The Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge has been issued by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. The idea is to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation through the creation of exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. As part of the first Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative, the competition will draw on the talents of chefs, students, food service professionals, and parents or other community members working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods.
Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge teams will have the opportunity to submit original recipes that meet nutritional requirements in three categories: whole grain foods, dark green and/or orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas. Submissions must be taste tested by at least 30 students who participate in the National School Lunch Program.
There will be a grand prize chosen by the judging panel as well as a Popular Choice winner based on public voting. The judges will also choose award winners for the top two recipes in each category. Winning teams will be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed meals alongside White House chefs. Also, the top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook to share with students and families.
The deadline for recipe submissions is December 30, 2010. For further information about the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge, please visit the contest Web site at recipesforkidschallenge.com/.