Culinary

The goal of our kitchen is simple; create wholesome, hardy and nutritious food similar to what you would enjoy at home.

We call this “comfort food.” Our chefs are committed to providing students with delicious meals made from scratch in our state of the art professional kitchen. We take pride in our kitchen and its cleanliness. All meals served at Diamond Ranch Academy have been approved by our dietician who oversees the nutritional and caloric content of everything we offer. Our meals have originated from some of the best home recipes and local cuisine in the area. Our goal is to keep Diamond Ranch Academy students happy and full while on the path to physical and emotional health. While students are learning how to cope and heal, the last thing we want is for them to dislike the meals.

Our meal options are vast! We offer dishes from a variety of cultures (Asian, Italian, Greek, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and American dishes). Our meal plans are set up on a 4-week rotation. Meaning, every student will eat one specific custom meal every 30 days (no repeats).  At the end of the 30 days, the menu will reset. We have diet options for students who meet certain medical criteria and are able to accommodate allergy and other dietary needs.  If students do not like a meal, they can submit a grievance. When we receive 15 grievances we will eliminate that menu item, and create a new recipe. Our kitchen’s recipes are around 70% from scratch and 30% box.  Box meaning, we use things like a canned marinara as our base, then add sautéed veggies, seasonings, etc.

Lastly, students who wish to receive real-life transitional job experience are encouraged to apply to work in our kitchen.  Diamond Ranch Academy requires our students to apply with a completed application.  Afterward, they are interviewed and hired by our Culinary Director. Students learn to function/operate in a large professional kitchen. When the students leave Diamond Ranch Academy, our Culinary Directory will email parents a letter of recommendation and a completed resume for any student that has worked in the kitchen. They can use these tools at their convenience while applying for employment etc.

Meet Our Culinary Team

4 Week Culinary Menu

Week 1

Sunday

  • Breakfast
    • Frosted Mini Wheats
    • Assorted Breakfast Muffins
    • Fresh Blue Berries
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Popcorn Chicken Caesar Spinach Wrap
    • Herb & Butter Rice
    • Greek Penne Salad
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Sweet & Sour Meatballs w/ Bell Peppers & Carrots
    • Brown Rice
    • Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes
    • Water

Monday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Brown Sugar Oatmeal w/ Walnuts and Cranberry
    • Whole Wheat Bagel w/ Butter and Jam
    • Peaches
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Turkey Bacon Club on Ciabatta w/ Cilantro Lime Mayo
    • Cranberry, feta & Walnut Spring Salad
    • Pineapple Rings
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Navajo Tacos
    • Santé Fe Black Beans & Corn
    • Indian Yellow Rice
    • Water

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
    • Homemade Pancakes
    • Sausage Patty
    • Mandarin Oranges
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Chicken Strips basket w/ Honey Mustard Baskets
    • Seasoned French Fries
    • Baby Carrots w/ Ranch
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Spaghetti w/ Meat Marinara & Parmesan Cheese
    • Spring Salad Mix w/ Ranch Dressing
    • Regular Bread Sticks
    • Water

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
    • Chicken & Biscuits w/ Honey Butter
    • Hash Brown Patty
    • Fresh Fruit Salad
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Western BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger on Potato Bun
    • Fresh Sliced Watermelon
    • Potato Salad
    • Punch
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Homemade Macaroni N’ Cheese
    • Fresh Baked Rolls
    • Steamed Carrots
    • Water

Thursday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Frosted Flakes Breakfast Cereal
    • Assorted Breakfast Muffins
    • Fresh Strawberries
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Red Thai Curry w/ Chicken
    • Jasmine Rice
    • Indian Naan Bread
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Orange Chicken Bowl w/ Jasmine Rice, Sriracha Hot Sauce & Soy Sauce
    • Fortune Cookies
    • Veggie Spring Rolls
    • Water

Friday

  • Breakfast
    • Stuffed French Toast w/ Banana Pudding, Fresh Sliced Banana’s, and Raspberry Sauce
    • Sausage Link
    • Cantaloupe Mellon Slices
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Chicken, Bacon, Swiss, Ranch Sandwich
    • Seasoned Tater Tots
    • Pears
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Grandma’s Baked Potato Soup w/ Bacon
    • Garlic Bread Sticks
    • Peach Pie
    • Water

Saturday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Cinnamon Granola
    • Assorted Fruit Yogurt
    • Fresh Honey Dew Slices
    • Chocolate Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Turkey Corn Dogs w/ Ketchup & Mustard
    • White Cheddar Popcorn
    • Mandarin Oranges
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Creamy Linguine Alfredo
    • Spring Salad Mix w/ Italian Dressing
    • Toasted French Baguette
    • Water
Week 2

