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Students featured in Solar Oven Cookbook

posted Aug 12, 2016, 11:32 AM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 11:02 AM ]
Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District and the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium's 4th Annual Solar Oven Cook-off took place on May 14. Two teams from Vanguard Prep (Falcons and Nuclear Chefs) each took 2nd place in the design and recipe categories, and a team from Desert Knolls (Solar Eagles) took 3rd place in the design category.  In addition to designing and building working solar cookers, each team was required to create original recipes which would be completely assembled, cooked, and sampled at the competition. 

The winning recipes can be found below. 

You can also access the complete cookbook here:2016 Mojave Desert AQMD & MEEC Solar Cook-Off Recipes

2nd Place - Elementary Division

Falcons, Vanguard Preparatory, Apple Valley


Cheesy Potato Casserole

Caramel Topped Ice Cream

Cheesy Potato Casserole

3-5 Potatoes – peeled, finely shredded

3⁄4 Cup Cheddar-Jack Shredded Cheese

1⁄2 Can Cream Chicken Soup (not diluted)

4-6 oz. Sour Cream

1⁄4 Cup Chives, chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in bowl until well-blended. Bake in cooker until internal temperature reaches minimum of 140° and cheese is well melted.

Serves 3-4 persons.

Caramel Sauce

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1⁄2 Cup Half/Half

4 TBS Butter, melted

1 TBS Vanilla

Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Slices

Mix first four ingredients and place in cooker. Cook until mixture is a thick consistency and is thoroughly heated through. Drizzle over ice cream or use as dipping sauce for apple slices.

3rd Place – Middle Division

Nuclear Chefs, Vanguard Preparatory, Apple Valley


Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Apple Slices

Sourdough Bread sliced thick


1⁄8 tsp Grated Garlic

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Slice Cheese, Pepper Jack, Gouda, Swiss, Cheddar

  • choose a variety

Blend butter, garlic and Parmesan to form paste, spread on bread slices. Using cast iron grill pan, cook until cheese is full melted and nice grill marks are on toasted bread. Serve with apple slices.