Yesterday First Lady Michelle Obama announced a nationwide recipe contest for kids ages 8 to 12. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge will choose 56 winners—one from each state and territory—who will attend a gala Kids' "State Dinner," hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House in August. The challenge, according to The New York Times
Invent a lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable and tasty, working within the Department of Agriculture's nutrition guidelines. An entry can be either a full plate (roasted baby carrots with grilled tofu and black beans) or a dish (whole-wheat pizza with chicken, onions and peppers) as long as it includes most of the recommended food groups: vegetables, whole grains, protein (fish, poultry, meat, soy), dairy and fruit. Help from grown-ups is allowed, as needed; no unsupervised knife tasks or cooking over open flame, please. The deadline for entries is June 17.
Judges for the contest include Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and food policy adviser; select representatives from the Agriculture and Education departments; a surprise celebrity chef, yet to be named; one American child and one parent; and Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of Epicurious.com. Entries will be judged on nutrition taste, creativity, affordability, and the "back story."
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