Sunday

  • Breakfast
    • Honey Nut Cheerios Breakfast Cereal
    • Assorted Breakfast Muffins
    • Fresh Honey Dew Slices
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • BLT & Turkey on Sliced Honey Oat Whole Wheat Bread
    • Jell-O Cup
    • Macaroni Salad
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Chili Cheese Potato Wedges w/ Jalapenos
    • Fresh Sliced Watermelon
    • Spring Salad Mix w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette
    • Water

Monday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Nutella & Peanut Butter Bagel
    • Granola & Assorted Fruit Yogurt
    • Fresh Sliced Bananas
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Thai Grilled Chicken Bowl w/ Thai Slaw, Peanut Sauce & Sriracha Hot Sauce
    • Rumbi Rice
    • Cucumber Salad
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Grilled Chicken w/ Pesto & Provolone
    • Spinach Salad w/ Hot Bacon Dressing
    • Bruschetta on Garlic Bread/li>
    • Milk

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
    • Chicken & Waffles
    • Maple Syrup
    • Fresh Fruit Salad
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Philly Cheese Steak Hoagie/ Grilled Onions & Peppers Baskets
    • Sour Cream & Cheddar Chips
    • Baby Carrots w/ Ranch
    • Peaches
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Grilled Garlic Parmesan Drumsticks
    • Fresh Sliced Watermelon
    • Potato Salad
    • Water

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
    • Sausage Links & Scramble Eggs
    • Hash Brown Patty
    • Biscuits, Butter & Jam
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Ultimate Cheeseburger w/ Thousand Island
    • Seasoned French Fries
    • Orange Slices
    • Punch
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Crunchy Beef Taco’s w/ Shredded Lettuce, Shredded Cheese, Salsa & Sour Cream
    • Spring Salad Mix w/ Ranch Dressing
    • Black Beans
    • Water

Thursday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Apple Jacks Breakfast Cereal
    • Banana Nut Muffin
    • Fresh Strawberries
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Chicken Mexi Street Soft Taco’s w/ grilled Onions & Jalapenos Baskets
    • Cilantro Lime Rice
    • Sweet Street Beans
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Spring Berry Chicken Spinach Salad w/ Blue Cheese Crumbs & Poppy Seed Dressing
    • Fresh Sliced Strawberries & Blue Berries
    • Herbal Focaccia Bread
    • Water

Friday

  • Breakfast
    • Biscuits, Sausage & Gravy
    • Country Seasoned Potatoes
    • Pears
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Tuna Fish Salad on Toasted Ciabatta w/ Lettuce, Pickle Spear & Tomato
    • BBQ Lays Chips
    • Red Grapes
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Stuffed Bell Peppers w/ Ground Beef, Spanish Rice, Black Beans & Cheddar cheese
    • Spring Salad w/ Cilantro Ranch Dressing
    • Churros
    • Soda

Saturday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • French Butter Croissants
    • Hot Ham & Swiss
    • Red Grapes
    • Chocolate Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Beef, Bean, & Green Chili Burritos w/ Sour Cream
    • Spanish Rice
    • Chips & Salsa
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Chicken Parmesan Hoagie w/ Provolone & Marinara
    • Spring Salad w/ Ranch Dressing
    • Garlic Bread Sticks
    • Water
Week 3

Sunday

  • Breakfast
    • Captain Crunch Breakfast Cereal
    • Raspberry Lemon Muffins
    • Red Grapes
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Supreme Beef Nachos w/ Sour Cream & Shredded Lettuce
    • Refried Beans
    • Homemade Pico De Gallo
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Three Cheese Ravioli w/ Marinara & Pesto Sauce
    • Spring Salad Mix w/ Ranch Dressing
    • Bruschetta on Garlic Bread
    • Water

Monday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Stuffed French Toast w/ Fresh Sliced Bananas, Raspberry Sauce & Banana Pudding
    • Sausage Link
    • Fresh Cantaloupe Mellon Slices
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Tuscan Grill Chicken Salad w/ Roasted Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives & Peppercinis
    • Toasted French Baguette
    • Mandarin Oranges
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Meatball Hoagie w/ Marinara & Parm
    • Spring Salad Mix w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette
    • Rice Crispy Treats
    • Water

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
    • Asiago Bagel w/ Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomato’s, Cucumbers, and Spouts
    • Hash Brown Patty
    • Sausage Patty
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Chicken Taco Salad w/ Tortilla Bowl & Cilantro Ranch
    • Lemon Chicken Rice
    • Santé Fe Black Beans & Corn
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Chicken & Sausage Cajun Jambalaya
    • White Rice
    • Mediterranean Rolls
    • Water

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
    • English Muffin Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
    • Hash Brown Patty
    • Fresh Diced Pineapple
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Teriyaki Beef w/ Broccoli & Sriracha Sauce
    • Brown Rice
    • Orange Slices
    • Punch
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Baja Fish Tacos w/ corn tortillas, cabbage, lime juice, & cilantro ranch
    • Spanish Rice
    • Sweet Street Beans
    • Water

