If you have kids between the ages of 8-12 years, here’s a summer project for you. Enter The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Work together to create a healthy lunch recipe for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House where some of the winning recipes will be served. First Lady Michelle Obama has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and Epicurious to host this contest.
Here’s the skinny: the recipe should be original and include each of the food groups (fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy). You can either incorporate them all or use some and suggest the remaining as accompaniments to your recipe. Recipes can be for any kind of dish (sandwiches, salads, pastas, stews, etc.) but should be affordable to make.
I have good news and bad news for you here. The bad news is that time is short. The entries are due by this Sunday, June 17. They can be submitted online at the contest website.
The good news? One winner will be chosen from each state and we have it on good authority that they have received few entries from Georgia to this point.
For more information on the judging and notification process or for sample recipes to get the wheels turning, visit the contest website.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog