Christian Academy

Bread sticks are made right here, and so is the meat sauce!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chicken and Mash

Chicken Tenders, mash potatoes and gravy, mix vegetables, and a biscuit! Not to bad for a Tuesday lunch.

Little Valley Academy Pictured here with the meals is Jim, but we call him Cookie Monster (for obvious reasons associated with his nickname) just as Sous Chef Roberto was a nickname for Robert who I mentioned in earlier posts when we first got started with this lunch program. 

Cookie Monster is checking quality control!

Valley Fellowship Christian Academy

And yes! I do use a large "ice cream" scoop for the mashed potatoes! LOL!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BBQ Plate (pulled pork)

Yesterday was BBQ Pulled Pork, Coleslaw, Potato Chips, and a Chocolate Chip Cookie! Apple sauce instead of coleslaw for the younger kids.

Little Valley Academy

Valley Fellowship Christian Academy K5-12TH Grade

Slow cooked, pulled pork video I posted awhile back explaining how to do it:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quick Kids Pizza Any Diet

Hear me out! As long as you can turn your oven on high as it will go, slide a cookie sheet/pan (or square stone) in there, and the oven doesn't take all day to heat up...you can feed pizza to your kids quickly with a crispy crust!  

Tortillas seem to come in any size, and any diet nowadays. Wheat, white, corn, gluten free...it's amazing really. For the basic I use white, flour tortillas. Turn oven up as far as it will go, you can stick pizza in before it reaches temperature and then check it in about five minutes to gage where it's at. Sauce (marinara, BBQ, Alfredo, pesto...), toppings, slide in oven with spatula or upside down tray, on top of hot tray or stone (I can do four small pizzas on my stone) bake till crispy and cheese/topping bubbling(five to ten minutes). Next round, if there is one, pizzas will cook quicker. If you have trouble getting them out just pinch end of crust with tongs and drag on top tray or plate.

Look at the crust on that puzza, thin, crispy, great color!

**if your a purist or a "professional" then maybe this isn't for you! But it's great for moms and dads that want something hot and quick without making / keeping actual dough or premade crusts around. And now your tortillas are much more versatile.**

Friday, September 5, 2014

Breakfast For Lunch!

Everyone seems to love eating breakfast at lunch! Today was a little different and since breakfast originally fell on Labor Day on the calendar I figured lets just move it to the end of the week. Fridays are usually pizza day. We order from Dominoes...it helps me work on receiving orders (from trucks), paperwork, and extra cleaning.

Little Valley Academy gets a sausage biscuit, hash rounds(w/ketchup), and mixed fruit!

Valley Fellowship Christian Academy (K5-12TH) gets scrambled eggs, hash rounds, biscuit and sausage gravy, and of course ketchup and real butter. We scramble real eggs, cook the sausage, make the sausage gravy...Shown is the High School plate.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chicken and Waffles, Cinnamon Apples

Before school started this year I actually started Chicken and Waffles with the LVA (Little Valley Academy) kids. But today was the first time for all grades to be able to order. It was one of the best ordered lunches so far this year! *Here is the prior post Chicken and Waffles*

VFCA (Valley Fellowship Christian Academy) High School plate: Crispy Chicken Filet, Waffles, Butter, Syrup, Fresh Cinnamon Apple Slices...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Baked Ziti, Mixed Vegetable, Garlic Bread

Baked Ziti in essence is another form of Lasagna as far as kids are concerned. Here it is pictured made with penne pasta and not ziti. What's the difference? Not much. If I can't find the one, I buy the other. We make it here at the kitchen. Cook the meat, salt the water and boil the pasta, season the tomato sauce (made out of puree and blanched chopped tomatoes) and layer with Mozzarella and a Cheddar/Monterrey Jack cheese mix. The kids are always worrying about getting the cheese, so I started putting a layer of the cheese in the middle AND on top. (that's what makes it similar to lasagna besides just ingredients, another layer) 

The mixed vegetable shown is called a Cali Blend: Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots (I think it used to be called Normandy Blend). I season the veggies with a small amount of salt. And sometimes a dash of salt-free Ms. Dash original seasoning. Most veggies I buy frozen or fresh, usually never canned (except for maybe tomato products). Fresh obviously has no extras added BUT canned or frozen foods I always check the ingredients list. At the most I want the ingredient list to include the main product like tomatoes, then water, and/or salt...nothing else.

LVA, K5-12TH all pretty much get the same thing as shown in the picture but in grade appropriate portions. The picture shown is for Little Valley Academy. On our menu I use the listing bread/roll because some days I use rolls or buns and then some days I make my own bread or bread sticks!

Leave a comment to ask questions about our school lunches or anything related!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Baked Beans, Potato Chips

I am going to try my best to start taking pictures of each meal served here at Valley Fellowship Christian Academy and Little Valley Academy! For those of you who are local and have connections to our school please spread/pass this around to parents and kids. This will give parents an idea of what is being prepared, how its done, and what the presentation looks like. Hopefully providing some positive feedback and encouraging more parents to order our meals for their students!

LVA (K1-K4): For Little Valley Academy we prepared Lays Potato Chips, Baked Beans, and the little version of a BBQ Chicken Sandwich (which is two chicken tenders on a bun with BBQ sauce on the side). * A lot of the little kids frown on grilled (or other forms of) chicken so we stick with the tenders. 

K5-2ND Grade: As the grade get higher and the kids get bigger we increase the amount of baked beans and graduate them to a grilled chicken sandwich where it has been lightly based with a BBQ sauce at the end of cooking. In addition we add a BBQ sauce condiment cup for them to "control" the sauce.

3-6th Grade and High School: Not much difference between 3-6th and High School except the portions. More chicken on the sandwich, more baked beans in the bowl! Both sets of these grades get a Tomato & Lettuce Set-Up (that's what we call it).

Some days you may see me at the grill smoking up the outside parking lot...sorry if I smoked you out, but know that I am preparing and cooking to make your child's lunch delicious and this is just one way of doing it!