Thursday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Stuffed Almond French Pastry
    • Cottage Cheese & Fresh Cantaloupe Mellon Slices
    • Sausage Patty
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • BBQ Sweet Pork & Potato Sun Dried Tomato Wrap w/ Cilantro
    • Baked Beans
    • Crisscut Fries
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Greek Gyro’s w/ Feta, Mint, Lettuce & Tzatziki Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
    • Salad w/ Feta & Greek dressing
    • Rice Pilaf
    • Water

Friday

  • Breakfast
    • Cinnamon Sticky Rolls
    • Fresh Fruit Salad
    • Warm Cinnamon Apple Sauce
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Turkey & Swiss on Toasted Ciabatta w/ Dijon Mayo
    • Tossed Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Salad
    • Sour Cream & Onion Chips
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Hardy Texas Chili Bread Bowl w/ Cheddar Cheese
    • Sweet Cornbread Muffin w/ Honey Butter
    • Tortilla Chips
    • Soda

Saturday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Frosted Danishes
    • Assorted Fruit Yogurt
    • Fresh Fruit Salad
    • Chocolate Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Italian Club Hoagie w/ Shredded Lettuce, Red Onions, Oil & Vinegar Baskets
    • Sour Cream & Cheddar Chips
    • Kosher Pickle Spear
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese Quesadilla’s w/ Sour Cream & Salsa
    • Cilantro Lime Rice
    • Black Beans
    • Water
Week 4

Sunday

  • Breakfast
    • “Medley” Breakfast Cereal
    • Assorted Breakfast Muffins
    • Fresh Sliced Watermelon
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • French Dip Hoagie w/ Italian Au Jus Gravy
    • Kettle Chips
    • Fried Spicy Cauliflower
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich (Girls: Fruit Bar)
    • Seasoned Tater Tots
    • Fruit Cocktail
    • Water

Monday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Breakfast Burritos w/ Shredded cheese, Sour Cream, & Salsa
    • Scrambled Eggs
    • Fresh Diced Mango
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Chicken Strips w/ Ketchup
    • Honey Glazed Carrots & Baked Potato w/ Chives & Sour Cream
    • Garden Salad w/ Hot Bacon Dressing
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Pizza Pocket Sticks
    • Garlic Bread w/ Bruschetta
    • Spring Salad w/ Ranch
    • Water

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
    • Fruit Parfait w/ Fresh Blue Berries, Strawberries, and Sliced Bananas
    • Granola
    • Whole Wheat Bagel w/ Butter and Jam
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Chicken Salad on Croissant Sandwich
    • Greek Penne Salad
    • Red Grapes
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Hawaiian Penne Pizza Pasta
    • Spring Salad Mix w/ Italian Dressing
    • Fruit Punch Bomb Popsicle
    • Water

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
    • Waffles w/ Strawberry Topping & Whip Cream
    • Sausage Patty
    • Fresh Honey Dew Mellon Slices
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Spicy Shrimp Tossed Salad w/ Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
    • Mango Salsa
    • Red Grapes
    • Punch
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Cheese Enchilada Casserole w/ Sour Cream & Salsa
    • Roasted Red Pepper Rice
    • Brownie
    • Water

Thursday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Breakfast Cereal
    • Blue Berry Muffins
    • Fresh Strawberries
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Teriyaki Swiss Burger w/ Pineapple on a Wheat Bun
    • Sweet Potato Fries
    • Chocolate Pudding
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Cheese Burger Burrito w/ shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, pickles, and red onion
    • Seasoned French Fries
    • Fresh Sliced Watermelon
    • Water

Friday

  • Breakfast
    • Croissant Donut w/ Nutella Drizzle
    • Assorted Fruit Yogurt
    • Fresh Fruit Salad
    • Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Lunch
    • Buffalo Wings Baskets
    • Potato Wedges
    • Carrots & Celery sticks w/ Blue Cheese Dressing
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Dinner
    • Sweet & Sour Chicken Bowl w/ Chow Mein Noodles, Sriracha Hot Sauce & Soy Sauce
    • Pork & Shrimp Wontons
    • Asian Sesame Oriental Almond Cabbage Salad
    • Soda

Saturday

  • Diet Breakfast
    • Monkey Bread
    • Country Seasoned Potatoes
    • Sausage Links
    • Chocolate Milk
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Lunch
    • Supreme Beef Burrito w/ Shredded Lettuce, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream & Salsa
    • Lemon Chicken Rice
    • Black Beans
    • Water
    • Snack: Fruit
  • Diet Dinner
    • Hot Ham & Cheddar Hoagie w/ Mayo, Sliced Tomatoes, Jalapenos, & Shredded Lettuce Baskets
    • Spinach Salad w/ Hot Bacon Dressing
    • Water